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Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Bad Commutes, Good Sourdough, and High Art

It’s all a part of my continuing California travel story being published in serial form by Atticus Books.

In this fifth installment, I experience the worst commute ever before making it to San Francisco. It gets even worse when I’m not even permitted in prison. But things look up as I sample sea soup and sourdough in Fisherman’s Warf, take in some high and manufactured art, and venture across the Golden Gate Bridge.

Join us at the Atticus Books Blog.


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Friday, October 02, 2015

Tonight's Historic York Inn Event Rained Out

For anyone who was prepared to weather the storm and come to our event at the Smyser-Bair House / Historic York Inn this evening, the event has been rained out.

York First Fridays is an event for which many people walk from one place to another. With 100 percent chance of rain and 40 mph winds, and some of the other event sponsors already cancelling, we and our co-organizers felt that there just won't be enough people to proceed.

The plan is to reschedule for the "York First Friday" event in November. Mark your calendars, and more details to come.

Stay dry!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Historic Evening of Lit, Music, Art, Drink, Food, and Fun

The Smyser-Bair House / Historic York Inn invites you to join us for an evening of homemade food, drinks, palatial tours, live music, original art, and local literature at 30 South Beaver Street as a part of Downtown York’s First Friday festivities from 5 to 9 p.m. on October 2!

Berkshire-Hathaway will offer complete tours of the 1830s mansion, The Smyser-Bair House / Historic York Inn. Step back in time for a tour through history, with hand-carved, gilded Pier mirrors, stained glass, etched glass, hand plasterwork, woodwork, and chandeliers that rival those found in museums. Anchored in the historic district since the 1830s, and belonging to the Smyser-Bair family until 1979 (when it was left to the York Historical Trust before becoming a private inn) this home is a rich part of York's history, recently featured in front page news and on national television for its historic charm. (And it could be yours.)
Limestone Connection, a band from Baltimore made up of Holly Morse-Ellington (on ukulele and vocals) and Jason Tinney (on harmonica), will play a set of live music.
Eric D. Goodman and Nataliya Goodman will sign copies of their books, Flightless Goose, a storybook for children, and Tracks: A Novel in Stories. Tracks: A Novel in Stories won the Gold Medal for best fiction in the Mid-Atlantic Region from the Independent Publishers Book Awards.
Jason Tinney will sign copies of his novel, Ripple Meets the Deep. Ripple Meets the Deep was named best book of Baltimore in Baltimore Magazine.
A beer tasting will be offered by Brewery Products, with samples of Wyndridge Crafty Cider.
Snacks, hot food, sliders, spiced cider for the adults and virgin cider for the younger crowd, wine, and other consumables will be there for the taking.
Whether you want to enjoy the beer tasting, live music, regional authors autographing books, spiced cider, autumn snacks, a tour of the Smyser-Bair House, or a little bit of everything, join us from 5 to 9 p.m. at 30 South Beaver Street, York, PA 17401 for York First Friday on October 2!
Learn more about the history of the Smyser-Bair House / Historic York Inn at www.YorkInn.info.



Thursday, September 17, 2015

Lit and Art at Baltimore Book Fest’s CityLit Stage

It’s that time of year—time for the annual Baltimore Book Festival. This year’s festival, taking place on September 26, 27, and 28, features such authors and personalities as Kwame Alexander, Laura Shovan, John McCain, Lalita Noronha, and Wes Moore.

In what’s become a long-standing tradition, the Lit and Art Reading Series will host an hour of readings at the CityLit Stage on Sunday, September 28 from 2 to 3 p.m.  Guess who’s with us this year?

Holly Morse-Ellington has published essays and photographs with Wanderlust and Lipstick, Matador Network, Three Quarter Review, Baltimore Fishbowl, Outside In Literary & Travel Magazine, Urbanite, The Journal of Homeland Security, The Washington Times, and elsewhere. She and Jason Tinney co-authored the play, Fifty Miles Away, winner of Frostburg Center for Creative Writing’s 2015 One Act Festival. They perform together as Limestone Connection. Holly is also an editor for Baltimore Review.

Aaron Henkin has produced The Signal on WYPR for the past 11 years. His work has aired nationally on NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, PRI’s Studio 360, & The World. His current project is a documentary series called, Out of the Blocks. Aaron also teaches at MICA and UMBC, and he plays the drums in The Barnyard Sharks.

