Nicole Fabricant is Professor of Anthropology at Towson University in Maryland. She is the author of Mobilizing Bolivia's Displaced: Indigenous Politics and the Struggle over Land and is co–executive editor of NACLA Report on the Americas.
Allison Gilbert presents LISTEN, WORLD: How the Intrepid Elsie Robinson Became America’s Most-Read Woman
Sunday October 09, 2022 | 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Allison Gilbert joins us in Remington to discuss her new book, LISTEN, WORLD!: How the Intrepid Elsie Robinson Became America's Most-Read Woman. Gilbert will be in conversation with journalist and author Leslie Gray Streeter.
This event is free, but we'd love to know you're coming! Register on Eventbrite HERE.
The first biography of Elsie Robinson, the most influential newspaper columnist you’ve never heard of. At thirty-five, Elsie Robinson feared she’d lost it all. Reeling from a scandalous divorce in 1917, she had no means to support herself and her chronically ill son. She dreamed of becoming a writer and was willing to sacrifice everything for this goal, even swinging a pickax in a gold mine to pay the bills. She went on to become a nationally syndicated columnist and household name whose column ran for over thirty years and garnered more than twenty million readers.
Told in cinematic detail by bestselling author Julia Scheeres and award-winning journalist Allison Gilbert, Listen, World! is the inspiring story of a timeless maverick, capturing what it means to take a gamble on self-fulfillment and find freedom along the way.
Allison Gilbert is an award-winning journalist and the author and co-author of numerous books. She is the host of “Women Journalists of 9/11: Their Stories,” a 20-part documentary series produced in collaboration with the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. She interviewed such luminaries as Savannah Guthrie, Maggie Haberman, Dana Bash, and Linda Wertheimer. Allison is the official narrator of the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s historical exhibition audio tour, the only female journalist to be so honored. She writes regularly for the New York Times and other publications. On her blog, she features Q & A’s with some of the most notable names in our culture today including, Arianna Huffington, Jon Stewart, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Dani Shapiro, Gretchen Rubin, and Susan Orlean. She graduated from Georgetown University.
Leslie Gray Streeter is an author, veteran journalist and speaker. whose memoir “Black Widow,” was published in March 2020 by Little, Brown and Company. She is the lifestyle columnist for the Baltimore Banner, and was the longtime entertainment and lifestyle columnist and writer for the Palm Beach Post. A native of Baltimore, Md and a University of Maryland graduate, she and her work have been featured in The Miami Herald, the Washington Post, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlantic, the Today show, SiriusXM, O, The Oprah Magazine and more. She lives with her son Brooks and her mother Tina in her hometown of Baltimore.. She’s a slow runner, an amateur vegan cook and a true crime and “Law and Order” enthusiast.
Vanessa A. Bee Presents HOME BOUND
Tuesday October 18, 2022 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Vanessa A. Bee joins us in Remington on Tuesday, October 18, at 7pm to discuss the release of her memoir Home Bound: An Uprooted Daughter's Reflections on Belonging. Vanessa will be in conversation with Pete Davis.
Zach VandeZande Book Launch: LESSER AMERICAN BOYS
Wednesday October 19, 2022 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Please join Zach VandeZande in celebrating his new book of short fiction, Lesser American Boys (Mason Jar Press), with a reading at Greedy Reads. Also featuring the wonderful Melissa Ragsly and stalwarts of the Baltimore literary scene, Victoria Adams-Kennedy and Justin Sanders. This event is free and open to the public, but let us know you're coming by registering on Eventbrite HERE!
Lesser American Boys takes aim at the absurdities and bitter shortcomings of 21st century manhood through a mix of magic-realist and literary storytelling. A bee colony beats itself to death against a backyard fence; Rick Perry holds in a fart on an elevator while the ghost of a young woman watches; children fall in love with wind and chase that feeling to the bitter end; a manʼs friend is run over by a street sweeper, and re-connecting with an ex-lover at the funeral throws his life out of balance; Thoreau is alive and a terrible boyfriend. Though the subject matter of these stories varies wildly, what connects them is an exploration of the moments of loss between characters, whether itʼs due to the failure of perception, of language, or of truing the world. The writing is laced with voice-driven humor that gives way to deep moments of empathy as the characters figure out how to keep trying to see themselves and each other.
ABOUT THE WRITERS:
Zach VandeZande is a lapsed Texan living in Burlington, VT with a partner and a dog. He is the author of Apathy and Paying Rent (Loose Teeth Press, 2008) and Liminal Domestic: Stories (Gold Wake Press, 2019), and his work has appeared in Ninth Letter, Split Lip, Georgia Review, DIAGRAM, and other journals. He got his PhD at the
University of North Texas, where he also learned the value of hammocks and baking bread. He knows all the dogs in his neighborhood.
Melissa Ragsly’s collection We Know This Will All Disappear was published by Pank in 2020 Her stories have appeared in Best American Nonrequired Reading, The Iowa Review, Joyland and other journals. She’s currently working on a book for Barrelhouse about MTV’s 120 Minutes, writing TV pilots and working at an independent bookstore in the Hudson Valley where she lives.
