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Author // Represented by The Doris S. Michaels Literary Agency, Inc. // TRACKS: A Novel in Stories (Atticus Books 2011) & Flightless Goose, a storybook for children (Writers Lair Books 2008) available now. Learn more at www.EricDGoodman.com

Monday, January 26, 2015

Goodman Goes Genre


Beijing’s Forbidden City. Shanghai’s Pearl Tower. Suzhou’s thousand-year old canal villages. Hangzhou’s West Lake. Xi’an’s Terracotta Army.
 
What do these places all have in common, besides being in China? They make up a few of the many settings in my latest novel-in-progress: Dead and Buried.
 
For a couple years now, renowned author Bathsheba Monk and I have talked about collaborating on a novel. After writing well-reviewed literary fiction for the likes of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Bathsheba decided to take up genre fiction. Thus the Swanson Herbinko Cozy Mystery series was born. So far, her popular mystery novels have included Dead Wrong, Dead Silence, and Dead Karma. Each is set in a different country.
 
When I returned from my two weeks in China last year, I knew I wanted to set a novel in some of the exotic locations. I realized my ideas might make for a good addition to Bathsheba’s series.
 
Dead and Buried is a bit of a mystery-thriller hybrid, and my first collaboration with another author. Written from the perspective of one of the side characters in Bathsheba’s previous books in the series, Dead and Buried takes the familiar characters—and new ones—on an adventure throughout China’s most interesting places in search of an Imperial artifact. Of course, there’s a murder or two to solve along the way.
 
Look for Dead and Buried from Blue Heron Book Works later in 2015.
 

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Get Lit, Art, Music this Sunday

The first event in the 2015 Lit and Art Reading Series takes place this Sunday, January 25 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Watermark, 100 S. Charles Street, right across from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
 
For the January event, our featured talent includes CL Bledsoe, Margo Christie, Sid Gold, Charles Rammelkamp, and Sally Whitney. Limestone Connection will share blues and folk-inspired originals and covers, with Jason Tinney at the harmonica and Holly Morse-Ellington at the ukulele. Manzar’s original art will be on display. To hold it all together, we’ll enjoy wine, refreshments, and conversation among like-minded artists.
 
Like all Lit and Art events, it is free and open to the public. So come along and bring some friends!
 
Hosted by Baltimore authors Nitin Jagdish and Eric D. Goodman, the events are casual and meant to foster the local literary community. In fact, we encourage attendees to bring about five minutes of their own work to share during open mic!
 
Started in 2007 at The Watermark Gallery, the Lit & Art Reading Series showcases local, national, and international talent—fiction, poetry, non-fiction, memoir, original art, live music—all topped off with wine, refreshments, and conversation.
 
Join us and find out why Lit and Art has been called the best excuse to get lit on a Sunday afternoon in Baltimore!
 
 
Join the Lit and Art Reading Series on Facebook. www.facebook.com/groups/181120815252390/

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A 2015 Full of Lit and Art


With the new year comes a brand new lineup of talent brought to you by the Lit and Art Reading Series at the Watermark Gallery.

The first event comes on the last Sunday of January: Sunday, January 25 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Watermark, 100 S. Charles Street, right across from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

For the January event, our featured talent includes CL Bledsoe, Margo Christie, Sid Gold, Charles Rammelkamp, and Sally Whitney.
 
Limestone Connection will share blues and folk-inspired originals and covers, with Jason Tinney at the harmonica and Holly Morse-Ellington at the ukulele.
 
Manzar’s original art will be on display. To hold it all together, we’ll enjoy wine, refreshments, and conversation among like-minded artists.

Like all Lit and Art events, it is free and open to the public. So come along and bring some friends!

The January event is just the tip of the iceberg. Take a look at some of the fantastic talent we have joining us on the last Sundays of January, March, June, September, and October of 2015: Madison Smartt Bell, DR Belz, CL Bledsoe, Shirley Brewer, Goodloe Byron, Margo Christie, Kathy Cottle, Caryn Coyle, Earl Crown, Dan Cuddy, Lauren Eisenberg Davis, Christopher T. George, Tom Glenn, Sid Gold, Ian Hochberg, Dave Housley, Bill Hughes, Michael Hughes, Frank S. Joseph, Limestone connection, Jerry Marconi, Bathsheba Monk, Holly Morse-Ellington, Jacob Panic, Richard Peabody, Charles Rammelkamp, Rosalia Scalia, Oscar Strangeways, Jason Tinney, Barrett Warner, Sally Whitney, Gregg Wilhelm, Mark Willen, and Joseph Young.

Each event will feature live music and original art, including the paintings of Manzar as well as other guest artists. Manzar and other visual artists have their work for sale at the gallery, both originals and prints. And many of the authors and musicians have their work for sale as well.

