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Friday, December 09, 2016

Art Imitates Vesta

About ten years ago, got my first short story published in a professional, non-academic print literary journal. The Baltimore Review was the journal. “Out for a Walk” was the story.

“Out for a Walk” was about a pet dog who had to be put to sleep, and the difficult days between long-time companions before the act. I didn’t have a dog in my life at the time that I wrote the story, but a couple years later I did. It wasn’t until a recent reading of the story, all these years later, that I realized how alike Thurber, from the story, and Vesta, from real life, were.

At the Reston Reading in November, I was invited by one of the fellow featured writers to submit a previously published story to Redux, an online journal devoted to giving new life to old print stories. “Out for a Walk” immediately came to mind as the story to submit.

Then, just a week later, we had to have our own family dog put to sleep. Art imitates life, life imitates art. Stories bring the dead new life.

I look forward to seeing and sharing “Out for a Walk” and the accompanying story behind the story in a future issue of Redux.  www.reduxlitjournal.com

In the meantime, here are some pictures of Vesta.

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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Support This Indie Book Store

Supporting small business is fashionable. So is reading. So why not support this local independent bookstore? There are a lot of obvious reasons why you should support small, independent bookstores. 

Carpe Librum Books and Art is giving you another big one.

Carpe Librum in Baltimore is trying to open a new brick and mortar bookstore this February, and they need donations. But they’re going to pay you back and then some. Just go to the Carpe Librum GoFundMe site and they’ll give you a $60 gift certificate for every $25 you donate to their cause!

You can use that $60 gift certificate to buy books. You can even buy Tracks: A Novel in Stories if you don’t have a copy! Or Flightless Goose, a storybook for children. Or use it to buy Womb: a novel in utero when it’s published this spring. By then, you’ll be able to buy it in Carpe Librum’s brick and mortar location. 

Gift certificates make great gifts to give to local readers so they can buy books by local writers.

Contribute $25 to get your $60 gift certificate at the GoFundMe website:

Visit the online Carpe Librum Books and Art store.

And just look at what they have in stock!



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Monday, November 28, 2016

Holiday Book Bazaar, Tree Lighting, York First Friday

The Lit and Art Reading Series and The Smyser-Bair House / Historic York Inn invites you to join us for the York Holiday Book Bazaar in association with City of York’s First Friday and the lighting of the city’s holiday tree. 

The Holiday Book Bazaar takes place at 30 South Beaver Street from 6 to 9 p.m.

Live music will be performed by Limestone Connection and Red Sammy.

Interspersed with the music will be readings by regional authors, artwork by regional artists, and the opportunity to talk with the authors, musicians, and artists and have them sign their books, CDs and artwork for you.

Free refreshments, snacks, cocktails, wine, and beer will be available, including a beer tasting will offered by Brewery Products.

Complete tours of the 1830s mansion, The Smyser-Bair House / Historic York Inn, will be offered every hour on the hour. 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.)

Regional musicians, artists, and authors featured include:
Limestone Connection, Red Sammy, Shirley Brewer, Kathy Cottle, John Decker, Holly Morse-Ellington, Tom Glenn, Eric D. Goodman, Nataliya Goodman, Nitin Jagdish, Manzar Rassouli, Jason Tinney, and Adam Trice.

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, browse the book table, or a little bit of everything, join us from 6 to 9 p.m. at 30 South Beaver Street, York, PA 17401 on York First Friday December 2!

Learn more about the history of the Smyser-Bair House / Historic York Inn at www.YorkInn.info.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Fall Fiction Spectacular at Reston Readings This Sunday

Looking for some lit this weekend? Join regional authors at the Reston Reading Series, hosted by Reston Book Shop in Reston, Virginia. 

The November Edition of Reston Readings features readers include Leslie Pietrzyk, Nathan Leslie, and Eric D. Goodman.

