Dan Fesperman, Susan Strempek Shea, and C. Fraser Smith
Dan FespermanThe Amateur Spy (Knopf)Over the past 10 years, Fesperman has steadily crafted a remarkable body of work and carved a niche for himself in a crowded field of mystery/thriller novelists. A...
James McBride, Daniel Mark Epstein, and Ellen Lupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips
James McBrideSong Yet Sung (Riverhead)The envelope please… The 2010 Academy Award for Best Actress goes to Halle Berry for Song Yet Sung. And Oscars for Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting...
Locus, Carol Boston Weatherford, Sean Qualls, and Michael Chabon
LocusIssue #4When this local arts magazine launched two years ago, I was impressed by the curatorial skill and overall thoughtfulness it exhibited. I didn't want to get too attached though,...
Afaa Michael Weaver, Max Apple, and Michael Buckley
Afaa Michael WeaverThe Plum Flower Dance: Poems 1985 to 2005 (Pittsburgh)Weaver grew up in East Baltimore, served a voluntary stint in the U.S. Army Reserves, and worked at the Proctor and Gamble...
George Liston Seay, Jonathon Scott Fuqua, and Jeana DelRosso, Leigh Eicke, and Ana Kothe
George Liston Seay/edited by Peter J. BeanThe Art of Conversation (Johns Hopkins)Culled from taped interviews at D.C.'s Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, this volume features down-...
"Esopus" and "Smile Hon, You're In Baltimore!"
EsopusIssue #9 (Esopus Foundation)In 1940, with fascism sweeping through Europe, a small group of Americans planned a top-secret project to counter it. But it wasn’t a cutting edge weapon or a new...
Madison Smartt Bell and Reviel Netz & William Noel
Madison Smartt BellCharm City: A Walk Through Baltimore (Crow)Bell follows his acclaimed, sprawling Haiti series (three historical novels and last year's biography of Haitian revolutionary...
Daniel Berrigan/Adrianna Amari, and Ellen and Julia Lupton
Daniel Berrigan/Adrianna AmariPrayer for the Morning Headlines (Apprentice House)Pairing activist Berrigan's big-hearted poems with Amari's haunting photographs, this volume exudes a sense of...
Stephen Dixon, Sophie Calle, and Emily Flake
Stephen DixonMeyer (Melville House)Stephen Dixon. At this point, the words are synonymous with prolific output. With 27 books and hundreds, if not thousands, of short stories under his belt, the...
Millard Kaufman and Dorothy Kosinski/Jay McKean Fisher/Steven Nash
Millard KaufmanBowl of Cherries (McSweeney's)This debut novel takes place partly in Greenspring Valley and was penned by a 90-year-old author—who wrote the Bad Day At Black Rock screenplay, was...