Victoria Kennedy is a Baltimore-based writer whose work engages in the complexities of Black Love. She has written two novels, (Sometimes Love, published in 2017 by Brown Girls Books and Don't Walk Away, self-published in 2019). Her work is included in three anthologies. She is the founder of Zora’s Den, a social/support group for Black women writers. The Fire Inside, their first anthology, released in November 2020 and The Fire Inside, Volume 2 released
June 2022. Victoria is an MFA graduate of the University of Baltimore's Creative Writing & Publishing Arts program. She is currently working on her first urban fantasy novel and a new short story collection.
Justin Sanders is a ghost from Baltimore and the author of for all the other ghosts. His words have appeared most recently in American Short Fiction and on the city’s walls.
Onyi Nwabineli Presents SOMEDAY, MAYBE (Virtual Event)
Thursday November 03, 2022 | 6:30PM - 7:30PM
Join us on Zoom to celebrate the release of Someday, Maybe by Onyi Nwabineli! Onyi will be in conversation with Tyrese Coleman.
This is virtual event hosted on Zoom. This event is free, but we'd love to know you're coming! Register on Eventbrite HERE.
About the Book
Here are three things you should know about my husband:
Bonus fact: No. I am not okay.
Someday, Maybe is a stunning and witty debut novel about a young woman’s emotional journey through unimaginable loss, pulled along by her tight-knit Nigerian family, a posse of new friends, and the love and laughter she shared with her husband.
About the Authors
Onyi Nwabineli is a Nigerian British head-wrap aficionado. Born in Benin, Nigeria, she grew up in Glasgow, the Isle of Man and Newcastle, and now lives in London. Onyi is the cofounder of Surviving Out Loud, a fund that provides fiscal support for survivors of sexual assault, and the founder of Black Pens (black-pens.com), a writing retreat for Black womxn. Someday, Maybe is her debut novel.
Tyrese L. Coleman is a writer, wife, mother, and attorney. Her debut collection of stories and essays, How to Sit, was published by Mason Jar Press in 2018 and nominated for a 2019 PEN Open Book Award. Her work has appeared as a notable in Best American Essays 2018 and 2016 and nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Patrick Radden Keefe presents EMPIRE OF PAIN in paperback
Friday November 11, 2022 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
This event is presented in partnership with Baltimore Beat. Please note that registration does not reserve a seat; this event is first come first served. But we appreciate your registration as we prepare! Register for this event HERE.
Patrick Radden Keefe joins us for the paperback release of EMPIRE OF PAIN. Empire of Pain is the saga of three generations of a single family and the mark they would leave on the world, a tale that moves from the bustling streets of early twentieth-century Brooklyn to the seaside palaces of Greenwich, Connecticut, and Cap d’Antibes to the corridors of power in Washington, D.C. It follows the family’s early success with Valium to the much more potent OxyContin, marketed with a ruthless technique of co-opting doctors, influencing the FDA, downplaying the drug’s addictiveness. Empire of Pain chronicles the multiple investigations of the Sacklers and their company, and the scorched-earth legal tactics that the family has used to evade accountability.
A masterpiece of narrative reporting, Empire of Pain is a ferociously compelling portrait of America’s second Gilded Age, a study of impunity among the super-elite and a relentless investigation of the naked greed that built one of the world’s great fortunes.
Patrick Radden Keefe will be introduced by Brandon Soderberg, Director Of Operations and cofounder of Baltimore Beat.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Patrick Radden Keefe is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of the New York Times bestseller Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland, which received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, was selected as one of the ten best books of 2019 by The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and The Wall Street Journal, and was named one of the top ten nonfiction books of the decade by Entertainment Weekly. His previous books are The Snakehead and Chatter. His work has been recognized with a Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Magazine Award for Feature Writing and the Orwell Prize for Political Writing. He is also the creator and host of the eight-part podcast Wind of Change.
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Nicole Fabricant presents FIGHTING TO BREATHE
Thursday December 08, 2022 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM
This event is presented in partnership with Baltimore Beat.
Industrial toxic emissions on the South Baltimore Peninsula are among the highest in the nation. Because of the concentration of factories and other chemical industries in their neighborhoods, residents face elevated rates of lung cancer and other respiratory illnesses in addition to heart attacks, strokes, and cardiovascular disease, all of which can lead to premature death. FIGHTING TO BREATHE: Race Toxicity, and the Rise of Youth Activism in Baltimore follows a dynamic and creative group of high school students who decided to fight back against the race- and class-based health disparities and inequality in their city. For more than a decade, student organizers stood up to unequal land use practices and the proposed construction of an incinerator and instead initiated new waste management strategies. As a Baltimore resident and activist-scholar, Nicole Fabricant documents how these young organizers came to envision, design, and create a more just and sustainable Baltimore.
Fabricant will be in conversation with J. Brian Charles, Deputy Editor of Baltimore Beat.
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