Richard Peabody is the founder and co-editor of Gargoyle Magazine and editor (or co-editor) of 23 anthologies including Mondo Barbie, Conversations with Gore Vidal, and A Different Beat: Writings by Women of the Beat Generation. The author of a novella, three short story collections, and seven poetry books, he is also a native Washingtonian. Peabody taught fiction writing at Johns Hopkins University for 15 years. His new book is The Richard Peabody Reader (Alan Squire Publishers, 2015).

Manzar Rassouli was born in Tehran, Iran. Her work’s been exhibited throughout the country and around the world. The Watermark Gallery in Baltimore houses her permanent collection.

Jason Tinney is the author of Ripple Meets the Deep, Louise Paris and Other Waltzes, and Bluebird and has been a contributor to several publications, including Baltimore, Style, Urbanite, and Maryland Life. As an actor, he has appeared in more than 30 stage productions. He and Holly Morse-Ellington co-authored the play, Fifty Miles Away, which won first prize in the 2015 One Act Festival sponsored by the Frostburg Center for Creative Writing. They perform together as Limestone Connection.

Gregg Wilhelm founded the literary arts organization CityLit Project in 2004 and serves as publisher of its CityLit Press imprint.  He has worked for several independent presses and has taught writing and publishing courses at several universities. In 2014, Gregg earned an MFA from the University of Tampa and won a Rubys Artists Project Grant from the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. www.GreggWilhelm.com.

Eric D. Goodman is co-founder and co-curator of the Lit & Art Reading Series. He’s a Baltimore author who writes about trains, animals, wombs, and more. Visit him at www.EricDGoodman.com.

Nitin Jagdish is a regular contributor to The Potomac and Syndic.  

Started in 2007, the Lit & Art Reading Series takes place five times a year at the Watermark Gallery at 100 South Charles Street on the second floor of the Bank of America building across from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The program features artists who represent various literary genres combined with visual art. 

Manzar, of the Watermark Gallery, will have a booth this year with information about the gallery, her art, Lit & Art, Rumi, and more. Be sure to stop by the booth!

This festival edition is emceed by Aaron Henkin of WYPR’s “The Signal,” which takes listeners on a weekly tour of Baltimore’s cultural landscape. Come get “lit” with us!

Learn more at our Facebook Page.

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Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Celebrate International Literacy Day

For International Literacy Day, Grammarly asked me to share this infograph with you …

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Time Machines, Reunions, Japan, and California

It’s all a part of my continuing California travel story being published in serial form by Atticus Books.

In this fourth installment, I meet up with my first book event and old friends for a reading at the end of Rout 66 followed by a reunion of friends I went to school with in Sasebo, Japan.

Like a word you hear and read often after learning it for the first time, Japan and the 1980s seem to pop up at every turn as we explore Los Angeles and the area. It’s like a tar pit time machine.

Join us at the Atticus Books Blog.


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Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Festival for Those Who Can’t Live Without Books

Two hundred years ago, the Library of Congress acquired Thomas Jefferson’s personal library. “I cannot live without books,” he said.

Which happens to be the theme of this year’s National Book Festival, featuring almost as many authors as there were books in that collection.

The 15th annual National Book Festival takes place this Saturday, September 5.

Featured authors include Kwame Alexander, David Baldacci, Tom Brokaw, Stephen L. Carter, Louise Erdrich, Walter Isaacson, Nicholas Kristof, Azar Nafisi, Marilynne Robinson, Al Roker, and Jane Smiley.

See you on the National Mall!  

Learn more at https://event.crowdcompass.com/natbookfest15#/

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Monday, August 24, 2015

So Long San Diego (Part 3 of My West Coast Story)

Join me for a tour of San Diego in the third installment of my California travel story.

The Atticus Books Blog is serializing the series, which I wrote based on the west leg of my book tour—taking me to old homes and favorite places.

Read the third installment of “Booking it Along the California Coast: A Book Tour / Road Trip Across the Pacific Coast” at the Atticus Books Blog.


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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Tinney Ripples Best of Baltimore List

Jason Tinney’s short story collection, Ripple Meets the Deep, was named Baltimore’s Best Book for 2015 by Baltimore Magazine.

