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
Jennifer Mendelsohn is a seasoned Baltimore-based journalist and the “Modern Family” columnist for Baltimore Style. She serves as one of Us Weekly’s Fashion Police “Top Cops” and helped tv star and fashion guru Carson Kressley pen his New York Times best-selling style manual Off the Cuff. Mendelsohn was a longtime Washington, DC-based special correspondent for People and wrote the satirical “Keeping Tabs” column for Slate. Her work has appeared in both local and national publications including The New York Times, USA Today, USA Weekend, The Washington Post, Washingtonian, Tablet, Medium, McSweeney’s and Jezebel.
Daniel Pendick is currently executive editor of Harvard Men’s Health Watch and teaches “Writing for the Health Professions” at the University of Maryland, College Park. His science and medical writing has previously appeared in New Scientist, Scientific American Presents, Astronomy, Earth, and other publications. He was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT in 1998-99.
Elisabeth Dahl writes for adults and children from her home in Baltimore. Her essays, short stories, and poems have appeared at NPR.org, at The Rumpus, in Johns Hopkins Magazine, and elsewhere. Her first book, an illustrated novel for children entitled Genie Wishes, was published by Abrams Books in 2013. Visit her online at elisabethdahl.com.
Gary Vikan was Director of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore from 1994 to 2013. He stepped down from that position in March 2013 to write and teach, to pursue projects at the intersection of the arts and sciences, and to provide consulting services as Vikan Consulting LLC to art museums and to dealers. He recently developed an exhibition on neuroscience and art with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington, D.C., and is co-chair of a convening on art and science at the Salzburg Global Seminar in Salzburg, Austria, scheduled for February 2015.