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Monday, April 14, 2014

Rafael Alvarez Joins Lit and Art

Join us on April 27 and discover “the best excuse to get lit on a Sunday afternoon in Baltimore.”
Well into its seventh year, the Lit & Art reading series showcases local, national, and international talent—fiction, poetry, non-fiction, memoir, original art, live music—all topped off with wine, refreshments, and conversation.
Featured readers on April 27 include Rafael Alvarez, Ann Braken, Barbara Diehl, Toby Devens, and Danuta Kosk-Kosicka. Live Pop-Grass music of Jacob Panic, original art by Manzar, and wine and refreshments will fill out the program.
Hosted by Baltimore authors Nitin Jagdish and Eric D. Goodman, the event takes place at The Watermark Gallery at 100 S. Charles Street, across from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor in the BOA building, and takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. Bring a bit of your own work to share at open mic!
Learn more about the Watermark Gallery at the online gallery.

Find out more about Lit and Art and the featured talent at the Lit and Art Facebook Page.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

National Book Award Winner Headlines 11th Annual CityLit Festival

This Saturday, April 12, get ready to celebrate the Baltimore literary arts in a big way! The 11th annual CityLit Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Enoch Pratt Free Library Central Library, 400 Cathedral Street in downtown Baltimore.

This year, the headliner is the 2013 National Book Award winner James McBride. Past participant in the festival have been Edward P. Jones, Junot Diaz, Stanley Plumly, and George Saunders.

The event will include a multitude of programs from readings to lectures, and the literary market place will be in the main hall all day.

I’ll be there with copies of Tracks: A Novel in stories, Flightless Goose, and information about the next Lit & Art at the Watermark.

Learn more at the CityLit Festival Facebook Page!

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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

We Dug China

We enjoyed a wonderful two weeks exploring China. What did we dig most about the ancient nation? Figuring out where to begin can be as complicated as a Chinese puzzle box.

We began our time in Beijing. We strolled Tiananmen Square, the largest square in the world. We explored the Forbidden City and visited the Imperial Palace. We danced and sang with the locals at the Summer Palace. A rickshaw ride through the Hutong brought us face to face with world-renowned Cricket Leo and lunch with his family (of people, birds, animals, and insects). And Beijing Zoo gave us a glimpse of the giant pandas.

Then we explored the original capitol of unified China, Xi’an, and it’s 5,000 year history. We marveled at the thick, 9-mile city wall, climbed the Drum and Bell towers, rang the prayer bell at Wild Goose Pagoda in Jianfu Temple, and took a crazy motorized rickshaw ride through heavy traffic going the wrong way into bus-filled round-a-bouts.

The Terra Cotta Army protecting China’s first emperor was impressive, being one of the greatest archeological finds of the 20th century. We even met one of the four peasants who discovered the warriors while digging a well.

Suzhou, the Venice of the East, saw us cruising along canals villages and admiring stone bridges and trees that touched the surface of the water. We walked ancient streets and took in the beautiful Lingering Garden. We even visited a farmer’s market with all sorts of livestock, from frogs and snakes to fish and goose. And we met a winemaker and sampled the rice wine of his 100-year old winery.

In Hangzhou, we cruised the West Lake, admired the Su Causeway and waterlogged pillars, and enjoyed some time at a tea plantation where we picked and tasted our own Longjing tea, watch it roasted in hot woks, and enjoyed a tea ceremony with the dragon-well tea so exclusive that it was once made only for the Emperor.

Shanghai surprises rounded out our trip with a skyline so amazing that it looked like something out of a futuristic movie. At the river, you could see the old European buildings at the Bund on one side, and the Pearl tower and futuristic skyscrapers in Pudong on the other. A ceremony was going on when we visited the Jade Buddha Temple. We hovered on the MagLev, climbed the JinMao Tower to stand next to the partially completed “second tallest building in the world,” explored Yu Gardens and Bazaar, explored the twisted side streets of the French Concession, enjoyed the Shanghai Museum, and even watched an ERA performance of Chinese acrobats.

What more did we do? A lot. We walked the Great Wall, one of the seven manmade wonders of the world. We visited a freshwater pearl factory, jade museum, silk factory, silk embroidery institute, Imperial Pharmacy of traditional Chinese medicine, and enjoyed lectures from experts on all of these.

There’s so much more we dug about China. But that will have to wait for the travel stories.



Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Digging to China

If you don’t hear from me for a couple weeks, it’s because I’ll be on the other side of the world. Today, I’m digging to China. Tomorrow, I expect to be digging China.

