Tales from the Holy Land by Rafael Alvarez, Unruly Catholic Women Writers Edited by Jeana DelRosso, Leigh Eicke & Ana Kothe and Gentlemen of the Harbor by Captain Bill Eggert
Tales from the Holy Land
Rafael Alvarez (Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing)
If Baltimore is the Holy Land, Alvarez is its Pope of pulp. These 19 short stories exude hardboiled fortitude and an...
What makes Baltimore so appealing as a setting for fiction?
Besides the fact that it’s your hometown, what makes Baltimore so appealing as a setting for fiction?
The question that is asked a thousand times of artists mining the plentiful but seemingly...
Someone by Alice McDermott and James McHenry Forgotten Federalist by Karen E. Robins
Alice McDermott (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)
Eudora Welty once compared V.S. Pritchett’s fiction to “a well-going fire. Wasteless and, at the same time well-fed, it shoots up in flame from...
Vanished by Wil S. Hylton, Ten Thousand Stories by Matthew Swanson/Robbi Behr and Willin’: The Story of Little Feat by Ben Fong-Torres
Wil S. Hylton (Riverhead Books)
Hylton, a former Baltimore staffer, covers a lot of territory in his debut book, ostensibly about a World War II plane crash in the Pacific. He presents a...
The Painted Screens of Baltimore: An Urban Folk Art Revealed by Elaine Eff, Love, Peace, and Soul by Ericka Blount Danois and Front Stoops in the Fifties: Baltimore Legends Come of Age by Michael Olesker
The Painted Screens of Baltimore: An Urban Folk Art Revealed
Elaine Eff (University Press of Mississippi)
This comprehensive history of painted screens will interest folk-art fans and local-history...
Our interview with Elaine Eff, author of 'The Painted Screens of Baltimore: An Urban Folk Art Revealed'
As you note in the book, painted screens originated in London in the 1700s. Why did they become so popular in Baltimore? One reason: working-class rowhouses. Baltimore’s architecture required an...
Our full interview with the author of Vanished.
How many miles did you log while reporting this story, and how long did it take to complete the book?
It turned out that one missing airplane leads to all corners of the earth. I spent a total of...
This year’s Comic-Con looks to be bigger and better than ever.
Marc Nathan——who has owned Cards, Comics, and Collectibles in Reisterstown for nearly 30 years——used to travel to conventions throughout the country and wonder why he didn’t have a Comic-Con in his...
The Wonder Bread Summer, Borders of Equality, and Highs In The Low Fifties
The Wonder Bread Summer
Jessica Anya Blau (Harper Perennial)
With this raucous and sometimes raunchy romp through 1980s excess, Blau has written what might be seen as a chick-lit spin on The Hangover...
Our full interview with best-selling author Meg Cabot
You originally set out to be an illustrator, how did you end up an author of more than 80 books? You know, I wonder that myself all the time. I don’t know. I went to school. I studied at Indiana...