Tag: Sandy Fink

The Asylum of the Heart: An Interview with Maud Casey



Maud Casey’s latest novel, The Man Who Walked Away (Bloomsbury, 2014), is the real life-inspired tale of the nineteenth-century Frenchman Albert Dadas who, in the first documented case of fugue, wandered Europe in a mysterious state of amnesia. After Casey’s character Albert Dadas meets the imaginary asylum doctor (named “Doctor”), the novel becomes an irresistible study in contrasts. The Man Who Walked Away has been praised by The Washington Post and NPR.  Casey will read along with authors D. Foy and Joseph Riipi at the Ivy Bookstore’s Starts Here! reading series at Artifact Coffee on Monday, April 28th at 7:00 pm.  
Starts Here! cohost Sandy Fink talked with Casey about The Man Who Walked Away and the connections between pathological wanderlust and the search for “home.”

Sandy Fink:  It is a pleasure to welcome you to Starts Here! on April 28, 7:00 at Artifact Coffee in Baltimore.  You teach at the University of Maryland, so I assume you’ve been to Baltimore…

Maud Casey:  I lived in Baltimore for three years, from 2002-2005.  I was writer-in-residence at Gilman School for a year, and then was hired by the University of Maryland to teach in the MFA Program.

The Virgins: An Interview with Pamela Erens



Pamela Erens’ second novel, The Virgins (Tin House Books, 2013), the tale of sexually abstinent boarding school teenagers Aviva Rossner and Seung Jung,  was included in several notable and best books lists of 2013, including both the New Yorker and the New Republic.  Erens will read along with Baltimore authors John Rowell and Jennifer Lee at the Ivy Bookstore’s Starts Here! reading series at Artifact Coffee on Monday, March 31st at 7:00 pm.  Starts Here! cohost Sandy Fink talked with Erens about The Virgins as well as her critically acclaimed first book, The Understory, and her first visit to Baltimore:

Sandy Fink:  Hi Pamela.  We’re really looking forward to hosting you at Artifact Coffee in Baltimore on March 31st.  Have you ever been to Baltimore?

Pamela Erens: Not really. I passed through on the way back from Charleston a few years ago.  I’m looking forward to coming back and meeting some readers and writers there.