Archive for the ‘Booknotes’ Category
Janet Alexander Griffin, who has shaped the vision and strategy for all of Folger’s cultural programming including theater performances, music concerts, poetry readings, talks, and other humanities programs, will retire on March 31st. It was my pleasure to reflect on her tenure of 44 years.
The ever-versatile Baltimore writer, Eric D. Goodman, has taken to exploring the genre of literary thrillers. He’s created Clive Allen, a suave private eye, who ventures throughout China in search of an ancient jadeite tablet from the Ming dynasty.
During the months of quarantining that have morphed into so many other destabilizing events in the country, Passager Books has been inviting contributors to join in the conversation by sending in a diary entry about what has been happening in their lives. (If you’d like to submit a diary entry, you can do so here, […]
The Enoch Pratt Free Library has made a point of being there for the Baltimore community during the Covid-19 response, and this holiday season is no different. I spoke with their Director of Marketing & Communications, Meghan McCorkell.
Ben Tanzer is a podcaster, writer, and teacher steeped in the world of books. On Booknotes this month, he talks about the effect of the pandemic on the book industry going forward, and the virtual fall release of his new book, Upstate.
Amongst the 2020 National Book Awards nominations is the English-language fiction debut, High as the Waters Rise, by German poet Anja Kampmann. The book was translated from the German by Maryland native, Anne Posten, who spoke to me from her home in Berlin.
A global pandemic … a mother and son on the run … a sinister cult of neon nuns. Award-winning, internationally best-selling South African author, Lauren Beukes, is on her game.
April 2015 saw the uprisings in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray in police custody. Five Days by Baltimore born writer and New York Times bestselling author, Wes Moore, traces the stories surrounding these events.
The Shroud of Turin was originally intended as nothing more than an innocuous devotional image, but it was soon misrepresented. Miracles were faked, money was made. Former Director of the Walters Art Museum and internationally known medieval scholar, Gary Vikan, investigates one of the greatest hoaxes in the history of Christian relics in […]
In 1632, Galileo Galilei was tried by the Inquisition and found to be “vehemently suspect of heresy” for maintaining that the earth revolved around the sun. Now, Dr. Mario Livio, astrophysicist and best selling author of seven books, has just published Galileo: And the Science Deniers.