Curtis Smith: New Mercury@Baltimore Book Festival

IMG_0760Curtis Smith has published over one hundred stories and essays. His work has been cited by The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Mystery Stories, and The Best American Spiritual Writing. He’s worked with lit presses to publish five fiction collections, three novels, and two essay collections. His latest books are Beasts and Men (stories, Press 53) and Communion (essays, Dock Street Press). Next spring, Ig Publishing will put out his next book, a series of essays about Slaughterhouse-Five.

Smith will read on Sunday, Sept 27, 2015 on the CityLit Stage at the Baltimore Book Festival in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor with Firmin DeBrabander, Marion Wink and Jamie Zvirdin 4-5:30 pm.

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Marion Winik: New Mercury@Baltimore Book Festival

MarionWinik_webCUMarion Winik is the author of FIRST COMES LOVE (Random House, 1996) and THE GLEN ROCK BOOK OF THE DEAD (Counterpoint, 2008.) Her other books are TELLING (Random House, 1994); THE LUNCH-BOX CHRONICLES (Random House, 1998); RULES FOR THE UNRULY (Simon and Schuster, 2001); ABOVE US ONLY SKY (Seal Press, 2005) and HIGHS IN THE LOW FIFTIES: HOW I STUMBLED THROUGH THE JOYS OF SINGLE LIVING (Globe Pequot Press, 2013). She has also published two books of poetry, NONSTOP and BOYCRAZY.

Winik will read on Sunday, Sept 27, 2015 on the CityLit Stage at the Baltimore Book Festival in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor with Firmin DeBrabander, Curtis Smith and Jamie Zvirdin 4-5:30 pm.

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Jamie Zvirzdin at New Mercury@Baltimore Book Festival

jamie-2Jamie Zvirzdin is a science editor and freelance writer. She is the editor of the newly published Fresh Courage Take: New Directions by Mormon Women, featuring twelve diverse essays from Mormon and formerly Mormon women. She has worked for Atomium Culture, A K Peters, Taylor & Francis, and other clients in the publishing industry, and she is the founder of The Unbound Bookmaker Project, which publishes books written and illustrated by children in developing countries. She grew up in Sandy, Utah, and lives abroad in a US Foreign Service family.

Zvirzdin will read on Sunday, Sept 27, 2015 on the CityLit Stage at the Baltimore Book Festival in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor with Marion Wink, Curtis Smith and Firmin DeBrabander 4-5:30 pm.

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Firmin De Brabander at New Mercury @ Baltimore Book Festival

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In the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre, many expected a broad strengthening of gun control laws and a reconsideration of America’s gun culture. Yet the gun rights movement, headed by the National Rifle Association, has gained ground in its fight against gun control laws. Gun rights advocates argue that firearms are essential in maintaining freedom. In Do Guns Make Us Free?, Firmin DeBrabander examines the ways that proliferation of guns impacts freedom and finds that a heavily armed citizenry diminishes core freedoms for all of us.

Firmin De Brabander is an associate professor of philosophy at Maryland Institute College of Art. He is the author of Do Guns Make us Free? published by Yale University Press, and in 2007 he wrote Spinoza and the Stoics, published by Bloomsbury. He has written numerous articles for the New York Times, the Baltimore Sun, The Atlantic.com and Salon.

De Brabander will read on Sunday, Sept 27, 2015 on the CityLit Stage at the Baltimore Book Festival in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor with Marion Wink, Curtis Smith and Jamie Zvirdin 4-5:30 pm.

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Video: Pam Gerhardt @ CityLit Festival

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Video: Michael Kimball @ CityLit Festival

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Video: Matt Porterfield @ CityLit Festival

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Video: Nancy Murray @ CityLit Festival

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May 2, at City Lit Festival, 1:30 PM: New Mercury Readings Presents Pamela Gerhardt, Micheal Kimball, Matt Porterfield, and Nancy Murray, at CityLit

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Pamela Gerhardt (Lucky That Way), Michael Kimball Big Ray), Matt Porterfield (Putty Hill, I Used To Be Darker), and Nancy Murray (One Child for Another). No introductions necessary! (but if you want to you can press the links) Come listen to these extraordinary writer(s)/playwrighte(s)novelist(s)/filmmaker(s) read their nonfiction at Baltimore’s City Lit Festival, 1:30 pm!

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Michael Kimball: New Mercury@CityLit Festival 5/2

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Michael Kimball is the author of seven books, including Galaga, Big Ray, Dear Everybody, and Us. His work has been translated into a dozen languages, and featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and in Vice, as well as in The Guardian and Bomb.

Michael will read on May 2, 2015, 1:30 pm as part of the New Mercury slate at the CityLit Festival. This day-long celebration of the literary arts in Baltimore is at the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Central Branch, 400 Cathedral St. The New Mercury will be in the Fine Arts Room on the 2nd Floor, 1:30-2:30 pm.For a full schedule of the day’s events: http://www.citylitproject.org/index.cfm?page=news&newsid=155

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