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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Getting Hungary for International Travel

My hunger for an international trip is ravenous. With our travel to China and Scotland a year behind us, we're ready to hop on a plane for somewhere new.

In a few weeks, we’re headed for Budapest.

We’ll be staying in central Budapest, and we look forward to really getting to explore the city. The iconic Hungarian Parliament Building, formal Royal Palace, State Opera House, twin-towered, Chain Bridge, Basilica of St. Stephen, Great Synagogue, Buda Castle, Fisherman’s bastion, and thermal baths—not to mention the foods and spirits.

Having an apartment centrally located—and a rental car—allows us the freedom to travel abroad while we’re abroad. Within Hungary, we plan to visit Eger, Tokaj, Balatonlelle, and Pecs. Beyond the Hungarian boarders, we plan to visit Bratislava, Slovakia; Vienna, Austria; Rejeka and Zagreb, Croatia;  and Ljubljana, Slovenia.

But even with all of those nearby destinations, the heart of the trip will be getting to know Budapest.

If you were in Budapest for a few weeks, what would be at the top of your list?

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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Listen to This During Your Yardwork

The season of yardwork is at hand—whether you like to tame your yard or let your garden grow wild. With that in mind, I shared a new bit of fiction on Baltimore’s NPR station, 88.1 WYPR.

“Leaving” aired on The Signal, a tour of Baltimore’s cultural landscape. Here’s what they had to say about the story in their introduction.

“Are you planning on taking advantage of the spring weather to get outside and do some yard work? If you are, let this next story be a cautionary tale. And if you’re not, well, let this next story be an excuse. Signal contributor Eric D Goodman joins us with a story he’s titled, Leaving.”

Enjoy the entire episode, including an interview with author Ann Bracken and a visit to the Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra, at the following link.

http://wypr.org/post/altar-innocence-baltimore-mandolin-orchestra-and-fiction-eric-d-goodman

 

 

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Lit, Art, and Music Overcome Riots


Baltimore’s been plagued by rioting and chaos for a few days. But Baltimore is more about music and art and literature than riots and looting and destruction.

Today, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is performing a free concert outside the Meyerhoff in support of the community, just blocks from where the worst of the rioting occurred.

www.BSOmusic.org

A March for Justice and Love is organized for this afternoon beginning at 2, starting at the intersection of North Ave. and Charles street.

www.facebook.com/#!/events/814826398599090/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

Although the Orioles game will be played, the stadium is closed in a major league first. But Baltimore’s downtown libraries remain open to the public.

http://touch.baltimoresun.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-83406787/

The CityLit Project’s board of directors and the Enoch Pratt Free Library have announced that the CityLit Festival will go on, scheduled for this Saturday, May 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pratt Library, 400 Cathedral Street, downtown.

We hope, in its own small way, that the gathering of Baltimore’s literary artists and lovers of literature can be part of not only the healing process, but of the process toward thoughtful understanding and meaningful solutions."

Baltimore is the “city” part of CityLit, and we love her.”

I’ll be among the authors joining the CityLit Festival this year, along with John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats, Steve Berry, Danuta E. Kosk-Kosicka, Jason Tinney, Lalita Noronha, A.C. Arthur, and a host of others.

Get the full itinerary and learn more about the CityLit Festival at www.citylitproject.org.

This is our chance to B’More.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Scotland Revisited


This time last year, I was hunting for the Loch Ness, eating the world’s best fish & chips in Glasgow, strolling along the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, and partaking in scotch flights in Sterling. Enjoy some of our highlights in our slideshow—set to Scottish music!

Our trip started with a nice day revisiting some of our favorite places in London: Westminster, the Abbey, Parliament, Big Ben, National Gallery, Portrait Gallery, and a taste of Fish and Chips.

We flew into Scotland early in the morning and didn’t waste any time, stowing our bags at the train station and exploring Edinburgh’s Royal Mile—filled with medieval stone buildings that decent for a mile from Edinburgh Castle (on an extinct volcano) and Holyrood Palace (the Queen’s Scottish residence). The Royal Mile ended up being our go-to place during our time in Edinburgh, where we visited a number of museums, galleries, and pubs. Meat and ale pies and fish and chips were favorites.

