To make things easier and avoid dealing with a festival that’s going to be starting at the Windup Space, we’ll be shifting tomorrow’s reading to Cyclops Bookstore, at 30 W. North Avenue, two doors down on the same block. It’s a large venue, beer and wine served, and has an indie bookstore. See you there! They’ll direct any wandering New Mercury Readers in that direction, so don’t sweat it.
Monthly Archives: February 2012
The New Mercury Readings, back again! Saturday February 25, 5:30 at the Windup Space: Wayne Countryman, Stacey Patton, Ben Hellwarth, and Rodney Foxworth at the Windup Space, February 25.
Tomorrow (Saturday, February 25) the New Mercury Readings will be presenting four journalists: Stacey Patton, Ben Hellwarth, Wayne Countryman and Rodney Foxworth. Readings are from 5:30 to 7:30, with a break in between; there’s no admission charged, but the bar’s open! Come, enjoy, meet Baltimore writers (and writers who have kindly come from a long way away) in person.
Ben Hellwarth grew up in Los Angeles and began reporting, writing, and editing for papers in the Bay Area after graduating from the University of California, Berkeley. He won a number of notable journalism awards in the 1990s as a staff writer for the Santa Barbara News-Press, then part of The New York Times Regional Newspaper Group. He currently lives with his family in western Pennsylvania. Sealab is his first book.
Rodney D. Foxworth, Jr. is a writer, independent consultant, and native Baltimorean. He writes primarily about politics, culture, and social issues, and has written on topics ranging from contemporary race relations to urban education reform to third-party participation in electoral politics. His work has appeared in Baltimore City Paper, Urbanite magazine, Baltimore Brew, and Baltimore Fishbowl, among other publications. In addition to his writing, Rodney advises nonprofit organizations and emerging businesses on strategic communication and business and fund development. He blogs frequently at rodneyfoxworth.com and lives in Hampden.
Wayne Countryman, while at six newspapers and two magazines, has
edited writers who went on to fame and fortune with books and movies.
The Baltimore Sun won a Pulitzer Prize on his first day there, and he
helped edit its last Pulitzer-winning entry. Since then he’s edited
(and done a little writing) at AmericanStyle magazine and now The
Maryland Daily Record. His last beat as a reporter, at George
Washington University’s newspaper, involved covering early mating
attempts of the National Zoo’s first pandas. Missing the odor of
black-and-white photo darkrooms, he’s writing, including for the
“Smile, Hon, You’re in Baltimore” zine.
Near Death Experience From Mother’s Perspective, Supreme Court Chief Justices Who Are Not Very Nice, Occupying Your School District, and Near Death (Again)
We don’t really plan things ahead that carefully, but this one involved two sharp political commentaries, sandwiched between two peeks into the shock trauma ward. First, Amy Lakis talked about her son’s close call after a car crash. Political columnist Brian Morton read two of his pieces on Supreme Court Justices, demonstrating remarkable prescience regarding Mr. Roberts, and then, as a freebie, dazzled us with a couple of card tricks. Then Edit Barry took the stage and reminded us that a public school isn’ t something we use; it’s a place to grow. Finally, Ramsey Flynn narrated his own near death (or, technically, death), as experienced while under the knife at Johns Hopkins during open heart surgery.