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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.



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