New Mercury is pleased to feature Mia Loving at the 2016 CityLit Festival, Saturday April 16th, 4 pm Room 201 in the Learning Commons at the University of Baltimore: 1415 Maryland Avenue. Mia Loving is an educator, organizer, curator and founder of Invisible Majority, a creative community incubator providing space and services to artists in Baltimore. Mia has a blog, Ghetto Artsy Kid on the Rise and has published work in the Baltimore City Paper. As a frequent guest on radio, namely the Marc Steiner Show, she’s a sought after voice for discussion on art, diversity, economic and community development.
New Mercury is pleased to feature Mary Valle at the CityLit Festival on Saturday April 16th, 4 pm Room 201 in the Learning Commons at the University of Baltimore: 1415 Maryland Avenue. Mary Valle’s work has appeared in the Guardian, the Los Angeles Review of Books and Salon. She is the author of Cancer Doesn’t Give a Shit About Your Stupid Attitude: Reflections on Cancer and Catholicism. She lives in Baltimore.
New Mercury returns to the stage at the Baltimore CityLit Festival on April 16, 2016 at 4 pm with Mia Loving, Mary Valle and a surprise guest. The Festival will be held at the University of Baltimore this year. Stay tuned for more details!
Curtis Smith has published over one hundred stories and essays. His work has been cited by The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Mystery Stories, and The Best American Spiritual Writing. He’s worked with lit presses to publish five fiction collections, three novels, and two essay collections. His latest books are Beasts and Men (stories, Press 53) and Communion (essays, Dock Street Press). Next spring, Ig Publishing will put out his next book, a series of essays about Slaughterhouse-Five.
Smith will read on Sunday, Sept 27, 2015 on the CityLit Stage at the Baltimore Book Festival in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor with Firmin DeBrabander, Marion Wink and Jamie Zvirdin 4-5:30 pm.
Marion Winik is the author of FIRST COMES LOVE (Random House, 1996) and THE GLEN ROCK BOOK OF THE DEAD (Counterpoint, 2008.) Her other books are TELLING (Random House, 1994); THE LUNCH-BOX CHRONICLES (Random House, 1998); RULES FOR THE UNRULY (Simon and Schuster, 2001); ABOVE US ONLY SKY (Seal Press, 2005) and HIGHS IN THE LOW FIFTIES: HOW I STUMBLED THROUGH THE JOYS OF SINGLE LIVING (Globe Pequot Press, 2013). She has also published two books of poetry, NONSTOP and BOYCRAZY.
Winik will read on Sunday, Sept 27, 2015 on the CityLit Stage at the Baltimore Book Festival in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor with Firmin DeBrabander, Curtis Smith and Jamie Zvirdin 4-5:30 pm.
Jamie Zvirzdin is a science editor and freelance writer. She is the editor of the newly published Fresh Courage Take: New Directions by Mormon Women, featuring twelve diverse essays from Mormon and formerly Mormon women. She has worked for Atomium Culture, A K Peters, Taylor & Francis, and other clients in the publishing industry, and she is the founder of The Unbound Bookmaker Project, which publishes books written and illustrated by children in developing countries. She grew up in Sandy, Utah, and lives abroad in a US Foreign Service family.
Zvirzdin will read on Sunday, Sept 27, 2015 on the CityLit Stage at the Baltimore Book Festival in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor with Marion Wink, Curtis Smith and Firmin DeBrabander 4-5:30 pm.
In the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre, many expected a broad strengthening of gun control laws and a reconsideration of America’s gun culture. Yet the gun rights movement, headed by the National Rifle Association, has gained ground in its fight against gun control laws. Gun rights advocates argue that firearms are essential in maintaining freedom. In Do Guns Make Us Free?, Firmin DeBrabander examines the ways that proliferation of guns impacts freedom and finds that a heavily armed citizenry diminishes core freedoms for all of us.
Firmin De Brabander is an associate professor of philosophy at Maryland Institute College of Art. He is the author of Do Guns Make us Free? published by Yale University Press, and in 2007 he wrote Spinoza and the Stoics, published by Bloomsbury. He has written numerous articles for the New York Times, the Baltimore Sun, The Atlantic.com and Salon.
De Brabander will read on Sunday, Sept 27, 2015 on the CityLit Stage at the Baltimore Book Festival in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor with Marion Wink, Curtis Smith and Jamie Zvirdin 4-5:30 pm.