Here are some Atomic-y events to keep an eye out for!





Thursday, March 12, 7-9PM.
Atomic Books. 3620 Falls Rd.
Hampden, Baltimore.

The idea was simple enough: gather fourteen writers to pen short-short stories about or inspired by the death of Edgar Allan Poe, hide them around Baltimore, post clues to social media, and instigate a city-wide literary scavenger hunt. Best laid plans…

- William P. Tandy and Gregg Wilhelm

- Fitz Fitzgerald (reading his poem inspired by his Geo-Poe experience ... where people mistook his hidden story for a plea for help and left behind notes of encouragement)

- Rahne Alexander and friends performing her short play from the zine (which she hopes to turn into a short film this summer)

- Dean Smith reading his short story (Dean just took job as director at Cornell University Press so it is a bit of a send off for him)

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Jackets & Sleeves 2015

Eightbar Show: 

Opening reception: Friday, March 13, 7-10PM
Runs through the end of March.
Atomic Books' Eightbar.
Hampden, Baltimore.

 Artists recreate their own covers to iconic record sleeves and book jackets.

Featuring work by:
Steve Blickenstaff
Ben Claassen III
Alex Fine
Kate Haberer
Jordan Jeffries
Andrea Kalfas
Gary Kachadourian & Billy Mode
Alessa Kreger
Jim Lasher
Mike Riley
Jan Razauskas

RSVP (optional)



Diagram for Delinquents Screening

Atomic Books & 2640docs presents...

Thursday, March 19, 7-9PM.
2640 Space. 2640 St. Paul St.
Charles Village, Baltimore.

2640docs is proud to present Diagram for Delinquents with host & moderator Benn Ray of Atomic Books.

This compelling documentary serves as both a history of comic books and a sharp critique of American censorship. Director Robert A. Emmons Jr. captures the zeitgeist of late 1940s and early ’50s as he investigates the life of leading censorship proponent, psychiatrist Dr. Fredric Wertham—the most hated man in comics history.

A Q&A with director Robert Emmons & Benn Ray will follow the screening.

$5 suggested donation, sliding scale.

Street parking. 2640 St. Paul Street Baltimore, MD 21218


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PowerPoint Karaoke

A Benefit For Ride For The Feast With Team Atomic

Friday, March 20, 7-9PM.
Atomic Books. 3620 Falls Rd.
Hampden, Baltimore.

We all know that PowerPoint is an “exciting” program that has “revolutionized” professional and educational presentations. But can it be fun? YES!

Five smart, talented, funny presenters will be thrown to the wolves and forced to give 5 minute presentations based on unknown topics using a PowerPoint presentation they have never seen. This phenomenon began in the bars of Berlin so it must be good.

Come see:
“Make it Rahne” Alexander
Kathy Flann
Steve Freeland
John Henderson
Chris Lamartina
Gregg Wilhelm
skillfully navigate through a series of unrelated flowcharts, graphs, and debatably inappropriate photographs to be crowned the PowerPointiest speaker in Baltimore.

Are you sad that you can’t get in on the action? Don’t be, there will be an opportunity for audience members to flex their laser pointers as well.

This is a free event, but there will be opportunities to donate to Moveable Feast, one of the worthiest charities in Baltimore City.

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Call Of Cthulhu & Other Werid Stories

Atomic Book Club's March Meeting:

Tuesday, March 24, 7-9PM.
Atomic Books' Eightbar.
Hampden, Baltimore.

We'll be meeting to discuss:

Eightbar will be open, serving beer and wine at happy hour prices.

Our theme this year is Gothic Horror.

Reading Club always meets the last Tues. of the month.

You can find this year's complete list of books here.

For news, info and updates, join the Facebook group.

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SHAG: Self-Publishing & Style


Thursday, March 26, 7-9PM.
Atomic Books. 3620 Falls Rd.
Hampden, Baltimore.

Since the end of the twentieth century, when artists and writers have had easy and affordable access to the means of production, they have been skipping the traditional publishing hassle to present small, hand crafted publications that are uncompromised and uncompromising.

Benn Ray will present a survey of self-published zines, mini-comics and pamphlets and discuss trends, visual styles, and the dos and donts of self-publishing design from the perspective of a critic, educator, and bookseller.

Presented by SHAG.

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King Dork Approximately


Saturday, April 4, 5-7PM.
Atomic Books' Eightbar.
Hampden, Baltimore.

Frank Portman, author and musician (Mr. T Experience) will be at Eightbar to discuss, read from, and sign copies of his new book, King Dork Approximately (his sequel to the acclaimed King Dork).

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Record Store Day 2015


Saturday, April 18. All day.
Celebrated Summer Records.
Hampden, Baltimore.

More TBA.


Writers Under The Influence - Apr: 2015

Writers Under The Influence presents:

Thursday, April 23, 7-9PM.
Atomic Books' Eightbar.
Hampden, Baltimore.

In WRITERS UNDER THE INFLUENCE, poets share their recent poems and talk about the forces -- other writers, works of art, music, movies, politics, pop culture -- that influence their work and process.

AARON BELZ’s poetry has been published in journals coast to coast, from Fence and Boston Review to Eleven Eleven and Zócalo Public Square, and he has given live readings in numerous venues ranging from literary salons and warm, inviting books stores to classrooms, improv workshops and comedy festivals. He’s released two chapbooks and three full - length books of poems, the most recent two from Persea Books. He’s the former editor of The Curator and a contributing editor to Capital Commentary. He is poet laureate of Hillsborough, North Carolina, where he also lives.

