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...
Our interview with author Natalie Standiford.
I understand that, like Laura, you spent a semester in Leningrad. What aspects of the story are based on your experiences there?
I spent the spring semester of my junior year in Leningrad in 1982....
Jessica Anya Blau, author of The Wonder Bread Summer.
Did you set out to write a "road" book or did that aspect evolve over time?
I wrote most of the first chapter as a short story (that was published in New York Tyrant). When I decided to make it a...
Long before writing Young Thurgood, Larry Gibson broke down Baltimore’s political barriers.
In the garage beneath the downtown law offices of Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler, Larry Gibson lifts a piece of luggage loaded with hardcover copies of his award-winning book, Young Thurgood...
Our extended interview with Wells, associate professor of English at Goucher College, Jane Austen scholar.
What was your introduction to Jane Austen? Was it via Pride and Prejudice? It was not. That is one of the last Jane Austen novels I read, which makes me really unusual.
Which one did you read...
Jill Smokler & Joy Peterson Heyrman
Motherhood Comes Naturally (And Other Vicious Lies) Jill Smokler (Gallery)
Reading this essay collection from Baltimore’s “Scary Mommy” blogger, I wasn’t sure whether to recommend it or submit...