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Charm City Spec

The Ivy Bookshop

A speculative reading series. This month’s speakers are authors Alan Smale, Gwendolyn Clare, and Bryan Camp.

Alan Smale writes science fiction and fantasy, currently focusing on alternate history and historical fantasy. His novella of a Roman invasion of ancient America,  Clash of Eagles, won the 2010 Sidewise Award for Alternate History, and the first book in a trilogy set in the same universe, The Clash of Eagles, was published by Del Rey (in the US) and Titan Books (in the UK and Europe) in March 2015. The sequel Eagle in Exile went on sale on March 22, 2016, and the series concluded with Eagle and Empire in May 2017. Born and raised in England, Alan lives in Maryland and works as an astrophysicist and data archive manager at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

Gwendolyn Clare's novels include the young-adult steampunk duology Ink, Iron, and Glass (2018) and Mist, Metal, and Ash (2019). Her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Shimmer, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Analog, Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Clare is a New Englander transplanted to central Pennsylvania, with long stops in Chicago and North Carolina along the way. She has a BA in Ecology, a BS in Geophysics, and a PhD in Mycology, which completes her acronym collection (for now, at least). She enjoys practicing martial arts, adopting feral cats, and overstaying her welcome in local coffee shops while writing. You can find her online at gwendolynclare.com or on Twitter @gwendoclare.

Bryan Camp is a graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop and the University of New Orleans’ Low-Residency MFA program. He started his first novel, The City of Lost Fortunes, in the backseat of his parents’ car as they evacuated from Hurricane Katrina. He has been, at various points in his life: a security guard at a stock car race track, a printer in a flag factory, an office worker in an oil refinery, and a high school English teacher. He lives in New Orleans with his wife and their three cats, one of whom is named after a superhero.







Event Details

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 7:00pm


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

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