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The Bottom Line: Local Author Addresses Women’s Empowerment at the Ivy


“I don’t want you to waste another minute of your life focusing on your big butt or other imperfections. Instead, I want you to embrace your vulnerabilities and go on to conquer your dreams.” Those wise words come from Baltimore businesswoman, motivational speaker and, now, author, Laura Black, who spent much of her life focused on just that — molding herself into the physical ideal of womanhood our culture often promotes. Finally she realized it wasn’t her body that was holding her back, it was her attitude about her body.

The Baltimore Lit Parade for October: Three Troubled Policemen, “13 Girls,” and van den Berg’s Scary-Good Book Deal


Just in time for Halloween, the second installment of writer Joseph Martin’s column features bloody true-crime fiction by local authors, WORMS, and more frightfully cool lit scene news.

Much as we tend to play up our Hon Blievers, Book Things, and park-laden, neurosis-free psyche, few towns teem with morbid curiosity quite like Charm City.  From Mr. Poe’s C. Auguste Dupin and Dashiell Hammett’s Sam Spade up through David Simon’s “The Wire” cast and The Sun’s exquisite police blotter, Baltimore has long produced fictive body exhumers and, perhaps more, an audience smitten with the dusty, matchlit corners of criminal activity.  White flight, abandoned neighborhoods, and a lately discarded status as America’s murder capital underpin residents’ understanding of home; unsurprisingly, a rabid local market exists for true crime and its clinical, fact-bearing explication. Building on its author’s near-decade in the local police department, Michael A. Wood, Jr.’s Eliot (self-published) honors that curiosity, hitting very Baltimorean forensic notes even as it serves up a shaggy genre thriller.

Join Us for a Book Signing and Cocktail Party For Fortuny Interiors


By now you must have heard the buzz about the beautiful new coffee table book Fortuny Interiors.  Filled with gorgeous photographs of jaw-dropping interiors from across the globe, the book illustrates the quality and excellence that has made Fortuny synonymous with high style for one hundred years. Join us as we co-host with Halcyon House Antiques and Pigtown Design a cocktail party and book signing on Tuesday, October 23 from 5 – 7 p.m. at Halcyon House Antiques, 11219 Greenspring Avenue in Lutherville.

Inspired Habitat: New and Hot for Fall…Stylish, Sexy and Green!


We are so excited! Our buyers have been turning up with some amazing new home décor products and the rest of our team has been busy getting them all photographed and up on our site. They’re all eco-friendly, made from recycled, reclaimed or renewable materials and they’re super stylish and sexy! We love these new pieces so much, we thought we’d introduce our readers to a few of them. This is just a taste of some of the great new things we’ve got; more are going up on our site all the time, so be sure to check it out.

Robert Provine Discusses Our “Curious Behavior” at the Ivy


University of Maryland Psychology Professor Robert Provine visits the Ivy Bookshop tomorrow night, October 16 to discuss his latest book, Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond. The psych prof’s exploration of seemingly small, instinctive action goes where other scientists seldom tread: in search of hiccups, coughs, yawns, sneezes, and other lowly, undignified human behaviors. These instinctive acts can be valuable tools for understanding how the human brain works and what makes us different from other species.

Inspired Habitat: Embrace Clean Energy


We’re so excited! Bambeco recently joined with Clean Currents to go 100% wind-powered for our Baltimore offices. We’ve taken yet another step to achieving carbon neutrality, and we just had to share!

Fortuny Interiors, the book!


There aren’t many interior design companies that elicit the same sense of high-style as Fortuny. Mariano Fortuny, a painter who was also versed in etching, sculpture and photography, developed his Venice textile company in 1921 from a genuine love of the craft — he began dying fabric for amusement as a child — and a heightened sense of color. Fortuny Interiors, by Brian Coleman and Erik Kvalsvik, brilliantly displays the venerable line and the company’s commitment to its founder’s vision.

Speakers Series Launch Party Tonight at the Ivy


The Ivy Bookshop is the official bookseller of the Baltimore Speakers Series, presented by Stevenson University. To celebrate the collaboration, Dr. Kevin Manning, Stevenson University’s president, and the staff of The Ivy are throwing a kick off the 2012-2013 season tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Ivy.

Inspired Habitat: Got Paper? Reuse It Before You Recycle It


School is back in full swing and along with it comes piles and piles of paper. Sure, you could put it all in the recycling bin, but why not find a way to reuse it and give it a second, or even third life first?

Dogfest 2012 – You’re Invited


We’re sponsors this year of Dogfest 2012, an annual event to benefit the Baltimore Humane Society whose Pets of the Week we feature every Thursday.

The Baltimore Humane Society, founded in 1927 by Elsie Seeger Barton, is a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, which offers low-cost veterinary care to the public and a pet cemetery with grief support services. It receives no funding from local or federal governments or any national animal welfare organizations.  We hope you’ll attend the fun event for dogs and their families and support the good work of the BHS.

For more information, see the press release, below.- The Eds.

Mark your calendar and be sure to attend Baltimore Humane Society’s DogFest on Saturday, October 6th for the entire family! DogFest, a dog day extravaganza for pet lovers and pet owners is the event’s fifth year celebrating the love of dogs and benefiting animals in need of care and refuge at the 365 acre no-kill shelter.