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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Goodman's Got a Brand New Website

Got a few minutes? Check out the new website, www.EricDGoodman.com.

What will you find there?

Short stories. Travel stories and pictures. Articles about writing. Information about books, both published and forthcoming. Novel excerpts. Train stories. A full list of upcoming readings, book signings and literary events. Blurbs and reviews. Press kits. Videos. Opportunities to connect. Interviews. Even a guided tour of the home writing studio.

Whether you want to read a short story or have one read to you, check out a novel excerpt or read an illustrated travel story, peruse a press kit or watch a video, the place to go is www.EricDGoodman.com.

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Steve Berry Lends a Hand to Poe House

International Bestseller Steve Berry is stopping by the B&O Railroad museum this week to help out Baltimore’s Poe House.

I met Steve Berry about ten years ago when he had just published his second book. Since his first novel was published in 2003, he’s had about 17 bestselling thrillers published. He keeps as busy as his globetrotting characters.

History is at the heart of his thrillers and adventures, and his “History Matters” foundation strives to save and preserve endangered historic buildings.

Steve will participate in a reception and give a talk at the B&O Museum on May 22 with proceeds going to Poe Baltimore and the Edgar Allan Poe House. Note that the events are being hosted at the B&O Museum at 901 West Pratt Street and not at the Poe House.

Learn more and get your tickets at www.poeinbaltimore.org/events/2014/05/best-selling-thriller-writer-steve-berry-to-help-save-literary-landmark-poe-house-in-baltimore

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Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Looking for Lit

Lookin’ for lit in all the wrong places? Find an afternoon of lit, sprinkled with music, garnished with art, and drenched in wine and refreshments on the last Sunday of the month.
The next event in the Lit and Art Reading Series takes place on Sunday, May 25 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Watermark Gallery across from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
Featured readers on April 27 include D.R. Belz, Kathy Cottle, Sid Gold, Nancy Green and Jessica Gregg. Live music performed by singer/songwriter Goodloe Byron, original artwork by Manzar, and wine and refreshments will fill out the program.
Hosted by Baltimore authors Nitin Jagdish and Eric D. Goodman, the event takes place at The Watermark Gallery at 100 S. Charles Street, across from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor in the BOA building, and takes place from 2 to 5 p.m.
Bring a bit of your own work to share at open mic.
Well into its seventh year, 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.
Come find out why Lit and Art has been called the best excuse to get lit on a Sunday afternoon in Baltimore.

Learn more about the Watermark Gallery at the online gallery.

Find out more about Lit and Art and the featured talent at the Lit and Art Facebook Page.

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Friday, May 02, 2014

Wee Dram of Scotland

We returned from our week in Scotland just in time to attend the most recent Lit & Art event. The week gave us just a wee taste of Scotland, and a few drams of scotch as well.
Our trip started with a nice day revisiting some of our favorite places in London: Westminster, the Abbey, Parliament, Big Ben, National Gallery, Portrait Gallery, and a taste of Fish and Chips.
We flew into Scotland early in the morning and didn’t waste any time, stowing our bags at the train station and exploring Edinburgh’s Royal Mile—filled with medieval stone buildings that decent for a mile from Edinburgh Castle (on an extinct volcano) and Holyrood Palace (the Queen’s Scottish residence). The Royal Mile ended up being our go-to place during our time in Edinburgh, where we visited a number of museums, galleries, and pubs. Meat and ale pies and fish and chips were favorites.
In Glasgow, we enjoyed touring the campus of University of Glasgow, Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Museum, and Park, the Mackintosh House, Hunterian Museum and Gallery, George Square, St. Mungro Museum, and Glasgow Cathedral. Neeps and Tatties were good in Glasgow, and so was the fish and chips.
Stirling’s medieval old-town was refreshing, not quite as crowded as the larger cities. The castle and medieval church were interesting, as were the pubs and restaurants. We enjoyed a deluxe Scotch flight (about 20 of them) at the Curly Coo—voted best whisky bar in the world two years in a row. In Stirling, we tried haggis, and fish and chips.
Our voyage through the highlands brought us some of the most diverse and dramatic scenery we’ve seen in one day’s time. Mountains and valleys, mist and sun, green moss and desert wastelands. Highlights included Loch Lomond, Glencoe, Rannoch Moor, Ben Nevis, and Loch Ness.
When we took our voyage into Loch Ness, it began raining. The water was choppy and the horizon was misty. We think we spotted Nessie, but it was hard to tell in the rain and mist. We debated our findings over fish and chips.
We searched Rosslyn Chapel outside Edinburgh, but didn’t find anything not already uncovered in Da Vinci Code.
We ended our Scottish adventures where they began, along the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, where we had one last pub meal of meat pies, fish and chips, and ale and scotch.
People have already asked: which city had the best fish and chips and which was our favorite scotch?
We may need to return for another taste test.

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