In Glasgow, we enjoyed touring the campus of University of Glasgow, Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Museum, and Park, the Mackintosh House, Hunterian Museum and Gallery, George Square, St. Mungro Museum, and Glasgow Cathedral. Neeps and Tatties were good in Glasgow, and so was the fish and chips.

Stirling’s medieval old-town was refreshing, not quite as crowded as the larger cities. The castle and medieval church were interesting, as were the pubs and restaurants. We enjoyed a deluxe Scotch flight (about 20 of them) at the Curly Coo—voted best whisky bar in the world two years in a row. In Stirling, we tried haggis, and fish and chips.

Our voyage through the highlands brought us some of the most diverse and dramatic scenery we’ve seen in one day’s time. Mountains and valleys, mist and sun, green moss and desert wastelands. Highlights included Loch Lomond, Glencoe, Rannoch Moor, Ben Nevis, and Loch Ness.

When we took our voyage into Loch Ness, it began raining. The water was choppy and the horizon was misty. We think we spotted Nessie, but it was hard to tell in the rain and mist. We debated our findings over fish and chips.

We searched Rosslyn Chapel outside Edinburgh, but didn’t find anything not already uncovered in Da Vinci Code.

We ended our Scottish adventures where they began, along the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, where we had one last pub meal of meat pies, fish and chips, and ale and scotch.

People have already asked: which city had the best fish and chips and which was our favorite scotch?

We may need to return for another taste test. Get your own taste of Scotland by enjoying our slideshow!

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Still Exploring China


This time last year, we had just returned from our two-week adventure in China. Although a year has passed and we’ve been to other countries since, that visit still looms over us.
 
For one thing, I’m writing a novel set in many of the places we explored while there. For another, I’ve written a series of travel stories. Look for both to be published later this year.
 
Besides the writing, what did we do during our weeks exploring China? Figuring out where to begin can be as complicated as a Chinese puzzle box.
 
We began our time in Beijing. We strolled Tiananmen Square, the largest square in the world. We explored the Forbidden City and visited the Imperial Palace. We danced and sang with the locals at the Summer Palace. A rickshaw ride through the Hutong brought us face to face with world-renowned Cricket Leo and lunch with his family (of people, birds, animals, and insects). And Beijing Zoo gave us a glimpse of the giant pandas.
 
Then we explored the original capitol of unified China, Xi’an, and it’s 5,000 year history. We marveled at the thick, 9-mile city wall, climbed the Drum and Bell towers, rang the prayer bell at Wild Goose Pagoda in Jianfu Temple, and took a crazy motorized rickshaw ride through heavy traffic going the wrong way into bus-filled round-a-bouts.
 
The Terra Cotta Army protecting China’s first emperor was impressive, being one of the greatest archeological finds of the 20th century. We even met one of the four peasants who discovered the warriors while digging a well.
 
Suzhou, the Venice of the East, saw us cruising along canals villages and admiring stone bridges and trees that touched the surface of the water. We walked ancient streets and took in the beautiful Lingering Garden. We even visited a farmer’s market with all sorts of livestock, from frogs and snakes to fish and goose. And we met a winemaker and sampled the rice wine of his 100-year old winery.
 
In Hangzhou, we cruised the West Lake, admired the Su Causeway and waterlogged pillars, and enjoyed some time at a tea plantation where we picked and tasted our own Longjing tea, watch it roasted in hot woks, and enjoyed a tea ceremony with the dragon-well tea so exclusive that it was once made only for the Emperor.
 
Shanghai surprises rounded out our trip with a skyline so amazing that it looked like something out of a futuristic movie. At the river, you could see the old European buildings at the Bund on one side, and the Pearl tower and futuristic skyscrapers in Pudong on the other. A ceremony was going on when we visited the Jade Buddha Temple. We hovered on the MagLev, climbed the JinMao Tower to stand next to the partially completed “second tallest building in the world,” explored Yu Gardens and Bazaar, explored the twisted side streets of the French Concession, enjoyed the Shanghai Museum, and even watched an ERA performance of Chinese acrobats.
 
