Bryon MacWilliams is an American writer who reported extensively from Russia and the former Soviet Union from 1996 to 2008. He was the Moscow-based correspondent for the U.S. weekly newspaper, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and has reported for numerous publications big and small, including: The New York Times, Nature, Science, Newsweek and Rolling Stone. He will be reading from With Light Steam: A Personal Journey through the Russian BathsThis is his first book.
Mikita Brottman is a humanities professor at MICA, and a psychoanalyst. She works with the inmates at the Jessup Correctional Institute and the patients at Clifton Perkins Forensic Hospital Center. She writes about literature, animals, and violent crime. Her new book, The Great Grisby, is published by HarperCollins and was released on October 7.
Baltimore native Earl Crown has written creative non-fiction and short fiction pieces for publications such as Smile, Hon, You’re In Baltimore, Humanize Magazine, We’ll Never Have Paris, The Bicycle Review, and Tales of Blood and Roses, among others. He has participated in the New Mercury Readings before, and he has also been a speaker at the Stoop Storytelling Series. He is currently writing a non-fiction book entitled “Alpha White,” which will be published in the Fall of 2015. In addition to writing and storytelling, he also hosts a radio show which airs every Saturday from 4pm-6pm and Thursdays from noon-2pm on Loyola University’s radio station, WLOY. His radio show, Crucial Cuts with Earl Crown, has been nominated by Radio Flag as the Best Music Show on the planet. Crucial Cuts will be syndicated to other independent radio stations around the world beginning in December, 2014.
Rachel Donaldson is a cultural historian of the U.S. during the twentieth century. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Popular Culture, the Encyclopedia of the Culture Wars, and forthcoming in the History of Education Quarterly. She is the co-author of Roots of the Revival: American and British Folk Music in the 1950s (Illinois), with Ronald D. Cohen. Currently, she is working with the National Historic Landmarks Program of the National Parks Service and teaches in the Prison Scholars Program at Jessup Correctional Institution.
She will be reading excerpts from two recently published books: I Hear America Singing: Folk Music and National Identity and Roots of the Revival: American and British Folk Music in the 1950s CityLit Tent at the Baltimore Book Festival, Sunday Sept 28, 2014, 4-5 pm.
Dr. Philip Mackowiak is Professor of Medicine and the Carolyn Frenkil and Selvin Passen History of Medicine Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He is a Master of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and a former governor of the Maryland chapter of the ACP.For almost two decades, Dr. Mackowiak has hosted an internationally-acclaimed series of Historical Clinicopathological Conferences in Baltimore. These have given rise to over a score of peer-reviewed articles, as well as a book entitled Post Mortem. Solving History’s Great Medical Mysteries. These works earned Dr. Mackowiak the American College of Physicians’ 2010 Nicholas E. Davies Memorial Scholar Award for Scholarly Activities in the Humanities and History of Medicine and have established him as one of today’s most accomplished medical historians. In 2013, Oxford University Press published a sequel to Post Mortem, entitled Diagnosing Giants. Solving the Medical Mysteries of Thirteen Patients Who Changed the World.
Dr. Mackowiak will read an excerpts from his books at the Baltimore Book Festival CityLit tent, Sunday 9/28, 4-5 pm.
A professor at Georgetown University, writer-in-residence at the University of Baltimore and consultant to a two-hour PBS film on “forgiveness,” Magida has been a columnist for the on-line religion magazine, Beliefnet.com; a contributing correspondent to PBS’s “Religion & Ethics Newsweekly;” a consultant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; editorial director of Jewish Lights Publishing, which specializes in books on religion/spirituality; senior editor of the Baltimore Jewish Times; environmental reporter for National Journal; writer/editor for Ralph Nader; director of publications for an energy conservation project; and a reporter for two Pennsylvania newspapers.
Magida’s book, The Nazi Séance (Macmillan) — a biography of Erik Jan Hanussen, aka “Hitler’s Jewish clairvoyant” — meditates on the power of wonder and magic while chronicling how Hanussen cemented an alliance that morally and historically makes little sense. The Nazi Séance also addresses a certain type of “magical thinking” in which “no one was more magical than Hitler, though an ambitious, ridiculously naïve Jew proffered his own ‘magic’ to the masses, believing that if Hitler was the new God, he would be his favored prophet.”
Arthur Magida will read from the book at the Baltimore Book Festival, CityLit tent, Sunday Sept 28, 2014, 4-5 pm.
New Mercury will return on Sunday September 28th for the 2014 Baltimore Book Festival, held this year at the Inner Harbor. Arthur Magida will read from his book The Nazi Seance, Dr. Phil Mackowiak will deliver Post-Mortem diagnoses of the illustrious dead and Rachel Donaldson will celebrate American folk music by reading from her two new recently published books I Hear America Singing and Roots of the Revival. 9/28/14, 4-5 pm. Sponsored by CityLit Project