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Monday, June 17, 2019

Journey through Germany


Let the next travel adventure begin!

This week, we're headed to Germany for two weeks. My wife, Nataliya, received a grant to follow in the footsteps of the German mathematician and philosopher, Leibniz. My son Alex and I get to tag along. We'll be hitting some unusually mathematical destinations ... but have made sure to schedule in some of our usual castle-culture, palace-pastime, cathedral-collecting exploration. 

Our two weeks will begin in Munich for some beer halls, squares, and palaces. We'll hop in our rental car and take an excursion to "mad" King Ludwig's two castles, Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. Then, we'll stop in Nuremberg  to drop in on the Imperial Castle and Albrecht Durer's house. We'll visit relatives in Dortmund. In Leipzig, we'll catch a Bach concert by the boy's choir and in the church where Bach once served as music director. Although we've seen bits of the Berlin Wall in other countries, we'll stand at the place where west met east and the wall crumbled in Berlin. We'll explore the palaces and art of Dresden. We'll make a stop at the Walhalla Memorial to take in the hall of fame. And we'll finish where we began, in Munich.

We've been to Germany several times, most recently last year for a day in Frankfurt. But this will be our longest German excursion since 1999.

Stay tuned at www.Facebook.com/Edgewriter for pictures and posts from the adventure!



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Friday, June 14, 2019

"Rollicking Read … Rare and Wonderful"




Continuing the process of setting the comments free, these kind words come from someone who knows words well: Author and Fulbright Professor Jerry Holt.

Professor of English at Purdue, Jerry Holt is author of The Killing of Strangers, a novel, and Rickey, a play based on the life of baseball guru Branch Rickey.

Here is what Dr. Holt had to say about Setting the Family Free:

“What a read! Part fable, part meditation, and total page-turner, Setting the Family Free is a rollicking read from first sentence to last. This engaging tale of a zoo that literally opens its doors is at once funny, terrifying, and sometimes heartbreaking. What Eric D. Goodman has managed to do with the sections told by the animals is something rare and wonderful. Look for this one on the ‘Best of 2019’ lists!”

— Jerry Holt, author of The Killing of Strangers and Rickey

Pre-order your copy of Setting the Family Free today!





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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Family Pilgrimage Across Lithuania in Go World Travel

As we prepare for our next international family adventure across Germany, take a look back at last summer's family pilgrimage across Lithuania in a travel story recently published by Go World Travel.

In this piece, we explore Vilnius, Siauliai, the Hill of Crosses, Trakai Island and Castle, and sample everything from Beaver and Boar to Zeppelins and honey liquor. 

Explore Lithuania with us at www.goworldtravel.com/visit-vilnius-lithuania/


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Monday, June 10, 2019

Advance Reading Copies Unleashed

And now for the unleashing of the advance reading copies for Setting the Family Free!






If you'd like to write a review, request your advance reading copy today! Private Message at www.Facebook.com/Edgewriter.

Or, pre-order your copy of the real deal now at www.amazon.com/Setting-Family-Free-Eric-Goodman/dp/162720217X/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=setting+the+family+free+goodman&qid=1559939974&s=gateway&sr=8-1


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Friday, June 07, 2019

Setting the Endorsements Free




Early readers of Setting the Family free are beginning to weigh in. Allow me to begin setting the comments free.

Katherine Cottle is author of the forthcoming book, The Hidden Heart of Charm City, as well as earlier books I Remain Yours, Halfway: A Journal through Pregnancy, and My Father’s Speech.

Here is what Kathy had to say about Setting the Family Free:

Setting the Family Free reinforces Eric D. Goodman’s powerful voice and imagination as one of Baltimore’s most riveting and prolific writers. As with his former novels, Goodman captures the human condition through multiple and unpredictable lenses, illuminating our strengths and weaknesses in a presentation which merges past and present stories, intertwining conversations, and metaphorical geographies. However, Setting the Family Free takes that vision a step further, exploring the existence of the animal, both human and nonhuman, when pushed beyond its natural and enforced boundaries. The blurring between caged and free is violently, gracefully, and thoughtfully crafted, a true tale of terror—both within and without real and realized bars.”

— Katherine Cottle, author of My Father›s Speech, Halfway: A Journal through Pregnancy, and I Remain Yours

Pre-order your copy of Setting the Family Free today!





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Wednesday, June 05, 2019

And the 2019 SSU Distinguished Alumnus is …



Last month, Shawnee State University announced the 2019 Alumni Awards in a press release. The awards were presented at the annual President’s Gala in late April at SSU’s 2019 President’s Gala on April 27. The gala and dinner raised more than $40,000 for the SSU Development Foundation Grants Program.

I was honored to receive The Distinguished Alumnus Award for 2019. The award is presented to an alumnus who has demonstrated “distinguished professional achievement, personal qualities, and service to the university.”

