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Baltimore Authors

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Some of the hometown favorites of the City That Reads include mystery writer Laura Lippman, novelist Anne Tyler and military yarn spinner Tom Clancy.

Anne Tyler

Anne Tyler, a Baltimore resident since the 1960s, often features Baltimore in her novels, which often paint compelling portraits of families in turmoil. The Accidental Tourist is perhaps her best known book, but others include:

Laura Lippman

With titles like Baltimore Blues, Charm City and Butchers Hill, it's clear Laura Lippman is a hometown girl. Her mysteries reveal her familiarity with the seamier side of Baltimore, perhaps learned during her days as a reporter for The Sun.

David Simon - The Corner

A yearlong portrait of everyday lives that intersect at the corner of West Fayette and Monroe streets, a notoriously crime-ridden intersection in Baltimore.

Tom Clancy

The author of The Hunt for Red October and Patriot Games is also part owner of the Baltimore Orioles. His books are rarely set in Baltimore.

Great Short Works of Edgar Allen Poe

This is collection of poems, including "The Raven" and "The Bells", short stories, such as "The Fall of the House of Usher" and "The Tell-Tale Heart", and criticism of his work.

To read about Poe's life and mysterious death in Baltimore check out Midnight Dreary: The Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe by John Evangelist Walsh.

Michael Olesker

The former Sun columnist, who resigned in 2006 amid plagiarism charges, has a couple books on the shelves. Each reveals his deep appreciation and concern for Baltimore.

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