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- Name: Eric D. Goodman
- Location: Baltimore-DC Area
Author // Represented by The Doris S. Michaels Literary Agency, Inc. // TRACKS: A Novel in Stories (Atticus Books 2011) & Flightless Goose, a storybook for children (Writers Lair Books 2008) available now. Learn more at www.EricDGoodman.com
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Monday, February 24, 2014
New Course: Those Next Uncharted Steps
Scribble volume 8 issue 3 features my story, “New Course.” In the story, Gene Silverman comes face to face with the hit man his old boss has sent after him. “New Course” is a story from Tracks: A Novel in Stories.
“Looking back was only slowing him down. He took a deep breath and faced forward.”
Coincidentally, the story seems to have a theme that goes along with Sherry Audette Morrow’s editor’s message about loss and changes and the need to “muster the courage necessary to get up off the bench and take those next uncharted steps.”
Learn more at www.scribblemagazine.us/Current_Issue.html.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Olympians of Lit and Art
Take a break from the games in Sochi and join the Olympians of lit and art. The next event in the Lit and Art Reading Series takes place this Sunday, February 23 from 2 to 5 p.m. at The Watermark Gallery, 100 South Charles Street on the second floor of the Bank of America building across from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
Featured this month are Elisabeth Dahl, Barbara DeCesare, Jen Grow, Charles Rammelkamp and Earl Crown. The original artwork of Manzar is on display, and live pop-grass music will be performed by Jacob Panic.
The event—including the wine and refreshments—is free and open to the public. Take your place on the platform and bring 5 minutes of your own work to share during open mic.
Don’t just sit on your couch and watch the Olympics. Join the Olympians of lit and art!
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Sochi in the Sun
The most expensive Olympics in history are well underway in Sochi, Russia. And it’s warm enough that Sochi could host the Summer Olympics as well!
About 24 hours north of Sochi is a place I’ve called “second home” from time to time: Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia. The third-largest city in central Russia, it’s the city where I went to college, met my wife, and became intimately introduced to Russian culture. Saint Petersburg is easily the most impressive and beautiful city in Russia, Moscow is easily it’s power-center, but Nizhniy Novgorod will always feel like Russia to me.
Since my first visit to Nizhniy Novgorod 20 years ago this month, I’ve returned about half a dozen times. There’s something special about Russia in the Winter with the picture-postcard scenery all tickled by snow. But it was my summertime visit to Russia about ten years ago that prompted me to write a travel story.
“Vodka in the Sun” was originally published in a British travel magazine, Travel Insights, which is no longer published. However, it was reprinted in serial format In Coloquio.
Join me for some vodka in the sun as we visit Nizhniy Novgorod, Saint Petersburg, Moscow, and a river cruise to such islands as Svirstroi, Kizhi, and Valaam. The adventure starts at the link below.
Friday, February 07, 2014
Storiad’s ePressKit for Tracks
The folks at Storiad have worked diligently at putting together and distributing an electronic press kit for Tracks: A Novel in Stories. You can see it now at http://storiad.com/community/epresskit/tracks-a-novel-in-stories/.
Storiad is a company that offers networking, marketing and publicity for writers, increasing access to potential readers. Their ePressKit is like a traditional press kit only smart, modern and viral.
The ePressKit for Tracks includes information about the book, my author’s page, links to my website and blog, and lots of things like NPR radio readings, reviews and comments on the book and even videos links.
The kit also offers free excerpts from the ebook, access to press kits and media coverage, and the opportunity for reviewers or interviewers to request a free copy.
Check out the Storiad ePressKit for Tracks!
Friday, January 31, 2014
Enjoy a Late Lunch with NPR
I’m reading an abridged version of a story from Tracks: A Novel in Stories on Baltimore’s NPR station, 88.1 FM, WYPR. “Late Lunch” is the latest installment of what WYPR’s The Signal is now calling the “radio adaptation” of my novel.
In “Late Lunch,” we get inside the mind of Franklin, the conductor of the train, and learn why even as he’s enjoying the company of so many people, in some ways he’s the loneliest person on the train.
The reading airs today (Friday) on The Signal at 7 p.m. and tomorrow (Saturday) at 3 p.m.
Monday, January 27, 2014
Meeting Steinbeck with Writers Weekly
You may remember late last year, Atticus Books published my literary travel story, “Searching for Steinbeck” on their book blog. "Eric D. Goodman's passion for John Steinbeck is contagious,” said Dan Cafaro of Atticus Books. “His imagery-filled essay about searching the west coast for his literary idol is now on the Atticus Books blog. If you're not intimately familiar with Steinbeck's works, it will encourage you to experience them."
There’s a sequel to “Searching for Steinbeck” in which I actually find him. Thomas Steinbeck, the son of John Steinbeck. During the west-coast leg of my book tour for Tracks, I was fortunate enough to participate in a book event that Thom Steinbeck helped me set up and promote.
Writers Weekly, the highest-circulation freelance writing ezine in the world, published my “feature article” on the experience.
Thom Steinbeck shares some good advice. "My father used to tell me that you should never sit down to create a story. You sit down to write a story, but the creation of it comes before you ever begin to write. You don't create at the desk. You need to dream the entire story first, from beginning to end."
Read “Meeting Steinbeck” in Writers Weekly.
Or begin at the beginning by reading “Searching for Steinbeck” at the Atticus Books blog.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Saturday at Five, Sunday at Two
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
A 2014 Full of Lit and Art
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.
Sunday, January 05, 2014
Happy New Reading Year
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Searching for Steinbeck with Atticus Books
"Eric D. Goodman's passion for John Steinbeck is contagious,” said Dan Cafaro of Atticus Books. “His imagery-filled essay about searching the west coast for his literary idol is now on the Atticus Books blog. Such a wonderful tribute. If you're not intimately familiar with Steinbeck's works, it will encourage you to experience them."
Steinbeck's writing is contagious, and I'm infected.
Read “Searching for Steinbeck” now at the Atticus Books blog.