The Distinguished Alumni Ambassador was Heather Cantrell, and the Medal of Merit went to Matthew Purcell. Awards were also presented for Alumni Community Service and Outstanding Recent Graduate. More details can be found at the SSU press release at the link below.

The press release makes mention of my forthcoming novel, Setting the Family Free.

“An author of four books, Goodman’s upcoming novel Setting the Family Free will be released in October 2019 and will feature scenes of his alma mater’s campus.”

Learn more by checking out the official SSU press release at the link below.





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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Apprentice House Press Announces Fall 2019 Releases


Loyola University’s Apprentice House Press will publish 14 books in October 2019, from a diverse collection of “incredibly talented authors.”

“We have a strong cohort of releases this Fall,” says Kevin Attics, Apprentice House Press director. “Poetry, fiction, historical fiction, memoir, and more—they’re all invigorating reads.”

Included in the lineup are books by Katherine Cottle (The Hidden Heart of Charm City), Danuta Kosk-Kosicka (Meadows of Memory), Ben Shaberman (Retina Boy) and Eric D. Goodman (Setting the Family Free).

Most recently, Apprentice House Press has published Love Punch by slain Capital Gazette Columnist Rob Hiaasen, and Father’s Day Creek by veteran Baltimore Sun columnist Dan Rodricks.

Learn more by reading the recent press releases from Apprentice House Press.


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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Goodmans Go to Edinburgh


We really enjoyed our visit to Scotland last month. We normally enjoy our travels to other countries and cultures, climates and cultures. What made this trip different were two things: we were visiting our daughter who is studying abroad in Edinburgh, and we were traveling with my parents. In fact, this trip marked the first time that three generations of Goodmans traveled together in Europe.

Our home base was in Edinburgh, but our travels together brought us to the Highlands, Loch Ness, Glasgow, Rosslyn Chapel, and other destinations along the way. We scaled to the top of Edinburgh Castle and followed the Royal Mile to the bottom where her Majesty's Holyrood Palace awaits. 

We took a few snapshots. Actually, a few hundred. Well, a couple thousand, give or take. Here are some of the better ones. Take a look at the album at the link.

Enjoy!



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Friday, May 17, 2019

Pre-Order Setting the Family Free Today!



My forthcoming novel, Setting the Family Free, is available to pre-order now!

Loyola University's Apprentice House Press is publishing Setting the Family Free on October 1, 2019. However, you can pre-order your copy today to make sure you’re among the first to receive it when it becomes available. In fact, pre-orders should arrive well before the official release date.

Setting the Family Free follows the release of a private reserve of exotic animals into a rural community and examines what happens—to the animals and the people involved—when the animals are put on a more equal footing with the people.

Here’s what you should prepare for when ordering your copy of Setting the Family Free, straight from the back cover:

The loner who collects unusual things. The private reserve of exotic pets released into a rural Ohio community. The estranged wife who loves the animals like family. The caretaker who knows the beasts are dangerous. The Sheriff and his team of experts who must hunt the creatures down. The animal advocate who winces at the spectacle. The celebrity zookeeper who knows what must be done. 

This story expands through the innovative use of multiple narratives, news broadcasts, newspaper articles, press conferences, political tapes, and quotes from experts, eyewitnesses, and those closest to the unfolding events. Who are the heroes; who are the victims? Who gets to decide?

Don’t be taken by surprise when the animals are released—pre-order your copy of Setting the Family Free now.



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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Caution: Exotic Animals Scheduled for Release


That is to say, the publication release date for my latest novel, Setting the Family Free, has been scheduled. 

Loyola University's Apprentice House Press has announced October 1, 2019 as the official release date for Setting the Family Free.

What is Setting the Family Free about? Here's a brief teaser:

The loner who collects unusual things. The private reserve of exotic pets released into a rural Ohio community. The estranged wife who loves the animals like family. The caretaker who knows the beasts are dangerous. The Sheriff and his team of experts who must hunt the creatures down. The animal advocate who winces at the spectacle. The celebrity zookeeper who knows what must be done. 

This story expands through the innovative use of multiple narratives, news broadcasts, newspaper articles, press conferences, political tapes, and quotes from experts, eyewitnesses, and those closest to the unfolding events. Who are the heroes; who are the victims? Who gets to decide?

Setting the Family Free, Loyola University's Apprentice House Press, October 1, 2019

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Thursday, May 09, 2019

I'll Take You to Lithuania in Baltimore Style

The April issue of Baltimore Style Magazine includes my travel story on Lithuania. From Vilnius to Takai, exploration of the enduring cathedrals and synagogues, from Uzupis to the University, we explore unusual sights, shops, and restaurants. 

