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Baltimost: The Ivy Bookshop

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The future home of The Ivy Bookshop. Courtesy of The Ivy Bookshop/Facebook.

The Ivy Bookshop

When The Ivy Bookshop moves a quarter-mile down Falls Road this spring, Baltimore City will become the home of what might be the most beautiful and bucolic bookstore in the United States. Set on 2.7 lush green acres beside the Jones Falls, in a light-filled 19th century house remodeled by Ziger/Snead architects, the bookstore will be a surprise to those who associate the city with rough neighborhoods and presidential insults.

The 18-year-old Ivy opened its Lake Falls Village doors in dark days for bookstores, a time when the rise of big-box retail, Amazon and e-books combined to sound a death knell for concerns like Baltimore's Bibelot.

Now, thanks to the idealism and grit of three consecutive owners—founder Darielle Linehan, Ed and Ann Berlin, now Emma Snyder—it has survived to be a part of what could become a golden age for small business. Linehan conceived of and crafted a lively North Baltimore neighborhood bookstore; the Berlins expanded its reach through the city by partnering with key organizations like the Pratt and the Baltimore Book Festival; and since Snyder joined them in 2017--also the year a second location, Bird in Hand, opened near the Hopkins campus--the store's demographic has steadily broadened. As Snyder sees it, with every aspect of our lives awash in technology, "local businesses feel human. They create a space for community in people's lives."

The new Ivy will embrace that role, taking a building that used to be a sanctuary of the Divine Life Church and creating a sanctuary for books—plus a coffee bar, a workroom for classes and meetings, and a studio apartment for visiting writers or perhaps Airbnb types. Outside, on the lawn, in the meditation garden, on the wide porch and patios, one can easily envision weddings, literary salons, an al fresco summer reading series.  

"Fundamentally, a bookstore is a collaboration between the owners and staff and the community," says Snyder, who plans to invite visual artists and urban gardeners to be part of the new Ivy.

"What can happen here is limited only by the imagination," she says. "Which is kind of perfect, since books are all about imagination."

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The Ivy Bookshop is moving several blocks down Falls Road and into the city

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The future home of The Ivy Bookshop.

The Ivy Bookshop is moving, but the beloved store is not going very far.

In a letter to customers, owner Emma Snyder wrote that she purchased a building at 5928 Falls Road, just south of The Ivy’s longtime home in the Lake Falls Village shopping center just over the city-county line.

On Walnut Hill and Otto Calendar at Gundy’s This Saturday

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2016calendarimagesGreg Otto, Kathy Hudson, and Penney Hubbard are teaming up in support of local businesses with a book, a calendar, cards and posters this holiday season.

Tomorrow at The Ivy Bookshop – Maud Casey: The Man Who Walked Away

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Maud Casey: The Man Who Walked Away

THE IVY BOOKSHOP

Thursday, October 9, 2014 – 7:00pm

Join us at The Ivy Bookshop to hear Maud Casey discuss her newest novel.

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The Man Who Walked Away, loosely based on the case history of Albert Dadas, a psychiatric patient in the hospital of St. Andre in Bordeaux in the nineteenth century. The Man Who Walked Away imagines Albert’s wanderings and the anguish that caused him to seek treatment with a doctor who would create a diagnosis for him, a narrative for his pain.

In a trance-like state, Albert walks — from Bordeaux to Poitiers, from Chaumont to Macon, and farther afield to Turkey, Austria, Russia — all over Europe. When he walks, he is called a vagrant, a mad man. He is chased out of towns and villages, ridiculed and imprisoned. When the reverie of his walking ends, he’s left wondering where he is, with no memory of how he got there. His past exists only in fleeting images.

Maud Casey is the author of two previous novels, The Shape of Things to Come, a New York Times Notable Book, andGeneaology; and a collection of stories, Drastic. She is the recipient of the Calvino Prize and has received fellowships from the Fundacion Valparaiso, Hawthornden International Writers Retreat, Chateau de Lavigny, Dora Maar, and the Passa Porta residency at Villa Hellebosch. Casey teaches at the University of Maryland and lives in Washington, D.C.

 

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The Ivy Bookshop
6080 Falls Road

BaltimoreMD 21209

United States

Tomorrow at The Ivy Bookshop- Mikita Brottman Launch Party

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Mikita Brottman Launch Party

THE IVY BOOKSHOP

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 – 7:00pm

Mikita Brottman launches her new book, an exploration of exceptional dogs and their human companions.

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Inspired by her seven-year love affair with her French bulldog, Grisby, Mikita Brottman ruminates on the special bond between dogs and humans in The Great Grisby: Two Thousand Years of Literary, Royal, Philosophical and Artistic Dog Lovers and Their Exceptional Animals. Is her relationship with Grisby nourishing or dysfunctional? Commonplace or unique? As she ponders these questions, she draws support and inspiration from history, art, philosophy, and literature. In The Great Grisby, Brottman assembles a charming literary banquet of canine personalities. Through quirky anecdotes and personal reflections, with side-trips into psychoanalysis and animal studies, The Great Grisby shows us the many ways in which dog is the mirror of man.