 Hosted by Baltimore authors Nitin Jagdish and Eric D. Goodman, the events are casual and meant to foster the local literary community. In fact, we encourage attendees to bring about five minutes of their own work to share during open mic!

Started in 2007 at The Watermark Gallery, the Lit & Art Reading Series showcases local, national, and international talent—fiction, poetry, non-fiction, memoir, original art, live music—all topped off with wine, refreshments, and conversation.

Our 2015 Lit and Art-stravaganza starts on Sunday, January 25 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Watermark Gallery, 100 S. Charles Street, on the second floor of the Bank of America building right across from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Join us and find out why Lit and Art has been called the best excuse to get lit on a Sunday afternoon in Baltimore!

Visit the Watermark Gallery online.

Join the Lit and Art Reading Series on Facebook. www.facebook.com/groups/181120815252390/

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Wednesday, January 07, 2015

For the new eReaders


If a new eReader is one of the items you received over the holidays, or if you plan to load more good books to your eReader in 2015, here are some suggestions to consider.

Tracks: A Novel in Stories is on sale at Atticus Books for only $7.99. Find it at https://atticusbooksonline.com/shop/tracks-a-novel-in-stories.

While you’re at it, check out some of the other fine eBook titles in the Atticus Books catalog, available at https://atticusbooksonline.com/shop.


Another great place to go when you’re looking for eBooks is Blue Heron Book Works. There, you’ll find memoirs like Kindle #1 Bestseller Rigger as well as books in the popular Swanson Herbinko cozy mystery series by Bathsheba Monk. Find Blue Heron books at www.blueheronbookworks.com.

Keep watching small presses like Atticus Books and Blue Heron Book Works for new fiction, memoirs, and books in 2015.

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Happy Holidays


The year has come to an end and it’s time to celebrate the holidays with family and friends. For many of us, that means road trips and travel.


When I travel with my family, I try to stock us up with a selection of good tunes and audio books to enjoy. May I load you up too?


If you’re looking for something to listen to, perhaps you’d like to hear some of my radio readings from Baltimore’s NPR station, WYPR. You can find more than a dozen of them, set to music, at www.EricDGoodman.com/radio.html.


And, if you’re looking for material to fill your new e-reader, may I invite you to www.TracksNovel.com?


Whether you’re staying home or traveling home, I’d like to wish you a warm holiday season and a happy, healthy 2015.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Twenty Years

A lot can happen in 20 years. Life events pass by quickly and, before you know it, decades have passed. So many things change. And so many more stay the same.

Twenty years ago last March, I was a college student who was thrilled to be on his way to Russia as part of a university study abroad exchange. Twenty years ago last March, I found myself a stranger in a strange land. It was 1994, and I was one of the first foreigners allowed inside the closed city of Nizhniy Novgorod. On my first day in the city, I made eye contact with Nataliya.

Twenty years ago in April, we went on our first date. We dined at a nice restaurant (Dom Aktora), had a few drinks at the Admiral Cafe, and sat together on the side of a hill as we overlooked the Volga River.

Twenty years ago this week, Nataliya and I were married.

Rather than renew our vows, we renewed our first date. We dined at a nice restaurant (Sotto Sopra), had drinks at Tio Pepe's, and sat together on the side of Federal Hill as we overlooked Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

A lot can happen in 20 years. Life events pass by quickly and, before you know it, decades have passed. So many things change. And so many more stay the same.

Here's to the next 20 years going by much more slowly, but being every bit as rewarding.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

One-Night Book Stands


Late Last Night Books is a blogzine about fiction written by novelists. I was asked to write a guest blog forblogzine about dialogue. The result is “Breaking Bad Dialogue: Be Careful Who You Talk For.”

“You’ve probably heard the advice before: be careful who you talk to. But when dealing with dialogue, it’s even more important to be careful who you talk for.”

Breaking bad dialogue can go a long way to improving your writing—and your reading experience.

Read the blog at the following link.


 

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Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Latest A-Tracks-tion


Over the past few years, Tracks: A Novel in Stories has received a good number of positive reviews and endorsements. The latest review featured on Amazon and Goodreads comes from someone after a second reading of the book!
 

Poet and author Shirley J. Brewer had this to say.

 
“Goodman's novel-in-stories captivated me, not once but twice! And I found the second reading even richer, as I delved into the lives of passengers on a train traveling from Baltimore to Chicago. Goodman skillfully weaves his stories into a seamless "track" - not a sleeper in the bunch! He allows us to see his characters in numerous stories - sometimes as features, other times as accessories.


