Tag: reading

Q&A with Baltimore Writer Timmy Reed, Author of ‘Kill Me Now’

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Kill Me Now, by local author Timmy Reed, is the journal of a skateboarder named Miles Lover kept over the summer between 8th grade and high school. Miles has divorced parents who live on opposite ends of Roland Park, younger twin sisters, and no friends —  though he does see a fair bit of his pot dealer, whom he calls the Beaster Bunny. Midway through the summer, he develops a relationship with an old guy from the neighborhood named Mister Reese, along with his health aide, Diamontay, and their giant boa constrictor, Tickles.

Baltimore Ravens Unveil Bookmobile Today

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The Baltimore Ravens unveiled today their first-ever Bookmobile at Abbottston Elementary School in Baltimore City on Monday. The rolling library is fully-funded by the Ravens Foundation, Inc. and will be owned and operated by the Maryland Book Bank, which is a nonprofit organization that distributes free children’s books to students, teachers, schools and organizations throughout Maryland.

The MARC Book Club Is a Brilliant Idea

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There are school-wide and city-wide reading campaigns, where an entire group of people bands together to read the same book at the same time. So why not a public transit book club?

It’s a Great Month for Baltimore Book Lovers

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Anne Tyler, whose new novel was released earlier this month.
Anne Tyler, whose new novel was released earlier this month.

If you’re a book-loving Baltimorean, you’re probably having a very good month.

Father and Son: An Annotated Bibliography

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image via homewiththeboys.net

University of Baltimore MFA student Michael B. Tager remembers his father’s recommended reading, and vice versa — and invites us to read between the (loving) lines.

Berenstain Bears Go Out For the Team, 1983

I am in his lap, his stubbly cheek against the top of my head, his deep voice patiently reading the childish prose. The Berenstain Bears are all I want him to read, though I have dozens of other children’s books.

Brother and Sister play pee-wee baseball. I relate, though our umpires and coaches don’t wear menacing sunglasses. Brother and Sister also play catch with Father. My father isn’t very good at catch but he plays with me, saying, “Relax,” and “Straighten your elbow.”

The Up-to-Your-Neck Book Club

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This past June, I was asked to be one of three judges for the $50,000 Kirkus Prize for fiction, a flashy new prize five times greater than either the Pulitzer or the National Book Award. The same 50K would be given to a nonfiction and a young-adult author, and each winner would be picked by a committee of three, a bookseller, a critic, and an author. For fiction, the bookseller was Stephanie Valdez of the Community Bookstore in Brooklyn, the novelist was the great Kate Christensen, and the critic was me.

Fall Story Time for Kids at Ladew Gardens

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catch of the day fish (2)There’s a wee nip in the air, but it’s still perfect weather for hanging out in the grass, under a shady tree, and letting the seasons change around you. Kids love fall, and Ladew Gardens loves kids, so their Fall Story Time program is a perfect weekday activity for those looking to get the young ones out and about a bit. These nature-themed programs are for ages 2-6 years (with an adult, of course). When the weather is good, Story Time sessions take place outdoors under shade trees in several of Ladew’s gardens. Later in the season, they move indoors—but all still within the glorious setting that is Ladew.

Get Reading with One Maryland One Book

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Reading with One Maryland One Book

catch of the day fish (2)You know that feeling that permeated the city when the Ravens won the Super Bowl? How everywhere you went, people had something to talk to each other about? We’d all shared the collective experience of seeing our birds make it all the way there, and then triumph in that last quarter. And so whether at the coffee shop or on the street or at the bank, we had an easy in for a conversation with a stranger. Our shared pride connected us and made made the city feel small. That’s kind of the idea behind One Maryland One Book– except instead of a focus on Ray Lewis, it’s on author Reyna Grande. And instead of gathering around our TVs eating 7-layer dip, we’re gathering around library tables to discuss a fascinating piece of contemporary literature: Grande’s The Distance Between Us. So yeah, it’s a little different from the whole Super Bowl thing, but the idea of uniting the whole state in this way is something we’re thrilled to get behind.

Upcoming Events Feb/March at The Ivy

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February / March
UPCOMING EVENTS
2014

Thursday, February 20, 7 PM.
Patty Dann:
 Starfish 

Patty Dann’s long-awaited sequel to Mermaids, the novel that became the cult-classic movie, catches up with the Flax family 27 years later. Charlotte Flax, now the 41-year-old single mother of a grown son, picks up the threads of her old life while planning a 60th birthday party for the still peripatetic Mrs. Flax, made famous by Cher.

Thursday, February 27, 7 PM.
Carol Berkin:
 Wondrous Beauty: The Life and Adventures of Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte 

Carol Berkin, award-winning historian and author ofRevolutionary Mothers, examines the remarkable life of Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte, the Baltimore woman who caused a scandal when she married Napoleon’s younger brother. Forsaken by her husband, Bonaparte returned to Baltimore a cynical, independent woman and a shrewd investor.

Saturday, March 8, 1-4 PM.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH LITERARY FESTIVAL
(*At the Pratt Central Library)

Author readings followed by a reception with the audience.Moderated by Linda A. Duggins of Hachette Book Group, and featuring authors Misty Copeland, Lauren Francis-Sharma, Deborah Johnson and Sujata Massey.

Don’t Forget: Tonight at The Ivy – Chang-rae Lee

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On Such a Full Sea book jacket

Join The Ivy Bookshop staff as it welcome internationally renowned author Chang-rae Lee for a reading and book signing from his newest novel, On Such a Full Sea. The Ivy will raffle one copy of a limited, numbered edition of the book, with a specially designed cover and first-of-its-kind 3D printed slip case.

About the Book

In the future America depicted in On Such A Full Sea, society is strictly stratified by class. Abandoned urban neighborhoods have been repurposed as highwalled, self-contained labor colonies. Members of the labor class — descendants of those brought over en masse many years earlier from environmentally ruined provincial China — find purpose and identity in their work to provide pristine produce and fish to the small, elite, satellite charter villages that ring the labor settlement.