Hot Reading at Artifact on Monday, October 27

0 Written by: | Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 1:30pm


If you haven’t been to Artifact Coffee for the popular Starts Here! reading series, sponsored by the Ivy Bookshop, this Monday October 27, 7 pm, might be the night to start. The Baltimore Fishbowl’s own Literary Editor Betsy Boyd will read from works in progress, and two-time National Book Award nominee Howard Norman will read from his recently published ghost story of a novel, Next Life Might Be Kinder. Read More →

Culture, Featured, Links

A Linguist Explains the Baltimore Accent (and Kathy Bates)

1 Written by: | Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 10:20am


Some folks over at Vox decided they were not satisfied Kathy Bates’s Twitter announcement that she is, indeed, attempting a hardcore Highlandtown accent for her role as a bearded lady on American Horror Story. So they enlisted the help of a linguist to go deeper into this particular attempt at dialect. The answer? Baltimore, yes — but also “back vowel-fronting,” it turns out.

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Culture, Mt. Vernon, Sponsored Post

Pulitzer Prize-Winning ‘Next to Normal’ at Center Stage

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 12:00pm

Center Stage

Next to Normal

Oct 8–Nov 16

Music by Tom Kitt

Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey

Directed by David Schweizer

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Culture, Lake Falls, Shop Local, Sponsored Post

Book Club Pick From the Ivy Bookshop – Book Worms Book Club

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 11:00am

A little known fact: There are over 80 book clubs throughout the city of Baltimore (and beyond) that are registered with The Ivy Bookshop. Starting this week, Baltimore Fishbowl will feature a current read from a local book club that is currently registered with the Ivy. Lucky for us, their pics are noted online at Club Ivy.

This week’s pick from the Book Worms Book Club:

When Britain Burned the White House: The 1814 Invasion of Washington (Hardcover)

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In August 1814, the United States army was defeated just outside Washington, D.C., by the world’s greatest military power. President James Madison and his wife had just enough time to flee the White House before the British invaders entered. British troops stopped to feast on the meal still sitting on the Madisons’ dining-room table before setting the White House on fire. The extent of the destruction was massive; finished in wood rather than marble, everything inside the mansion was combustible. Only the outer stone walls would withstand the fire.

The tide of the War of 1812 would quickly turn, however. Less than a month later, American troops would stand victorious at the Battle of Fort McHenry. Poet Francis Scott Key, struck by the sight of the American flag waving over Fort McHenry, jotted down the beginnings of a poem that would be set to music and become the U.S. national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.”

In his compelling narrative style, Peter Snow recounts the fast-changing fortunes of that summer’s extraordinary confrontations. Drawing from a wealth of material, including eyewitness accounts, Snow describes the colorful personalities on both sides of those spectacular events: including the beleaguered President James Madison and First Lady Dolley, American heroes such as Joshua Barney and Sam Smith, and flawed military leaders like Army Chief William Winder and War Secretary John Armstrong. On the British side, Snow re-creates the fiery Admiral George Cockburn, the cautious but immensely popular Major General Robert Ross, and sharp-eyed diarists James Scott and George Gleig.

When Britain Burned the White House highlights this unparalleled moment in British and American history, the courageous, successful defense of Fort McHenry and the American triumph that would follow, and America’s and Britain’s decision to never again fight each other.

About the Author

PETER SNOW is a highly respected British journalist, author, and broadcaster. He was ITN’s diplomatic and defence correspondent from 1966 to 1979 and presented Newsnight from 1980 to 1997. An indispensable part of election nights, he has also covered military matters on and off the world’s battlefields for forty years. Peter is married and has six children.

Praise for When Britain Burned the White House: The 1814 Invasion of Washington…

“[An] excellent account…Snow, an experienced British journalist, has told the story of those engagements with brio and a fine gift for making sense of the complexities of battle… a fine example of serious and literate popular history… It ranks with Anthony S. Pitch’s fine “The Burning of Washington” (2000) as among the best accounts of a war that hardly deserves to be forgotten.”—Washington Post

“With ample quotes from English letters and diaries, Snow ably brings out the humanity of his subjects.”—Kirkus Reviews


The Ivy Bookshop is Baltimore’s literary bookstore.We actively support book clubs and their members throughout the city.

As a registered Club Ivy member, you are entitled to a number of benefits:

1 Club Ivy participants will receive a 10% discount on all book club purchases.
2 Upon request, The Ivy will host catered book club meetings for its registered clubs.
3 Registered Club Ivy members will be invited to participate in publisher-sponsored receptions and other book events, some of them invitation-only.


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Culture, Money & Power

Great Blacks in Wax Museum Plans Major Expansion

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014 9:37am

The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum already occupies nearly an entire city block of North Avenue in East Baltimore. But if a planned $75 million expansion goes forward, the museum would quadruple in size. Read More →

Culture, Schools, Station North

Johns Hopkins, MICA Receive $5M Grant to Turn Parkway Theatre into Film Center

0 Written by: | Monday, Oct 20, 2014 4:06pm

Rendering of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Film Center (Ziger/Snead Architects)

Rendering of Stavros Niarchos Foundation Film Ctr. (Ziger/Snead Architects)

Thanks to a $5 million grant, an historic Station North theatre is on its way to being reborn as one of Baltimore’s film palaces. Read More →

Baltimore Fishbowl Weekend, Culture, Featured, Lifeline

Orioles Baseball: What it Feels Like to Be Perennial Contenders

0 Written by: | Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 3:20pm

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While the autumnal equinox was a month ago, it felt very much like the first day of fall here in Baltimore the day after our extended baseball summer came to its abrupt end in Kansas City Wednesday night. I hadn’t noticed the leaves turning from green to red and brown in recent weeks, when all I could see was black and orange.

The sunny summer days and sultry nights spent drinking beer and eating peanuts at the ballpark are over and in some ways that’s the saddest part about the Orioles being knocked out of the playoffs.  The six-and-a-half month party at Oriole Park that began on March 31st is finally over. The last day of baseball season is always sad whether you’re team makes it to the World Series or comes in last place. The last day of the baseball season in any home town is sad simply because the season’s over. The teams that make it to the World Series get to keep on playing to the last possible day of the season, which in the end is what it’s all about, simply getting to play more games than the other guy; of course you do want to win that last one too. Read More →

Baltimore Fishbowl Weekend, Cross Keys, Culture, Shop Local, Sponsored Post

On The Wall with Renaissance Fine Arts – The Season of Change: Embracing the Colors of Fall

0 Written by: | Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 11:00am


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Culture, Lifeline, Money & Power

USA Today Offers ‘Insider’s Guide’ to Baltimore

0 Written by: | Friday, Oct 17, 2014 4:01pm

beachvolleyballFor the follow-up to their look at the city’s food scene, USA Today is branching out to the rest of Baltimore’s offerings. They even gave us a fancy graphic this time. Read More →

Culture, MillenniHell

The Bullying Goes On: From Hi-tech Tactics to Simple, Animal-like Behavior

4 Written by: | Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 1:00pm

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Cyberbullying is the latest buzzword in the war against bullying. School-based lectures and wide-scale campaigns denouncing cyberbullying have beaten the message into adolescents that posting mean stuff online about someone you know can be extremely painful to the victim, resulting in despair, isolation and, in extreme cases, suicide. But the bullying goes on. Read More →

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