“The author takes us on a journey beyond the faces and facades of passengers, revealing their inner doubts and hopes. I found myself caring deeply for these fictional characters, empathizing with their dramas and dreams. As the hit man, Charlie, concludes: "So many people going in the same direction, yet all headed for different places."


Read the full review—and feel free to leave one of your own if you read Tracks—at her Amazon Review Page.


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Monday, November 24, 2014

This Thanksgiving, Save the Goose for Reading


As you prepare you holiday goose*, allow me to put you on track regarding some Black Friday specials that will be good from now through the end of the weekend.


Buy a copy of Tracks: A Novel in Stories for $10 + $3 shipping and get a free audio CD with radio readings from the book—set to music and sound effects.
 

Buy a copy of Flightless Goose for $10 + $3 shipping and get a free DVD Storybook of the book.


Buy a set of both Tracks and Flightless Goose for $20 + $3 combined shipping and get both books, the free CD and DVD AND an unpublished, deleted story from Tracks.


Just visit www.EricDGoodman.com/tracks.html to place your order.


Learn more or place your order at www.TracksNovel.com


Happy Thanksgiving from the Goodmans and the goose!


*Gilbert, the flightless goose, recommends eating turkey and reading about goose.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Novel in a Month?


Tens of thousands of writers are racing through their pages during National Novel Writing Month this November.  Thousands will cross the finish line to complete a manuscript of 50,000 words or more.  Now, what can you do with it?


In a nutshell?  Rewrite it.  Revise it.  Edit it.  Make sure it’s the best book it can be.  Then start looking for an agent.


That’s what I did.  It took me a month to write that first draft of Tracks: A Novel in Stories, then a few years to take the spillage and sculpt it into a novel I could pitch to agents.  The result?  Representation by one of New York City’s top ten agents! 


And a book deal with Atticus Books!


But it all started with a month of intense writing, as you can read in Ally E. Peltier’s story about the beginnings of Tracks as a NaNoWriMo novel.


Here’s a snippet from her article:


Eric began writing Tracks five years ago, during NaNoWriMo. He wrote about 60,000 words that year, then went on to add and subtract stories, rewrite and revise, until he had a final draft ready to take to publishers. “The nice thing about NaNoWriMo,” Eric says, “is that you’re forced to write even when you’re not sure you have it all figured out. And for a first draft, that’s good. Tracks is a different, and better, book than that original draft. But the original draft helped make it possible.”

She also uses Tracks to teach some writing lessons, such as the importance of staring small, reading other writers, avoiding traps like procrastination and perfection-seeking.

 

I’ve attempted and won NaNoWriMo five times. I’ll admit I don’t do it every year, because I have enough rough drafts to sculpt into presentable prose. But this year, I sort of did it again. But this year, it was EarlNoWriMo—Early Novel Writing Month! I wrote my most recent draft novel, a literary thriller set in China, during the month of October. It fit my schedule and deadline better than NaNoWriMo.



Read Ally’s article about Tracks and NaNoWriMo, published in her monthly newsletter, at the following link.
 


 

 

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

For Veterans Day

Baltimore writer and veteran Tom Glenn has some bitter memories about the fall of Saigon. He was there, and under fire, when it happened. Tom regularly shares his (unclassified) experiences with presentations and readings.

He wrote a three-part series for the Baltimore Post-Examiner called Bitter Memories: The Fall of Saigon. Read part one at the link below—and follow along to parts two and three. Good reading material for Veterans Day … or any day.



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Monday, November 03, 2014

America Land in The Loch Raven Review


Halloween has ended, and now the most frightening day of the year is at hand: Election Day! I hope everyone is ready to weather the storm—and the attack ads—and get out to vote.

I don’t have a “rock the vote” story to share. But how about settling for “America Land,” my story that was published in the most recent issue of The Loch Raven Review?

In the same issue, you’ll find the works of other writers and poets, like Charles Rammelkamp, Margo Christie, David Eberhardt, Jacqueline Michaud, and Sid Gold.

Check out the Spring-Summer 2014 issue of The Loch Raven Review at  www.lochravenreview.net.
Visit “America Land” at http://thelochravenreview.net/eric-d-goodman

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

GEO-POE at Westminster Hall


Looking for a bookish Halloween event? Or a Halloween Literary event? Tonight’s the night. Join the CityLit Project at Westminster Hall (the final resting place of Edgar Allan Poe) for GEO-POE

In October 2014, fourteen writers hid fourteen stories inspired by the death of Edgar Allan Poe or written in a Poesque fashion. Geo-cached in spots around Baltimore, each story is part of a puzzle that is GEO-POE: A Literary Geo-Caching Adventure.

www.facebook.com/geopoebaltimore

Free Fall Baltimore Event
Geo-Poe: The Reading
Oct 29, 7pm at Westminster Hall
Please RSVP for free admission here
http://bit.ly/1yHDH4Y

At last, let the identities of these fourteen warped writers be revealed!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The End Has Come


For the 2014 Lit and Art Reading Series, that is.