Mikita Brottman is an Oxford-educated scholar, critic and psychoanalyst. Her previous books include Hyena andThirteen Girls. She is a professor for the Department of Humanistic Studies and co-director of the MA Program of Critical Studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Tonight at The Ivy Bookshop: FREE STATE REVIEW LAUNCH PARTY

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FREE STATE REVIEW LAUNCH PARTY

THE IVY BOOKSHOP AND FREE STATE REVIEW

Thursday, September 18, 2014 – 7:00pm

Join us for a night of some snazzy lit by Free State Review Issue 4 contributors Jenny Keith, Timmy Reed and The Ivy Bookshop’s very own Kyle Solomon.

 BY THE AUTHOR

Jenny Keith’s fiction, poems, essays and reviews have appeared in City Paper, The Pearl, Swanee Theological Review, the Patuxent Review, and The Nebraska Review. Jenny lives in Baltimore where she collects estate tea, and plays bass guitar for Batworth Stone.

Timmy Reed is the author of the short story collection Tell God I Don’t Exist, and has a novel forthcoming from Dig That Book Co. The Marylander’s recent work has appeared in Akashic Books, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Everyday Genius, Atticus Review, and Necessary Fiction.

Kyle Solomon is a puzzle of sorts. The lifelong Baltimore native has yet to taste crab. Trying to make sense of this, he majored in Philosophy at Towson University. He subsequently applied his existentialism to running the light-board op/tech for a handful of shows with Run of the Mill Theater Company. His only other poem was published in The New Poet.

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The Ivy Bookshop
6080 Falls Road

BaltimoreMD 21209

United States

Tonight at The Ivy Bookshop – NATALIE WEXLER: THE OBSERVER

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NATALIE WEXLER: THE OBSERVER

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 – 7:00pm

Natalie Wexler takes us back in time to a Baltimore we’d hardly recognize to discuss her newest title of historical fiction.

Baltimore 1807: Eliza Anderson, 26 years old, defies prevailing ideas about a woman’s proper place to become editor of the Observer, a magazine that blends serious commentary and satire. But while Eliza mocks her neighbors, someone in her household is observing her — and feeding scandalous information to her enemies.

Based on real events and incorporating excerpts from actual publications, The Observer sheds light on an era when the young nation was both insecure and feisty. At the same time, it spins a universal tale of forbidden ambition, frustrated love, and ultimately, hard-won empathy across boundaries of class and culture.

Natalie Wexler is the author of two previous novels, The Mother Daughter Show and the award-winning historical novel, A More Obedient Wife. She is the editor of the blogGreater Greater Education, which focuses on public education in Washington, D.C., and a reviewer for the Washington Independent Review of Books. She has also worked as a freelance writer and essayist, a newspaper reporter, a Supreme Court law clerk, a legal historian, and (briefly) an actual lawyer. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband.

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The Ivy Bookshop
6080 Falls Road

BaltimoreMD 21209

United States

Sunday at The Ivy Bookshop: Kathy Wielech Patterson and Neal Patterson: Baltimore Chef’s Table

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KATHY WIELECH PATTERSON AND NEAL PATTERSON: BALTIMORE CHEF’S TABLE

ORIGINAL NORTHWOOD BOOK CLUB & THE IVY BOOKSHOP

Sunday, August 31, 2014 – 5:00pm

Join the Ivy in celebrating Baltimore’s best restaurants and eateries – and enjoying food featured in the book!

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Event attendees are encouraged (but not required) to bring Baltimore-inspired finger food or beverages. If you are bringing a dish please inform Caroline Umana at [email protected]or 410-340-4809.

In the midst of recent growth and downtown development, Baltimore is breaking away from its culinary stereotypes and emerging as a city that attracts extraordinary restaurants and talented chefs. While embracing the local food movement, the city is now recognized for an expanding culinary movement. Newcomers and homegrown chefs alike are charming diners with delicious variations starring the perennial favorite, crab, as well as offering unique options like frankenfish tacos and hearts of palm crab cakes that are becoming the taste of Charm City.

With more than 80 recipes for the home cook from over 50 of the city’s most celebrated eateries and showcasing photos featuring mouthwatering dishes, famous chefs and lots of local flavor, Baltimore Chef’s Table is the ultimate gift and keepsake cookbook for both tourists and locals alike.

Kathy Wielech Patterson has written everything from auction catalogs and fine jewelry appraisals to reports on social welfare issues. It wasn’t until she started the food blog Minxeats.comthat she realized her true love was to write about food.

Neal Patterson, for many years a writer in the financial industry, is primarily a fiction writer. He’s contributed to the anthologies The Dead Walk! and Hey Kids, Comics!, and has written for the website Channel 37: Serial Science Fiction from the Distant Reaches of UHF.

Together, the Pattersons have written for local magazines, including Discover Baltimore and Towson Life, and online sites, including Sniffapalooza Magazine. They are also the authors of Food Lovers’ Guide to Baltimore.

Book Club Picks from The Ivy Bookshop – Reeders Book Club

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Tomorrow at The Ivy: Marion Winik Presents Clifford Chase And James Magruder

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Marion Winik Presents: Clifford Chase And James Magruder

Thursday, June 19, 2014 7:00pm

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