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Humanities in the Village (Oct.): “Arepa” book talk with Irena Stein and D. Watkins

October 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Poster for "Arepa" talk at Bird in Hand featuring speakers Irena Stein and D. Watkins on October 30th.

Join us for a delicious and wonderful Humanities in the Village discussion this October—and celebrate the launch of Arepa: Classic & contemporary recipes for Venezuela’s daily bread, a new cookbook by Irena Stein! Stein is the creator behind Baltimore’s own Alma Cocina Latina, a culinary hotspot celebrating Venezuelan cuisine and culture—and in conversation with memoirist and Baltimore staple D. Watkins. Her new book comes out this summer, in time for the autumn weather and holiday season, from Simon & Schuster.

We will meet to discuss the book, its backstory, and all things culture and food at Bird in Hand cafe/bookstore on the final Monday evening in October (30th) beginning at 6:30pm. See you there!


Irena Stein is a photographer, restaurateur, and humanitarian whose spirit is deeply rooted in humanitizing society. Irena came to America from Venezuela on a Fulbright Scholarship to Stanford University where she graduated with a Master’s in Cultural Anthropology. Since then she has merged her passion for art, food, community, and environmentalism by opening her first restaurant, Alma Cocina Latina, in Baltimore, Maryland. Irena has also started a community meals initiative, Alkimiah, to support families in need in her local community.

D. Watkins  is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of The Beast Side,The Cook Up, Where Tomorrows Aren’t Promised and We Speak for Ourselves, which was a One Book, one Baltimore selection. He is Editor at Large for Salon. He is featured in the HBO documentary The Slow Hustle and is a writer on We Own the City, an HBO miniseries from David Simon. His work has been published in the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, and other publications. He is a college lecturer at the University of Baltimore and holds a Master’s in Education from Johns Hopkins University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Baltimore. Watkins’ awards include the BMe Genius Grant for dynamic Black leaders, the City Lit Dambach Award for Service to the Literary Arts, the Maryland Library Association’s William Wilson Maryland Author Award, and the Ford’s Men of Courage award for Black male storytellers. He was also a finalist for a 2016 Hurston Wright Legacy Award and The Cook Up was a 2017 Books for a Better Life finalist. He is lives in Baltimore, MD with his wife and daughter.


October 30
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Bird in Hand cafe
11 E 33rd St
Baltimore, MD United States
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