The final Lit and Art of the 2014 season takes place the last Sunday in October—this weekend! Featured readers include David Andrews, Shirley Brewer, Anthony C. Hayes, Richard Peabody, and Trish S.

Classical piano will be performed by Tom Glenn. The original artwork of Manzar will be on display, and you can help yourself to free wine and refreshments.  Nithin Jagdish and Eric D. Goodman are your welcoming hosts. Plus, open mic offers the opportunity for you to show us what you’ve got.

Join us for the last Lit and Art of the 2014 season on Sunday, October 26 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.

 
Pledge your intention to attend the event at the event page:
 

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NaNoWriMo One Month Early


Do you do NaNoWriMo? It’s right around the corner. NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, takes place every November—a month of pens and paper, desktops and lap tops, coffee and creativity. The goal: to write a novel of 50,000 words or more in one month’s time.

I used to be a perennial participant. I won NaNoWriMo five years in a row. Then I realized that I had lots of decent first drafts of novels, but not enough polished final drafts, so I stopped.

I had thought of participating again this year, but I just couldn’t wait. So I decided to do it one month early. I started writing when the calendar turned to October, and I expect to have a draft completed before the trick-or-treaters arrive on the doorstep.

NaNoWriMo is more motivator than contest. It’s sort of like a marathon. You have to be a regular writer who practices, have to train yourself for the event. But if you do, and if you’re driven, you can write a novel in a month. And it’s a great feeling.

Then comes the rewriting and the editing. But there are plenty more months for that.

Whether you decide to participate in National Novel Writing Month or you decide on the month that best fits your schedule and mood, write on!

Look for more details on my latest novel, set in China, in the months to come. Until then, check out some of the places I visited earlier this year that found their way into the novel!

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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Last Lit and Art of the Year


Last month, the Lit and Art Reading Series took its place once again at the Baltimore Book Festival—the Mid-Atlantic Region’s biggest literary celebration! We were hosted by the CityLit Stage—the hottest stage of the festival! Featured talent included Tom Glenn, Eric D. Goodman, Holly Morse-Ellington, Nitin Jagdish, Nathan Leslie, and Liz Moser. The event was emceed by NPR’s Aaron Henkin, whose program “The Signal” takes listeners on a weekly tour of Baltimore’s cultural landscape.

But we’re not ones to dwell on the past. Let’s look to the future.

The final Lit and Art of the 2014 season takes place the last Sunday in October! Featured readers will include David Andrews, Shirley Brewer, Tony Hayes, Richard Peabody, and Trish S.

Musical interludes of classical piano will be performed by Tom Glenn. The original artwork of Manzar will be on display, and the program will be held together with wine and refreshments. Plus, open mic will offer the opportunity for you to show your talent as well.

Join us for the last Lit and Art of the 2014 season on Sunday, October 26 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.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Get Your Lit On at Baltimore Book Festival City Lit Stage

For many in the local literary community, this is the Literary New Year celebration. It's time to get your lit on!

Yes, it’s that season again—time for the Baltimore Book Festival. It’s the Mid-Atlantic Region’s biggest literary celebration! The event takes place from Friday, September 26 at noon to Sunday, September 28 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 26 and features Tom Glenn, Eric D. Goodman, Holly Morse-Ellington, Nitin Jagdish, Nathan Leslie, Liz Moser, and Manzar. The event will be emceed by NPR’s Aaron Henkin, whose program “The Signal” takes listeners on a weekly tour of Baltimore’s cultural landscape.

Other featured writers participating in this year’s festival include Alice McDermott, Rafael Alvarez, Jessica Anya Blau, Sid Gold, Jen Michalski, Lalita Noronha, and a multitude of others.

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

Go right to the CityLit Stage!

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Lit and Art at Baltimore Book Fest


It’s that season again—time for the Baltimore Book Festival. It’s the Mid-Atlantic Region’s biggest literary celebration! The event takes place from Friday, September 26 at noon to Sunday, September 28 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 26 and features Tom Glenn, Eric D. Goodman, Holly Morse-Ellington, Nitin Jagdish, Nathan Leslie, Liz Moser, and Manzar of the Watermark Gallery. The event will be emceed by NPR’s Aaron Henkin, whose program “The Signal” takes listeners on a weekly tour of Baltimore’s cultural landscape.

Other featured writers participating in this year’s festival include Alice McDermott, Rafael Alvarez, Jessica Anya Blau, Sid Gold, Jen Michalski, Lalita Noronha, and a multitude of others.

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

Go right to the CityLit Stage!

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