Renowned writer and critic
has some fairly serious Maryland ties. Not only did he attend St. John's College, but he wrote 2002's
, an esteemed biography of the Sage of Baltimore. (This is in addition to his influential arts writing for the
Wall Street Journal
and others, as well as sundry other biographies, memoirs, and collections to his credit.) Now Teachout has finished another biography of an American icon who had even more influence over the way the 20th century turned out than Mencken: trumpeter Louis Armstrong. Teachout's own considerable chops as a jazz musician and a jazz critic inform his new
. He returns to the Mid-Atlantic to
his newest book at 6:30 Wednesday, Dec. 9, in the Poe Room at the Enoch Pratt Free Library main branch.