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.
Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert’s manifesto on creativity, was published years after her runaway bestseller Eat Pray Love. It’s not just for artistic types. Consider her definition of what it means to live a creative life: any life where you consistently choose curiosity over fear.
‘Baltimore Writers Club’ is an occasional series by Marion Winik introducing new books from Baltimoreans.
One of the sweetest things about living in Baltimore has been the opportunity to be part of the active community of writers here, including the teachers and students I work with at UB, the authors I hear at readings, and many of those who sit in the audience with me. From this pool has come a group of friends who are the first readers and editors of each other’s work, something all writers need.
In this occasional series I’ll introduce new books from Baltimoreans I admire, and prevail on their authors to answer a few questions for Baltimore Fishbowl readers.
A Cambridge, Maryland middle school teacher has found himself in hot water after school administrators became aware that he had written two novels involving a school shooting under a pen name. Is that just smart policy in an age of school shooting– or is it “Soviet-style punishment,” as The Atlantic contends?
Local writer and former Sun reporter Sujata Massey, author of the award-winning Rei Shimura series, will discuss her new novel, a love story set during the political and cultural upheaval of late Raj India at The Ivy Bookshop on Thursday, September 12 at 7:00.
About the Book
The term “sleeping dictionary” was coined for young Indian women who slept with British men and educated them in the ways of India. Set between 1925 and the end of World War II, The Sleeping Dictionary is the story of Kamala, born to a peasant family in West Bengal, who makes her way to Calcutta in the 1930s. Haunted by a forbidden love, she is caught between the raging independence movement and the British colonial society she finds herself inhabiting. This portrait of late Raj India is both a saga and a passionate love story.
Westminster native Brian Levin makes his feature film debut as writer and producer of the comedy Flock of Dudes next spring, and his journey into the entertainment industry should give ambitious prospective filmmakers encouragement: Talent, hard work and stick-to-it-tive-ness really do pay off.
After graduating from Towson University and getting his master’s degree at American University in D.C., the 1998 McDonogh School grad headed to New York. It was there that his online comedy show “The Post Show,” which he co-created with friends Bob Castrone (who he met at Towson) and Jason Zumwait (who he met in NY at a comedy show), got him noticed. (Click here to view some of the episodes.)
“That got our foot in the door in the film and television industry,” Levin says. A move to Los Angeles followed and since then he and his partners have written and produced television pilots and sold screenplays. Flock of Dudes is the first screenplay they’ve had in production, which Castrone directs and Levin produces.
Living a bit hand-to-mouth? Not particularly flush with the rush of economic recovery? Feeling singularly unappreciated for your artistic contributions?
Wander over to the new exhibit at the George Peabody Library, “For Love or Money: Art, Commerce & Stephen Crane.” You’re sure to be uplifted when you see that you are not alone; moreover, your problems are a cliché that’s a little more than 100 years old.
What better place than Baltimore, and what better time than now, to showcase the American literary genius who penned The Red Badge of Courage and saw himself as a soldier in the “beautiful war for truthful art?”
Crane, who was the quadruple threat of journalist, poet, short story writer and novelist, could have been the poster boy for the starving artist. In the turn-of-the century photographs on display throughout the exhibit, his lean, angular face has the faraway yet unflinchingly driven expression of an Amy Winehouse. It’s eerily, disturbingly familiar—almost as if there’s a genetic marker for the look of artists who die in their late 20s.
Join Poets’ Ink, a poetry workshop where poets of all levels read and critique each other’s work, Wednesday, February 20 at 6:30 at The Ivy Bookshop, 6080 Falls Road. All are welcome, just be sure to bring 6-10 copies of a poem to share.
For more information, visit the Ivy Bookshop website or call 410-377-2966.