Anywhere you stand in Lithuania’s Old Town Vilnius, you can see the spires of at least three churches. For a nation once under the Soviet Union’s hammer and sickle, the number of ancient cathedrals that survived is amazing — in part the result of its remote location, the southernmost nation in the trinity of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia that make up the Baltic States.

Find the print version at bookstores and newsstands now. Or, check out the online version at Baltimore Style's website.





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Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Watch Out! Cover released for Setting the Family Free


Who is that off in the distance, in the brush, looking right at you? Watch out! The cover for Setting the Family Free has been released!

After several prototypes and a good amount of deliberation and consideration, Loyola University's Apprentice House Press has revealed the cover of the forthcoming novel, Setting the Family Free.

Do you feel like you're being watched?


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Friday, May 03, 2019

Caution: Exotic Animals to be Released



Setting the Family Free, my latest novel, is being published by Loyola University's Apprentice House Press in October 2019!

What is Setting the Family Free about? Here's a brief teaser:

The loner who collects unusual things. The private reserve of exotic pets released into a rural Ohio community. The estranged wife who loves the animals like family. The caretaker who knows the beasts are dangerous. The Sheriff and his team of experts who
must hunt the creatures down. The animal advocate who winces at the spectacle. The celebrity zookeeper who knows what must be done. 

This story expands through the innovative use of multiple narratives, news broadcasts, newspaper articles, press conferences, political tapes, and quotes from experts, eyewitnesses, and those closest to the unfolding events. Who are the heroes; who are the victims? Who gets to decide?

Setting the Family Free, Loyola University Apprentice House Press, October 2019.



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Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Smyser-Bair House Hosts May Lit and Art



The next event in the Lit and Art Reading Series takes place at The Historic York Inn in the Smyser-Bair House and features authors and poets Heather RoundsSally WhitneyChristopher T. GeorgeGarinè Boyajian Isassi, and Bill Hughes with music by Tom Reyes, original art by Manzar Rassouli, emcee KJ Nitin Jagdish, and curator Eric D. Goodman.

Author Christopher T. George will read from his work, but artist Christopher T. George will offer one of his paintings for silent auction.

It's all part of the City of York's First Friday festivities. Come for the lit and art and music, stay for the free food and drinks, and take a tour of the historic 1830s mansion while you're visiting.

May 3, 6 to 9 p.m. at 30 South Beaver Street, York, Pennsylvania.

Learn more at the Lit and Art Facebook Page.


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Friday, April 26, 2019

Named 2019 SSU Distinguished Alumnus

This weekend, fresh back from our trip to Scotland, we're headed to Portsmouth, Ohio for a visit of my Alma Mater, Shawnee State University. We're going to the Shawnee State's Annual President's Gala, where I'll be presented with Shawnee State University's 2019 Distinguished Alumnus Award.

The Distinguished Alumnus Award is the top of five Alumnus awards designed to recognized "outstanding individuals" who "possess high standards of integrity and character" and "are recognized for numerous accomplishments in their chosen fields and in the community."

I'm honored to be named Shawnee State University's 2019 Distinguished Alumnus Award, which is presented each year to an alumnae or alumnus who has demonstrated "distinguished professional achievement." 

I'm looking forward to the Gala. The accompanying filet mignon dinner will be nice, too!

 www.shawnee.edu/alumni/index.aspx



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Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Nessie II



According to even die-hard Nessie hunters, the Loch Ness Monster may have died. Sightings are down.

Not to worry: we're putting three generations of Goodmans on the case.

My Daughter, Nicole, is studying abroad this semester at Edinburgh Napier University. So for spring break, my wife, son, and I are going to visit her. Joining us are my own parents. Three generations of Goodmans in Scotland at the same time.

Nataliya and I visited Scotland in 2014, so this will be a reunion in more way than one. We plant so spend most of our time in Edinburgh, but will take a trip Sterling Castle, most likely Glasgow, and plan to spend a day in the highlands with a cruise along Loch Ness in search of Nessie. I'll be sure to bring along my Loch Ness Monster hunting hat that I brought back in 2014.



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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Roaring Photo Shoot


My latest novel, Setting the Family Free, is being published by Loyola University's Apprentice House this fall. It may seem like a long time for waiting readers, but there always seems to be a lot to do between contract signing and publication date. 

Designing the book. Selecting a font. Considering formatting issues. Agreeing on matters of style. Bouncing cover concepts off one another. Soliciting reviews and blurbs. And selecting an author photo for the back.

We recently had a roaring good time with a photo shoot for the Setting the Family Free author photo. When we realized getting in a cage with a real lion or tiger was dangerous, photoshopping one in was even more problematic in its own ways, and managing to catch a good shot of a real lion in the backdrop at the zoo or a nature preserve was nearly impossible, I decided to strike a pose (or a few) at the Bayre lion statue in Baltimore's Mount Vernon Square. 

