Another evening of Baltimore nonfiction will be meeting next Saturday — the 29th — at 5:30 pm. Well be listening to the work of a Baltimore Crime Reporter (Stephen Janis), Editor of AARP (David Dudley), publisher (Ann Hughes), and a photographer and journalist (Bonnie Schupp). More information on all of these writers below. Come down, enjoy, hang out at the bar, buy a drink, and talk to the writers.
David Dudley is a features editor at AARP the Magazine and the editor-at-large of Urbanite magazine, where he served as editor-in-chief from 2007 to 2010.
Stephen Janis is founder of the news website Investigative Voice and currently Investigative News Producer for Fox45 WBFF-TV. He previously covered crime and politics for the former Baltimore Examiner and was a regular contributor to the Baltimore City Pape
Ann Hughes has always loved books. She wrote and constructed her first book in Fourth Grade. She went on to major in English at Penn State. After two years
of misery teaching middle‐school English, she walked away from education and happily embraced a business career. Since 1975, Ann has helped people across the nation selfpublish their books – mainly family & local histories, church, school & military histories, memoirs, poetry, religious books . . .and even a book about Chinese money. She has produced over 3000 titles to date. She currently works under her own imprint, Otter Bay Books. In 1999, she self‐published a memoir about her incredible search for the daughter she’d given up for adoption in 1966. Tonight, she will read excerpts from her book, Soul Connection: A Birthmother’s Healing Journey – a journey that led her on a
true‐life spiritual adventure.
Bonnie Schupp is a photographer, former camera shop owner, retired middle school language arts teacher and – by husband David Ettlin’s description – an “all-around renaissance woman.” Her photographic awards include a top prize in Kodak’s international KINSA contest, honorable mentions in online juried exhibitions of Women in Photography International (one of them for her photo taken while giving birth) and recently, at age 66, having a photo selected for the permanent collection of the Kinsey Institute (yes, THAT Kinsey). She celebrated turning 60 by earning a doctorate in communications design from the University of Baltimore.
She has written articles for photography magazines, a weekly column on photography for six years in the old Baltimore Evening Sun, creates a daily haiku and related photo for one of her current photo/word projects, “Dog Tag Poetry,” and occasionally lets off steam in her blog, Journeys, at http://bjschupp.blogspot.com. If you know of anyone living together in a relationship for at least 40 years, contact Bonnie to learn about her newest project (“Together 40+”) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bonnie has two grown daughters, and lives in Pasadena.
On September 24th, the weekend of the Book Festival, four more New Mercury Readers gathered together. Rafael Alvarez cohosted, since Deborah Rudacille was laid up in NY with the flu. Bruce Goldfarb opened the evening with a reading about his son being recruited by the FBI, a few poems, and a little piece about his entry into Baltimore many years ago. Ex-Sun night editor David Ettlin took us to the dark side, with a few of his obits. Ex-Sun reporter Gadi Dechter made his return to Baltimore — now he works in DC with his wife Ann — and read from his first published piece, written for the LA Times. And Kimblerly Shorter offered us a look at her researches into the world of online dating. Thanks to all!