What more did we do? A lot. We walked the Great Wall, one of the seven manmade wonders of the world. We visited a freshwater pearl factory, jade museum, silk factory, silk embroidery institute, Imperial Pharmacy of traditional Chinese medicine, and enjoyed lectures from experts on all of these.
 
My China-based travel stories are written, but I’m waiting to submit them after I finish my novel set in these and other exotic locations.
 
Dead and Buried is being published by Blue Heron Book Works later in 2015.
 
 

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Two Stories in The Light Ekphrastic


Two of my stories have been published in the current issue of the literary journal, The Light Ekphrastic. What’s more, each story is paired with a work by artist William Brown and will be rotating on the LED Art Billboard next to Baltimore’s Penn Station next week.

I submitted an excerpt from Tracks: A Novel in Stories called “Places.” William Brown was inspired to create a painting based on the story.

William Brown submitted a painting called “Pain and Wisdom.” I wrote the story “Wisdom and Pain” inspired by his artwork.

The Baltimore Ekphrasic Project is collaboration between LED Baltimore and The Light Ekphrastic.  Baltimore-area writers and artists were chosen to create new work inspired by the work of randomly selected partners. The art and readings were presented at a launch party last week when all of the stories and artworks were presented without advertising on the LED Billboard.

Learn more at http://thelightekphrastic.com/ledproject.
 
See the special issue of The Light Ekphrastic http://thelightekphrastic.com/led.
 
Go directly to my stories and Will’s artwork in the current issue of The Light Ekphrastic.
 

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Join The Free Baltimore Ekphrasic Party This Monday


Sixty-six Baltimore-area writers and artists were chosen to create new work inspired by the work of their partners. The project presents final written works as excerpts on top of art on the LED Baltimore Billboard, and in full in a special online issue of The Light Ekphrastic.


The Baltimore Ekphrasic Project is a collaboration between LED Baltimore and The Light Ekphrastic, scheduled to run on the Baltimore LED Art Billboard in March 2015.


A launch party and reading will take place on Monday, March 23 at 7 p.m. at the University of Baltimore Student Center in the Bogolmony Room. Join the celebration! RSVP here.


Learn more at http://thelightekphrastic.com/ledproject.


See the special issue of The Light Ekphrastic here at http://thelightekphrastic.com/led.


And join the 120 people who have already said they were coming at  www.facebook.com/events/403144946529374/


I’ll be reading from my work at the event before it shows up on the LED Baltimore Billboard; hope to see you there!

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

March Forward to Lit and Art at the Watermark

The next event in the 2015 Lit and Art Reading Series takes place on Sunday, March 29 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Watermark, 100 S. Charles Street, right across from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.


For the January event, our featured talent includes Earl Crown, Dan Cuddy, Christopher T. George, Ian Hochberg, Michael M. Hughes, and Joseph Young. Goodloe Byron will share musical interludes. Manzar’s original art will be on display. And YOU should bring five minutes of your own work to share during open mic! To hold it all together, we’ll enjoy wine, refreshments, and conversation among like-minded artists.


Like all Lit and Art events, it is free and open to the public. So come along and bring some friends!


Hosted by Baltimore authors Nitin Jagdish and Eric D. Goodman, the events are casual and meant to foster the local literary community. In fact, we encourage attendees to bring about five minutes of their own work to share during open mic!

Started in 2007 at The Watermark Gallery, the Lit & Art Reading Series showcases local, national, and international talent—fiction, poetry, non-fiction, memoir, original art, live music—all topped off with wine, refreshments, and conversation.

Join us and find out why Lit and Art has been called the best excuse to get lit on a Sunday afternoon in Baltimore!
 
 
Visit the Watermark Gallery online.

 
Join the Lit and Art Reading Series on Facebook. www.facebook.com/groups/181120815252390/
 
Join the event here!
 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Writers, Artists Get Names in Lights


I used to dream that one day my name would be up in lights. The screenwriting Oscar would come shortly after. Although my name has made it to marquees and outdoor bulletin boards before, it’s never actually made it up in lights.


Until now.


