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Celebrate Local Literature for World Book Day!

April 22, 2020

Monarch would like to remind our residents that this Thursday, April 23, is recognized as World Book Day—why wouldn’t we celebrate?

Reading helps you develop a broader vocabulary, understand different cultures and increase your broader knowledge. A book transports you to other worlds that you can only imagine.

For World Book Day, we would like to highlight Maryland-based authors and books about our state. So, whether you’re an avid bookworm or just an occasional reader, celebrate by reading some of these amazing books and honoring these gifted storytellers!

Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Waterman of Vanishing Tangier Island
By: Earl Swift

 Written by acclaimed journalist, Earl Swift, he recounts his two-year story of living amongst the Tangier Island fisherman and residents who are living on a disappearing community along the Chesapeake. This story is a poignant reminder of certain coastal communities facing a climate crisis like no other.

You can buy this book on Amazon, and also check out an NPR interview with Swift as he discusses his story!

Clock Dance
By: Ann Tyler

Sure, there’s a cactus on the cover, but most of Anne Tyler’s “Clock Dance” takes place in Baltimore–the city that arguably becomes the author’s most unforgettable character. The sixty-something Willa Drake travels to Charm City to take care of a 9-year-old girl she’s never met after the child’s mother is hospitalized. The novel is a commentary on the families we cobble together from people not related to us by blood.

Written by a Baltimore resident about the city of Baltimore, check out and order this book for a good read!

By: James A. Michener

Chronicling a 400-year saga of the Chesapeake, James A. Michener tells its epic story about the Bay’s Native American beginnings to the modern era. Starting with one man’s dream, Michener intertwines the lives of a wide variety of people from all walks of life throughout our nation’s history.

Order online and begin your escape to American history!

Goodnight, Maryland
By: Adam Gamble

A part of his bestselling Good Night Our World Series, Adam Gamble highlights many recognizable landmarks and features of Maryland that all young kids can discover and enjoy!

Experience Maryland with your children and order now!

Your Maryland
By: Rick Cottom

Since 2002, Rick Cottom has been a voice of Maryland radio. In his book, he includes 72 of his favorite on-air pieces, accompanied by amazing illustrations by Maryland-native, Annie Howe. Cottom recounts four centuries of Maryland’s favorite historical characters.

Uncover the little-known histories of Maryland, and order Cottom’s book here!

Read, Read, Read

Faulkner is famous for saying, “Read, read, read. Read everything—trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.”

Reading allows you to learn so much. Whether its about different people, cultures, places or things, reading strengthens the mind.

So, for World Book Day, pick up a book, get cozy, and give your brain a workout right here at Monarch Waugh Chapel.