World Book Day falls on Thursday, April 23rd, with a “reading hour” from 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
What exactly is World Book Day? UNESCO organized a “World Book and Copyright Day” on April 23rd, 1995 to honor the deaths of literary giants, (i.e., Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega). Today, The Reading Agency promotes the holiday by encouraging children to become confident and capable readers.
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Books From/About Baltimore
In honor of World Book Day, we wanted to commend Baltimore-based bestsellers and authors. Perhaps you can celebrate World Book Day by reading a few!
Baltimore Blues: The First Tess Monaghan Novel by Laura Lippman
Laura Lippman’s novel utilizes the setting of Baltimore to unfold a mystery novel. In summation, former Baltimore reporter Tess Monaghan is hired by the betrayed “Rock” Paxton to clear his name. Whilst snooping around, she discovers dark secrets in Charm City.
Haunted Fells Point: Ghosts of Baltimore’s Waterfront by Mike Carter & Julia Dray
Historians Mike Carter and Julia Dray explore Union Wharf’s trendy neighborhood—haunted and historic Fell’s Point! From the “little girl with no face” at Bertha’s Mussels to the “long-dead nurse” at Admiral Fell Inn, you’re guaranteed to get the spooks!
Hutzlers: Where Baltimore Shops by Michael J. Lisicky
Jacques Lisicky limns the historic Hutzler Brothers Company and its family-run success. Learn more about Baltimore consumer culture and the store’s impact on the city.
Lost Restaurants of Baltimore by Suzanne Loudermilk & Kit Waskom Pollard
Travel back-in-time with Loudermilk and Pollard as they explore thirty-five closed Baltimore restaurants. What made these restaurants important? Why did they close? How did they help make Baltimore a culinary and cultural hotspot?
Red Baker by Robert Ward
Robert Ward’s realistic novel delineates Red Baker, a former steel worker in Baltimore, who recently got laid-off. Devastated, Baker attempts to escape his life through booze and philandering. Pick up Ward’s novel today and read how domestic competition poorly affected many in 1980s Baltimore.
Shock Value: A Tasteful Book about Bad Taste by John Waters
American filmmaker John Waters details his life in his autobiography, Shock Value. It explores his life in Baltimore, or as Waters dubs it, “the hairdo capital of the world,” friendships, and his “sort-of fame.”
Tales from the Baltimore Orioles Dugout: A Collection of the Greatest Orioles Stories Ever Told by Louis Berney
Orioles fan? If so, then this one’s for you! Berney’s collective work features various stories of Orioles players throughout the years.
The Ghosts of Johns Hopkins: The Life and Legacy That Shaped an American City by Antero Pietila
Pietela delves into the life of the wealthy John Hopkins, founder of modern Hopkins Hospital and University. Pietela discusses Hopkins’s impact on racism, Baltimore, and its institutions.
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We hope that everyone here at Union Wharf is able to explore literature on World Book Day this year—it’s good for the mind and soul!