Copies of the authors' books will be on sale at book signings following the programs.
Baltimore authors Rafael Alvarez and Dean Bartoli Smith talk about the writing life in Baltimore and their new books.
Rafael Alvarez' new collection of Baltimore stories, Tales from the Holy Land, charts the secret histories of tugboat men, junk collectors, beautiful women, short order cooks and an artist who captures it all in house paint on the sides of abandoned buildings.
In Never Easy, Never Pretty: A Fan, A City, A Championship Season, Dean Bartoli Smith writes about the Baltimore Ravens' 2012-13 season, winning Super Bowl XLVII, and how a football team impacts its fans and its city.
Twenty years after their bestselling All's Fair: Love, War, and Running for President, James Carville and Mary Matalin, the nation's best-known, most romantically mismatched and provocative political couple, return with a look at how they -- and America -- have changed in the last two decades.
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Doors will open for reserved general seating at 6 p.m. Additional free seating will be available at the rear of the main hall and in Wheeler Auditorium. Greetings & Readings will have copies of the book for sale at a book signing following the program.
Wally Lamb's new novel is a richly-layered exploration of a complicated family navigating dramatic changes in the present as it struggles to make sense of a thorny past. Epic in scope, yet intimate in its probing of its characters' inner lives, We Are Water bears all the hallmarks that have made Lamb's books contemporary classics.
Wally Lamb is the author of four previous novels. His first two works of fiction, She's Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True, were New York Times bestsellers and selections of Oprah's Book Club. Lamb edited two volumes of essays from students in his writing workshop at York Correctional Institution, a women's prison in Connecticut, where he has been a volunteer facilitator for 15 years.
As an urban folk art, painted screens flourished in Baltimore. In her new book, Elaine Eff looks at this iconic Baltimore tradition through the words and images of dozens of self-taught artists. Many screen artists trace their creations to the capable and unlikely brush of one Bohemian immigrant, William Oktavec. In 1913, this corner grocer began a family dynasty and inspired generations of artists who continue his craft to this day.The Painted Screens of Baltimore is illustrated with 300 black and white and colored photographs.
Elaine Eff is a curator and filmmaker and the authority on painted screens. She has chronicled and conserved living culture as the folklorist for the City of Baltimore and the State of Maryland.
They say a good man is hard to find. Kardell Spencer and Lewis Turner know this all too well: neither is lucky in love. Kardell and Lewis are polar opposites. Kardell is a hard-working, successful advertising company owner who has a no-nonsense approach to work and professionalism. Lewis is Kardell's flamboyant, over-the-top employee.
Enter Mateo Lopez, a wealthy, handsome restaurateur and a new client for Kardell Spencer's company. When Mateo takes a liking to Kardell, Kardell plays hard-to-get. Lewis quickly moves in and makes a play for Mateo's attention. When Kardell and Lewis find out about the other's intent for Mateo, Mateo takes control of the situation and proposes a contest to see who will be the best man for him. But Mateo has an ulterior motive that puts both men's lives in jeopardy.
M. T. Pope is a Baltimore native and the author of several novels and short fiction, including Both Sides of the Fence and A Clean Up Man.
Jen Michalski's new novel, The Tide King, won the 2012 Big Moose Prize. She is the author of two collections of fiction, From Here and Close Encounters, and a collection of novellas, Could You Be With Her Now. In 2013 she was named one of "50 Women to Watch" by the Baltimore Sun and won a "Best of Baltimore" for Best Writer from Baltimore Magazine.
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With over 80 percent of Americans now living in cities and suburbs, getting our communities right has never been more important, more complicated, or more fascinating. Longtime sustainability leader Kaid Benfield shares 25 enlightening essays about the ecology of human settlement and how to make it better for both people and the planet.
Kaid Benfield is Special Counsel for Urban Solutions at the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, DC. He is also an adjunct professor at the George Washington University School of Law and a cofounder of the Smart Growth America coalition.
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