Saturday, September 17, 2011

SMILE, HON kicks off Baltimore Book Festival

BALTIMORE, Md. – Kick off the 2011 Baltimore Book Festival in true “Bawlmer” style with a release party marking the publication of Smile, Hon, You’re in Baltimore! No. 14, beginning at 6:00 p.m., Friday, September 23, 2011, under the CityLit Tent, by the Washington Monument in Mt. Vernon (come early for the 5:30 p.m. CityLit Literary Happy Hour). This free event will include a coterie of contributors reading their work, including:

- Rahne Alexander

- Rafael Alvarez

- Ian Hochberg

- Earl Crown

- E. Doyle-Gillespie

- JD Buckner

- Dean Bartoli Smith

- Susan Beverly

- Leonard Kinsey

- Davida Gypsy Breier

Smile, Hon Editor William P. Tandy hosts the event. Plus, enjoy live music from Rahne Alexander (The Degenerettes, The Oops)! And be sure to stop by the merch table for copies of Smile, Hon, You’re in Baltimore! No. 14, back issues and more.

For more information about this and other CityLit events, visit here; or, go here for a complete guide to the 2011 Baltimore Book Festival.


From the harbor to the hills, Smile, Hon, You're in Baltimore! collects the tales of those on whom Mobtown has left her indelible mark. Polished, professional essays; barroom sermons delivered from the sanctity of a favorite stool; the poet’s fleeting sentiment, captured in both word and snapshot – Smile, Hon offers a slice of Baltimore as told by Baltimore, presented with the time-honored DIY accessibility of a limited-run, handcrafted zine. A two-time Utne Reader Independent Press Award nominee, Smile, Hon has also been dubbed “Best Zine” by Baltimore Magazine (2008) and Baltimore City Paper (2004). In spring 2011, Eight-Stone Press published a special “hon” edition, exploring the term’s significance in Baltimore’s identity, past and present; other theme issues have tackled such topics as waste, rats, scars, tattoos, crime and transit.

Smile, Hon, You're in Baltimore! is an Eight-Stone Press production and is distributed by Atomic Books (Baltimore, MD); City Lights Books (San Francisco, CA); Cyclops Books (Baltimore, MD); Microcosm Publishing (Bloomington, IN, and Portland, OR); Quimby's (Chicago, IL); Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse (Baltimore, MD); and Ukazoo Books (Towson, MD). For more information, contact:

William P. Tandy, Editor

Eight-Stone Press

P.O. Box 11064

Baltimore, MD 21212





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