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Event of the Day: “Call Me Zelda” Author at The Ivy Bookshop

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From the Baltimore Fishbowl events page…

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

7:00pm – 8:30pm | FREE!
The Ivy Bookshop
6080 Falls Road
Stevenson University graduate Erika Robuck discusses and signs Call Me Zelda, a novel of Zelda Fitzgerald’s struggles to differentiate herself from her famous husband, and Anna Howard, a nurse who grows entangled in the couple’s tumultuous relationship.About the Author

From New York to Paris, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald reigned as king and queen of the Jazz Age, seeming to float on champagne bubbles above the mundane cares of the world. But to those who truly knew them, the endless parties were only a distraction from their inner turmoil, and from a love that united them with a scorching intensity. When Zelda is committed to a Baltimore psychiatric clinic in 1932, vacillating between lucidity and madness in her struggle to forge an identity separate from her husband, she finds a sympathetic friend in her nurse, Anna Howard. Held captive by her own tragic past, Anna is increasingly drawn into the Fitzgeralds’ tumultuous relationship. As she becomes privy to Zelda’s most intimate confessions, written in a secret memoir meant only for her, Anna begins to wonder which Fitzgerald is the true genius. but in taking ever greater emotional risks to save Zelda, Anna may end up paying a far higher price than she intended.

For a Crazy Lady, She Sure Made Some Nice Art

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Zelda Fitzgerald is best known as the crazy lady who married F. Scott (Hemingway:  “Anytime you got him all straightened out and taking his work seriously Zelda would get jealous and knock him out of it.”) She and Scott settled in Baltimore in the 1930s, where she went nuts and he drank too much. For Zelda, Baltimore was “a place of tortured years, unfulfilled ambitions and mental disasters,” or so goes the usual, melodramatic account.

It probably was a pretty awful time, but some nice art came out of it, and now’s our chance to see a few of Zelda’s original watercolors, paintings, and first editions of her novel, Save Me the Waltz. The exhibit was curated by Laura Maria Somenzi, a Hopkins junior, who says that the work shows “Zelda Fitzgerald’s coming into an artistic independence and an artistic language that is distinctly hers, and also as a way to claim an identity separate from her celebrity husband.”

The work is up at the Evergreen Museum through January 29, but it’s available for viewing by reservation only. Reservations are requested by emailing [email protected] or calling 410-516-0341.

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