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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

A Writeteous Weekend

Between the National Book Festival in DC and the Baltimore Book Festival next door, there was a lot for writers and readers to do this weekend!

In DC, I managed to meet three living literary legends: John Irving, Tom Wolfe and E.L. Doctorow! They gave presentations, along with more than 80 other successful writers, including David Baldacci, Sandra Brown, John Sanford, Neil Gaiman, Sue Monk Kidd and David McCullough. They all had worthwhile advice and commentary about the art of writing and the pleasure of reading. Check WRITEFUL in the days and weeks to come for gems garnered from these writers.

Back in Baltimore, the 10th annual Book Festival was perfect for local writers and book-lovers. The highlight was the CityLit Stage (formerly the Next Big Thing Stage). CityLit's mission is "to nurture the culture of literature in the Baltimore metropolitan area." Allowing a venue for writers to meet one another, get in touch with one another and share their work is one way CityLit succeeds in fulfilling the mission.

Coming next: TOM WOLFE & ME -- a (very short) account of my relationship with Tom Wolfe.


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