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  • 2 new Harry Potter books set to be published in October

    2 new Harry Potter books set to be published in October

    Two new books from the Harry Potter universe are set to be released as part of a British exhibition that celebrates the 20th anniversary of the launch of the series. The British Library's Harry Potter exhibition, "A History of Magic," opens in October and runs through February 2018. In an earnings...

  • Peabody Conservatory to launch dance degree program

    Peabody Conservatory to launch dance degree program

    Good news for dance fans — the Peabody Conservatory plans to launch its first bachelor’s degree program in dance for the academic year beginning in the fall of 2018. The new program will be headed by danah bella, the founder of danahbella DanceWorks and former chairwoman of the dance department...

  • Mini golf course designed by students opening in Station North

    Mini golf course designed by students opening in Station North

    Miniature golf, a staple of ocean resorts that has been woefully absent from Baltimore for years, returns to Charm City next week. An eight-hole course, designed by students from Margaret Brent Elementary, Baltimore Design School and Baltimore Lab School, is scheduled to open July 21 — the first...

  • Neighborhood Lights communities chosen for Light City 2018

    Neighborhood Lights communities chosen for Light City 2018

    Twelve communities, including two holdovers from this year, will participate in the Neighborhood Lights program for Light City 2018. The 12 neighborhoods, announced Thursday by the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, are Brooklyn*/Curtis Bay, Belair-Edison, Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment...

  • A weekend of eclectic choices for classical music, theater

    A weekend of eclectic choices for classical music, theater

    Classical music concerts and theater productions might be fewer during summer months in Baltimore, but there’s still a lot of activity on the calendar. Eclectic activity, even, as this weekend illustrates. Here’s a look at just some of the diverse attractions: NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL In an ambitious...

Books: News & Reviews

  • 'American Fire': When lovers went on an arson spree in rural Virginia

    'American Fire': When lovers went on an arson spree in rural Virginia

    Tonya Bundick and Charlie Smith weren't exactly Bonnie and Clyde. They lacked the glamor, the panache and, in the end, the loyalty. But they may have been the closest to those legendary outlaws that down-on-its-luck Accomack County would ever come. A feature writer for The Washington Post, Monica...

  • 'Baby University' books aim to inspire, but might turn kids off on reading

    'Baby University' books aim to inspire, but might turn kids off on reading

    Forget the "… for Dummies" books, which helped to explain complicated concepts in straightforward, digestible ways. We've moved on to the "… for Babies" era. "General Relativity for Babies," "Quantum Physics for Babies" and "Rocket Science for Babies" are three of the board books written by Chris...

  • It's never too late to discover Jane Austen

    It's never too late to discover Jane Austen

    It is a truth universally acknowledged that we've grown awfully sloppy with allusions to Jane Austen. But of all the young novelists described as our 'modern-day Austen,' Emma Straub may have the greatest claim to that title. Two hundred years after Austen's death, we asked Straub, who owns a bookstore...

  • Why do we care if celebrities are like us? A new book investigates

    Why do we care if celebrities are like us? A new book investigates

    "We no longer seem to require that anyone's fame be attached to anything, other than renown. (Cough, Kardashians, cough.)" So writes Julie Klam in the opening pages of her hilarious, revealing new book, "The Stars in Our Eyes," a tender takedown of celebrity culture (ours), starting with a brief...

  • 'The Rift' by Nina Allan reviewed in sci-fi roundup

    'The Rift' by Nina Allan reviewed in sci-fi roundup

    "The Rift" by Nina Allan, Titan, 400 pages, $14.95 If a fully realized science-fiction tale shows up in a novel that otherwise suggests it might be a hoax or a delusion, do we read it as science fiction? The British author Nina Allan, who in earlier work has taken delight in twisty multiple narratives,...

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