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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Literary New Year

One weekend, two major literary festivals, hundreds of events -- and lots of lit! I could write a book on this weekend's Baltimore Book Festival and National Book Festival -- but I'll stick to few brief highlights.

Friday night, the action was at the CityLit tent with Narrowhouse Night, featuring readings from Narrowhouse authors, live music, and even a little beer to go along with it.

In DC, on Saturday, I had the pleasure of seeing such decorated writers as Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen L. Carter, Lisa Scottoline, Harry Turtledove, and documentary filmmaker Ken Burns. I got to chat with bestselling author David Baldacci for the second time. I missed Edward P. Jones, but he’ll be in my neighborhood later this month.

Finally, Sunday's Works-in-progress reading went well. It was my second year reading from TRACKS, my novel in stories, at the Baltimore Book Festival – the largest celebration of the literary arts in the Mid-Atlantic region.

I even bumped into Project Runway’s Tim Gunn (why couldn't it have been Heidi Klum?) in the author's lounge – who happened to be the largest line-getter at the festival, despite the appearances of literary great Stephen Dixon, bestselling local Stephen Hunter, and Mister Baltimore himself, Rafael Alvarez.

It's always a pleasure to see old literary friends and new at these festivals -- fellow writers, local literary agents, CEOs of publishing houses, and editors of magazines and journals. Not to mention those who run the events, like Gregg Wilhelm of the CityLit Project.

I was thrilled when one person told me they'd read my story, "Out for a Walk," recently published in The Baltimore Review and said they loved it. Another person had heard me read "A Good Beer Needs a Good Stein" on NPR.

Readers enjoying your work ... telling other writers how their work has touched you ... both are worth celebrating.

Paul Lagasse, author of Seeing Through Clouds, summed it up well in his recent papercast when he once again called this weekend the “literary New Year."

Here are pictures from the Baltimore Book Fest reading.


Read Paul’s paper cast here. And happy literary new year!



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