Actually, we’re flying. New York to Beijing. In the weeks ahead, we’ll tour Beijing’s Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City, walk the Great Wall of China, inspect the Terra Cotta Army in the ancient Chinese capital of Xi’an, enjoy the canals of Suzhou, stroll the gardens of Hangzhou and see old China meet new China in Shanghai.

Of course, there’ll be a travel story in here—perhaps a few. And maybe even a novel set in the exotic settings. We’ll just have to see where the dust settles after we kick it up.


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

More than Just Lit and Art

The next event in the Lit and Art Reading Series takes place on Sunday, March 30 at The Watermark Gallery. As always, it includes a diverse selection of featured readers, live music, original art, wine and refreshments, and the opportunity to mix and mingle with the local literary and arts community.

But this month’s Lit & Art is more than that. It is also a celebration of Persian New Year. And the closing reception of Manzar’s art exhibit, “Women West, Women East & Global Peace.”
The event takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. and may go longer if you want to stay to enjoy the celebration with Persian music, food and entertainment.
Our Featured readers in March are William Patrick Tandy, Julie Fisher, Sam J. Schmidt, g emil rutter and Diane Sahms Gaurnieri with music by Pop-Grass Banjo Dude Jacob Panic.
The art exhibit celebrates women from the east and the west and expresses a desire for world peace. “I hope in the near future we will have more wise women involved in politics,” said Manzar. “I believe this will lead us to a more peaceful world.”
Manzar, a resident of Baltimore, will be at the opening reception to talk about her work. She was born in Tehran, Iran. She has exhibited her work throughout the country and around the world.
“I strive for peace and beauty in all my works,” said Manzar, who also coordinates a “Teach Your Heart with Art” workshop.
The Watermark Gallery is located on the second floor of the Bank of America Building at 100 South Charles Street across from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
To learn more, visit www.WatermarkGallery.com or call the gallery at 410.547.0452.
Visit Manzar and her work at www.Manzar.net.
Learn more about the Lit and Art Reading Series at www.facebook.com/#!/groups/LitAndArt/.

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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Help Me Board The Train

Over the past few weeks, dozens of friends, family, colleagues and connections have emailed, messaged, and posted to me about the new Amtrak Writer-in Residence program. Hey, I’m on board with that! I’ve written on an Amtrak train before and I’ll be happy to do it again!

I’m gratified that so many people thought of me when they heard about the Amtrak residency. I guess it makes sense since my debut work of fiction, Tracks: A Novel in Stories is set on an Amtrak train traveling from Baltimore to Chicago. And my book has been called a virtual love letter to train travel. It’s all about the passengers on the train and how they connect and touch one another in unexpected ways. But it’s very much a pro-train travel book.

Although I wrote Tracks before ever taking the Cardinal line from Baltimore to Chicago, I did do some editing of the manuscript while on the rails—doing research to make sure I had the details correct. And getting a feel for what such a long-distance voyage on Amtrak’s Cardinal was like. I’d love to do it again.

So if you have a moment, help me get back on board the train. Tell Amtrak you think I’d make a good candidate for their new writer-in-residence program. It’s in its infancy and there is no set application process as of yet. Those who have been granted residencies thus far have done so after being discovered by Amtrak on social media.

I’m not asking you to write a letter or even an email. Just a quick tweet with @Amtrak or Facebook post on the www.facebook.com/Amtrak page. Or a short message by Facebook, Twitter, or email telling Amtrak “Eric D. Goodman, who already wrote a book set on an Amtrak train, would be a perfect candidate for the Amtrak Writer-in-Residence program.”

And if I make it, I’ll tweet and post and message you all along the ride as I work on my next novel.

You may be interested in getting on board yourself. Learn more about Amtrak’s Writer-in-Residence program at www.thewire.com/culture/2014/02/inside-amtraks-absolutely-awesome-plan-give-free-rides-writers/358332/.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

New Course: Those Next Uncharted Steps

If you haven’t picked up the most recent issue of Scribble Literary Magazine, you can still get it online at www.scribblemagazine.us.

Scribble volume 8 issue 3 features my story, “New Course.” In the story, Gene Silverman comes face to face with the hit man his old boss has sent after him. “New Course” is a story from Tracks: A Novel in Stories.

“Looking back was only slowing him down. He took a deep breath and faced forward.”

Coincidentally, the story seems to have a theme that goes along with Sherry Audette Morrow’s editor’s message about loss and changes and the need to “muster the courage necessary to get up off the bench and take those next uncharted steps.”

