Baltimore is a city steeped in literature, both old and new. Reflected within its landmarks lies a history in which visitors may connect to other people, ideas and times. These literary landmarks boast both history and allure, with stories of the lates, greats and, well, a few oddballs lit worshippers can’t help but love.
No offense to Edgar Allan Poe, but we have “quoth the raven, nevermore,” too often to count. To truly appreciate Baltimore literature, one must look at a wide array of books from local authors whose voices represent the beautiful intricacies of a city with much personality.
Books are crucial to a child’s education, but sadly many don’t have access to them.
Madison Smartt Bell lives on a quiet, tree lined Baltimore street. It is much like the street on which his character, Mike Devlin, resides in his novel, Ten Indians (1996).
The president of Baltimore’s Edgar Allan Poe Society is local writer Rafael Alvarez.