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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Lit and Art Looks to the Future

Manzar's Maagu painting, indicating silence, seems fitting in describing readings and literary events of the past several weeks. 

You don’t need us to tell you that the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted us all. We had a strong start to the Lit and Art Reading Series for 2020 back in January with readers Linda Joy Burke, Austin Camacho, Katherine Cottle, Lauren Beth Eisenberg Davis, Deanna Nikaido, and Judith Krummeck at The Ivy Bookshop’s Bird-in-Hand location.

However, we had to cancel the March 28 House Concert which would have featured Dan Cuddy, Jen Grow, Nathan Leslie, Nitin Jagdish, and music by Pinto. And we cancelled our April event that would have featured the work of Clarinda Harriss, Matt Honer, Danuta Kosk-Kosicka, Heather Rounds, Patricia Schultheis, and more.

From where we stand now, we’re not sure when we’ll resume our usual schedule. If there is a Baltimore Book Festival this September or November, Lit & Art has been a staple of the festival going back more than a decade and you can probably expect us to be a part of it. Beyond the book fest, we hope things are back to normal in time for us to proceed with our November event at The Ivy’s Bird in Hand location, featuring David Eberhardt, Dan Fesperman, g emil reuter, Charles Rammelkamp, and Diane Sahms-Guarnieri.

Whether we resume later this year or in 2021, we look forward to inviting all of this year’s readers who missed out to join us for the next events.

In the meantime, please take a look at the authors and poets mentioned in this post and check out their books, many of them available as hardcovers and paperbacks delivered to your doorstep, or as ebooks. It is more important than ever to support small-press authors as well as artists and small business.

We’ll get through this together. Only apart. Sort of.

Check our Lit and Art Facebook page for the latest on future events and other related news and announcements.


Friday, April 03, 2020

Like Tiger King? You'll Love Setting the Family Free!

Tiger King is the number one show on Netflix right now.

Hungry for more? Check out Setting the Family Free, my novel inspired by some of the events featured in Tiger King!

Published by Loyola's Apprentice House last fall, lauded by Junot Diaz as "supremely moving, ferocious and tender" and by Jacqueline Mitchard as "a generous, boisterous, surprising read, like a tiger in your back yard," Setting the Family Free is available now as a hardcover, paperback, and ebook!


Wednesday, April 01, 2020

No Fooling: The Goodmans Relocated

Today the Goodman family announced their relocation. 

After residing for one year in downtown Baltimore’s Federal Hill and 19 years in the Rodgers Forge neighborhood, they have vacated their rowhouse and moved to a new home.

“It was just getting too crowded in our rowhouse,” said Nicole Goodman, 21. “Between the souvenirs they buy when traveling and all of Dad’s books, it was starting to feel like we lived in a warehouse.”

“Actually, it was more like a library with a cabinet of curiosities,” Alexander Goodman, 15, corrected.

Tied to the local literary community—and their careers and schools—the Goodmans decided not to move too far away. They resisted the temptation to move to Canada.

“Alex just got into Carver Center for the Arts, and Nicole’s still at Towson University’s Honors College, so we wanted to make sure they could still attend and we could still make it to work,” Nataliya Goodman, 49, stated.

The new home, Wineberry House, is in the Manor Hills neighborhood of Glen Arm, just 15 minutes from their old home. They can now walk to Loch Raven hiking trails they used to drive to. They're in the woods, but only minutes from civilization.

“Close enough to still consider myself a Baltimore writer,” Eric D. Goodman, 48, insisted.

This summer, once they're closer to unpacked and settled in, the Goodmans plan to host a housewarming party, assuming people are permitted to gather once again. A splendid time is guaranteed for all.