The Baltimore Ekphrasis Project is a collaboration between LED Baltimore and The Light Ekphrastic, scheduled to run on the Baltimore LED Art Billboard in March 2015. Sixty-six Baltimore-area writers and artists were chosen to create new work inspired by the work of their partners. The project presents final written works as excerpts on top of art on the LED Baltimore Billboard, and in full in a special online issue of The Light Ekphrastic.

A launch party and reading will take place on Monday, March 23 at 7 p.m. at the University of Baltimore Student Center in the Bogolmony Room. Join the celebration! RSVP here.

 
 

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Jagdish, Rammelkamp, Goodman, Solomon, Banksy in Syndic


Syndic Literary Journal is back with a great new issue to begin 2015. In the February issue (No. 12), you’ll find fiction, poetry, audio, and art.
 
Dive into the issue with “A Real Banksy,” photographed by Mel Solomon. Read or listen to fiction by Nitin Jagdish (“My Cab Driver”), Charles Rammelkamp (“The Locker Room”, and myself (an abbreviated version of “Live Cargo” from Tracks).
 
LeRoy Chatfield founded the original Syndic in San Francisco and published it 1958-1960. Fifty years later in 2010, Chatfield revived his Syndic Literary Journal and publishes it online at syndicjournal.us.
 

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Monday, February 02, 2015

Into the Canyon

“The greatest adventure is what lies ahead,” wrote J.R.R. Tolkien in The Hobbit. He could have been referring to my coming week—and I’ll probably feel somewhat hobbit-sized as I make my way into the abyss.

This coming week, I’ll be hiking the Grand Canyon. The plan is to hike from the South Rim down the South Kaibab Trail, across the Colorado River on a suspension bridge, and to stay overnight in the bottom of the canyon at Phantom Ranch.

Then comes the hard part: hiking the mile elevation over the seven-mile distance up Bright Angel Trail.

Of course, if my sure-fire strategy in Vegas goes well a couple days before the hike, I may opt for a private helicopter. Odd are, we’ll be on foot.

Here’s a video with some scenic views from the hiking trail.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBhDBviFijI

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Goodman Goes Genre


Beijing’s Forbidden City. Shanghai’s Pearl Tower. Suzhou’s thousand-year old canal villages. Hangzhou’s West Lake. Xi’an’s Terracotta Army.
 
What do these places all have in common, besides being in China? They make up a few of the many settings in my latest novel-in-progress: Dead and Buried.
 
For a couple years now, renowned author Bathsheba Monk and I have talked about collaborating on a novel. After writing well-reviewed literary fiction for the likes of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Bathsheba decided to take up genre fiction. Thus the Swanson Herbinko Cozy Mystery series was born. So far, her popular mystery novels have included Dead Wrong, Dead Silence, and Dead Karma. Each is set in a different country.
 
When I returned from my two weeks in China last year, I knew I wanted to set a novel in some of the exotic locations. I realized my ideas might make for a good addition to Bathsheba’s series.
 
Dead and Buried is a bit of a mystery-thriller hybrid, and my first collaboration with another author. Written from the perspective of one of the side characters in Bathsheba’s previous books in the series, Dead and Buried takes the familiar characters—and new ones—on an adventure throughout China’s most interesting places in search of an Imperial artifact. Of course, there’s a murder or two to solve along the way.
 
Look for Dead and Buried from Blue Heron Book Works later in 2015.
 

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Get Lit, Art, Music this Sunday

The first event in the 2015 Lit and Art Reading Series takes place this Sunday, January 25 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Watermark, 100 S. Charles Street, right across from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
 
For the January event, our featured talent includes CL Bledsoe, Margo Christie, Sid Gold, Charles Rammelkamp, and Sally Whitney. Limestone Connection will share blues and folk-inspired originals and covers, with Jason Tinney at the harmonica and Holly Morse-Ellington at the ukulele. Manzar’s original art will be on display. To hold it all together, we’ll enjoy wine, refreshments, and conversation among like-minded artists.
 
Like all Lit and Art events, it is free and open to the public. So come along and bring some friends!
 
Hosted by Baltimore authors Nitin Jagdish and Eric D. Goodman, the events are casual and meant to foster the local literary community. In fact, we encourage attendees to bring about five minutes of their own work to share during open mic!
 