Learn more at www.scribblemagazine.us/Current_Issue.html.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Olympians of Lit and Art

Take a break from the games in Sochi and join the Olympians of lit and art. The next event in the Lit and Art Reading Series takes place this Sunday, February 23 from 2 to 5 p.m. at The Watermark Gallery, 100 South Charles Street on the second floor of the Bank of America building across from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

Featured this month are Elisabeth Dahl, Barbara DeCesare, Jen Grow, Charles Rammelkamp and Earl Crown. The original artwork of Manzar is on display, and live pop-grass music will be performed by Jacob Panic.

The event—including the wine and refreshments—is free and open to the public. Take your place on the platform and bring 5 minutes of your own work to share during open mic.

Don’t just sit on your couch and watch the Olympics. Join the Olympians of lit and art!


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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Sochi in the Sun

The most expensive Olympics in history are well underway in Sochi, Russia. And it’s warm enough that Sochi could host the Summer Olympics as well!

About 24 hours north of Sochi is a place I’ve called “second home” from time to time: Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia. The third-largest city in central Russia, it’s the city where I went to college, met my wife, and became intimately introduced to Russian culture. Saint Petersburg is easily the most impressive and beautiful city in Russia, Moscow is easily it’s power-center, but Nizhniy Novgorod will always feel like Russia to me.

Since my first visit to Nizhniy Novgorod 20 years ago this month, I’ve returned about half a dozen times. There’s something special about Russia in the Winter with the picture-postcard scenery all tickled by snow. But it was my summertime visit to Russia about ten years ago that prompted me to write a travel story.

“Vodka in the Sun” was originally published in a British travel magazine, Travel Insights, which is no longer published. However, it was reprinted in serial format In Coloquio.

Join me for some vodka in the sun as we visit Nizhniy Novgorod, Saint Petersburg, Moscow, and a river cruise to such islands as Svirstroi, Kizhi, and Valaam. The adventure starts at the link below.



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Friday, February 07, 2014

Storiad’s ePressKit for Tracks

The folks at Storiad have worked diligently at putting together and distributing an electronic press kit for Tracks: A Novel in Stories. You can see it now at http://storiad.com/community/epresskit/tracks-a-novel-in-stories/.

Storiad is a company that offers networking, marketing and publicity for writers, increasing access to potential readers. Their ePressKit is like a traditional press kit only smart, modern and viral.

The ePressKit for Tracks includes information about the book, my author’s page, links to my website and blog, and lots of things like NPR radio readings, reviews and comments on the book and even videos links.

The kit also offers free excerpts from the ebook, access to press kits and media coverage, and the opportunity for reviewers or interviewers to request a free copy.

 Check out the Storiad ePressKit for Tracks!


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Friday, January 31, 2014

Enjoy a Late Lunch with NPR

In the mood for a late lunch? It’s on me!

I’m reading an abridged version of a story from Tracks: A Novel in Stories on Baltimore’s NPR station, 88.1 FM, WYPR. “Late Lunch” is the latest installment of what WYPR’s The Signal is now calling the “radio adaptation” of my novel.

In “Late Lunch,” we get inside the mind of Franklin, the conductor of the train, and learn why even as he’s enjoying the company of so many people, in some ways he’s the loneliest person on the train.

The reading airs today (Friday) on The Signal at 7 p.m. and tomorrow (Saturday) at 3 p.m.

Tune in!


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Monday, January 27, 2014

Meeting Steinbeck with Writers Weekly

You may remember late last year, Atticus Books published my literary travel story, “Searching for Steinbeck” on their book blog. "Eric D. Goodman's passion for John Steinbeck is contagious,” said Dan Cafaro of Atticus Books. “His imagery-filled essay about searching the west coast for his literary idol is now on the Atticus Books blog. If you're not intimately familiar with Steinbeck's works, it will encourage you to experience them."

There’s a sequel to “Searching for Steinbeck” in which I actually find him. Thomas Steinbeck, the son of John Steinbeck. During the west-coast leg of my book tour for Tracks, I was fortunate enough to participate in a book event that Thom Steinbeck helped me set up and promote.

Writers Weekly, the highest-circulation freelance writing ezine in the world, published my “feature article” on the experience.

Thom Steinbeck shares some good advice. "My father used to tell me that you should never sit down to create a story. You sit down to write a story, but the creation of it comes before you ever begin to write. You don't create at the desk. You need to dream the entire story first, from beginning to end."

Read “Meeting Steinbeck” in Writers Weekly.


