MARK ALICE DURANT'S 27 CONTEXTS Release Party

Thursday, March 23. 7-9PM
Atomic Books, Hampden, Baltimore.
3620 Falls Rd.

To celebrate the release of his new book, 27 Contexts, Mark Alice Durant will present a reading, discussion and slideshow.

27 Contexts: An Anecdotal History in Photography is a series of linked essays that weave memoir with photographic history and theory, to examine how photographs are inextricably bound in our personal and collective histories. Illustrated with a broad spectrum of images from family snapshots, photojournalism and Hubble space imagery to the work of artists such as Josef Koudelka, Julia Margaret Cameron, Larry Sultan, Maya Deren, Nan Goldin, David Wojnarowicz and Chris Marker, 27 Contexts describes a life immersed in the quotidian, the political, and the enigmatic powers of photography.

“I received Mark Alice Durant’s 27 Contexts yesterday, and had to force myself to put it down this morning to allow its insights to seep in and spread the pleasure of reading over the three day weekend. It's a love-letter to images, composed as a series of autobiographical essays examining a life and history as experienced through images.” — John Jacob, Curator of Photography, Smithsonian American Art Museum.

“Mark Alice Durant...has an acute eye and fertile mind, and a beautiful writing style. Durant’s writing is drawn from experiencing art and life; in his vivid appreciations, I feel a lusciousness of observation. In observing the world around him, he makes his own world, one that is always pleasurable and enlightening.” — Lynne Tillman, novelist / cultural critic.

"Mark Alice Durant’s writing on photography for books, for magazines, and not least, for the wonderful online journal he founded, Saint-Lucy, embraces all aspects of the medium with intelligence, imagination, and affection. Deeply informed and curious, savvy and accessible, his essays, interviews, and personal responses to photographs are beautifully crafted and invariably illuminating." — Jean Dykstra, Editor, Photograph magazine

AUTHOR BIO
Mark Alice Durant is an artist and writer living in Baltimore. His essays have appeared in numerous journals such as Art in America, Aperture, Dear Dave, Photograph Magazine, and Afterimage, and many catalogs, monographs and anthologies, including Vik Muniz: Seeing is Believing, Jimmie Durham, Marco Breuer: Early Recordings, Richard Learoyd: Portraits and Figures, and The Passionate Camera: Photography and Bodies of Desire. He is author of Robert Heinecken: A Material History and McDermott and McGough: A History of Photography. He has served on the faculties of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, UCLA, and Syracuse University. He is a professor in the Department of Visual Art at the University of Maryland. In 2011 he founded the website Saint-Lucy.com which is devoted to writing about photography and contemporary art.

RSVP (requested, not required).

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A Life In D&D With DAVID "ZEB" COOK

Saturday, April 1. 7-10PM
Atomic Books, Hampden, Baltimore.
3620 Falls Rd.

Come join David "Zeb" Cook as he tells tales about making a career out of Dungeons & Dragons. Ask him all those burning questions you've wanted to know about life at TSR and just what was he thinking when he created your least favorite rule, monster, or whatever. Plus everyone gets a chance to play in a special audience participation role-playing game, designed and run by Zeb for just this night!

Contrary to his childhood life plans David "Zeb" Cook did not become a paleontologist and somehow stumbled into the career of game design. Starting in 1979, when role-playing games were just taking off, he went to work at at TSR Hobbies the company responsible for Dungeons & Dragons, the granddaddy of them all. Over the decades he created everything from the AD&D 2nd Edition, Planescape setting, Oriental Adventures, the Indiana Jones RPG, Star Frontiers, the Bullwinkle and Rocky Game, to other even stranger things. In 1994 he gave up the glamorous life of role-playing design to join the salt mines of videogame development. These days he works for Zenimax Online Studios, designing for The Elder Scrolls Online videogame. To his own amazement, he's still employed.

RSVP (requested, not required).

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WRITERS UNDER THE INFLUENCE with:
DONALD BERGER, CELESTE DOAKS, LAUREN HILGER, DONALD ILLICH

Thursday, April 6. 7-9PM
Eightbar, Atomic Books, Hampden, Baltimore.
3620 Falls Rd.

In WRITERS UNDER THE INFLUENCE, poets share their recent poems and talk about the forces -- other writers, works of art, music, movies, politics, pop culture -- that influence their work and process.