This “fiction spectacular” takes place from this Sunday, November 20 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Reston Book Shop, 1623 Washington Plaza, Lake Anne Plaza, Reston, Virginia, 20190.

Learn more about the event at  www.facebook.com/events/1720829384907162


Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Bell May Toll for You

Looking for something spooky to read this Halloween? Here’s a story of mine recently published in the literary journal Futures Trading that may just make your ears ring.

My short story, “The Bell,” follows a young artist at an artist colony. Everything at the colony seems perfect … but is it? Find out by reading “The Bell” in Futures Trading.

Want more? You can read “Small Talk” in a flash. “Small Talk,” about a road trip that goes bad for one of a pair, was published in a recent issue of Crack the Spine.

Finally, there’s “Zombie is the New Vampire,” published in The Potomac back in Spring of 2011. The Potomac is a journal of poetry, politics, and prose based along the banks of the Potomac river.

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Womb to Arrive Spring 2017

The new anticipated delivery for Womb: a novel in utero is spring 2017. The season of rebirth seems the perfect time to drop a new book like this one.

What makes Womb most unique is its unusual narrator. Set in the city and suburbs of Baltimore, the novel is narrated from the point of view of a child still in utero. He describes his own reality inside the womb, his connection to the collective consciousness, and narrates (through his own perspective) the drama of his mother’s life as she deals with her pregnancy, friends, family, and work. The unique narration in Womb has been compared to that in the novels Room by Emma Donoghue and The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.

I wrote the original draft about a decade ago, after reading The Lovely Bones, being impressed by the dead narrator, and looking for the challenge of a unique point of view of my own. My wife was pregnant with our second child at the time, so I didn’t have to look far for my unusual narrator.

Stay tuned for news as it comes! 

http://www.tracksnovel.com/womb.html

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Longing for Lisbon?

If you're longing for Lisbon, join me for some pictures of Portugal. 

All this and next week, I'm recounting our recent adventure in Lisbon and the area on Facebook and Twitter.

Let's travel together. Your choice of vehicle:

www.facebook.com/EricDGoodman

www.Twitter.com/Edgewrite


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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Lit and Art Honors Wayne Countryman

We come near the end of another year, and complete the ninth year of the Lit and Art Reading Series. We also say farewell to a dear friend and long-time supporter of Lit and Art, Wane Countryman.

Unfortunately, due to situations beyond our control, we must cancel the Lit and Art Reading Series event at the Watermark Gallery, originally scheduled for October 30, including the tribute to our dear friend Wayne Countryman.

May we suggest that you honor Wayne by privately reading work by or about him?

Learn more about Wayne and his life at The Baltimore Sun:


Learn more about the 2017 Lit and Art Reading Series (as news becomes available) at www.facebook.com/groups/LitAndArt.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Find Words and Wine at the Library

You’ll find more than books and words at the Catonsville Library this Saturday evening, October 22 from 7 to 9. Join us for Words & Wine hosted by the Friends of the Catonsville Library. Tickets are $25, and the social event offers a variety of wines, gourmet cheeses from around the world, jazz guitar, and the chance to mingle with local authors. Learn more about the event at www.catonsvillelibraryfriends.org/
And, don’t forget that the final Lit and Art of the 2016 season takes place on Sunday, October 30! Featured readers include Nathan Leslie, Nitin Jagdish, and Gregg Wilhelm. 

The second half of the program will be a tribute to the late Wayne Countryman with readings about him and of his work. 

Music by Limestone Connection, art by Manzar, and free refreshments. Join us on Sunday, October 30 from 2 to 5 p.m. at The Watermark Gallery, 100 South Charles Street, second floor of the Bank of America Building right across from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
And see you for some cheese and words and wine October 22 from 7 to 9 at the Catonsville Library; learn more at www.catonsvillelibraryfriends.org/

Thursday, September 29, 2016

York First Fridays Harvest Festivities at the Historic York Inn

TheSmyser-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 7!

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.

