Tag: The Ivy Bookshop
Martin Goldsmith presents his latest book, ‘Alex’s Wake’
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 7:00pm
Martin Goldsmith recounts his journey in the footsteps of his grandfather and uncle, two of the passengers on the ill-fated SS St. Louis.
Alan Furst presents his latest tour de force of historical espionage.
Friday, June 13, 2014– 7:00 pm
Alan Furst describes the premise of Midnight in Europe as: “Paris. 1938. Gangsters versus fascists.”
As the shadow of war darkens Europe, democratic forces on the continent struggle against fascism and communism, while in Spain the war has already begun. Cristian Ferrar, a brilliant and handsome Spanish emigre, is a lawyer in the Paris office of a prestigious international law firm. Ferrar is approached by the embassy of the Spanish Republic to help a clandestine agency trying desperately to supply weapons to the Republic’s beleaguered army – putting his life at risk in the battle against fascism. From shady Paris nightclubs to white-shoe New York law firms, from brothels in Istanbul to the dockyards of Poland, Ferrar and his allies battle the secret agents of Hitler and Franco.
Alan Furst is widely recognized as the master of the historical spy novel. He is the author of a dozen works of espionage fiction, most recently Mission to Paris, which have been translated into 18 languages. Born in New York, he lived for many years in Paris and now lives on Long Island.
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Master of modern espionage fiction, David Ignatius reads from his novel The Director
Click here to read Philip Kerr’s rave review of The Director, which he calls the best spy novel he’s read since Smiley’s People.
And click here to watch David Ignatius discussing his new novel – and its connection to the Edward Snowden affair – with Charlie Rose.
Graham Weber has been director of the CIA for less than a week when a Swiss kid in a dirty T-shirt walks into the American consulate in Hamburg and says the agency has been hacked, and he has a list of agents’ names to prove it. This is the moment a CIA director most dreads.
Weber isn’t sure where to turn until he meets a charismatic (and unstable) young man named James Morris who runs the Internet Operations Center. He’s the CIA’s in-house geek. Weber launches Morris on a mole hunt unlike anything in spy fiction, one that takes the reader into the hacker underground of Europe and America and ends up in a landscape of paranoia and betrayal. Like the new world of cyber-espionage from which it’s drawn, The Director is a maze of deception and double-dealing, about a world where everything is written in zeroes and ones and nothing can be trusted.
David Ignatius, the best-selling author of Body of Lies andThe Increment, among others, and prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post, has been covering the Middle East and the CIA for more than 25 years. He lives in Washington, DC.
A little known fact: There are over 80 book clubs throughout the city of Baltimore (and beyond) that are registered with The Ivy Bookshop. Starting this week, Baltimore Fishbowl will feature a current read from a local book club that is currently registered with the Ivy. Lucky for us, their pics are noted online at Club Ivy.
This week’s pick from the Ravenous Readers Club
Wild: From Lost To Found On The Pacific Crest Trail (Paperback)
A Best Book of the Year: NPR, The Boston Globe, Entertainment Weekly, Vogue, St. Louis Dispatch
At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.
The Ivy Bookshop is Baltimore’s literary bookstore.We actively support book clubs and their members throughout the city.
Baltimore, MD 21209
Tonight, May 5th at 7pm
Join mystery writers Frances Brody, Sujata Massey, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Marcia Talley and Elaine Viets for readings, discussion and refreshments.
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.
Tonight’s Event has been rescheduled, due to weather. Rescheduled for next Tuesday.
Tuesday, January 28, 7 PM. Chang-rae Lee: On Such a Full Sea
Chang-rae Lee is the author of Native Speaker, winner of the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for first fiction, A Gesture Life, and Aloft. Selected by The New Yorker as one of the twenty best writers under forty, Lee teaches writing at Princeton University.On Such a Full Sea, which takes place in a futuristic Baltimore, covers issues of conformity, privacy, and individualism.
The Ivy will be raffling off one copy of a limited, numbered edition of Chang-rae Lee’s On Such a Full Sea, with a specially designed cover and first-of-its-kind 3D printed slip case.
A rolling stone gathers no moss, and neither does the writer Madison Smartt Bell. The author of 20 novels, including All Souls’ Rising (which was a finalist in 1995 for the National Book Award and PEN/Faulkner Award and winner of the 1996 Anisfeld-Wolf award for best book of the year addressing race), Bell is as prolific as he is unpredictable, and 2013-14 is no exception. In the spring, Bell’s novel Behind the Moon will be released by upstart publisher Dymaxicon, and this month, Concord Free Press will release Zig-Zag Wanderer, two decades of stories set in the United States, Haiti, and beyond, under an innovative publishing paradigm. This limited-edition collection will be given away for free (yes, you read that correctly). Jen Michalski, host of Starts Here! (the new Ivy Bookshop reading series held at Artifact Coffee), interviewed Madison Smartt Bell about the crazy rhythms that run through his work.– Bell reads at the Ivy, Wednesday, December 11th at 7 p.m.–visit the store’s website for more information.