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Baltimore: Our Debut Episode!

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We’ll see you at the Baltimore Book Festival!

If you would like to connect with us, we will be recording interviews with authors and bibliophiles in our quest to learn more about the literary culture of Charm City.

Incidentally, do you know how Baltimore got its moniker charm city? It wasn’t because of the Baltimore writer H. L. Mencken, as most people think.

The name was, according to the Baltimore Sun, a marketing ploy cooked up by “four of the city’s leading advertising executives and creative directors: Dan Loden and art director Stan Paulus of VanSant/Dugdale; Herb Fried and writer Bill Evans from W. B. Donor. As leaders of the city’s largest advertising agencies, they had come together at then Mayor William Donald Schaefer’s request: “Come up with something to promote the city. And do it now! I’m worried about this city’s poor image.”

The rest, as they say, is history.

We’re not worried about Baltimore’s image. We think it’s the future of American literature, and we’re looking forward to great interviews with exciting authors!

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