Article Wins Essay Prize

I’m delighted to announce that my article “Alfred in Wonderland: Hitchcock through the Looking-Glass,” has won the prize for the best essay published this past year in South Atlantic Review. The piece, which traces the influence of Lewis Carroll’s works on Alfred Hitchcock’s films, was published in SAR 80.3-4, a special issue devoted to film adaptation. My thanks go to Julie Grossman and R. Barton Palmer, who edited the issue and solicited my essay.

Prize-Winning Essay Now Published!

I’m pleased to announce that my essay, “A Man Down There,” which won the Dorothy Cappon Prize in Nonfictionhas now been published.The piece is about my father, Narven, who killed the founder of our town in a hunting accident.

Here is Dad as a young man with me (in the hat) and my sister, Nancy.  The photo was taken a year or two after the accident.  You can find the essay in volume 82, numbers 2 & 3, of the journal New Letters. The new issue is not yet featured on their website, but you may order it by clicking here and subscribing.

CSJQ Presents: Shades of Jazz in Film Noir

Cold Spring Jazz Quartet Presents Shades of Jazz in Film Noir

For twenty years Cold Spring Jazz Quartet has been treating Baltimore-Washington audiences to their signature blend of current, classic and cool jazz. This evening’s music accents the classics, as CSJQ presents an array of beautiful songs associated with the films noir of the 1940s and ‘50s. This show explores the many shades of noir jazz, from bliss to blues, from rhapsodies to red wagons. CSJQ will introduce several new numbers in this show, so even if you’ve seen earlier versions, there’ll be plenty to enjoy!

CSJQ plays standards such as “I’ll Remember April” (from Phantom Lady), “Stella by Starlight” (The Uninvited), “I Hear a Rhapsody” (Clash by Night), “Your Red Wagon” (They Live by Night), and “One for My Baby” (Road House), as well as the title themes from movies such as Laura, and the music from TV shows like Mr. Broadway and Peter Gunn. Along with this evocative jazz, the show features specially selected clips from the movies and introductions by CSJQ saxophonist and vocalist Mark Osteen—author of Nightmare Alley: Film Noir and the American Dream.

This unique multi-media event is sure to delight jazz aficionados, classic movie fans and anyone who has ever been in love.

Cold Spring Jazz Quartet Presents
Shades of Jazz in Film Noir
Germano’s Piattini
300 S. High St., Baltimore
Saturday, February 18th, 7:30-10 pm
410-752-4515
Tickets here.

Nonfiction Prize

I was delighted to learn a few weeks ago that my essay, “A Man Down There,” has won the Dorothy Cappon Prize in Nonfiction from the journal New Letters. This piece is about my father, Narven, who killed a man in a hunting accident just before I was born. Not just any man: the founder of our town! I’d been trying for years to find a shape for Dad’s story and my discovery of it when I was a teenager. I’m really gratified, but as any writer will tell you, there were a lot of renditions and rejections along the way!

Here’s a link to the announcement.

Amour Fou: Shades of Love in Film Noir

Cold Spring Jazz Quartet Presents a Valentine’s Day Special Event
“Amour Fou: Shades of Love in Film Noir.”

Ida at Piano in Road HouseFor almost twenty years CSJQ has been treating Baltimore-Washington audiences to their signature blend of current, classic and cool jazz. The emphasis for this evening, however, is on the classic, as CSJQ presents an evening of love songs associated with the films noir of the 1940s and ‘50s. “Amour Fou” highlights the many shades of love, from bliss to blues, rhapsodies to red wagons.

Noir films were crime stories, but most were also tales of amour fou (crazy love): the detective who falls for a dead woman; women who love too easily; men who can’t be trusted. A few even showed how wonderful love can be. In this show CSJQ plays classics such as “I’ll Remember April” (from Phantom Lady), “Stella by Starlight” (The Uninvited), “I Hear a Rhapsody” (Clash by Night), “Your Red Wagon” (They Live by Night), “Never Let Me Go” (The Scarlet Hour) and “One for My Baby” (Road House), as well as the title themes from Laura, Body and Soul, Kiss Me Deadly, and others. Along with this evocative, romantic jazz, the show features clips from the movies and introductions by CSJQ saxophonist and vocalist Mark Osteen—author of Nightmare Alley: Film Noir and the American Dream.

This dazzling, unique multi-media event is sure to delight jazz aficionados, classic movie fans and anyone who has ever been in love.

Germano’s Piattini
300 S. High St., Baltimore
Friday, February 12th, 7:30-10 pm
410-752-4515
http://germanospiattini.com/events/