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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Itching for Italy

It’s that time of year—I’ve got an itch that needs scratching. The travel bug has bitten, and we’re off. This time, we’re itching for Italy.

As much as we like to travel and as often as we go to Europe, we’ve yet to step foot in Italy. From what we’ve read and seen, it’s going to be a full and rich experience.

In Venice, we’ll get around the Grand Canal by gondola and visit St. Mark’s Basilica and Square. We’ll visit the Gallerie dell’Accademia and cross both under and over the Bridge of Sighs.

In Florence, we’ll peer into the eyes of Michalangelo’s David at the Galleria dell’Accademia, stroll through the Piazza della Signoria, and visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

In Rome … where to begin? The Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and Roman Forum.  

And Vatican City’s St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums, maybe even a meeting with the Pope.

As a bonus, we’ll be spending a day in Casablanca, Morocco on the way there, where we’ll fortify ourselves with mint tea and strong coffee before visiting the Mohammad II Mosque and heading for Italy.

Stay tuned over the next few weeks for pictures and posts along the way at www.Facebook.com/EricDGoodman!


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Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Eric in Arabia

Last year, Nataliya and I spent a week in United Arab Emirates. This year, my travel feature about our experience was published in Baltimore Style Magazine’s February issue. You can pick up the glossy version at newsstands or bookstores now, or check out the digital version online.

All of those scenes in movies, on television, in photographs depicting the middle-eastern sun beneath a sandy haze, glowing orange, is not simply the vision of the artist. This is really what the sun looks like here—you can look directly into it—and it’s beautiful.

Join me and Nataliya as we meet up with our old university friend, Sadiq, and our new friends Najeeb and Khalid. From Dubai to Abu Dhabi and a desert excursion in between.

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Thursday, March 01, 2018

Join Rafael Alvarez and Friends at The Ivy’s Bird in Hand

The next “Readings with Ralphie” event takes place on Tuesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. at The Ivy Bookshop’s Bird in Hand location, 11 E 33RD Street in Baltimore. Rafael will be joined by Jeff Richards, Mike Sporge, and myself. I’ll be reading from Womb: a novel in utero.

The event is free and open to the public. Books, food, and light fare will be for sale.

Want to learn more? Here’s the official write-up from The Ivy Bookshop’s website:

Readings with Ralphie, hosted by Rafael Alvarez, is the first Tuesday of each month. A lifelong Baltimorean, Alvarez worked as a City Desk reporter for the Baltimore Sun for twenty years, specializing in the folklore of city neighborhoods. In 2001 he left to work as a laborer on cable ships and soon after began writing for HBO’s police drama, The Wire.

Rafael will be joined by Eric D. Goodman, Jeff Richards and Mike Sproge.

 Eric D. Goodman is the author of Womb: A Novel in Utero, Tracks: A Novel in Stories, which won the 2011 Gold Medal for Best Fiction in the Mid-Atlantic Region from the Independent Publishers Book Awards, and Flightless Goose. He regularly reads his fiction on Baltimore’s WYPR and at book festivals and literary events. He is co-founder and curator of Baltimore's longest-running literary reading series, the Lit and Art Reading Series. Eric lives in Baltimore with his wife and two children, where he writes about trains, wombs, and animals gone wild, among other things.

 Jeff Richards, author of Open Country: A Civil War Novel in Stories, has published his short stories, essays, and cowboy poetry in numerous publications including Prick of the Spindle, The Broadkill Review, Pinch, New South, Gargoyle, and Southern Humanities Review and in several anthologies. A graduate of the Hollins Writing Program, he was the fiction editor and a board member of the Washington Review and taught English literature and creative writing for many years at George Washington University. Richards has worked as a dishwasher, door-to-door salesmen, farm worker, wilderness counselor, newspaper carrier, radio reporter, a busboy; and he has hitchhiked across the country five times. He is a native of Washington, D.C. where he still lives with his family, a mile from a Civil War battlefield.


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Thursday, February 15, 2018

New Shelf Life for the New Year

Looking for some books to start off the new year? My latest book reviews were published in the January/February issue of Baltimore Style Magazine.

The three works of fiction reviewed in this issue are all about people who need people.

A House Among the Trees by Julia Glass revolves around a children’s author and illustrator and his assistant.

Making Room: Baltimore Stories by Djelloul Marbrook delves into the lives of very different individuals who come together for a worthy effort.

And The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott is filled with nuns, and a family that lives with them.

