Arts & Culture

What Baltimore is Reading

In honor of the 20th Baltimore Book Festival, we interview the most fascinating local readers.

In this day and age of iPads, Nooks, and Kindles, it’s refreshing to find out that there are still plenty of locals enjoying a good print story. In honor of the 20th annual Baltimore Book Festival, taking place this weekend around the Inner Harbor, we traveled from bench to coffee shop and everywhere in between to find out what Baltimore is reading.

A Message to Garcia by Elbert Hubbard
“He wrote this book in just an hour. It’s easy to read.” –Cynthia H.

The Washington Times
“I like it because it’s a conservative newspaper, opposed to the more liberal Baltimore Sun, which I also read. The truth lies somewhere in between.” –John R.

Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb
“It’s a book series I read as a kid. Reading it puts me back in touch with when I was 12 years old. It’s kind of funny—you pick up old memories with it.” –Robert H.

Applied Biological Psychology by Glen E. Getz
“I go to Loyola [University] and am in the second year of my master’s program. I have an exam in an hour.” –Jackie B.

Lazarus by Image Comics
“It’s political, thoughtful, and well-written.” –Ben C.

The Last Templar by Raymond Khoury
“I got this from a free library. I love history; it was my favorite subject in school. How does that old saying go? ‘You don’t know where you are going until you know where you came from.’” –Joe H.

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
“I kidnap my niece from daycare everyday. We have so much fun together playing hooky and we’ve read almost every single book.” –Miriam L. and Gabriella

Thor vs. Thanos by Marvel
“I love the Thor character. He’s my favorite Marvel hero.” –Cary W.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
“It’s very quotable. It’s the kind of book that makes you wish you had a highlighter with you when you read it. But right now I’m just looking at cat books.” –Lisa A.