Tag: Jessica Blau

Escape From the Rat Race: Writer’s Cottage With Grotto, On Stony Run


Hot House: 4804 Wilmslow Road, Roland Park, 21210


Shingle cottage, circa 1925. Asphalt and slate roof, front porch and back patio with stone grotto. 2, 264 sq. ft. over 4 levels, w/unfinished basement. Four bedrooms, 2.5 baths, living room with fireplace, dining room, sun porch, family room, new kitchen. Single large third floor room. Terraced back yard, garden shed/garage, central a/c: $579,500

Tonight: Ivy Book Party for Blau/Winik’s Riotous Releases, “Wonder Bread Summer” and “Highs in the Low Fifties”

The writers in the wilds of Roland Park.
The writers in the wilds of the Evergreen neighborhood. Left, Winik; right, Blau.

Think Laverne and Shirley, Lucy and Ethel, Lena Dunham and Zosia Mamet are double funny female duos? Well, okay…but you haven’t seen novelist — and goddess of the comic sex scene — Jessica Blau go head to head with the mother of all memoirists — and beloved Baltimore Fishbowl/”Bohemian Rhapsody” columnist — Marion Winik. Don’t despair. Now you can! This Friday night at 7 at the Ivy Bookshop you can see and hear these two witty (and visually pleasing) women writers extraordinaire read excerpts from their latest laughers and ask them to sign your copy. I’m sure they will. Probably they will write something extremely amusing just for you. You might develop a literary crush on one or both. That’s well and good, but don’t reach out and touch them without permission. It’s not that kind of book party. Here’s what will happen.

Why Nick Hornby Loves Jessica Anya Blau’s “Wonder Bread Summer”

photo by David Grossbach
photo by David Grossbach

Every week, novelist Jessica Anya Blau meets for a working coffee with writer friends at the Evergreen Café on Cold Spring Lane. They crowd around a table and, after a mini gabfest, get down to the very personal business of writing what they’re each writing, sometimes for several hours. Blau doesn’t consider the bustling, plate-clinking café or the occasional bursts of chatter from her friends a distraction — she believes writers should learn to write through anything anywhere at anytime and recommends the act of public writing to beginning writers she teaches.