Here are some choice shots.








Setting the Family Free releases October 2019.

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Lit and Art House Concert and Reading


The next event in the Lit and Art Reading Series is part literary reading and part house concert!

Authors and poets and artists Shirley J. Brewer , Linda Campbell FranklinDanuta E. Kosk-KosickaCharles RammelkampKJ Nitin Jagdish, Eric D. Goodman and Manzar Rassouli will take the basement stage where members of bands like Wilco, June Star, and The Humidors have performed!

The event is BYOB and will begin with about half an hour of socializing before Pinto (Andrew Laughland and Sam Galvan) takes the stage with some original music, followed by literary readings and more music.

The event kicks off at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 at 13 Wagonwheel Ct., Glen Arm, Maryland. 

Bring your friends! Bring a bottle or dish and your appetite for a fun evening of music and lit!

Plan to join us? Let us know at the link below.



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Friday, March 08, 2019

Our House, in the Middle of The Week

Not only did our place make The Week Magazine's best properties on the market, we're their “steal of the week!”

Each week, The Week Magazine features a two-page spread with the “Best Properties on the Market.” Normally there are six properties all under a unified theme, with one of them being the best deal on the market. 

This week, the category was “B and Bs and inns,” and The Historic York Inn / Smyser-Bair House was included as the steal of the week. 

“The nine-bedroom Historic York Inn is on the National Register of Historic Places as the Smyser-Bair House,” writes The Week. “Original details in the 1849 mansion include a porcelain bathroom, glass-etched gasolier, etched door hardware, and pier mirrors gilded with the first owner’s Gold Rush ore.” 

If you happen to be on the market for a grand home at a modest price, or you’re looking for a new semi-retired business opportunity, you can’t do much better than this!

Selina at Berkshire Hathaway would love to hear from you at 717-676-0507. 

Check out the March 1 issue of The Week

https://theweek.com/





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Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Celebrate Lunar New Year in Beijing


We just celebrated the lunar new year. What better time than now to explore China?

Baltimore Style Magazine published my travel story about Beijing, China. “Crickets and Dragons” is available in the print and online versions of the magazine.

In the article, my daughter, Nicole, and I venture through modern and historic Beijing, rickshawing through the Hutong, touring Tiananmen Square, strolling through the Forbidden City, and joining locals in the gardens of the Summer Palace.

Music wafted down a hillside path; we climbed it and arrived at the Garden of Virtue and Harmony. A full band sounded, as dozens of seniors sang from songbooks and others danced in circles. We were pulled in and danced, hand-in-hand, in their cozy circle. Their smiles brightened our morning in a way that the smog-veiled sun did not.

Tourists and locals, in perfect harmony.

Join me in China; read “Crickets and Dragons” in Baltimore Style. 



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Monday, January 07, 2019

New Poetry for the New Year


Looking to start the new year with some peace and quiet? Why not curl up by the fire (or stream one on your television) with a nice book of poetry? Or a few?

Consider my recent "Line of Thought" in Baltimore Style Magazine, with reviews of Elisabeth Spire's A Memory of the Future, Donna Masini's 4:30 Movie, and Linda Pastan's A Dog Runs Through It

If your head's spinning from holiday movies and binge-watching streaming television, slowing down with a book of poetry is just the remedy.

Start by reading my selections in Baltimore Style's Shelf Life.

https://baltimorestyle.com/line-of-thought/


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Sunday, December 23, 2018

Connecting in Zakopane's Tatra Mountains


Some of the best experiences traveling are simple conversations with locals and fellow travelers in unusual places. One such experience took place in Zakopane, Poland's winter capitol, when my son Alex and I met up and found we had a lot in common. 

That experience is highlighted in Go World Travel with my story, "A Visit to the Tatra Mountians."

Enjoy the pictures and story now in Go World Travel!

https://www.goworldtravel.com/travel-zakopane-poland/





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Sunday, December 09, 2018

Apprentice House Press to Publish New Novel: Setting the Family Free






I'm pleased to announce that my novel, Setting theFamily Free, is being published by Loyola University's Apprentice House Press in 2019!

What is Setting the Family Free about? Here's a brief teaser:

The loner who collects unusual things. The private reserve of exotic pets released into a rural Ohio community. The estranged wife who loves the animals like family. The caretaker who knows the beasts are dangerous. The Sheriff and his team of experts who must hunt the creatures down. The animal advocate who winces at the spectacle. The celebrity zookeeper who knows what must be done. 

This story expands through the innovative use of multiple narratives, news broadcasts, newspaper articles, press conferences, political tapes, and quotes from experts, eyewitnesses, and those closest to the unfolding events. Who are the heroes; who are the victims? Who gets to decide?

Setting the Family Free, Loyola University's Apprentice House Press, 2019



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