Maryland Almanac

December 09, 2007


Those impatient for The Wire's new season will probably already have watched the film version of Dennis Lehane's Gone, Baby Gone, read through the paperback edition of George Pelecanos' The Night Gardener and be wishing Richard Price's next novel would be published sooner than March. That leaves room for Theo Gangi, a Goucher College graduate born, raised and living in Manhattan, to attract attention for his blistering debut thriller, Bang Bang (Kensington / 252 pages / $14), depicting a Harlem that seems familiar but soon veers off into uncharted territory. What begins as Izzy Levin's attempt to end a long career of robbing criminals turns increasingly bloody when he breaks the cardinal rule - all witnesses should be killed, even prospective love interests.

The Pratt's "new" Roland Park branch will reopen this month after nearly two years of renovation and expansion. A partnership between the Enoch Pratt Free Library and the Roland Park Library Initiative has created a two-story library of 9,500 square feet with a 25,000-volume collection, a beautiful new children's area and a meeting room on the lower level. On the upper level are a quiet study room, areas for teens and adults, and an outdoor plaza.

Manil Suri, a mathematician, novelist and professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, is preparing for the publication in February of his second novel, The Age of Shiva. The novel is excerpted in the December Urbanite. Suri's first novel, The Death of Vishnu, was a finalist for the 2002 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and won the 2001 Barnes & Noble Discover Award. In that book, the inhabitants of a small apartment building in Bombay, India, are motivated by concerns ranging from social status to spiritual transcendence.


Monday, Dec. 10

CAROLINE KENNEDY SCHLOSSBERG -- The author will sign copies of her book A Family Christmas. / 6:30 p.m. / Politics and Prose Bookstore / 5015 Connecticut Ave. N.W. / Washington Tuesday, Dec. 11

JUDITH JONES -- The legendary cookbook editor will discuss and sign her memoir, The Tenth Muse. / 7 p.m. / Politics and Prose Bookstore / 5015 Connecticut Ave. N.W. / Washington Wednesday, Dec. 12

DANA KOLLMANN -- The author of Never Suck a Dead Man's Hand: Curious Adventures of a CSI explains crime scene investigating and what it takes to get into this line of work. / 3:30 p.m / Pratt Library - Southeast Anchor Library / 3601 Eastern Ave. Sunday, Dec. 16

JEFFREY GOLDBERG -- The author will be sign his book, Prisoners: A Muslim and a Jew across the Middle East Divide, in an event sponsored jointly by the Ivy Bookshop and Chizuk Amuno Synagogue. / 3 p.m. / Chizuk Amuno Synagogue / 8100 Stevenson Road / Pikesville Monday, Dec. 17

REOPENING -- The Roland Park Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library will reopen. / noon / 5108 Roland Ave.

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