PIOTR GWIAZDA is a poet, critic, and translator. He has published two books of poetry, Messages: Poems & Interview (Pond Road Press, 2012) and Gagarin Street (Washington Writers’ Publishing House, 2005). His poems have been featured in anthologies The Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel, Poetic Voices Without Borders, and Two Weeks: A Digital Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, among others. His poems, translations, essays, and reviews have appeared in many journals, including AGNI, Barrow Street, Chicago Review, Contemporary Literature, Denver Quarterly, Jacket, The Nation, PN Review, Postmodern Culture, The Seattle Review, The Southern Review, the Times Literary Supplement, and XCP: Cross Cultural Poetics.

And hosted by
ELIZABETH HAZEN - a poet and essayist whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Poetry 2013, The Normal School, Southwest Review, The Threepenny Review, and other journals. She teaches English at Calvert School in Baltimore.

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Indepdendent Bookstore Day


Saturday,  May 2. 11AM - 9PM.
Atomic Books. 3620 Falls Rd.
Hampden, Baltimore.

We'll have limited quantities of the following IBD items available:
Building Stories Chris Ware Signed Print
Books About Books Tin Boxed Set
Roxane Gay Signed Chapbook
Finders Keepers Broadside by Stephen King
Hyperbole & A Half Signed Broadside by Allie Brosh
Signed Captain Underpants Print by Dav Pilkey
Huck Finn Literary Map
The “Bad Citizen” Stencil by Margaret Atwood
Funny Ha Ha Joke Book by various

Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent.

Indie bookstores, whether dusty and labyrinthine or clean and well-lighted, are not just stores, they are solutions. They hold the key to your love life, your career, and your passions. Walking the aisles of a good bookstore means stumbling upon a novel from India that expands your heart. It’s encountering an art book that changes the direction of your life. It’s the joy of having a perfect stranger steer you toward the perfect book.

In a world of tweets and algorithms and pageless digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism. They are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. In fact, there are more of them this year than there were last year. And they are at your service.

More details TBA.

More about Independent Bookstore Day.

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Free Comic Book Day 2015


Saturday,  May 2. 11AM - 9PM.
Atomic Books. 3620 Falls Rd.
Hampden, Baltimore.

Free Comic Book Day is a national event where participating stores give away special free comics made just for that day. We'll be giving away over 50 titles (one of each title per person) while supplies last.

We'll also be debuting MUTANT #6 - our 7th annual free anthology - available exclusively at Atomic Books.

You can also choose one each of any of the following (while supplies last):
2000 AD Special (2000AD)
Avengers #1 (Marvel)
And Then Emily Was Gone (ComixTribe)
Avatar / Plants Vs. Zomibes / Bandette (Dark Horse)
Bob's Burgers (Dynamite Entertainment)
Bodie Troll & Friends (Red 5)
Bongo Comics Free For All (Bongo)
Boom Studios 10th Anniversary Special (Boom Studios)
Captain Canuck (Chapter House)
CBLDF Defend Comics (CBLDF)
Chakra The Invincible (Graphic India)
Cleopatra In Space (Graphix)
Comics Festival (Comics Festival)
Dark Circle Comics #1 (Dark Circle)
Divergence (DC Comics)
Doctor Who (Titan)
Fight Club/The Goon/The Strain (Dark Horse)
Grimm Fairy Tales: Wonderland (Zenoscope)
Gronk And Friends (Action Lab)
Hatter M: Love Of Wonder (Automatic)
Hip Hop Family Tree 3 In 1 Featuring Cosplayers (Fantagraphics)
ICE Bayou Blackout (12 Guage Comics)
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure/Yu Gi Oh (Viz)
Jurassic Strike Force 5 One-Shot (Zenoscope)
Kodansha Comics Sampler (Kodansha)
Lady Justice (Super Genius)
Legendary Comics Sampler (Legendary Comics)
March Grand Prix
Mercury Heat Debut (Avatar)
Motorcycle Samurai (Top Shelf)
Overstreet Comic Book Marketplace (Gemstone)
Phantom Speical (Hermes)
Pokemon (Perfect Square)
Rabbids (Papercutz)
Savage Dragon Legacy (Image)
Secret Wars #0 (Marvel)
Sonic The Hedgehog/Mega Man - Worlds Unite Prelude (Archie Comics)
Spongebob Freestyle Funnies (United Plankton Pictures)
Steampunk Goldilocks (Antarctic Press)
Street Fighter Super Combo Special (Udon)
Stuff Of Legend: Call To Arms (Th3rd World Studios)
SuperMutant Magic Academy Step Aside Pops (Drawn & Quarterly)
Tales Of Honor (Image)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Prelude to Vengeance (IDW)
Teen Titans Go/Scooby Do Team Up (DC Comics)
Terrible Lizard #1 (Oni Press)
The Tick (New England Comics)
Transformers: Robots In Disguise #0 (IDW)
Valiant 25th Anniversary Special (Valiant)
Worlds Of Aspen (Aspen)

Eightbar will be open at 11AM and we'll have mimosas.

RSVP (not required)


Carsick John Waters Signing


Thursday,  May 28. 7-9PM.
Atomic Books. 3620 Falls Rd.
Hampden, Baltimore.

John Waters will be back at Atomic Books for the paperback release of Carsick, his latest book about his hitchhiking trip across America.

Meet John Waters and get your book signed!

RSVP (not required)


Atomic Music Club


The 1st Tuesday of each month.
7:00PM - 10PM. 
Atomic Books.
Hampden, Baltimore.
3620 Falls Rd.

Check the Atomic Books Music Club Facebook Group for more information.


Atomic Fiction Series