Thanks to Gregg Wilhelm (CityLit Project) and Deborah Rudacille and John Barry (New Mercury Readings) for inviting me to read from Who Killed Donte Manning? at the Baltimore Book Fest last Sunday.
I shared the podium with 3 other impressive writers: Howell Baum (Brown in Baltimore: School Desegregation and the Limits of Liberalism), Christopher Corbett (The Poker Bride: The First Chinese in the Wild West), and Christopher White (Skipjack: The Story of America’s Last Sailing Oystermen).
There were about 40 people there in the outdoor tent (thanks Karen, Kevin, Heidi, Emmanuel and Julia for coming out!). We had fun eating kettle corn and watching all the people.
I’ve been out sick this week, so this little ephemeral artifacting project–called blogging–has languished a bit. But: Here’s the news.
Who Killed Donte Manning?: The Story of an American Neighborhood, my first book, is due out in spring 2009 from Apprentice House press at Loyola College in Baltimore. It’s been an interesting process working with Apprentice House. I’m learning so much! And I’m really excited about the prospects of getting this little book into print and into the world. I’m geeky that way, I guess.
Apprentice House is only campus-based student-staffed educational publishing house in the United States. I think that’s really cool! It’s run by Gregg Wilhelm, who also runs Baltimore’s CityLit program. Here’s part of an interview with Gregg from the Baltimore Sun:
What makes Apprentice House different from other publishing houses?
Apprentice House bills itself as the country’s only campus-based, student-staffed book publisher. All those words are important—there are newspaper publishers on campuses, there are journal publishers on campuses that are student-staffed. But we are the only book publisher in the sense that we’re not a university press, which are very different animals and have a very different mission. We’re educators first and foremost.
We are at the production stage where I am giving them a final manuscript and Gregg has assigned it to Emily, a student in Loyola’s design program, to work up cover treatments. I’ve still got some fact-checking to do, footnotes to complete, and a few research leads that I hope to track down before printing. But, otherwise, the book process is moving forward–and I’m excited!.