It's been a pretty good couple of weeks for Baltimore writer and CP contributor D. Watkins. His latest book, "The Cook Up," a memoir that begins with the death of his brother Bip when he was a teen and moves through Watkins' decision to give up drug dealing and become a writer and educator, is featured in the July issue of Oprah Winfrey's magazine O (also included, Baltimore writer Laura Lippman's "Wilde Lake"). The book also made it to the New York Times' Crime and Punishment bestsellers list, sitting at number seven. And this Saturday, June 25, Watkins introduces his Cook Up ice cream flavor in collaboration with Taharka Brothers at Red Emma's. As City Paper said when we recommended "The Cook Up" as a summer beach read, "if Watkins' first collection of essays, 'The Beast Side,' a caustic piece of post-uprising literature, felt very much of-the-moment, then 'The Cook Up' feels timeless and full-stop literary."