Baltimore Writers Club

Baltimore Writers Club #8: Four UB Alums Take Flight

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A couple of years ago, my colleagues and I at the University of Baltimore Creative Writing MFA program watched with pride as D Watkins published The Cook Up and The Beast Side, a memoir and a collection of essays from two major publishing houses, and quickly became recognized as a major voice of his generation of African-American writers. D had just graduated from our relatively young program, and his level of success was a first for us.

Baltimore Writers Club #5: Don Lee’s Lonesome Lies Before Us

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Here’s a preview … don’t miss the launch on June 22, 7 pm, at Bird in Hand.

According to the bio on the back of his fifth book, Lonesome Lies Before Us, Don Lee “splits his time between Philadelphia and Baltimore.” I laughed when I read this. Don’t most two-city authors split their time between San Francisco and Paris? Or New York and Rome?

Baltimore Writers Club #6: Madison Smartt Bell’s Behind the Moon

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I’m sitting here trying to recover from reading Madison Smartt Bell’s new novel, which is quite unlike most anything else (except previous books by MSB – I’d recognize the ferocity of the prose style anywhere). I’m a little shaken, I’m spent, and I truly feel like I have been Somewhere Else.

Faux ‘Ruxton Academy’ Sets the Scene for Local Writer’s Latest Novel

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The Trouble With Lexie book jacket

Baltimore Writers’ Club is an occasional series introducing new books from Baltimoreans.

Jessica Anya Blau fans — a significant voting bloc in Baltimore —will be found on their pool lounges this summer with another of her high-spirited, racy novels in hand. As usual, it’s a triple fudge sundae with sex, drugs, and money on top. This time, we’re at a fictional East Coast private school called Ruxton Academy, where guidance counselor Lexie James, 33, has gotten herself in a heap o’ trouble.

Baltimore Writer’s Club: Love Slaves of Helen Hadley Hall

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An occasional series introducing new books from Baltimoreans

I really don’t know of any writer, living or dead, who fashions a funnier sentence than Jim Magruder, and I mean that in all seriousness. For many readers, the almost vertiginous hilarity of Magruder’s prose will be a source of unbridled pleasure while for aspiring literary comedians such as myself, that enjoyment must be mixed with venomous jealousy.

Loyola Prof Ron Tanner’s ‘Missile Paradise’ Takes Aim at Imperialism, Insularity, and Going Off the Grid

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An occasional series introducing new books from Baltimoreans

Ron_TannerRon Tanner is a man who wears a lot of hats. He’s a professional jazz musician, a Loyola professor, a builder, and handyman, and a writer. But even as a writer, you can’t pin him down. When I first met him, he was working on a memoir about how he and his wife Jill bought a completely destroyed frat house in Charles Village and renovated it to its original glory, one window pane, banister rail, and brick at a time. That tale became From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story.

Liz Hazen’s ‘Chaos Theories’ Launches April 7

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Liz Hazan artwork for book reading

‘Baltimore Writers Club’ is an occasional series by Marion Winik introducing new books from Baltimoreans.

One of the sweetest things about living in Baltimore has been the opportunity to be part of the active community of writers here, including the teachers and students I work with at UB, the authors I hear at readings, and many of those who sit in the audience with me. From this pool has come a group of friends who are the first readers and editors of each other’s work, something all writers need.

In this occasional series I’ll introduce new books from Baltimoreans I admire, and prevail on their authors to answer a few questions for Baltimore Fishbowl readers.