Or begin at the beginning by reading “Searching for Steinbeck” at the Atticus Books blog.




Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Saturday at Five, Sunday at Two

This weekend, join some of Baltimore’s favorite authors at two of Baltimore’s most popular reading series hosted at two of Baltimore’s greatest art galleries.

This Saturday, January 25 at 5:00 comes the first reading in the 2014 Five: Ten Reading Series. Featured readers are Rafael Alvarez, D.R. Belz, Clarinda Harris, and Eric D. Goodman. The event is free and open to the public, and you can shop for books, art, and more at Minas Gallery, 815 W. 36th Street, Hampden. Learn more at the 5:10 blog.

The very next day, join the first event in the 2014 Lit and Art Reading Series at The Watermark Gallery, 100 S. Charles Street, across from Baltimore’s inner harbor. Featured readers include Jessica Lynn Dotson, Jack Downs, Archer Sierra, Meg Adams, Dave Eberhardt, and Barbara Morrison. Live music by Pop-Grass banjo dude Jacob Panic, original art by Manzar, hosted by Nitin Jagdish and  Eric D. Goodman. Free wine and refreshments. Lit & Art takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, January 26. Learn more at the Lit and Art Facebook Page—and bring five minutes of your own work to share during open mic.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A 2014 Full of Lit and Art

With the new year comes a brand new lineup of great talent brought to you by the Lit and Art Reading Series at the Watermark Gallery.
The first event comes on the last Sunday of January: Sunday, January 26 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Watermark, 100 S. Charles Street, right across from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
Our featured talent this month includes Barbara Morrison, Dave Eberhardt, Jack Downs, Jessica Lynn Dotson, Archer Sierra, and Meg Adams. Jacob Panic and his banjo will be there to share some pop-grass, and Manzar’s original art will be on display. To hold it all together, we’ll enjoy wine, refreshments, and conversation among like-minded artists.
Like all Lit and Art events, it is free and open to the public. So come along and bring some friends!
The January even is just the tip of the iceberg. Just take a look at some of the fantastic talent we have joining us in February, March, April, May, June, July, September, and October: Richard Peabody, William Patrick Tandy, Michael Hughes, Rafael Alvarez, Madison Smartt Bell, Barbara Diehl, Toby Devens, Barbara DeCeasare, Charles Rammelkamp, Julie Weinberg, Jen Grow, Elisabeth Dahl, Early Crown, Diane Sahms Gaurnieri, g emil rutter, Julie Fisher, Danuta Kosk-Kosicka, Ann Braken, Sam Schmidt, Tom Glenn, Jessica Gregg, D.R. Belz, Sid Gold, Nancy Greene, Liz Moser, Wayne Countryman, Alexandra Hewitt, Ami Spencer, Caryn Coyle, Lauren Eisenberg Davis, Dan Cuddy, Holly Morse-Ellington, Court Bledsoe, Ann Roberts Arbaugh, Shirley Brewer, and Ian Hochberg.
Lit and Art musicians Jacob Panic and Goodloe Byron will share their music, and we’ll be seeing other musical guests as well. Not to mention the paintings of Manzar as well as other guest artists. Manzar and other visual artists have their work for sale at the gallery, both originals and prints. And many of the authors and musicians have their work for sale as well.
Hosted and curated by Baltimore authors Nitin Jagdish and Eric D. Goodman, the events are casual and meant to foster the local literary community. In fact, we encourage attendees to bring about five minutes of their own work to share during open mic!

Started in 2007 at The Watermark Gallery, the Lit & Art Reading Series showcases local, national, and international talent—fiction, poetry, non-fiction, memoir, original art, live music—all topped off with wine, refreshments, and conversation.  
Our 2014 Lit and Art-stravaganza starts on Sunday, January 26 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Watermark Gallery, 100 S. Charles Street, on the second floor of the Bank of America building right across from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
Visit the Watermark Gallery online.

Join the Lit and Art Reading Series on Facebook! www.facebook.com/groups/181120815252390/


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Sunday, January 05, 2014

Happy New Reading Year

Happy 2014 to all the readers out there!

Are you looking for an eBook for the new eReader or electronic device you received over the holidays? Look no further than the Atticus Books online book shop, where you can find most of the Atticus titles on sale, including my own Tracks: A Novel in Stories.

In the mood for a good eBook mystery? Check out the latest two Swanson Herbinko mysteries from Bathsheba Monk.

Whether you’re sticking with old-school printed books (like me) or reading on an electronic device, here’s wishing you a new year full of great reading.

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