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Readings with Ralphie: Jeffrey Barken and Arthur J. Magida

Bird In Hand

Rafael Alvarez will be joined by writer Jeffrey Barken and writer-in-residence at the University of Baltimore, Arthur J. Magida.

Jeffrey Barken’s novel, All the Lonely Boys in New York, is set in 2008, as the economy is in free fall. It offers a unique glimpse at the perilous months that sent America spiraling into the worst recession since the Great Depression. It’s the story of a bankrupt American Dream, a young generation tested by the horrors of war, and the human tragedy of capitalism gone awry.

Jeffrey Barken is the author of the short story collection, This Year in Jerusalem. Born in Syracuse NY, Jeffrey grew up in Ithaca, where he later attended Cornell University. He also holds a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Baltimore and is the creator and editor of the online literary magazine, Monologging.org. This unique publication connects writers with artists around the world, encouraging multi-media collaboration and providing weekly arts related reporting. Jeffrey’s short fiction has appeared in dashality, Urbanite, and Welter. He is also a freelance reporter for JNS.org, covering politics, economics, education, medicine and technology topics, as well as providing critical book and arts reviews, travel and sports stories.

Arthur J. Magida’s The Nazi Séance: The Strange Story of the Jewish Psychic in Hitler's Circle tells the fascinating story of a Jewish mind reader, Erik Jan Hanussen, who moved into the highest echelons of German society just as the Nazi party was taking hold. Hanussen assumed he could manipulate some of the more incendiary personalities of his time just as he had manipulated his fans, but in the end, he was simply a mortal who could not immunize himself from anti-Semitism.

Arthur J. Magida is writer-in-residence at the University of Baltimore and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. He has been a columnist for Beliefnet.com, a contributing correspondent to PBS's Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, senior editor of the Baltimore Jewish Times, environmental reporter for National Journal, and a writer and editor for Ralph Nader. He has received multiple Simon Rockower Awards from the American Jewish Press Association, A.D. Emmart Awards for writing on the humanities, and Smolar Awards for Excellence in Jewish Journalism. He lives in Baltimore.






Event Details

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 7:00pm


Bird In Hand
11 E. 33rd Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

by Dr. Radut