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Genie Wishes at the National Book Festival!

I'm beyond thrilled that GENIE WISHES was chosen to represent Maryland on the 2014 National Book Festival's Discover Great Places Through Reading brochure and map. I'll be at the Maryland table in the Pavilion of States on Saturday, August 30, 2014, from at least 12 to 3 P.M.--and maybe longer if I'm having too much fun to leave. Come visit? Here's the map of the festival, which will be held at the Washington Convention Center this year. And here's the phenomenal lineup of authors who'll be appearing that day.

I'm not sure I can imagine an honor I'd like more. When I went to grad school at Georgetown and was plugging away at my thesis, I used to walk the two or three miles to the Library of Congress, cutting past the stately buildings of the Smithsonian and kicking the gravel on the wide tan paths along the Mall, until finally I arrived at the LOC. (Once, I saw Cokie Roberts in the gift shop, wearing a belted navy trench coat and looking kind of regal.) The LOC, which sponsors the festival, has always had a special, book-lined place in my heart.

I hope everyone has enjoyed summer. In Baltimore, it's been unbelievably, sleep-with-the-windows-open-every-night cool. I don't know if it's the unseasonably mild weather or the unhappy state of current world events, but I've been finding myself taking long, aimless work breaks outside, doing things like lining up my kitchen produce by color.


Nonfiction Reading at New Mercury

On Saturday, I read with Jennifer Mendelsohn, Dan Pendick, and Gary Vikan at Baltimore's New Mercury Reading Series, a monthly nonfiction series founded a few years ago by Deborah Rudacille and John Barry. I read three short essays--about gowned figures in hospital windows, babies in beds, and the late writer Cort McMeel. Here's the video. My portion begins at 2:15.



Great Artists in Autocorrect History #3


Famous Artists in Autocorrect History

Today, I saw a tweeter reference "Friday Kahlo," so I got to wondering how many other people had too. A lot, it turns out. So, without further ado, I present Famous Artists in Autocorrect History.


Summer Flash

This month, my flash piece "Seven Eight Nine" appears as part of Baltimore's Style magazine's summer celebration of fiction. The links below the story lead to four other brief, great pieces by Jessica Anya Blau, Jen Michalski, Timmy Reed, and Jen Grow.

(In Baltimore, it's bunny season.)