Lit Bit: Smile, Hon, You’re Published!


Well, that’s almost what the editor said. 


So now I’m smiling because my fiction has been published in the latest issue of Smile, Hon, You’re In Baltimore!


For a little literary zine, it packs a big punch.  Smile, Hon, You’re In Baltimore! has gotten rave reviews from UTNE Reader, Urbanite and Pop Candy (USA Today’s Blog).


Baltimore Magazine named Smile, Hon, You’re in Baltimore! the city’s “Best Zine” in its August “Best of Baltimore 2008″ issue.


Baltimore City Paper also called Smile Hon Baltimore’s best zine, describing it as “surprisingly fascinating, consistently absurd, and often weird as hell . . . Baltimore at its bizarre best.”


Zine World says Smile Hon “adequately captures Baltimore’s grit and glitter, horror and heroes.”


The Johns Hopkins Newsletter says, “Smile Hon revels in Baltimore’s every eccentricity”


Even Maryland Mayor Martin O’Malley (how’s that for alliteration?) said that Smile Hon “caused a bit of a stir in my office.”


My story, “Little B&O,” is featured in the latest issue.  “Little B&O” is an outtake from TRACKS, my novel in stories.  Other authors in issue 11 include Caryn Coyle, Fernando Quijano III, Ben Shaberman, Rosalia Scalia and Alex Hewett. 


Learn more – and see the cover – at the link below.







Eric D. Goodman, Books Correspondent


Eric’s column, Lit Bit, is published every Wednesday to Gather Essentials: Books.  Featuring bits on writing, writers, books, and literature, Lit Bit will fulfill your literary longings.


Eric is a full-time writer and editor.  His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Washington Post, The Baltimore Review, Writers Weekly, The Arabesques Review, The Potomac, JMWW, Freshly Squeezed, Scribble, Slow Trains, New Lines from the Old Line State: An Anthology of Maryland Writers, On Stage Magazine, Whatever, Coloquio, To Be Read Aloud, Neck of My Guitar, and Travel Insights.


Learn about Eric’s new childrens’ book, Flightless Goose, at the online pond.


Listen to Eric read an excerpt from his fiction on National Public Radio on the WYPR website.


If you liked what you heard, here is another excerpt of Eric reading his fiction on NPR.


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