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Friday, January 31, 2014

Enjoy a Late Lunch with NPR

In the mood for a late lunch? It’s on me!

I’m reading an abridged version of a story from Tracks: A Novel in Stories on Baltimore’s NPR station, 88.1 FM, WYPR. “Late Lunch” is the latest installment of what WYPR’s The Signal is now calling the “radio adaptation” of my novel.

In “Late Lunch,” we get inside the mind of Franklin, the conductor of the train, and learn why even as he’s enjoying the company of so many people, in some ways he’s the loneliest person on the train.

The reading airs today (Friday) on The Signal at 7 p.m. and tomorrow (Saturday) at 3 p.m.

Tune in!


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Monday, January 27, 2014

Meeting Steinbeck with Writers Weekly

You may remember late last year, Atticus Books published my literary travel story, “Searching for Steinbeck” on their book blog. "Eric D. Goodman's passion for John Steinbeck is contagious,” said Dan Cafaro of Atticus Books. “His imagery-filled essay about searching the west coast for his literary idol is now on the Atticus Books blog. If you're not intimately familiar with Steinbeck's works, it will encourage you to experience them."

There’s a sequel to “Searching for Steinbeck” in which I actually find him. Thomas Steinbeck, the son of John Steinbeck. During the west-coast leg of my book tour for Tracks, I was fortunate enough to participate in a book event that Thom Steinbeck helped me set up and promote.

Writers Weekly, the highest-circulation freelance writing ezine in the world, published my “feature article” on the experience.

Thom Steinbeck shares some good advice. "My father used to tell me that you should never sit down to create a story. You sit down to write a story, but the creation of it comes before you ever begin to write. You don't create at the desk. You need to dream the entire story first, from beginning to end."

Read “Meeting Steinbeck” in Writers Weekly.


Or begin at the beginning by reading “Searching for Steinbeck” at the Atticus Books blog.




Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Saturday at Five, Sunday at Two

This weekend, join some of Baltimore’s favorite authors at two of Baltimore’s most popular reading series hosted at two of Baltimore’s greatest art galleries.

This Saturday, January 25 at 5:00 comes the first reading in the 2014 Five: Ten Reading Series. Featured readers are Rafael Alvarez, D.R. Belz, Clarinda Harris, and Eric D. Goodman. The event is free and open to the public, and you can shop for books, art, and more at Minas Gallery, 815 W. 36th Street, Hampden. Learn more at the 5:10 blog.

The very next day, join the first event in the 2014 Lit and Art Reading Series at The Watermark Gallery, 100 S. Charles Street, across from Baltimore’s inner harbor. Featured readers include Jessica Lynn Dotson, Jack Downs, Archer Sierra, Meg Adams, Dave Eberhardt, and Barbara Morrison. Live music by Pop-Grass banjo dude Jacob Panic, original art by Manzar, hosted by Nitin Jagdish and  Eric D. Goodman. Free wine and refreshments. Lit & Art takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, January 26. Learn more at the Lit and Art Facebook Page—and bring five minutes of your own work to share during open mic.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A 2014 Full of Lit and Art

With the new year comes a brand new lineup of great 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 26 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Watermark, 100 S. Charles Street, right across from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
Our featured talent this month includes Barbara Morrison, Dave Eberhardt, Jack Downs, Jessica Lynn Dotson, Archer Sierra, and Meg Adams. Jacob Panic and his banjo will be there to share some pop-grass, and 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 even is just the tip of the iceberg. Just take a look at some of the fantastic talent we have joining us in February, March, April, May, June, July, September, and October: Richard Peabody, William Patrick Tandy, Michael Hughes, Rafael Alvarez, Madison Smartt Bell, Barbara Diehl, Toby Devens, Barbara DeCeasare, Charles Rammelkamp, Julie Weinberg, Jen Grow, Elisabeth Dahl, Early Crown, Diane Sahms Gaurnieri, g emil rutter, Julie Fisher, Danuta Kosk-Kosicka, Ann Braken, Sam Schmidt, Tom Glenn, Jessica Gregg, D.R. Belz, Sid Gold, Nancy Greene, Liz Moser, Wayne Countryman, Alexandra Hewitt, Ami Spencer, Caryn Coyle, Lauren Eisenberg Davis, Dan Cuddy, Holly Morse-Ellington, Court Bledsoe, Ann Roberts Arbaugh, Shirley Brewer, and Ian Hochberg.
Lit and Art musicians Jacob Panic and Goodloe Byron will share their music, and we’ll be seeing other musical guests as well. Not to mention 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 and curated 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 2014 Lit and Art-stravaganza starts on Sunday, January 26 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.
Visit the Watermark Gallery online.

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


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Sunday, January 05, 2014

Happy New Reading Year

Happy 2014 to all the readers out there!

Are you looking for an eBook for the new eReader or electronic device you received over the holidays? Look no further than the Atticus Books online book shop, where you can find most of the Atticus titles on sale, including my own Tracks: A Novel in Stories.

In the mood for a good eBook mystery? Check out the latest two Swanson Herbinko mysteries from Bathsheba Monk.

Whether you’re sticking with old-school printed books (like me) or reading on an electronic device, here’s wishing you a new year full of great reading.

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