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Anne Tyler needs your vote!

The Baltimore Sun is running a contest allowing online readers to name the area's biggest local celebrity, and first-round results were not encouraging for writers. David Simon ("Homicide" and "The Corner") was eliminated by ex-Colt Art Donovan. Laura Lippman lost to TV anchor Denise Koch. And Zane, the diva of eroticism, was knocked out by Ravens' quarterback Joe Flacco.

Now, there's only one person left to uphold the city's rich literary heritage: Anne Tyler. She beat Orioles owner Peter Angelos in the first round (after the O's miserable season, what did you expect?) and faces TV investigative reporter Jayne Miller in round two.

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Tyler's too modest (or publicity-shy) to stump for support, so I'll do it for her. It's fitting because I'm reading her new novel, "Noah's Compass," which is scheduled for release on Jan. 5. So let's keep Baltimore authors represented among our local celebrities. Vote today! Vote often! Here's the place to cast your ballot.

Photo by Diana Walker courtesy of Random House

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