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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | December 7, 2013
The author Madison Smartt Bell's 16th work of fiction, a book of short stories called "Zig Zag Wanderer" is guaranteed to make the author absolutely no money whatsoever. Nada. Zilch. Zip. Not one blessed penny. And he wouldn't have it any other way. Bell's previous 13 novels and two short story collections have been released by mainstream publishers and have been finalists for such prizes as the PEN/Faulkner and National Book awards. He is best known for his trilogy about the Haitian slave uprising of 1791.
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By Dave Rosenthal | September 22, 2012
Even as I rejoice for the hometown Baltimore Orioles, I'm depressed by the play of another favorite team, the N.Y. Mets. Another spring filled with hope, another summer of depressing reality. But there is one bright spot: R.A. Dickey, who is chasing a 20-win season with an improbable knuckleball that was developed late in his career. Dickey, one of the subjects of the new documentary, "Knuckleball!" appears to be a thinker as well as pitcher. He has already written a memoir, “Wherever I Wind Up,” and has a deal to write three children's books.
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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.
FEATURES
By Leigh Jackson and Leigh Jackson,Knight-Ridder News Service | July 8, 1994
They strive so hard for good taste, these Globe guys.Upstairs, six Remington statues, a fake Rembrandt and assorted paintings line a hallway of hand-painted Chinese wallpaper and matching plush teal carpeting.Downstairs, 20 reporters, who normally dish La Liz, Michael Jackson and the Kennedys, are digging for dirt on Nicole Brown Simpson's trophy-wife life, sordid death and the No. 1 murder suspect: her ex-husband, football legend O. J. Simpson. By the time Mr. Simpson takes Los Angeles cops on a slow-speed chase to nowhere, the whole country is obsessed.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Pakenham | March 7, 2004
I grew up on A.A. Milne, the Brothers Grimm, Babar and, most of all, Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear. Though I now learn that Theodor Seuss Geisel began writing and publishing children's books in 1937, he did not become widely read until the late 1950s, by which time I was a hard-bitten newspaper reporter. I read my first Dr. Seuss book -- The Cat in the Hat (Random House, 61 pages, $8.99) -- last week, to celebrate what would have been Seuss Geisel's 100th birthday, March 2. A grand work!
NEWS
By Liz Atwood | May 18, 2008
Kristin Covaleskie, Baltimore City's Teacher of the Year, makes a surprising admission. For years she encouraged her students to read, while she herself didn't enjoy reading very much. All that changed when Harry Potter cast a spell on her. From the moment she picked up the first book in J.K. Rowling's series, she was hooked. Covaleskie, who grew up in Oneida, N.Y., has taught in the city schools for 12 years - the past six at Northwood Elementary. The fourth grade teacher is single and lives in Butchers Hill.
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 Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2012
When I wrote about Jill Smokler last year for The Sun, I said she might be Baltimore's biggest unknown celebrity. Then I pointed out her online following stats -- on Twitter, nearly 155,000 people followed her, more, by far, than Baltimore's mayor, Maryland's governor, chef Duff Goldman and the Ravens' Ray Lewis - together. She's added to her flock since then. By nearly 100,000 people. And it's only going to grow because she's about to release her first book. "Confessions of a Scary Mommy," goes on sale today.
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