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The New Mercury Reading Series Launches in Federal Hill


Smart writing, independent thinking.

In their mission statement for The American Mercury in 1924, co-founders H.L. Mencken and George Nathan got at the heart at what drives independent writers: to offer a "realistic presentation of the whole gaudy, gorgeous American scene."

Six decades later, the American scene is gaudier, and crazier, than even Mencken would have imagined--and the Mercury's original mission remains critically important.

In this spirit, writers John Barry and Deborah Rudacille present "The New Mercury," Baltimore's only nonfiction reading series. Sponsored by CityLit Project, the series will celebrate the creativity and the integrity of independent writers and journalists.

Like other cities and towns around the country, Baltimore is full of talented writers, freelance journalists, and writers. But they have fewer places to publish, or interact, as local and national print media continue to contract.

"We're offering a place for freelancers, nonfiction writers, and journalists to talk and write about their city, their country, and their lives," Barry said. "We hope people will join us and check out what they have to say."

Readers for Wednesday, May 26, include Tim Kreider, Antero Pietila, and Laura Wexler. Readings start at 7pm at Jordan Faye Block Contemporary Gallery (1401 Light Street, 443-955-1547).

Beer and wine served. Five dollar donation requested. Parking available at West Street Parking Garage, 40 West Street. Post-reading meetup at Centro Tapas Bar, 1444 Light Street.

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