Pick up your copy of Baltimore Style, or check it out online!


Friday, January 26, 2018

2017 by the Numbers

We’re already a full month into the new year. Here’s a Writeful look at my 2018 by the numbers.

9 short stories (fiction) published

8 travel stories published

6 book reviews published

4 literary videos recorded and shared

2 new countries visited (Poland and United Arab Emirates)

1 historic comedy club acquired

1 book published

I’m not a numbers person, but these numbers look pretty good to me.

Here’s to some more nice numbers in 2018!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Talbot-Heindl Experiences Inconvenience

My short story, "Inconvenience," was published as the "weekly feature" in The Talbot-Heindl Experience.

"Inconvenience" is an excerpt from Womb: a novel in utero. In it, Penny discovers what seems to be inconvenient news, of the main character living inside of her.

"The water around me was still, but I had the sensation of descending. It was the feeling of Mom’s emotions, falling into an acknowledgement of me. I’d imagined her moment of realization to be a euphoric one, the high of hang-gliding. Instead, we sat in the smelly, filthy bathroom, sadly sinking."

Read the entire excerpt at The Talbot-Heindl Experience.


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Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Three New Book Reviews in Baltimore Style Magazine

I have three new book reviews published in the most recent issue of Baltimore Style Magazine. What better way to begin the year with some good books, and as the current issue's "Shelf Life" author.

The three books reviewed for this edition of Baltimore Style's Shelf Life are Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen e, and The Stars are Fire by Anita Shreve. These books just may restore your faith in humanity.

Read the reviews, in print or online, in the current issue of Baltimore Style.



Wednesday, December 27, 2017

New Books for that New E-Reader

Did you get a new Kindle, iPad, Nook, or other eReader for the holidays? Whether you did or not, now is a prime time to look for new books to load onto your eReader, computer, or smartphone. How about a few suggestions?

Womb: a novel in utero, Tracks: A Novel in Stories, and Flightless Goose, a storybook for children, are all available both in print and as an eBook. Check out all three titles at Amazon, or wherever you buy your books.

Happy reading, and happy 2018!


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Baltimore Style Features Father-Son Travel Story on Poland

Last summer, my 12-year-old son, Alex, and I went on an adventure exploring Poland for a couple weeks. It was the first time the two of us traveled abroad alone, just the two of us, without the rest of the family. It was a great experience.

This month, Baltimore Style Magazine published my travel story about our experiences in Warsaw and Krakow as the issue's travel feature.

Get your hands on a copy of the glossy print magazine at any bookstore. Or, check it out online at the link below.



Friday, December 15, 2017

The 12 Days of (Annoying) Christmas (Songs)!

The first song of Christmas we hear annoyingly:

The 12 Pains of Christmas

The second song of Christmas we hear annoyingly:

Crabs for Christmas (recorded right down the street!)

The third song of Christmas we hear annoyingly:

Dominik the Donkey

The forth song of Christmas we hear annoyingly:

I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas

The fifth song of Christmas we hear annoyingly:

Christmas Wrapping

The sixth song of Christmas we hear annoyingly:

Christmas Child

The sixth song of Christmas we hear annoyingly:

Christmas at Ground Zero (Perhaps more relevant now that when it was recorded in the mid-80s.)

The seventh song of Christmas we hear annoyingly:

Santa Claus is Coming to Town (Joseph Spence)

The eighth song of Christmas we hear annoyingly:

Mele Kalikimaka

The ninth song of Christmas we hear annoyingly:

Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer

The tenth song of Christmas we hear annoyingly:

Last Christmas

The 11th song of Christmas we hear annoyingly:

The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth (Despite being by Bing and Bowie)

The 12th song of Christmas we hear annoyingly:

The Christmas Shoes (No doubt you knew it would top any respectable list of annoying Christmas songs.)


Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Flint Hills Review Publishes Elephant in the Womb

Flint Hills Review is an annual literary journal published by Emporia State University. The 2017 issue is hot off the press, and features my short piece, "Elephant in the Womb."

"Elephant in the Womb" is a story that was part of an earlier draft of Womb: a novel in utero. The scene was deleted because I decided some of the actions in the scene were not in character with Penny or Stan.

Consider this the deleted scene of the home edition! To read "Elephant in the Womb," get your hands on a copy of Flint Hills Review.



Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Lit & Art at Smyser-Bair House for York First Friday

The Lit and Art Reading Series is at it again!

