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Friday, September 29, 2006

TRACKS at Baltimore Book Fest

In case you didn't hear it on Baltimore's NPR station, WTMD, or read it in Baltimore's City Paper, I'm reading from TRACKS, my novel in stories, this weekend at the Baltimore Book Festival -- the mid-Atlantic's premier celebration of the literary arts.

The Write Here Write Now reading takes place at the City Lit Tent. I'll be reading an abridged version of the story "A Good Beer Needs a Good Stein" on Sunday, October 1 at 11 a.m. and will be joined by five other local writers: Judy Turner, Nancy Greene, Paul Lagasse, Barbara Friedland and Fernando Quijano. Christine Stewart hosts the event.

Other featured authors during the three-day festival include Sebastian Junger, James McGreevey, Moria Egan, Kate Dolan, and Nathan Leslie.

This is the first public reading from TRACKS, a novel in stories. To learn more, visit the Baltimore Book Festival website.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

NPR on The Brave Work of Writing

Last weekend, Baltimore's WTMD (the local NPR station) broadcast an episode of Clear Reception with Sheri Parks on the brave work of writing. The hour-long program began with film producer Christine Vachone, and Sujata Massey. Then, Sheri interviewed Gregg Wilhelm of the City Lit Project and Christine Stewart, Creative Alliance writer-in-residence on the Write Here, Write Now Project.

When discussing the "Baltimore voice" and emerging writers in the area, they mentioned some of us reading at the Baltimore Book Festival this weekend: Judy Turner, Nancy Greene, Paul Lagasse, Barbara Friedland, Fernando Quijano III and Eric D. Goodman.

Missed the broadcast? Catch the podcast! Here's the link.


Friday, September 22, 2006

Don't Miss the Festivities

Lovers of Literature won't want to miss next weekend's Baltimore Book Festival, touted as the mid-Atlantic's premier celebration of the literary arts. Featured authors include Sebastian Junger (A Death in Belmont, The Perfect Storm), former Governer James McGreevey, Washington Writers' Publishing House Author Moria Egan, historical factionalist Kate Dolan, and short story writer Nathan Leslie.

Not to mention a different sort of Sunday morning reading at the CityLit Stage, featuring local authors Christine Stewart, Judy Turner, Paul Lagasse, Nancy Greene, Barbara Friedland, Fernando Quijano III, and Eric D. Goodman.

Literary agents and first-time authors will offer advice to writers. The editor-in-cheif of Cosmo and the man behind Sesame Street's Elmo will be present. Even local filmmaker John Waters will be in attendance. And be sure not to miss Friday night's Books and Brew.

The festival runs all weekend, Friday, September 29 to Sunday, October 1.

For more info, and the complete schedule, see the Book Fest's website.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Podcasting for Writers

Writers often seem to be the last to notice market changes. Sure, a number of writers have blogs now -- but what's next? The answer, according to the folks at Write and Publish Your Book, is multi-media: Podcasting, Videocasting, and Virtual Book Tours are the next big thing in marketing for writers. But, what's a Podcast, and how do you create one?

There's an easy way to find out. The experts at Write and Publish Your Book are holding a teleseminar series these advanced marketing techniques. The first hour-long session will be held on October 25th at 9:00 p.m. and will cover the basics.

Visit their Podcast page for more information and to register for this teleconference.


Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Get a Leading Edge

This Saturday, September 16, The Leading Edge Writers' Studios presents a day-long workshop for writers in Columbia, Md. Loree Lough, author of 53 books, brings her years of writing expertise to the one-day workshop at Kahler Hall's Marchand Room from 8:30 to 4. For more information on how you can learn from this award-winning author, visit the link.


Monday, September 11, 2006

New Fiction for Patriot Day

Looking for something exciting to read this Patriot Day? See the September issue of Coloquio for the fifth installment of "Freedom." Joe serves his nation in Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11. Beneath the title is a link to part 4, where you can go back to relive Joe's reaction on that fateful day five years ago. In fact, you can follow the links all the way back to part one. Below is the link for part 5.


Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Workshop Gets Honest

This fall, the Write Here Write Now Workshop focuses on non-fiction. CityLit's Gregg Wilhelm and Creative Alliance Resident Christine Stewart team up once again for a writing series guaranteed to challenge, provoke, and foster a community of writers. Registration is now and the weekly sessions run from October 12 to December 7. To learn more, visit the Creative Alliance site right here, right now.


Friday, September 01, 2006

"Surprise" Story Published

Earlier this summer, I hit the field and did some research for a non-fiction story. That is, I drove to the mid-west, went to the first two shows in Paul Simon's "Surprise" tour and wrote a story about the experience.

The feature, "Surprise Pilgrimage: Hitting the Road in Search of Paul Simon's America," has been published in The Neck of My Guitar. Right now, it's the top story under "Newspaper Articles."

Visit the Simon site to check it out -- just don't call me a fanatic.


Or use this link to do directly to the story.