MORGAN STANTON | BOOK FESTIVAL
An avid reader and native Baltimorean, Morgan prefers the crisp of fall to the heat of summer in Baltimore.
A librarian at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Morgan loves the creative and transformative power of books and theater.
How interesting!: Morgan is a big fan of the crime drama, Twin Peaks! He has even watched the original series of the show at least five times.
What brought you to Baltimore?
My family moved from Vancouver, British Columbia to Baltimore in 1979 and fell in love with the place. I was raised in Guilford, and I’ve lived in Fells Point and Charles Village. I studied acting at Towson University (it was Towson State University at the time), and I made my career in acting for a while. Then, when I wanted to settle down and raise a family, I realized that the one place I loved as much as the theater was the library. I got my Master’s in Library Science at the University of Maryland and became a librarian with the Enoch Pratt Free Library.
What’s your connection to Baltimore?
I work at the Enoch Pratt Free Library. I love libraries because they are a refuge for the nonconformist of any stripe. We put people in categories too much, and people are so much more than that. I think it’s important for people to be able to think for themselves.
What do you like about Baltimore?
John Waters put it best when he compared Baltimore to New York, “New York is full of normal people who think they’re crazy; Baltimore is full of crazy people who think they’re normal.” There’s a sweet acceptance of people’s eccentricities that forever makes me an advocate for this place. My parents thought that Americans were the friendliest people, and that Baltimoreans were the friendliest Americans.
New Baltimoreans should definitely check out:
Baltimore Farmers’ Market: I love going to the Baltimore Farmers’ Market and Bazaar under the Jones Falls Expressway with my wife and two children, and our other friends. It’s that alluring mixture of good food, good music, creative vendors, and immense multiculturalism, combined with the friendliness of the people, that represents as close to an ideal society as I can imagine. It represents the kind of world I fight for through my work as a librarian and the kind of world I want for my children to inherit.
Baltimore Book Festival: It’s not just the books and the celebrity authors, but the storytellers, live music, food, workshops, and everything. Also, these days people are missing out on the experiencing of browsing; the Baltimore Book Festival forces you to browse, and guarantees those happy accidents where you find that one book that you weren’t looking for, or maybe that one book that you’ve never even heard of that changes you forever.