This Friday, December 1, join the proprietors of The Historic York Inn / Smyser-Bair House as the popular Lit and Art Reading Series presents an old fashioned Holiday Book and Art Bazaar along with an evening of live music, literary readings, original artwork, free snacks, drinks, tours of the mansion, and fun! 

Berkshire-Hathaway offers 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 York’s 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.)

It's all part of York's First Friday festivities.

or http://www.downtownyorkpa.com/downtownincevents/2017/10/6/first-friday

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Books for Black Friday or Cyber Monday

Looking for a good Black Friday deal on some books? Or maybe you prefer Cyber Monday? Either way, we've got you covered.

Get an autographed and inscribed copy of Womb: a novel in utero, Tracks: A Novel in Stories, or Flightless Goose, a storybook for children, each for only $12.99 plus $3.99 postage and handling.

Autographed books make a great holiday gift, and your copies can be inscribed to you, the person you want to give it to, or just signed. Buy three (multiple copies of one or one of each) and save: only $35 for three books and the same postage of $3.99, even though we'll rush the books by Priority Mail.

Electronic books are also available at Amazon:


Order your autographed print copies now at www.EricDGoodman.com and get some of your holiday shopping out of the way.

Happy holidays!


Monday, November 20, 2017

Go World Travel Publishes Oases in the Desert

Go World Travel Magazine published my travel story, "Oases in the Desert: Dubai and Abu Dhabi," highlighting the architecture and sights of two United Arab Emirates cities that jockey for the claim to the wealthiest city in the world. The story even includes a visit into the desert, and insights from locals about the state of their union.

Enjoy the trip to United Arab Emirates from your armchair at Go World Travel Magazine.


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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Go Nomad Publishes A Tale of Two Cities' Mosques

My travel story, "A Tale of Two Cities' Mosques," was published in Go Nomad.

Go Nomad has been one of the top travel information sources online since 2000.

"A Tale of Two Cities' Mosques" explores the mosques of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and includes pictures of mosques every bit as impressive as the cathedrals of Europe.

Join me for a trip through United Arab Emirates in Go Nomad.



Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Book Reviews Published in Baltimore Style

Three of my book reviews were published in the most recent issue of Baltimore Style Magazine as the current issue's "Shelf Life" feature.

The three books reviewed for Baltimore Style's Shelf Life are Behind the Moon by Madison Smartt Bell, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, and Last of the Annamese by Tom Glenn. Three very different, but very good, novels.

Read the reviews, in print or online, in the current issue of Baltimore Style.



Monday, October 30, 2017

Five:2:One Publishes Creepy "Bell" Story

Five:2:One is a literary journal dedicated to the transgressive, experimental, and progressive of the literary world. So it's fitting they decided to publish my strange piece of flash fiction, "The Bell."

"The Bell" was originally featured on the No Extra Words podcast last year around this same time.

Five:2:One offers both an audio version and a digital print version, so whether you prefer to read, listen, or both, you can enjoy "The Bell" at the link below. Perfect for a Halloween break.



Friday, October 27, 2017

Lit and Art at Towson Town Center

The next event in the Lit and Art Reading Series takes place on Sunday, October 29 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the art gallery next to Nordstrom in Towson Town Center.

Authors and poets reading from their work include Shirley Brewer, Nik Kapron, Leslie Pietrzk, Charles Rammelkamp, and Mark Willen.  Manzar Rassouli will share and talk about her Maguu series of art, inspired by Rumi. Music will be performed by Larry Montgomery. Curated, hosted, and emceed by Eric D. Goodman and Nitin Jagdish.

Join us for the first event located at Towson Town Center, and find out why for the past 10 years the Lit and Art Reading Series has been described as the best excuse to get lit on a Sunday afternoon in Baltimore.

Learn more at  https://www.facebook.com/groups/LitAndArt/

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Silver, Beer, and Bones at Go World Travel

Last year, Go World Travel Magazine published my story covering a visit to Kutna Hora, not far from Prague, Czech Republic.

Go World Travel has been covering destinations around the globe since 2003. Focusing on unique destinations, culture, and people, Go World Travel Magazine subscribes to the belief that travel (even armchair travel) broadens horizons and increases understanding.

In this story, we descend into the silver mines of old, summit the hill crowned by Santa Barbara Cathedral, and explore the ossuary of 40,000 to 70,000 human skeletons before washing the day down with some local ale at a beer garden.

Share the adventure in picture and words. Read “Silver, Beer, and Bones in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic” in Go World Travel Magazine.


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