“Any year Anne Tyler publishes a book it’s difficult to recognize anyone but the acclaimed Baltimore resident. But this book of short stories by Jason Tinney, a Frederick resident and occasional Baltimore contributor, distinguishes itself as a tour de force, rippling with nuance. Its bold scenes and characters from various walks of life who grapple with mortality and search for salvation, are expertly crafted, and leave you wanting more.” – Baltimore, “Best of Baltimore”, August 2015.

Where can you meet Jason and hear him read from Baltimore’s best book? At the next Lit & Art event!

Join Lit and Art at the Baltimore Book Festival’s CityLit Tent on Sunday, September 27 at 2 p.m. for readings by Jason Tinney, Holly Morse-Ellington, Richard Peabody, and Gregg Wilhelm, Eric D. Goodman, and Nitin Jagdish. WYPR’s Aaron Henkin will emcee.

Congratulations Jason! Learn more about Ripple Meets the Deep at his website.


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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Come Back to California with Atticus

Come back to California for a quick read.

My most recently published travel story is a series that covers my travels along the coast of California while combining business with pleasure: visiting old friends and stomping grounds while on the west leg of my book tour for Tracks: A Novel in Stories.

The Atticus Books Blog is serializing the series. They published the first installment while I was still traveling in Budapest! Link to the second installment below.

Join me as I search for Oz, Point Loma, and shade in San Diego. Read Part Two of “Booking it Along the California Coast: A Book Tour / Road Trip Across the Pacific Coast” at the Atticus Books Blog.


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Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Freedom is Free in the Latest Issue of Syndic

The July 2015 issue of Syndic Literary Journal is now available online. You’ll find a lot of great fiction, poetry, narratives, and photography—and it’s all free!

Issue No. 13 includes Syndic regulars like Charles Rammelkamp, Nitin Jagdish, and myself.

Leroy Chatfield founded Syndic in San Francisco and published it from 1958 to 1960. Fifty years later, in 2010, he revived Syndic and publishes it online at http://syndicjournal.us.

Who said freedom isn’t free? My story, “Freedom,” is free in the current issue, whether you want to hear the professionally produced audio version from NPR or read it in digital ink.

You can find the current issue here.


Get some free “Freedom” here.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Booking It with Atticus

You can bet a series of travel stories about our recent experiences in Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, and Slovakia are coming in the near future.

But my most recent travel story published is a series that covers my travels along the coast of California while combining business with pleasure: visiting old friends and stomping grounds while on the west leg of my book tour for Tracks: A Novel inStories.

The Atticus Books Blog is serializing the series. They published the first installment while I was still traveling in Budapest!

Read the opening of “Booking it Along the California Coast: A Book Tour / Road Trip Across the Pacific Coast” at the Atticus Books Blog.


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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Back from Budapest, Hungary for more

Budapest was the best! We kept busy and had a wonderful time exploring the city.

The iconic Hungarian Parliament Building was even more impressive inside than out. The Royal Palace offered the Hungarian National Gallery with captivating works of art. State Opera House was more dazzling than the opera performed. The Basilica of St. Istivan, Matthias Church, Great Synagogue were worthy of worship. Fisherman’s Bastion offered some of the best cityscape views. And the Szechenyi, Rudas, and Gillert  thermal baths soothed the body after (or before) long days of exploration.

Having an apartment centrally located—in a centrally located country—offered us the opportunity to travel abroad while we were abroad. Within Hungary, we visited wine caves and castles in Tokaj and Eger,  enjoyed the lakeside views of Balatonlelle, and historic buildings of Pecs.

Beyond the Hungarian boarders, we plan to roamed the sidestreets of Bratislava, Slovakia; took in the Philharmonic in Vienna, Austria; touched the Adriatic Sea in Rejeka, Croatia;  Funiculared between the upper and lower centers in Zagreb, Croatia;  and boated to the island at Lake Bled, Slovenia; and enjoyed the best cream cake desserts in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

So many experiences to soak in at each location. But our favorite, perhaps since we were there the longest and got to know it best, was Budapest.

You can expect picture slideshows and armchair travel stories to come in the near future. For now, my mind is still hovering between home and Budapest.


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Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Write On! Baltimore at LitMore this Saturday

In case you didn’t see it in Poets & Writers Magazine, listen up: this Saturday, July 11 from 4:30 to 6:30 I’ll be a featured reader at the Write On! Baltimore event located at LitMore. I’ll be joined by poets Danuta E. Kosk-Kosicka and Joseph Sheehan with a possible appearance by novelist Tom Glenn.