Limestone Connection, a band from Baltimore made up of Holly Morse-Ellington (on ukulele and vocals) and Jason Tinney (on harmonica), will play 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 StoriesFlightless Goose was endorsed by one of the founding writers for Sesame Street. Tracks 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 by Baltimore Magazine.

A free beer tasting will be offered by Brewery Products.

Snacks, hot food, spiced drinks and spiked drinks 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 7!

Learn more about the history of the Smyser-Bair House / Historic York Inn at www.YorkInn.info.


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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Get Cracking with Crack the Spine

Crack the Spine is a weekly online literary journal that publishes it's best work in a quarterly print anthology. Crack the pages of issue 197 and you'll find my short story, "Small Talk" toward the beginning of the issue.

"Small Talk" is one of the stories I wrote during my morning ritual at the Ox-Bow artist colony. On that writing retreat, I was revising Womb: a novel in utero. 

Each morning, I would warm up by sitting on the couch in my studio and reading an entry in John Steinbeck's Journal of a Novel. Then, I'd sit at my desk and write a few pages of flash fiction. Some of those exercises resulted in throwaways. A few, like "America Land," "The Bell," and "Girl 2, 5, or 7" made their way to publication.

So it is with "Small Talk." 

Be sure to leave a comment about the story in the issue's comments section to boost the chances of seeing "The Bell" ring in Crack the Spine's next print anthology!

http://www.crackthespine.com/2016/08/issue-197.html

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Wednesday, September 07, 2016

A Cover is Born

Special delivery! A cover is born! But a good book cover isn’t simply delivered by a stork. A lot goes into the concept, development, and design of a book cover.

For Womb: a novel in utero, there were a lot of ideas floating around. An actual picture of a child in utero? A newborn? A pregnant woman’s torso? Something along the lines of a baby shower invitation with pink and blue?

In the end, the creative team agreed that, given the unique subject matter, abstract worked best. Something that evoked the feeling of a womb, a spark of awareness, and yet was undefined.

I’m very happy with the result! But what father isn’t proud of his baby?

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Lit and Art at Baltimore Book Fest

The time has come (or soon will) once again for readers and writers to fill Baltimore’s Inner Harbor like they do every time this year. Lit and Art and the CityLit Project are participating in the annual Baltimore Book Festival!

The Baltimore Book Festival is the Mid-Atlantic Region’s biggest celebration of the literary arts. The event takes place from Friday, September 23 at noon to Sunday, September 25 at 6 p.m.

Once again, the Lit and Art Reading Series has a place at the Baltimore Book Festival’s CityLit Stage—the hottest stage of the festival! Our program takes place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 25 and features Barbara DeCeaser, Jennifer Miller, Charles Rammelkamp, Sally Whitney, and Manzar. Eric D. Goodman and Nitin Jagdish host, and the event will be emceed by NPR’s Aaron Henkin, of WYPR, Baltimore.

Other featured writers participating in this year’s festival include Terry McMillian, Carl Hiaasen, Jessica Anya Blau, and a multitude of others.

Learn more about this year’s Baltimore Book Festival at www.baltimorebookfestival.org.


Monday, August 15, 2016

What Should You Google Next?




Most of us spend more time surfing the web than we’d like to admit. But in doing so, you can find a lot of interesting things. Can you remember a time before the convenience of web searches?

As with watching television or listening to music, intent and control is key. Surfing stations of nothing to watch is a waste of time; sitting down to watch a movie or show you’ve been wanting to see is productive. As it is with web searches.

That said, what should you search the web for next? Allow me to google that for you.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Walking Wild Wyoming

The last time my father, brother and I were in Wyoming was in 1987. Now, nearly 30 years later, the three of us will spend the first third of August backpacking the mountains of Wyoming.

