Besides supplying great settings, Baltimore has also spawned its share of great writers. Here are writers who, while not setting their stories in Baltimore, are practicing their craft from our comfortable streets.
Madison Smartt Bell
"Anything Goes," "All Souls' Rising" and others
An English professor and director of the Kratz Center for Creative Writing at Goucher College, Bell has written more than a dozen historical novels. "All Souls' Rising" was a National Book Award finalist.
"Parting the Waters: America in the King Years," "Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years"
A national authority on the Civil Rights movement, Branch has won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Award.
"Amanda's House" and "Eccentric Circles"
This one-time switchboard operator, store clerk, medical secretary, college professor and women's advocate was 70 when she wrote her first novel from a retirement community in Cockeysville.
"Blessing the Boats," "Good Woman: Poems and a Memoir," "The Terrible Stories," "My Friend Jacob," among others
A one-time poet-in-residence at Coppin State College in Baltimore, Clifton is a prolific poet and author of children's books that contain themes related to African-American women and families.
"The Box" and "The Evil We Do"
Miraculously, the University of Baltimore School of Law graduate was able to write these two suspense novels while he was a student.
"Vacationland" and "Orphans Preferred -- The Twisted Truth and Lasting Legend of the Pony Express"
This University of Maryland, Baltimore County English professor and journalist writes vividly with plenty of humor.
"Lie in the Dark," "The Small Boat of Great Sorrows"
This former Baltimore Sun reporter's first novel features a homicide investigation in war-torn Yugoslavia.
Jonathon Scott Fuqua
"The Reappearance of Sam Webber," "Darby," "Catie and Josephine" and "The Willoughby Spit Wonder"
Born in Germany and raised in Virginia, Jonathon Scott Fuqua moved to Baltimore with his wife more than a decade ago. After three years working as an oral historian at the City Life museums, Fuqua published his first work of fiction, "The Reappearance of Sam Webber," in which 11-year-old "Little Sam" looks to an unlikely friend to ease his transition to a rough, inner-city neighborhood. The young adult novel received Booklist Magazine's Alex Award, among others. Since then Fuqua has published several other books for children of various ages, including "Darby," "Catie and Josephine" and "The Willoughby Spit Wonder." He is a three-time winner of the Maryland State Arts Council award for fiction writing.
-- Jessica Dzaman
"The Samurai's Daughter," "The Floating Girl" and others
The Johns Hopkins grad writes suspense novels starring Rei Shimura, a Japanese-American antiques dealer.
"Walk Among the Birches," "The Climbing Tree" and "Who's the Kid Around Here, Anyway?"
This Baltimore resident's offerings include a mystery, a dysfunctional family drama and a tearjerker about depression and recovery.
"Child of My Heart," "Charming Billy" and others
This National Book Award-winning novelist (for "Charming Billy") is writer-in-residence at the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars.
"Town Without a Zip," "Sealed With A Kiss" and "Dead Letters"
This series of whodunits starring U.S. postal inspector Eamon Wearie is set in Baltimore.
"Prejudices," "Treatise on the Gods," "Mencken Chrestomathy" and other essay collections
The "Sage of Baltimore" is known for his exquisite prose, candid criticisms and biting wit.
Mary Jo Putney
"Twist of Fate," "The Spiral Path," "The Burning Point" and others
This author of 26 contemporary and historical romance novels lives in Baltimore.
"Clay," "Spindrift," "Not My Dog" and others
This prolific author of books for children and young adults lives across the street from her childhood home in North Baltimore.
Laura Amy Schlitz
"Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices From a Medieval Village," "The Hero Schliemann: The Dreamer Who Dug for Troy," "A Drowned Maiden's Hair: A Melodrama" and "The Bearskinner"
Park School librarian and children's book author Laura Amy Schlitz won the coveted 2008 John Newbery Medal for children's literature for "Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices From a Medieval Village."
"The Death of Vishnu"
This lyrical tale about residents of a Bombay neighborhood is written by a mathematics professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
"Fire in Canebrake: The Last Mass Lynching in America"
The Style Magazine senior editor brings this disturbing episode of American history to life.
"The Jews of Primetime"
This look at the way TV has portrayed Jews through decades is written by the Baltimore Sun TV critic.
Based in Baltimore
Charm City boasts an impressive list of local writers.
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