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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Story Reset in Literary Nest

As you reset your year, reset with a story.

My story, “Reset,” was published in The Literary Nest. The story, an excerpt from Tracks: A Novel in Stories, has found a new life as a stand-alone story in this online literary journal.

The Literary Nest is a private, non-profit literary magazine that publishes four issues a year.

“Reset” is the story of a former worker for the mob who has reset his life before, ad is looking to do it again.

Read “Reset,” along with other stories, poetry, and nonfiction, in The Literary Nest.

Then, if you want to read more, buy Tracks: A Novel in Stories!

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Womb is Buzzing

Womb: a novel in utero is being published in March 2017, but the buzz has already begun. On more than one occasion, I’ve been at local literary events and overheard others talking about it. And the novel has been mentioned on several occasions in association with reviews of Ian McEwan’s Nutshell. There’s even already been a review of Womb along with two other novels in utero.

And now, the blurbs are starting to emerge. Here’s one from author Charles Rammelkamp. Charles is the author of such works as American Zeitgeist and Mixed Signals, although there are no mixed signals in his thoughts on Womb.

“Eric D. Goodman's absorbing new novel, Womb, is about a high-risk pregnancy—in more ways than one—told from the fetus's point of view. The narrator is full of wisdom and goodwill, which we understand to be our birthright, but it's his father, Jack, whose character and courage burst from the pages like … well, like an infant from the womb. Eric D. Goodman is a talented storyteller.”

-- Charles Rammelkamp,
author of Mata Hari: Eye of the Day and American Zeitgeist

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Lit and Art Rings in 10th Year with Exciting Changes

The Lit and Art Reading Series enters it's 10th year with some exciting changes and talented new participants!

The majority of our Lit & Art events have been held at The Watermark Gallery in Baltimore's Inner Harbor, with some events held at the Baltimore Book Festival and the Historic York Inn / Smyser-Bair House. Due to renovations being done to the building that houses the Watermark, we sought new venues this year.

Some of this year's Lit & Art events will be held at The Ivy Bookshop's Bird in Hand location, at our traditional last Sunday of the month time. Others will be held in conjunction with the City of York's First Friday events at The Historic York Inn / Smyser-Bair House. We'll also plan to have one event at the Baltimore Book Festival and one back at the newly renovated Watermark Gallery.

Who's participating this year? We've got a great lineup that includes musical acts Limestone Connection, Red Sammy, Braking Rays, Goodloe Byron, and Jacob Panic, and a diverse collection of writers and poets including Richard Peabody, Jen Grow, Ron Tanner, Laura Shovan, Rafael Alvarez, Michael Hughes, Toby Devens, D.R. Belz, Katherine Cottle, Christopher T. George, Bill Hughes, Earl Crown, Lauren Eisenberg, Sally Whitney, Virginia Crawford, Tom Glenn, Danuta Kosk-Kosika, Sid Gold, Barbara DeCeasar, Jerry Holt, Lucrecia Gurrero, Sam Schmidt, CL Bledsoe, Harrison Demchick, Shirley Brewer, Nik Korpon, Leslie Pietrzk, Charles Rammelkamp, Eric D. Goodman, Nitin Jagdish, and more. All illustrated by the original art of Manzar and light refreshments.

Mark your calendars for these exciting events:

Sunday, February 26 at The Ivy Bookshop

Sunday, April 30 at The Ivy Bookshop

Friday, May 5 at The Historic York Inn / Smyser-Bair House
Sunday, September 24 at the Baltimore Book Festival

Friday, October 5 at The Historic York Inn / Smyser-Bair House

Sunday, October 29 at The Watermark

Friday, December 1 at The Historic York Inn/Smyer-Bair House: The York First Friday Holiday Book Bazaar 

Learn more about these events, participating talent, and more at the Lit & Art Facebook Page.


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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Watch the Womb Teaser

Most movies these days have more than just a trailer. The trailer is preceded by a teaser trailer. So why not books?

Feast your eyes on the official teaser trailer for Womb: a novel in utero!

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Baltimore's Baker Artist Portfolios Are Online

There are a number of Baker Artist Portfolios to check out at www.BakerArtist.org, including visual, audio, and literary arts. Check out mine at www.bakerartist.org/portfolios/eric-d-goodman.

The Baker Artist Portfolios were created to support artists and promote Greater Baltimore as a strong creative community. The online portfolios are open to artists working in all disciplines who live and work in Baltimore City and its five surrounding counties. The portfolios expose area artists’ work to regional, national and international audiences. The site has been viewed by hundreds of thousands of art lovers, critics, gallery owners, academics, and leaders in creative business in nearly every country around the globe. The program serves artists of all disciplines.

The portfolios and associated awards were established by the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund and are a program of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.

Take a look at my Baker Artist Portfolio and feel free to leave a comment.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

2016: A Not-So-Death-Defying Year

I'd like to announce that, at long last, the year 2016 is dead.

As others have said in recent weeks, there aren’t very many people who are praising 2016 as a great year. For many of us, it’s been a bit of a bummer.

Every year has it’s “in memory” end-of-year tributes. And there are always a number of famous people who exit the world stage who I regret seeing pictured to sad music. But in 2016, it became more personal. It seemed like a younger bunch, the heroes of my generation.

So many musicians I loved and admired. There was Prince, quite unexpectedly. Then David Bowie. Leon Russel. George Michael. And Leonard Cohen.

And the entertainers: Gene Wilder, Alan Rickman, Gary Shandling, Patty Duke, Kenny Baker. 

And in sports, Muhummad Ali and Arnold Palmer. Politically speaking, Justice Scalia, Janet Reno, Fidel Castro.

Writers Elie Wiesel and Pat Conroy, Richard Adams, and Harper Lee. Reporter Morley Safer. 

The person I shared an office with when I lived and worked in Columbus, Ohio: senator and astronaut John Glenn.

Just when it looked as though 2016 was finished with deaths, Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and her mother Debbie Reynolds died one day after the other.

Then, there were the personal passings. Our family dog of eight years, Vesta. My friend and a friend to many on the literary scene, Wayne Countryman. My colleague of 16 years, friend, and former publisher Javier Bustamante. And Thom Steinbeck, the author and son of John Steinbeck, someone I'd grown to know as a friend over our years of correspondence.

Good things happened in 2016, and one has only to look at Facebook and Twitter to see that many people focus on those positive things. But with these heavy happenings, 2016 turned out to be a not-so-death-defying year.

Here’s to 2017 being a year of rebirth, instead of another troubling year of loss.

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