Maryland Almanac

December 02, 2007

Notes

For Laura Lippman fans: The most common refrain among mystery readers who scarf down the backlist of a favorite author is, "Who else writes books like this?" For those who have made their way through the complete works of Charm City's signature mystery writer, the refrain's answer is Jennifer McMahon, author of Promise Not To Tell (HarperPaperbacks/ 240 pages/ $13.95). Similar to Lippman's breakthrough standalone novel What the Dead Know, the inciting force is a decades-old disappearance of a young girl dredged back into a town's collective consciousness with the return of a long-absent stranger.

Notable books of 2007

The New York Times' 100 Notable Books of 2007 being published today includes a rich array of readable novels. Among them:

"Bridge of Sighs" by Richard Russo

The author of Empire Falls describes the class differences and racial hatred that divides a small town in upstate New York.

"Falling Man" by Don DeLillo

One of our greatest social diarists examines the chaos of Sept. 11 in New York City through the story of a lawyer and his estranged wife.

"The Ministry of Special Cases" by Nathan Englander

A Jewish family is caught up in Argentina's "Dirty War."

New on the shelf

"The Darkest Evening of the Year" by Dean Koontz

An angelic dog is at the heart of this latest epic tale of good vs. evil. How does the dog emerge from this struggle? Nobly and supernaturally, of course. If the book's finale features creepily gleaming surgical instruments, it also involves "pearly fog" and a "white gate."

Calendar

Today

BOOK SALE -- The third day of the Enoch Pratt Free Library's annual book sale will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Central Library, 400 Cathedral St.

KYLE DARGAN and DAWN LUNDY MARTIN -- An afternoon of poetry readings begins at 2 p.m. at the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Central Library Poe Room, 400 Cathedral St. Kyle Dargan's first book, The Listening, was awarded the Cave Canem Poetry Prize in 2003. His new collection, Bouquet of Hungers, was published in October. Dawn Lundy Martin's poetry collection, A Gathering of Matter/A Matter of Gathering, won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize in 2006.

MARY ELLEN HUGHES -- The author will be signing her mystery String of Lies from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. during an open house at the Oxford branch of Mystery Loves Company, 202 S. Morris St. Saturday, Dec. 8

HOLIDAY PARTY -- For Sisters in Crime authors, possibly with Marcia Talley and Donna Andrews, meets at 12:30 p.m. at Mystery Loves Company, 1730 Fleet St., Baltimore. Lunch is $7.

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