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Mencken Day 2021

Registration not required, but encouraged for this FREE event. Register for the event here.

Honoring the Memory, Career, and Bequest of Henry Louis Mencken.

Photo caption: Mencken and his niece Virginia in the backyard at 1524 Hollins St. Mencken was 39, at the cusp of his greatest decade. During the 1920s, the New York Times suggested that he was the most powerful private citizen in America.

The Mencken Room is open to the public from 10 a.m to 5 p.m.

10:30 a.m., Mencken Society Annual Meeting (Zoom Meeting only)
Join Zoom Meeting
https://marylandlibraries.zoom.us/j/94098251189?pwd=YVUyMk5ycDJvaTFobmNaNUF1Y3I0dz09
Meeting ID: 940 9825 1189
Passcode: 259455
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2p.m. The 2021 Mencken Memorial Lecture (Zoom Webinar and Facebook Live)
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://marylandlibraries.zoom.us/j/98593821027?pwd=cWJBVG1Ia3lQbU1mT1JGTnEvNWwvQT09
Passcode: 579327
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Webinar ID: 985 9382 1027
Passcode: 579327
    International numbers available: https://marylandlibraries.zoom.us/u/aytMr4E4c

The 2021 Mencken Memorial Lecture will be presented by Michael Downs. A former newspaper reporter, Michael Downs is the author of three books, including most recently the novel, The Strange and True Tale of Horace Wells, Surgeon Dentist. He directs the graduate program in professional writing at Towson University, where he teaches courses in creative writing, publishing, and freelance writing. His awards include a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Beginning in October of this year, he will serve as a Fulbright Scholar in Krakow, Poland.

ASL interpretation will be available for attendees.

Saturday, September 11 at 10:00am to 4:00pm

Virtual Event
Event Type

Writers LIVE!, Virtual Event

Age Group

Adults, Seniors

Compass Category

Writers LIVE at the Library

Event Publisher

Tracy Dimond - for Adults

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