We’re back (a little early this month) for a New Mercury Reading that will feature one of our own: Deborah Rudacille, co-curator and author of Roots of Steel. Other Baltimore writers, Jim Burger and Jenny Keith, will also be featured. For more information, scroll below. The evening begins
at 5. Hope to see you there!
Deborah Rudacille’s third book, ROOTS OF STEEL—called “a careful, cohesive case-study of the American dream abandoned” by David Simon—was published in March 2010. THE RIDDLE OF GENDER, published in 2005, was a Lambda Literary Award finalist, and THE SCALPEL AND THE BUTTERFLY was named one of the best nonfiction books of 2000 by The Los Angeles Times. Rudacille has written for Urbanite, STYLE, Brew and other Baltimore publications. With John Barry, she co-curates The New Mercury nonfiction reading series.
Jim Burger is a freelance photojournalist living in Baltimore. He has written for the Washington Post Magazine, The Baltimore Sun, STYLE, Baltimore Magazine, Smart Woman and the Baltimore Messenger.
Jenny Keith attended the University of Virginia and graduated from the American University in Washington, D.C. with a degree in film. Her short stories, essays, and poems have appeared in City Paper, The Pearl, Sewanee Theological Review, and The Nebraska Review. She is working on a novel.
Clockwise from left: Madeleine Mysko, Marceline White, Shannon Dunn, Deborah Rudacille, Shannon Dunn, Ron Cassie, John Barry.Below: Edit Barry, Nathaniel Barry, Grisby, Front of Windup Space
On July 30th, four more New Mercury Readers, who touched on topics merging from handbag snatching to globalization to polio wards. Marceline White opened the evening with a two-part reading. It started with an overview of women in the marketplace in the era of globalization. And it ended on an autobiographical note with an account of her own experience as a single mother. We had two pieces, from Shannon Dunn and Ron Cassie, dealing with stolen goods (handbags and stereo headphones) and their tendencies to return (in bizarre ways) to their original owners. And Madeleine Mysko closed out the evening with a fond farewell to a once-thriving Baltimore hospital.