Jennifer Egan, whose 2011 novel “A Visit from the Goon Squad” took home a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award, has a new book out called “Manhattan Beach,” and she’ll be reading from it tonight at Johns Hopkins University.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.