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UB Presents 'An Evening of Dead Baltimore Authors,' June 3 at the Pratt Library

Literary Walking Tour App to Be Introduced

May 30, 2014
Contact: University Relations
Phone: 410.837.5739

The University of Baltimore will present "An Evening of Dead Baltimore Authors" on Tuesday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Edgar Allan Poe Room. The event is free and open to the public. The library is located at 400 Cathedral St.

The program will feature short excerpts of work by several writers who lived in Baltimore for at least some of their lives: Edgar Allan Poe, H.L. Mencken, F.Scott Fitzgerald, Dashiell Hammett, Ogden Nash, Walter Lord, Gertrude Stein, Upton Sinclair, Karl Shapiro, Emily Post, Munro Leaf, John Dos Passos and others.  Dorothy Parker, who never lived in Baltimore but whose ashes are buried here may make an appearance, too.

The event, which will include photos of the authors, their houses, book covers, and other related images, will also introduce to the community a Baltimore literary walking tour mobile app developed by Baltimore Heritage, Inc., in collaboration with the University of Baltimore, the Maryland Humanities Council, the Maryland State Arts Council, and CityLit Project.

UB English and communications professor Jon Shorr, who produced and will host the event, said, "Baltimore has an incredible, star-studded literary history. Lots of people know and have maybe even read work by these people but have no idea that they’re from or spent significant time in Baltimore."

Reading the work will be UB faculty Kendra Kopelke, Paul Kopelke, and Marion Winik; MFA/CWPA major Ron Williams; UB alumni Lenett Nef’faahtiti Myrick, John Stupak, and John Wilson; and Baltimore actor, poet, and publisher Alan Reese.

The program is part of the Pratt's Spring Reading Series.

The event, which will include photos of the authors, their houses, book covers, and other related images, will also introduce to the community a Baltimore literary walking tour mobile app developed by Baltimore Heritage, Inc., in collaboration with the University of Baltimore, Maryland Humanities Council, Maryland State Arts Council, and CityLit Project.

The program is part of the Pratt's Spring Reading Series.

The University of Baltimore is a member of the University System of Maryland and comprises the College of Public Affairs, the Merrick School of Business, the UB School of Law and the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences.