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Issue 39: Big Books Issue

This week's City Paper is the Big Books Issue. Inside you'll find a guide to Baltimore Bookfest and more

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Photograph from Shutterstock, Photoshop book-title trickery by Rarah.

This week's City Paper is the Big Books Issue. Inside you'll find a guide to Baltimore Bookfest, and crime-writer Ariel S. Winter's profile of the master of the genre James M. Cain's time in Baltimore. Edward Ericson Jr. details 'real-life Baltimore Police Sergeant Michael Wood's turn to fiction and reviews Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won't Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care. Baynard Woods interviews filmmaker Errol Morris about his new book A Wilderness of Error, and Raymond Cummings reviews Nate Silver's new book about predictions.

In City Folk, Evan Serpick the story of Leo Rauh, a music-obsessive with cerebral palsy who has relationships with some of the top music-critics in the country..

In Mobtown Beat, Van Smith tells the fascinating tale of an alcohol smuggling operation, and Edward Ericson Jr. reports on the continuing agonies surrounding the audit bill.

In the arts, Baynard Woods takes us into the heart of Baltimore's retro car culture at Mobtown Greaseball, and reports on David Byrne's new book How Music Works. Bret McCabe takes us back to the future with Open Space's Future Daze show of sci-fi inspired art, and tells us what is happening in the avant-garde music with "Booed Music." Erin Gleeson has a revealing discussion with filmmaker Rory Kennedy about her new film.

In Free Range, John Hauser reviews the pizza at Earth, Wood, and Fire, and Cheap Eats revels in chicken and waffles.
We have two great columns this week, as Dave Cluster returns with a "Homelesscide," about losing his last refuge, and Jim Meyer knocks a homer for gay rights with "Spitballin'."

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