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Author who writes for a living and lives for writing. // WOMB: a novel in utero (Merge Publishing 2017) // TRACKS: A Novel in Stories (Atticus Books 2011) // FLIGHTLESS GOOSE, a storybook for children (Writers Lair Books 2008) // www.EricDGoodman.com

Monday, February 20, 2017

Remembering Steinbeck in JMWW

JMWW, the popular literary journal, published my essay, "Remembering Thomas Steinbeck." In it, I pay tribute to my mentor and friend, who was an author, and son of Nobel Laureate John Steinbeck.

"Thom grew up in the shadow of the literary great—under the care of the person I regard as my all-time favorite author: John Steinbeck. 

But Thom made clear that he didn’t feel he was in the shadows. As he described it, his father put Thom on his shoulders and gave him all the light he wanted.

Read "Remembering Steinbeck" in JMWW.


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Friday, February 17, 2017

Join Lit and Art at The Ivy Bookshop

The first 2017 event in the Lit and Art Reading Series takes place on Sunday, February 26 from 2 to 5 p.m. at The Ivy Bookshop's Bird in Hand location. This is the first Lit and Art event to be held at The Ivy Bookshop's Bird in Hand location.

Featured readers include D.R. Belz, Katherine Cottle, Earl Crown, Lauren Beth Eisenberg Davis, and Sally Whitney. Live music and entertainment will be provided by Limestone Connection (Holly Morse-Ellington and Jason Tinney). Original art by Manzar. Hosted and curated by Eric D. Goodman and Nithin Jagdish. And filled out with free refreshments. 

Lit and Art is in it's 10th year as Baltimore's longest-running reading series (that we know of). Find out why it's been called the best way to get lit on a Sunday afternoon in Baltimore.

Learn more about the Lit and Art reading series and get to know the participating talent at the Lit and Art Facebook page.


Learn more about The Ivy Bookshop's Bird in Hand location at their website.


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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Enoch Pratt Free Library Hosts Womb Launch

The Enoch Pratt Free Library is hosting the official launch of Womb: a novel in utero. The release reading is part of the Enoch Pratt’s Writers LIVE series supported in part by the Miss Howard Hubbard Adult Programming Fund.

Past Writers LIVE authors have included Terry McMillan, Colson Whitehead, Roxane Gay, and Ron Tanner.

Writers LIVE: Eric D. Goodman, Womb: a novel in utero takes place on Tuesday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Early readers and reviewers of Womb have called the book “engagingly original,” “strange and wonderful,” “amazing,” “a cocktail of all human emotion,” “brave,” “full of wisdom and goodwill,” and say that it “has a lot to say” and is “written with sophistication and poetry.”

Reviews have compared Womb to Ian McEwan’s Nutshell and Emma Donoghue’s Room, and said, “Goodman rises to the challenge posed by the foetus’ limited perspective, relating a story of betrayal and domestic turmoil through the filter of the uterine wall.”

Womb: a novel in utero will be officially released on Tuesday, March 21 and can be found in bookstores in person and online. Books will be available for buying and signing at the library event on March 28.

Learn more about this Enoch Pratt Free Library event at their online calendar.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Three Acts of Wayne Countryman

Davida G. BreierWilliam Patrick Tandy, and Tony Hayes, have published a zine to honor writer, photographer, and friend Wayne C. Countryman.

The result: a 68-page chapbook: Three Acts of Wayne Countryman

Featuring seven of Wayne’s previously published stories, a collection of his photography, and tributes from those who knew and admired him, the book is free for anyone who would like a copy. Donations to help offset the cost of printing and postage is welcome, too.

I’m gratified that I was able to contribute to the tribute, along with Nancy O. Greene, Bruce Goldfarb, Fitz Fitzgerald, Jan Buckner, and Rafael Alvarez.

To request your free copy, contact Davida at Facebook. www.facebook.com/davidagypsybreier?pnref=story.

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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Jennifer Miller on Womb: Utterly Unique, Humorous, Thoughtful, Unexpected

Jennifer Miller is both a journalist and the acclaimed author of novels like Year of the Gadfly and The Heart You Carry Home. She recently read Womb: a novel in utero. What did she have to say?

"An utterly unique look at the world from the most unlikely vantage point. In Womb, Goodman has created a humorous, thoughtful, unexpected narrator who is wise beyond his years." 

-- Jennifer Miller,
   author of The Heart You Carry Home

Learn more about Jennifer and her writing at www.byjennifermiller.com.

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Thursday, February 02, 2017

TBT: Weird Womb Photo Shoot

Standard author photos can be boring. Sometimes it's fun to do something creative when it comes to the author pics. For Tracks: A Novel in Stories, we had a photo shoot at Baltimore's Penn Station, taking images with trains and tracks behind me. 

For Womb: a novel in utero, we went a little deeper.

This may be about as far back as Throwback Thursday can get.

Photographs below are courtesy of my wife, Nataliya. Welcome to my womb.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Story Reset in Literary Nest

As you reset your year, reset with a story.

My story, “Reset,” was published in The Literary Nest. The story, an excerpt from Tracks: A Novel in Stories, has found a new life as a stand-alone story in this online literary journal.

The Literary Nest is a private, non-profit literary magazine that publishes four issues a year.

“Reset” is the story of a former worker for the mob who has reset his life before, ad is looking to do it again.

Read “Reset,” along with other stories, poetry, and nonfiction, in The Literary Nest.

Then, if you want to read more, buy Tracks: A Novel in Stories!

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Womb is Buzzing

Womb: a novel in utero is being published in March 2017, but the buzz has already begun. On more than one occasion, I’ve been at local literary events and overheard others talking about it. And the novel has been mentioned on several occasions in association with reviews of Ian McEwan’s Nutshell. There’s even already been a review of Womb along with two other novels in utero.

And now, the blurbs are starting to emerge. Here’s one from author Charles Rammelkamp. Charles is the author of such works as American Zeitgeist and Mixed Signals, although there are no mixed signals in his thoughts on Womb.

“Eric D. Goodman's absorbing new novel, Womb, is about a high-risk pregnancy—in more ways than one—told from the fetus's point of view. The narrator is full of wisdom and goodwill, which we understand to be our birthright, but it's his father, Jack, whose character and courage burst from the pages like … well, like an infant from the womb. Eric D. Goodman is a talented storyteller.”

-- Charles Rammelkamp,
author of Mata Hari: Eye of the Day and American Zeitgeist

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