Started in 2007 at The Watermark Gallery, the Lit & Art Reading Series showcases local, national, and international talent—fiction, poetry, non-fiction, memoir, original art, live music—all topped off with wine, refreshments, and conversation.
 
Join us and find out why Lit and Art has been called the best excuse to get lit on a Sunday afternoon in Baltimore!
 
 
Join the Lit and Art Reading Series on Facebook. www.facebook.com/groups/181120815252390/

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A 2015 Full of Lit and Art


With the new year comes a brand new lineup of talent brought to you by the Lit and Art Reading Series at the Watermark Gallery.

The first event comes on the last Sunday of January: Sunday, January 25 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Watermark, 100 S. Charles Street, right across from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

For the January event, our featured talent includes CL Bledsoe, Margo Christie, Sid Gold, Charles Rammelkamp, and Sally Whitney.
 
Limestone Connection will share blues and folk-inspired originals and covers, with Jason Tinney at the harmonica and Holly Morse-Ellington at the ukulele.
 
Manzar’s original art will be on display. To hold it all together, we’ll enjoy wine, refreshments, and conversation among like-minded artists.

Like all Lit and Art events, it is free and open to the public. So come along and bring some friends!

The January event is just the tip of the iceberg. Take a look at some of the fantastic talent we have joining us on the last Sundays of January, March, June, September, and October of 2015: Madison Smartt Bell, DR Belz, CL Bledsoe, Shirley Brewer, Goodloe Byron, Margo Christie, Kathy Cottle, Caryn Coyle, Earl Crown, Dan Cuddy, Lauren Eisenberg Davis, Christopher T. George, Tom Glenn, Sid Gold, Ian Hochberg, Dave Housley, Bill Hughes, Michael Hughes, Frank S. Joseph, Limestone connection, Jerry Marconi, Bathsheba Monk, Holly Morse-Ellington, Jacob Panic, Richard Peabody, Charles Rammelkamp, Rosalia Scalia, Oscar Strangeways, Jason Tinney, Barrett Warner, Sally Whitney, Gregg Wilhelm, Mark Willen, and Joseph Young.

Each event will feature live music and original art, including the paintings of Manzar as well as other guest artists. Manzar and other visual artists have their work for sale at the gallery, both originals and prints. And many of the authors and musicians have their work for sale as well.

 Hosted by Baltimore authors Nitin Jagdish and Eric D. Goodman, the events are casual and meant to foster the local literary community. In fact, we encourage attendees to bring about five minutes of their own work to share during open mic!

Started in 2007 at The Watermark Gallery, the Lit & Art Reading Series showcases local, national, and international talent—fiction, poetry, non-fiction, memoir, original art, live music—all topped off with wine, refreshments, and conversation.

Our 2015 Lit and Art-stravaganza starts on Sunday, January 25 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Watermark Gallery, 100 S. Charles Street, on the second floor of the Bank of America building right across from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Join us and find out why Lit and Art has been called the best excuse to get lit on a Sunday afternoon in Baltimore!

Visit the Watermark Gallery online.

Join the Lit and Art Reading Series on Facebook. www.facebook.com/groups/181120815252390/

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Wednesday, January 07, 2015

For the new eReaders


If a new eReader is one of the items you received over the holidays, or if you plan to load more good books to your eReader in 2015, here are some suggestions to consider.

Tracks: A Novel in Stories is on sale at Atticus Books for only $7.99. Find it at https://atticusbooksonline.com/shop/tracks-a-novel-in-stories.

While you’re at it, check out some of the other fine eBook titles in the Atticus Books catalog, available at https://atticusbooksonline.com/shop.


Another great place to go when you’re looking for eBooks is Blue Heron Book Works. There, you’ll find memoirs like Kindle #1 Bestseller Rigger as well as books in the popular Swanson Herbinko cozy mystery series by Bathsheba Monk. Find Blue Heron books at www.blueheronbookworks.com.

Keep watching small presses like Atticus Books and Blue Heron Book Works for new fiction, memoirs, and books in 2015.

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