PRATT MEMORIAL LIBRARY, FINE ARTS DEPARTMENT (2ND FLOOR), 2-3 PM
Jim Meyer is a Baltimore based writer and stand-up comedian. He has written for The Guardian, Think Progress, Grist, and writes the weekly Spitballin’ column for the Baltimore CIty Paper. He has also appeared on Comedy Central, the Food Network, Fuel TV, and the CBC. Karen Houppert was a contributing writer at The Washington Post Magazine and also freelances for other magazines, covering social and political issues. Her work has appeared in New York Times, Newsday, The Nation, Mother Jones, Salon, Slate, Ms., The Village Voice and other magazines and anthologies. She is the author of two nonfiction books, The Curse (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1999) and Home Fires Burning (Ballantine, 2005). Her third book, Chasing Gideon: The Elusive Quest for Poor People’s Justice (New Press) comes out in March and investigates the national crisis in indigent defense. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland. David Sterritt, chair of the National Society of Film Critics and chief book critic of Film Quarterly, teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art and Columbia University. He also moderates the Cinema Club at the Avalon in Washington.
Here are clips of our four readers from March 30, courtesy of Bonnie and David. Ivan reads from his nonfictional poetry, Laura takes us to the gritty side of the miracle of procreation, Rafael Alvarez talks about the Easter Miracle of butt-cracking (of eggs, that is), and Thaddeus Logan gives us the view of Baltimore from the front seat of a cab.
Thaddeus Logan is a former Baltimore city policeman and vice detective turned cab driver. Logan writes about his fares and the City he serves with great insight and sensitivity, and he has a particular affection for his regular customers, the perennial underclass. His vignettes show the City, warts and all, and its people, regardless of neighborhood, income or prejudices. Hey Cabbie ll! is a sequel to Logan’s popular 1984 book Hey Cabbie.
Four more videos of our February New Mercury Readers, taken by David Ettlin and Bonnie Schupp:
courtesy of Bonnie Schupp and David M. Ettlin
JM Giordano, Baynard Woods, Robert Kanigel, and B. Morrison will all be reading at The New Mercury Readings this Saturday, February 23. Be there at 5:00. It’s going to be a great evening! Meet famous Baltimore (and non-Baltimore) writers, actually talk to them, buy drinks, the more the merrier, and maybe get in the line to read yourself at Baltimore’s ONLY nonfiction reading, where we tell the truth and nothing but the truth.
J.M. Giordano is an award winning photojournalist and writer. Since moving back to Baltimore from Prague in 2001, he has been the recipient of the Lorian Hemingway award for his short story, Flight; was a regular contributor to the Chicago literary quarterly, After Hours and has accumulated numerous awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Maryland/DC Press Association for his work as a print and photojournalist. As a photographer, he has shown in New York and Baltimore with solo exhibitions at the SoHo Hotel, Metro Gallery, Gallery CA and the main gallery of the Creative Alliance. His work has appeared in the London fashion magazine i-D on several occasions. Giordano will be reading his recent contribution to the Baltimore City Paper, Corpse Courier, about local body transporter Emily Wyatt. His new portrait series, Killer Angels: Faces of American Death Metal will accompany the reading.
Baynard Woods is senior editor at City Paper. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in McSweeney’s, the Believer, The Georgia Review, the Millions, and the Rumpus. He is the author of Coffin Point: The Strange Cases of Ed McTeer, Witchdoctor Sheriff, and plays in the rock and roll band The Barnyard Sharks.
Robert Kanigel is the author of seven books, including The Man Who Knew Infinity, which was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, and On an Irish Island, just out in a Vintage paperback edition. He’s currently at work on a biography of Jane Jacobs. Robert is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim fellowship. A native New Yorker, he first came to Baltimore in 1966; he left for San Francisco in 1971, returned in 1975; left for Boston in 1999, returned in 2011. This time, he says, he’s back for good. (See robertkanigel.com.)