Authors Madison Smartt Bell, Sheri Booker, and Lane Harlan will be joined in conversation by BmoreArt publisher Cara Ober to celebrate the release of City of Artists – Baltimore.  The book weaves together stories and artwork, a mosaic of words and images from the streets, neighborhoods, waterways, bars, corners, and studios of an historic American city. Harmoniously, it tells a story about living and creating in Baltimore and how the city influences and informs the creative process.

About the Authors: 

Madison Smartt Bell is the author of over twenty books that includes fifteen novels, three collections of short stories, and two biographies.   He is an English professor and the co-director of the Kratz Center for Creative Writing at Goucher College.

Sheri Booker is the author of Nine Years Under: Coming of Age in an Inner City Funeral Home and the children’s book, Imagine a Brown Girl.  She is a  lecturer in the School of Global Journalism and Communication at Morgan State University.

Lane Harlan is the Philippines-born founder of several nationally recognized bars and restaurants in Baltimore. In 2013, she opened W.C. Harlan, a cocktail bar in a dimly lit row home. Her other establishments include: Clavel Mezcaleria, which has been nominated for culinary rewards by the James Beard Foundation three times; Fadensonnen, named “Best Bar in America 2021” by Bon Appeìtit Magazine; Angels Ate Lemons; and the forthcoming cocktail bar, The Coral Wig. In 2021 she was named “Most Interesting Woman in the Restaurant Industry” by Saveur Magazine.

About the Moderator: 

Cara Ober is an artist, arts writer, curator, and the founding editor and publisher at BMoreArt.
Program Information: 

  • This FREE event will be presented in-person and virtually.
  • To attend in person you must register here.
  • Doors will open to registered attendees at 6pm.
  • Free parking vouchers are available to program attendees who park at the Franklin Street Garage (15 W. Franklin Street) after 4pm.  Ask Pratt event staff for your parking voucher prior to or after the program.

Virtual Meeting Information

There is no registration required for virtual attendance, simply visit the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Facebook or Youtube page.

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Add to Calendar 20231205 America/New_York 400 Cathedral Street Baltimore MD 21201 Madison Smartt Bell, Sheri Booker, and Lane Harlan: “City of Artists – Baltimore”