DONALD BERGER
Donald Berger is the author of The Long Time, a bilingual edition in English and German (Wallstein Press, Goettingen, Germany), Quality Hill (Lost Roads Publishers) and The Cream-Filled Muse (Fledermaus Press) .   His poems and prose have appeared in The New Republic, Slate, Conjunctions, Colorado Review, Fence, Ironwood, The Iowa Review, The Massachusetts Review, and other magazines including some from Berlin, Leipzig, and Budapest. He teaches writing and literature at Johns Hopkins University. 

CELESTE DOAKS
Poet and journalist celeste doaks is the author of Cornrows and Cornfields (Wrecking Ball Press, UK) and the editor of Not Without Our Laughter (Mason Jar Press 2017). Cornrows was listed as one of the “Ten Best Books of 2015” by Beltway Poetry Quarterly. Doaks, who garnered a 2015 Pushcart Prize nomination, earned her MFA from North Carolina State University. She teaches creative writing at Morgan State University. For more visit www.doaksgirl.com

LAUREN HILGER
Lauren Hilger is the author of Lady Be Good (CCM, 2016). Awarded the Nadya Aisenberg Fellowship from the MacDowell Colony, where she was a fellow in 2012 and 2014, her work has appeared in Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, Kenyon Review, Massachusetts Review, Prelude, and elsewhere. She serves as a poetry editor for No Tokens.

DONALD ILLICH
Donald Illich's poetry has appeared in journals such as The Iowa Review, LIT, Nimrod, Passages North, Rattle, Sixth Finch, Memoir(and), and failbetter. He was recently selected as a finalist for the Gold Wake Press Open Reading and for the Washington Writers' Publishing House Poetry Contest. He was also named Honorable Mention in Word Works' Washington Prize Competition. He has been nominated several times for the Pushcart Prize and received a scholarship from the Nebraska Summer Writers Conference. He self-published a chapbook, Rocket Children, in 2012. A chapbook from Finishing Line Press, The Art of Dissolving, was published in Fall 2016. He lives in Rockville, Maryland.

And hosted by:
ELIZABETH HAZEN - a poet and essayist whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Poetry 2013, The Normal School, Southwest Review, The Threepenny Review, and other journals. Her debut poetry collection, Chaos Theories (2016), is an Atomic Books bestseller. She teaches English at Calvert School in Baltimore.

Writers Under The Influence takes place in Atomic Books' Eightbar - the backroom bottleshop serving beer, wine and soda.

RSVP (requested, not required).

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CENTURION: 100 MINUTES OF COMEDY:

Saturday, April 8. 9PM-11AM. Doors at 8:30.
Admission: $5 Eightbar, Atomic Books
Hampden, Baltimore.
3620 Falls Rd.

Live from the Eightbar in Atomic Books, it's Centurion!

Centurion is a stand-up comedy showcase featuring exactly one hundred minutes of quality stand-up comedy from some of the best comedians in Baltimore.
More details TBA.
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JOHN WATERS' MAKE TROUBLE Signing

Friday, April 14. 7-9PM
Hampden, Baltimore.
3620 Falls Rd.

John Waters will be here to sign copies of his new book, MAKE TROUBLE.
More details TBA.

RSVP (requested, not required).

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RECORD STORE DAY 2017 at CELEBRATED SUMMER RECORDS

Saturday, April 22. 11AM-9PM
Hampden, Baltimore.
3616 Falls Rd

More about Record Store Day.
More details TBA.
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INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY 2017

Saturday, April 29. 11AM-9PM
Hampden, Baltimore.
3620 Falls Rd

More details TBA.

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FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2017

Saturday, May 6. 11AM-9PM
Hampden, Baltimore.
3620 Falls Rd

More details TBA.

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ATOMIC MUSIC CLUB

The 3rd Wednesday of each month.
7:00PM - 9PM. Eightbar,
Atomic Books.
Hampden, Baltimore.
3620 Falls Rd.

Check the Atomic Books Music Club Facebook Group for more information.

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EIGHTBAR DRAWING CLUB

The 4th Wednesday of each month.
7:00PM - 9PM. Eightbar,
Atomic Books.
Hampden, Baltimore.
3620 Falls Rd.

Check the Eightbar Drawing Club Club Facebook Group for more information.

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ATOMIC READING CLUB

The LAST Tuesday of each month.
7:00PM - 9PM. Eightbar,
Atomic Books.
Hampden, Baltimore.
3620 Falls Rd.

Our 2017 reading list.

Check the Atomic Reading Club Facebook Group for more information.

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ATOMIC COMICS KLATCH

The LAST Saturday of each month.
4-7PM. Eightbar,
Atomic Books.
Hampden, Baltimore.
3620 Falls Rd.

$5 for a pack of 5 new comics and happy hour prices at Eightbar.

More info.

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Atomic Fiction Series