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By Knight-Ridder News Service | November 10, 1992
When author Carolyn Banks started to write her novel, "Mr. Right," she began it with a sex scene."And it was good," she recalls. "I liked it."So did someone else. One day a purse snatcher made off with her bag. Inside were her keys, credit cards and money. Plus the pages of the sex scene.The purse was recovered, and everything was inside -- keys, credit cards and money. Except for the sex scene.Ms. Banks figured she was onto something. The book was published in 1979.Now the American publishing industry is onto it, too, having discovered that erotica is hot in more ways than the obvious.
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By Mary Carole McCauley and The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2014
When the writer Peter Mehlman was working on the television show "Seinfeld," he could be counted on to come up with the tiniest, most insignificant - and ultimately, the most memorable - plots. It was Mehlman, now 58 and a Los Angeles resident, who explored snack-eating etiquette at parties, and Mehlman who decided that the show's female lead, Elaine, would hoard contraceptive sponges. And it was Mehlman who coined several catchphrases that have entered the cultural lexicon, from "yada yada" to gloss over a conversation, "sponge-worthy" to describe a hot date and "double-dipping" to refer to the practice of dunking a snack into a sauce at a party, taking a bite and then dunking it again into the same container.
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June 12, 1995
Jocelyn Szczepaniak-Gillec, of Linthicum, a senior at Mount de Sales Academy in Catonsville, was recently notified that poetry she wrote will be published in the National Poetry Society's National High School Anthology.Her work was selected from more than 72,000 entries nationwide and is among 10 by Mount de Sales students that were selected.Poets, publishers, screenwriters and playwrights served on the selection committee.
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By Janene Holzberg and For The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
The flowering branches of Mulan magnolia that grace the cover of Joan Lok's new book on Chinese brush painting appear more brightly colored than in her original work, probably to catch the eye of someone browsing in a bookstore, guesses the author. The Columbia resident says she is pleased with the quality of paper used for the book and the way the reproductions of her original flower paintings neatly fit with the detailed instructions on the soft-cover book's 128 pages. And the longtime federal employee is also happy her first how-to book will be available at bookshops and at a local chain of craft stores, tapping into a marketing niche.
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July 19, 2000
Student: Kathleen Fritz, 15 School: Mount Hebron High School Special achievement: Her prose was included in the Maryland Student Anthology 2000, which was sponsored and put together by Frances Hughes Glendening (wife of Gov. Parris N. Glendening). Students in Maryland submitted poetry and prose for the competition, and the best entries were chosen for the anthology. What she says about it: "I was really happy to be published. I had been working on this story, `Sunset Valley,' for years.
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By Karen Nitkin and Karen Nitkin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 15, 2002
IT'S UNUSUAL enough for one person to get a book published, but it's rare indeed for a husband and a wife to do it. Steve and Marie Sugar had books published in the spring. "We couldn't have planned it this way if we had tried," Steve Sugar said. The couple live in Ellicott City with their son Michael, a student at Centennial High School. Steve Sugar's book Primary Games was published by Jossey-Bass, and Marie Sugar's book, The Complete Natural Dyeing Guide, was publishing by the Rug Hooking Magazine Framework Series.
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By New York Times News Service | July 14, 1994
NEW YORK -- Pope John Paul II, in a previously secret transaction that surprised the book world, has arranged a multimillion-dollar deal with Alfred A. Knopf to publish a group of his essays late in the fall.The book, called "Crossing the Threshold of Hope," is a discussion of Roman Catholicism and how it relates to the modern era, and will be published as a trade book in the United States, said Sonny Mehta, the publisher and editor in chief at Knopf.Mr. Mehta and his boss, Alberto Vitale, chairman of Random House, obtained the book Tuesday in a deal with Morton L. Janklow, the literary agent who represents the pope's Italian publisher, Mondadori, in the United States.
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By Lorraine Gingerich and Lorraine Gingerich,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 29, 2001
IT ALMOST didn't happen, but the timing was right and Abby Schwarz, 11, is a published author and artist. The Marriottsville girl had a drawing and a paragraph published in the November/December issue of New Moon: The Magazine for Girls and Their Dreams. Abby's work was published in the "Draw Luna" section of the publication, in which girls are asked to submit their explanation of what Luna, the spirit of the magazine, looks like, along with a written explanation. "I felt that Luna is the spirit of the gust of power that went around the world, and girls can do anything they want," Abby said.
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By Edward Wyatt and Edward Wyatt,NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | January 13, 2005
Former President Bill Clinton's best-selling memoir, My Life, will be published this summer in two paperback formats, his publisher announced yesterday. One format will separate the original book into two volumes - one recounting the author's recollections of his early life and the other his presidency. Sales of the hardcover edition of the book surpassed 2 million copies last weekend, according to the publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Inc., which is owned by Bertelsmann.
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By Gilbert Lewthwaite | July 13, 2000
Alton Parker Balder makes his living in Baltimore, publishing nautical charts for owners of small boats. But Chesapeake Bay - on his doorstep and one of the country's most popular boating areas - is not in his catalog. His reason: Local sailors are too well-served by other charts and guidebooks. He has a point. On my chart table is the new edition of "Maryland Cruising Guide," published by Williams & Heintz Map Corp., of Capitol Heights. This compilation of charts issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration includes updated information from the Fifth Coast Guard District's "Local Notices to Mariners."