After some time in Arizona and Utah, we’ll cross into Wyoming and start our trek at Big Sandy Trailhead. Our adventure will take us through Wind River mountain range, the Cirque of the Towers, Jackass Pass, Pyramid Lake, Maes Lake, Valentine Lake, Lizard Head Meadow, and the Continental Divide. The hike begins at over 9,000 feet above sea level, and will take us above the 10,000 mark.

We’ll be carrying everything we need on our backs—tents, clothes, food, gear … bear spray. Hopefully we’ll avoid the grizzlies, and the scenery will be easier on the eye than the packs are on the back.





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Monday, July 18, 2016

Lit & Art Celebrates Life in Me Like Grass on Fire

The July 31 edition of Lit & Art at the Watermark is a celebration of the fifth anniversary of Life in Me Like Grass on Fire, an anthology of Maryland poets.

In 2011, the Maryland Writer’s Association published an anthology titled Life in Me Like Grass on Fire containing poems by over forty Maryland writers on the theme(s) of love. Editor Laura Shovan claimed then that love could stoke our inspiration, fuel our living, or turn us to ash. On our fifth anniversary, we are still hot!

Join Lit & Art’s celebration of poetry at the Watermark Gallery, 100 South Charles Street in the Bank of America building across from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The festivities take place from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 31 and will include poetry readings, music, art, refreshments, and the opportunity to party with area poets, authors, musicians, artists, and readers. It’s an arty party!

Featured participants include Shirley J. Brewer, Jane Elkin, Frank Joseph, Barbara Morrison, Sonia Linebaugh, Lalita Noronha, Laura Shovan, Patricia Jackovich, Danuta E. Kosk-Kosicka, and the event is hosted by Nitin Jagdish, Eric D. Goodman, and features resident artist Manzar Rassouli.

Started in 2007, the Lit & Art Reading Series takes place about five times a year at the Watermark Gallery, 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. Each event includes literary readings, live music, original art, along with wine and refreshments.


Thursday, July 07, 2016

I’m Expecting—It’s a Book!

Good news: I’m expecting! I’ve been pregnant with this baby for years and am well overdue.

This fall, Merge Publishing will release Womb: a novel in utero.

What makes Womb most unique is its unusual narrator. Set in the city and suburbs of Baltimore, the novel is narrated from the point of view of a child still in utero. He describes his own reality inside the womb, his connection to the collective consciousness, and narrates (through his own perspective) the drama of his mother’s life as she deals with her pregnancy, friends, family, and work. The unique narration in Womb has been compared to that in the novels Room by Emma Donoghue and The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.

I wrote the original draft about a decade ago, after reading The Lovely Bones, being impressed by the dead narrator, and looking for the challenge of a unique point of view of my own. My wife was pregnant with our second child at the time, so I didn’t have to look far for my unusual narrator.

Stay tuned for news as it comes! 

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Eleven Years of Writeful

It seems hard to believe, but it was 11 years ago that I launched Writeful: a weblog for writers and readers with these words:

Hello, and welcome to Writeful! It seems only writeful that I join my fellow writers and launch a weblog. We writers (and our readers) need to stick together, after all. In this exploding cyber-community, remember that every “weblog” begins with “we.” Since every “we” includes a “me,” perhaps an appropriate place to start is to tell you who I am.

How old-fashioned a weblog seems today. And yet, I like keeping the tradition alive and plan to keep Writeful going.

In the 11 years that followed, I’ve shared tips from established authors like Alice McDermott, Neil Gaiman, Tom Wolf, and John Irving as well as news about literary events and prizes. 

I’ve shared armchair travel stories and short stories published in journals, magazines, and online. I’ve promoted the books of friends and fellow authors and have kept readers abreast of my own publications and book releases.

At times, posts came daily or even more frequently than that. 

Now, with more connections made on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites, updates are more like a few times a month, or as updates come.

All of the posts are still there, going all the way back to June 22, 2005. Take a stroll along the world wide web; visit the archives along the left side of the screen!

Interested in more up-to-date posts? Like my Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/EricDGoodman.


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