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It's June! Have You Started Your Summer Reading Yet?

Executive Director's Letter
May 31, 2016

Time's a wasting, it’s almost June! Have you started your summer reading yet? There are loads of books by talented writers both local and beyond. Start with Baker Artist Award winner Jen Grow’s My Life as a Mermaid and Other Stories. Also recommended by Greg Wilhelm of Baltimore CityLit are Laura Lippman's Wilde Lake and Jessica Blau's The Trouble with Lexie.

On the nonfiction front, Antero Pietila's Not in My Neighborhood: How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City continues to be a must-read to understand how structural, systematic policies and racism have impacted not only Baltimore, but other cities. Also on my shelf is Alec Ross' The Industries of the Future, Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between the World and Me, and Mary Catherine Bateson's Composing a Life.

A few recommendations from the GBCA staff include Frank Herbert's Dune, Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, and Catherine E. McKinlev's Indigo: In Search of the Color that Seduced the World.

Speaking of writing, sharpen your pencils because the Rubys artist grants application for literary and visual arts open tomorrow!

Happy reading,


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