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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2013
Because the Baltimore-area novelist Alice McDermott possesses a painterly eye that delights in the way things look and sound and smell and taste, it can be easy to miss her underlying focus. For the National Book Award-winning author, each small sensory jolt that originates in this world is a gateway to a more incorporeal realm. "Marie takes a spiritual journey in this novel," McDermott says of the heroine of her newly released book, "Someone: A Novel. " "She goes from not understanding at all to not quite understanding to understanding a little bit. Early in the book, her brother makes an absolutely outrageous proposition from the Gospel of Matthew, that all the hairs on our heads are counted and that we're not alone.
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NEWS
June 29, 2008
Roswell Encina loves "being surrounded by knowledge," which is why he jumped on the opportunity to become the director of communications at the Enoch Pratt Free Library last year. The former TV reporter, who currently lives in Fells Point, worked as a journalist, traveling from Maryland to Alabama to Tennessee and finally back to Maryland before leaving the newsroom. "The Tower Treasure" by Franklin W. Dixon At age 7, after graduating from children's books, I searched for books I could relate to. After reading "The Tower Treasure," the first book in the Hardy Boys Mysteries, I was hooked and had to read the rest of this 50-plus series.
NEWS
January 20, 2005
Muff Singer, 62, who wrote or co-wrote more than 35 books for toddlers and preschoolers, died of ovarian cancer Sunday at her Los Angeles home. A former political activist and the wife of former City Comptroller Rick Tuttle, Ms. Singer published her first book in 1981 and turned to children's books in the 1980s after the birth of her daughter, Sarah. Many of her board-page books, including What Does Kitty See and Little Duck's Friends, came with a stuffed or squeaking toy of the story's main character.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2004
The third movie made from J.K. Rowling's series of novels about a young wizard, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, opened in theaters this weekend. In August, Rowling's fifth book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, is due out in paperback. Is there any end to Potter-mania? The numbers suggest not. Author J.K. Rowling's birthday: July 31, 1965 Harry Potter's birthday: July 31, 1980 Age Rowling began writing stories: 6 Year Rowling worked for Amnesty International in Africa: 1987 Year Rowling first imagined Harry Potter: 1990 Year Rowling taught English in Portugal: 1991 Year Rowling's daughter Jessica was born: 1993 Publisher's advance for the first book in 1996: $4,000 Number of years Rowling lived on the dole (British welfare)
NEWS
February 17, 2002
Area literacy groups invited to apply for grants BALTIMORE - First Book, a national nonprofit group that provides new books to low-income families, is seeking grant applications from literacy groups in Baltimore and Baltimore County interested in distributing books throughout their communities. Applicants must be tutoring, mentoring or family literacy group programs that work with low-income children in those jurisdictions. Applications are available by contacting Baltimore First Book at ndt5spring@aol.
FEATURES
By Dave Rosenthal | March 12, 2012
I face a tough choice this week: Start filling out my NCAA tournament bracket or continue with the Hunger Games trilogy. I finished the first book in Suzanne Collins' series over the weekend, just in time to clear the slate for a week of college hoops. Mid-March is generally the time that my reading goes on hiatus -- back-to-back-to-back-to-back basketball games will do that. And this year there's a special reason to watch: To see if my home-state team, the University of Connecticut Huskies, can defend its national championship.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | August 20, 2005
Ella May Stumpe, a former teacher and longtime Frederick resident who was in her 90s when she wrote her first book, died in her sleep Tuesday at the Record Street Home for Ladies in Frederick. She was 110. She was born Ella May Leonard, July 12, 1895, in Dunseith, N.D., during the second term of Grover Cleveland's presidency and the reign of Queen Victoria. When the Wright Brothers took to the air at Kitty Hawk, N.C., she was a precocious 8-year-old. Mrs. Stumpe spent the early years of her life in a sod house that her pioneer parents built.
NEWS
December 18, 2001
John Guedel, 88, who produced three of radio and television's most enduring programs - Art Linkletter's People Are Funny and House Party, and Groucho Marx's You Bet Your Life - died of heart failure Saturday at a hospital in West Hollywood, Calif. Mr. Guedel was originator of what might have been the first radio stunt game show with People are Funny, which moved from radio to television in 1954, and the first singing commercial on radio. Mr. Guedel created You Bet Your Life for Mr. Marx in 1947, including having a duck drop down and deliver a $100 bill whenever a contestant uttered the "secret word."
NEWS
By Josh Mitchel | July 31, 2005
Harford County Executive David R. Craig has released his first book, "Greetings from Havre de Grace," which he describes as a pictorial "history of the city through postcards." Craig, who co-wrote the book with local antiques dealer Mary L. Martin, wrote captions for the postcards, which feature Concord Point lighthouse, Tide water Marina and other land marks. "You can you see how the city has changed," Craig said. The 128-page book, published by Schiffer Publishing Ltd., was released this month and sells for $24.95.
FEATURES
By Bill Goodykoontz and Bill Goodykoontz,Arizona Republic | November 10, 1993
There sat Daryl Bernstein after school at a table in a buzzing McDonald's in Scottsdale, Ariz. Fairly normal stuff for a high school senior -- except that, instead of girls or sports, the 17-year-old was discussing publication of his second book.That's often how it is with Daryl: The setting's normal, as if you're talking to an everyday teen-ager, but it doesn't take long to realize you've got a successful author and businessman on your hands as well.The subject at hand is "Kids Can Succeed!
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