Black Friday? Cyber Monday? CityLit brings you LITuesday!

READ LOCALLY…Start your holiday shopping with great books by Maryland writers.

Farm to table, locavores, locally made…now it’s writers’ turn to remind you that you can read local, too, with COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AUTHORS. Several of CityLit Press’s authors are local writers, the books are designed in Baltimore, and many regional artists and photographers contribute to the books’ design.  “From our typewriters to your eyes!”

So check them out, and support local literature (available at area bookstores and from your favorite online retailer).  Also note that several winners of the Harriss Poetry Prize are local poets.

Have a wonderful, and well read, holiday season!

–– CityLit Project

Shop locally for RIPPLE MEETS THE DEEP with IndieBound!

Shop locally for BATTLE CREEK with IndieBound!

Shop locally for A PEACHY LIFE with IndieBound!

Shop locally for IT CAN BE SOLVED BY WALKING with IndieBound!

Well, how nifty is this? Here at BrickHouse, we’re dedicated to making LITuesday a real thing, but we need your help! Give CityLit a look, and check out the great reading selection they’ve provided. There’s nothing better during the holiday season than snuggling up with hot cocoa and a good book, and maybe one of these gems is the one that you’ve been looking for.

––Kate, BhB Online Editor

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2014 Baltimore Writers’ Conference

On November 15 at the Towson University CLA building people from the literary community will be gathering for the 22nd Annual Baltimore Writers’ Conference! An assortment of authors and publishers will be attending this lovely event, along with a special critique faculty –– so remember to bring your own manuscript. Whether you appreciate poetry or prose, this conference will have something for you, so be sure to register online and claim your spot.

P.S: On the registration page, it asks for special dietary requests, I don’t know about you, but I definitely put “cupcakes and a chocolate fountain.” What’s a writing conference without an abundance of sweets?

––Kate, BhB Online Editor

Holiday At Poe’s Grave

What better way to spend a Monday evening than at a grave? Okay, maybe it doesn’t sound that amazing, but trust me, it is. Let me tell you why –– because it’s Edgar Allen Poe’s grave. Yeah, I thought that’d get you excited, dear reader.

October 6th at 6PM, five Maryland poets will be presenting the work of Josepehine Jacobsen, Michael Egan, Lucille Clifton, and Roland Flint, while Poe scholar and Baltimore native Jeff Jerome will give a special presentation. You can find more information about the presenters here.

The event will go on rain or shine, and will likely include a gathering afterwards at a local venue where everyone can read a poem from their favorite Maryland poet. So come check it out, and don’t forget to keep an ear open for the beating of Poe’s telltale heart!

–Kate, BhB online editor

Geopoetics event.

On Friday, October 10th at 3:00PM to 6:00PM, Towson University would like to welcome you all to join us at the Geopoetics event at the College of Liberal Arts, room 3150 ! Here, poetry and place will be brought together to explore the world through metaphor, subtleties, and descriptive dexterity. This discussion will strive to understand the experience of place and the relationship between geography and poetry.

The keynote speaker will be John Hessler of the Library of Congress (In Parry’s Shadow: Ramblings on the Poetics of Geographic Space), who will be introduced by Michael Ratcliffe of the US Census Bureau. Amongst the poets partaking in the event are our very own Clarinda Harriss, along with Leslie Harrison, Shirley Brewer, and Barbara Morrison.

Complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served – but don’t let that entice you! I assure you, the event will be one worth coming out for. For more information contact Dr. Alan Marcus, Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Planning: amarcus@towson.edu.

–Kate, BhB online editor

Baltimore Book Festival 2014

Another year, another book festival visits our grande ol’ city of Baltimore. The Baltimore Book Festival will be at the Baltimore Inner Harbor from Friday, September 26, 2014 to Sunday, September 28, 2014. Admission is absolute free, so even if you’re just now hearing about it, you can still attend!

The festival will be featuring a large variety of locally and nationally acclaimed writers, including poet Leslie Harrison (Displacement, Before the Door of God), Catherine Asaro (The Ruby Dice), Rafael Alvarez (Tales from the Holy Land), and many more. There will also be a wide variety of exhibitors and booksellers in attendance. Check out the full list of participants here.

Readings take place most of the day, but you can also get more involved in the literary community yourself by visiting the various meet and greets, where you can chat with some of your favorite authors and ask where they got started. A very exciting appearance will be made by We Need Diverse Books, the organization striving to increase diversity in the literary world. Also, for you lovers of the less traditional forms of literature, the Baltimore Book Festival is not only home to the lovers of novels, but also welcomes those interested in comics and graphic novels at their Charm City Comic Book Pavilion, sponsored by Third Eye Comics.

Stop by the event website for more details, and I hope to see you there!

Kate, BhB online editor