"Teach Us That Peace"

City Paper

We may have just gotten past a particularly mild summer, but Baltimoreans know that summer usually isn't that enjoyable. Author Baron Wormser, who grew up in Baltimore, opens his latest book "Teach Us That Peace" with a description of Baltimore summers that will be far more recognizable to city natives. "It was recognizably Baltimore: heat shimmering off the asphalt . . . automobiles serenely baking. People sauntered, or stopped to chat on the street corners. No one was in a hurry. Tomorrow would be as hot as today." It's the summer of 1962 (although that could describe the weather three years ago), and high school student Arthur Mermelstein and his mother Susan, a high school English teacher, both lose their sheltered innocence during a year of political turmoil and racial tensions. Wormser will give a reading from "Teach Us That Peace" at the Central Library's Poe Room—listen for references to familiar street names, Martin Luther King Jr., the Birds, and that all-too-familiar summer humidity. 6:30 p.m., Central Branch, Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St., (410) 396-5430, prattlibrary.org, free. (Anna Walsh)

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