LitMore is located at 3326 Kenswick Road in Baltimore. The event is free and open to the public—and so are the refreshments.

Come hear us read from our work and discuss our writing!

Learn more at Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Friday, June 05, 2015

PAYcations are better than Vacations

As you may have heard, I’m getting ready to go on an epic vacation for the rest of the month. (I’m not worried about the reveal since someone is living in our house at all times!)

So it seems a fitting time to share my recent feature story published in Writers Weekly—the highest-circulation freelance writing ezine in the world.

The article is all about the joys of travel writing. One thing I enjoy almost as much as writing fiction is writing creative nonfiction about my travels.

“Explore the world, then explore it again in your writing. Find the personal stories in your travel experiences. Your readers will thank you—and read you—for it.”

You can bet I’ll be gathering some experiences to write about as I spend most of the month in Budapest, Hungary (just a few minutes’ walk from the iconic Hungarian Parliament Building) with side trips to Eger, Tokaj, Pecs, and Sopron in Hungary, Zagreb and Rijeka in Croatia, Lake Bled and Ljubljana in Slovenia, Vienna in Austria, and Bratislava in Slovakia.

Read my story about travel writing, and how to turn it from work into fun, at the following link.


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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Getting Hungary for International Travel

My hunger for an international trip is ravenous. With our travel to China and Scotland a year behind us, we're ready to hop on a plane for somewhere new.

In a few weeks, we’re headed for Budapest.

We’ll be staying in central Budapest, and we look forward to really getting to explore the city. The iconic Hungarian Parliament Building, formal Royal Palace, State Opera House, twin-towered, Chain Bridge, Basilica of St. Stephen, Great Synagogue, Buda Castle, Fisherman’s bastion, and thermal baths—not to mention the foods and spirits.

Having an apartment centrally located—and a rental car—allows us the freedom to travel abroad while we’re abroad. Within Hungary, we plan to visit Eger, Tokaj, Balatonlelle, and Pecs. Beyond the Hungarian boarders, we plan to visit Bratislava, Slovakia; Vienna, Austria; Rejeka and Zagreb, Croatia;  and Ljubljana, Slovenia.

But even with all of those nearby destinations, the heart of the trip will be getting to know Budapest.

If you were in Budapest for a few weeks, what would be at the top of your list?

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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Listen to This During Your Yardwork

The season of yardwork is at hand—whether you like to tame your yard or let your garden grow wild. With that in mind, I shared a new bit of fiction on Baltimore’s NPR station, 88.1 WYPR.

“Leaving” aired on The Signal, a tour of Baltimore’s cultural landscape. Here’s what they had to say about the story in their introduction.

“Are you planning on taking advantage of the spring weather to get outside and do some yard work? If you are, let this next story be a cautionary tale. And if you’re not, well, let this next story be an excuse. Signal contributor Eric D Goodman joins us with a story he’s titled, Leaving.”

Enjoy the entire episode, including an interview with author Ann Bracken and a visit to the Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra, at the following link.




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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Lit, Art, and Music Overcome Riots

Baltimore’s been plagued by rioting and chaos for a few days. But Baltimore is more about music and art and literature than riots and looting and destruction.

Today, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is performing a free concert outside the Meyerhoff in support of the community, just blocks from where the worst of the rioting occurred.


A March for Justice and Love is organized for this afternoon beginning at 2, starting at the intersection of North Ave. and Charles street.


Although the Orioles game will be played, the stadium is closed in a major league first. But Baltimore’s downtown libraries remain open to the public.


The CityLit Project’s board of directors and the Enoch Pratt Free Library have announced that the CityLit Festival will go on, scheduled for this Saturday, May 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pratt Library, 400 Cathedral Street, downtown.

We hope, in its own small way, that the gathering of Baltimore’s literary artists and lovers of literature can be part of not only the healing process, but of the process toward thoughtful understanding and meaningful solutions."

Baltimore is the “city” part of CityLit, and we love her.”

I’ll be among the authors joining the CityLit Festival this year, along with John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats, Steve Berry, Danuta E. Kosk-Kosicka, Jason Tinney, Lalita Noronha, A.C. Arthur, and a host of others.

Get the full itinerary and learn more about the CityLit Festival at www.citylitproject.org.

This is our chance to B’More.