Ronald Kidd ~ August 2017

Here’s the latest 

  • New: Room of Shadows 
    Edgar Allan Poe returns and gets the glorious death he deserved. 
  • Recently published: Dreambender 
    In a dystopian future, dreams are controlled and the world is a better place. Or is it?
  • Fall 2018: Lord of the Mountain 
    The “big bang” of country music in 1927 at Bristol, Tennessee
Looking for Poe in Baltimore
My middle grade novel Room of Shadows takes place in Baltimore, and I traveled there to get a feel for the city and look for traces of Edgar Allan Poe.

I visited Poe's house, grave, and neighborhoods. I explored the Enoch Pratt Free Library, where in my story David Cray and his friend Libby Morales research Poe and the mysterious house where David and his mother live. And, like David, I stopped by Faidley's, home of the best crabcakes in Baltimore.

Premiere of the Magdalene Cantata

I compiled the text for Anthony Plog's  Magdalene Cantata, a powerful piece premiered by the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra in 2016. The text is based on words by the women of Magdalene, part of the Thistle Farms organization, which rescues women from prostitution, trafficking, and drug abuse, giving them homes, a community, and jobs.

Magdalene and Thistle Farms were founded by Becca Stevens, Episcopal priest and author, named as one of CNN's Top Ten Heroes of 2016.

Shown above in rehearsal are Anthony Plog and NPO music director Chris Norton. The premiere was narrated by Donna Dozier, a Magdalene graduate, and performed to a packed house, including dozens of Magdalene women, the real heroes of the evening.

More about the cantata
More about Anthony Plog
More about Thistle Farms and Magdalene

Chasing the
St. Petersburg Philharmonic

They used to be called the Leningrad Philharmonic, and as an aspiring brass player I wore out their record of Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony. What I really wanted, though, was to hear them in person. Years later, this past March, I flew to California for the final two concerts in their American tour, the first in the UC Davis Mondavi Center, shown here.

They played Shostakovich and Prokofiev, and the orchestra was magnificent: a beast with finesse, a monster with wings. The Russians played. The heavens opened. A young brass player smiled.

Stories from My Life: God's Room

For as long as I could remember, my mother got up early.

When I was young, sometimes I would sneak out of bed at the crack of dawn to watch cartoons or just explore the house. The first time I tried it, I assumed I would be the only one awake. I relished the idea of having the place to myself and being able to do whatever I wanted. Imagine my surprise when I found my mother sitting there. Read more.

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