| Sep 6, 2012
| 9:14 AM
Local author Sherban Young pens what he calls “mystery capers.” The 37-year-old Ellicott City resident got interested in solving puzzles and mysteries through CD-ROM interactive adventure games while at Loyola University, where he majored in...
| Sep 13, 2012
| 1:27 PM
In "Bloody Murder," 2nd Star Productions offers a parody of British murder mysteries with surprising twists and turns.
Charles Maloney, director of more than 20 plays for 2nd Star, is introducing Bowie Playhouse audiences to this amusing 2009 mystery...
| May 30, 2012
| 2:03 PM
While a nearby library system has refused to carry the immensely popular book, "Fifty Shades of Grey," and its two sequels, readers in Howard County are still able to check the books out from their local libraries.
As long as they don't mind waiting.
| Oct 8, 2012
For more that two decades, author Emily Bernard has been fascinated by Carl Van Vechten, a white man who played a seminal — and controversial — role in the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s.
She was in turns appalled by Vechten's...
| May 31, 2012
| 11:58 AM
Three of the most popular books in America are being kept off the shelves of the Harford County Public Library system because administrators consider them to be pornographic.
British author E.L. James' erotic trilogy about a steamy affair between an...
| Oct 9, 2012
| 8:20 AM
Oscar-nominated actor John Travolta will sit down for a public conversation with John Waters at Baltimore's Maryland Institute College of Art.
The man who created Edna Turnblad and the actor who brought the zaftig housewife of "Hairspray" to full-...
| May 31, 2012
| 5:51 PM
While the "50 Shades" trilogy is the most recent bestseller to be challenged or denied by institutions like the Harford County Public Library for being "pornography," it is far from the only one.
Many top-selling books have been censored or challenged...
| May 31, 2012
| 5:27 PM
Several years ago as Harford County's public libraries were becoming centers where people could access the Internet, the issue of using library terminals to access the array of smut available online came to the forefront.
Just as the libraries don't...
| Jun 2, 2012
When a book flies off the shelves by the millions within a month of publication and zooms to the top of the New York Times best-seller list, it's safe to assume that whatever its literary merit (or lack thereof), it probably is not a good candidate for...
| Oct 11, 2012
| 7:56 AM
When Orpheus Collar first began to draw at age 2, he insisted his mother make Superman drawings for him — then he would accent them with boot markings, then a cape of his own.
Soon, he only needed his mom, Nina Rutlidge, to draw Superman's oblong...
| Jun 6, 2012
| 7:30 AM
All the fuss about the Harford County Public Library's director, Mary Hastler, choosing to keep "Fifty Shades of Grey," an erotic novel with generous gobs of sadomasochism, by British author E.L James, from off the shelves has met with condemnations of...
| Jun 21, 2012
| 1:29 PM
Baltimore is one city where crowds come out in the heat of the night to take in open-air movies.
In mid-July last year, when the thermometer was hitting 95 in the day and stalling in the 80s past midnight, fun-seekers swarmed to Federal Hill to watch...