Baltimore writer and teacher John Barry (my husband) and Baltimore author Deborah Rudacille (my friend) have been curating a nonfiction reading series in Baltimore since 2010. It’s called The New Mercury Readings, after the endlessly quotable H.L. Mencken‘s magazine, the American Mercury. It promises “Nothing but the Truth.”
John learned all about truth in journalism at Murch Elementary. (Here is a must-read piece on his experience that will make you cry laughing.) Deborah learned about it in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins, and then writing a few books, most recently Roots of Steel about the boom and bust of the mills at Sparrow’s Point. (You can read about the book in Urbanite). Ramsey Flynn (former editor of Baltimore magazine), Brian Morton (“political animal” from City Paper), and Amy Lakis (a writer who happens to be the mother of North Baltimore Patch’s Adam Bednar) will read. I’ll read, too.
The event is free. I suggest you bring some milk money and maybe enough cash to buy a book.