Read All About It: Which Sun Folks Wrote These Books?


April 26, 2009|By DAVE ROSENTHAL

The recent CityLit Festival was a reminder of the great literary talent in Baltimore. Reporters and editors connected to The Baltimore Sun alone could fill a nice-sized bookstore with their works.

Don't believe me? Here's a quiz about authors who have links to the newspaper: How many of them can you name?

Send me an e-mail with your answers or leave a comment on Read Street. One lucky entrant will win a book noted here.

(Answers will appear here next week.)

* This former police reporter, best known for creating a television series about life in Baltimore, started his post-Sun career with a book about city detectives.

* This film critic recently won a national award for a biography about the Hollywood giant who directed Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz.

* Many of her mysteries incorporate Baltimore landmarks and feature a private detective who owns a pet greyhound.

* This duo is known for writing about and photographing Maryland's environment, especially the Eastern Shore.

* He recently was honored by the National Book Critics Circle for the tale of his father, an Iraqi Jew.

* This former foreign correspondent's thrillers take place on war's fringe, in places such as Bosnia, Afghanistan and Guantanamo.

* His biting commentary on politics, religion and the "booboisie" made him one of the nation's greatest social critics.

* This former sports columnist's books have examined jockey Edgar Prado, Native Dancer and a North-South match race in 1823.

* He has documented Jim Crow laws and William Donald Schaefer's career, and his political commentary is often heard on WYPR.

* His thrillers are populated with characters such as Bob Lee Swagger and overflow with machismo; one was made into the movie Shooter.

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