Rafael Alvarez and Crabtown USA


Rafael Alvarez

Baltimore writer discusses his new book at the Havre de Grace Library on June 29


Writer and neighborhood folklorist Rafael Alvarez will discuss and sign his new book, “Crabtown USA: Essays & Observations,” on Wednesday, June 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Havre de Grace Library.

“Crabtown USA: Essays & Observations” is a collection of Alvarez’s many articles on Baltimore, the hometown he loves. They are connected by entries taken from working journals he has kept for the past 40 years.

Alvarez began his career as a writer for The Sun, primarily focusing on human-interest stories that explored the various people and enclaves in Baltimore.

He has also written for several television shows: “The Wire,” “The Black Donnelly’s” and “Life.” Alvarez wrote an encyclopedic companion to “The Wire,” called “The Wire: Truth Be Told,” which was nominated for an Edgar Award in 2010.

Alvarez’s other books include three short-story collections: “The Fountain of Highlandtown,” “Orlo & Leini,” and “Tales from the Holy Land” as well as two anthologies of journalism, “Hometown Boy” and “Storyteller.” He has also written the histories of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and The Tuerk House, a drug and alcohol treatment center for the poor in Baltimore.

“Harford County Public Library is so fortunate to have Rafael Alvarez as one of the first speakers at our new Havre de Grace Library,” said Mary Hastler, CEO. “Rafael is a well-loved writer who captures the hearts of his readers by his portrayal of people and situations that are so interesting and relatable.”

“Crabtown USA:  Essays & Observations” will be available at the event for purchase and signing. For more information, visit hcplonline.org or call the Havre de Grace Library at 410-939-6700.

Harford County Public Library operates 11 branches located throughout Harford County. The library serves more than 181,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of more than 3.8 million. Harford County Public Library is committed to connecting people with information and promoting the love of reading in the community. For more information, visit hcplonline.org.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.