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2014
A California company that helps aspiring authors was moving when an editor noticed a bulky envelope from a Maryland prison in a box of unsolicited manuscripts. Inside were loose pages of a children's book about a girl who wants to celebrate her birthday by flying kites in a prison yard with her incarcerated father. The story had typos and plot problems - but also potential, recalled Ralph Scott of Too Nuts Productions. The envelope came from prisoner No. 168687, Larry Bratt, a childless man serving two life sentences in the Jessup state correctional institute for arranging a double murder in 1981.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | April 27, 2014
It's possible that Matthew Olshan didn't fully become a writer until the day that his future boss ordered him to dig a ditch. On that day in the late 1980s, the boss, a carpenter, eyed the short kid with the soft hands. He saw a young man with no experience in the building trades, a new degree from Harvard University and a bewildering mix of aspirations that combined literature and woodworking. The older man understandably was skeptical. "Show up tomorrow and we'll see how you do," he told Olshan.
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April 8, 2014
A 1999 C. Milton Wright High School graduate, Lindsay Clendaniel (formerly Dillinger) recently published her first cookbook, "Scoop Adventures - The Best Ice Cream of the 50 States. " Clendaniel, who is a pediatric psychologist by day, spends her off-hours pursuing her other passion - ice cream. She's been making and blogging about ice cream since 2009, so she jumped at the opportunity to write a book when approached by Page Street Publishing last year. Development of the book required testing and tasting scores of recipes from ice cream parlors across America.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
Wendy S. Levy, director of procurement and administrative services for Publishers' Circulation Fulfillment Inc. for two decades, died Tuesday of breast cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. She was 57. The daughter of Arnold Kleinfeld, a packaging salesman, and Helena Dressner Kleinfeld, a New York City public schools social worker, Wendy Susan Kleinfeld was born in New York City and raised in Great Neck, N.Y. She graduated in 1975 from Great Neck North High School. She attended Syracuse University.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2014
Emeline S. Kroiz, a retired book editor whose career spanned nearly four decades, died Feb. 7 of heart failure at her home in Harper House in Cross Keys. She was 78. The daughter of Carl Schick, a baker, and Emeline Schick, Emeline Schick was born and raised in Nutley, N.J. After graduating from Nutley High School in 1952, Mrs. Kroiz earned a bachelor's degree in 1956 in English from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vt. Mrs. Kroiz moved to New York City and began her career as assistant editor for new fiction at Bantam Books.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2014
They were novels discussed in whispers during class, passed around among groups of friends and read by flashlight late into the night. They explored serious topics - race and class, body image, sex, addiction, divorce. And, says author and critic Lizzie Skurnick, these young-adult novels were real literature that didn't get the respect they deserved. Now Skurnick, a former Baltimore resident who received her master's degree from the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars, is bringing them back Her imprint, Lizzie Skurnick Books, has republished four classic young-adult novels since its launch in September.
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By Lisa Respers and Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF | March 1, 2001
Author Diane C. Hundertmark struggled for years to get her book published before she tried one final tactic: She turned on her computer. With the release last month of her book, "The Dragon and the Rose - Part 1: The Turning Point," the Clarksville resident became one of a growing number of people who are using the Web to get their books in print. Several Web sites offer print-on-demand services where customers can publish their writings - sometimes for less than $100. "It's really a great way for new authors to get published without having to go through the agony of dealing with the professional publishing world," Hundertmark said.
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By SUSAN GVOZDAS and SUSAN GVOZDAS,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 23, 2006
Ronald Damien Malfi's portfolio sounds impressive. The twice-published Arnold author will release his latest novel Monday and another in January. A major Hollywood production company bought the movie rights to a third. The reality is more harsh. Malfi, 29, has sold only a few hundred copies of his first two books. The Hollywood project, noted with fanfare in Variety in 2004, is in limbo. Far from the dizzying heights of national distribution, his latest book, The Nature of Monsters, will be considered a success if its fledgling publisher sells a few thousand copies.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
Davidsonville author Melissa Stanton once had the world's best excuse for cutting work meetings short. "I have to go," she would say. "George Clooney is on the line. " It worked because it was true. Stanton, now 48, spent more than a decade at Time Inc., where she was a senior editor at Life and People magazines and worked on special projects such as the annual "Sexiest Man Alive" issue of People. Then came the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Stanton's husband went into work late that morning.
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By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | November 18, 2013
After 20 years as a Mount Washingtonian, Linda Noll felt like she still didn't really know her community and its past as well as she would like. Now, Noll is promoting her new book for Arcadia Publishing, "Around Mount Washington," part of Arcadia's well-known "Images of America" series. "This is a historical journey," said Noll, 64, who has spent recent weeks promoting her book. Noll has given talks and done book signings as close to home as the Mount Washington Fitness and Aquatic Center, at a block party sponsored by the Mount Washington Village Merchants Association, and as a guide on a bus tour for seniors at Springwell Senior Living, an assisted lliving community in Mount Washington.
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