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In Conversation: Michael Olesker & Leonard "Boogie" Weinglass

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Event date: 
Thursday, May 19, 2022 - 6:00pm
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5928 Falls Road
Baltimore, MD 21209
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The Ivy Bookshop, Back Patio
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*Sold out event* Reserved seating is closed but you can still come grab a drink! As long as the weather is nice, we have endless standing room space where you’ll get to be a part of it all. You are welcome to order a signed copy of the book here to be picked up the day after the event.

The Ivy & JMORE are delighted to welcome two Baltimore legends, Michael Olesker and Leonard "Boogie" Weinglass for a reading and conversation celebrating Michael's new book, Boogie: Life on a Merry-Go-Round. This event, hosted by JMORE, will take place in-person, on The Ivy's back patio.

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Millions of American movie fans first heard of the rascal street character "Boogie" in Barry Levinson's classic coming-of-age film, "Diner."

But millions of American shoppers might have known about him from the stunning Merry-Go-Round clothing chain Leonard "Boogie" Weinglass created and then extended across most of the U.S.A.

Now, in Boogie: Life on A Merry-Go-Round, veteran journalist Michael Olesker tells the life story of the rise from youthful poverty and street fighting, from the pool halls and the late-night Hilltop Diner of Baltimore, to multi-millionare businessman and philanthropist.

From his youthful days running the streets of Baltimore to his creation of the Merry-Go-Round clothing chain, Leonard “Boogie” Weinglass is an only-in-America success story. A slice of his life was told in Barry Levinson’s movie, “Diner.” Now here’s Boogie’s whole story, inspiring and hilarious, from basketball courts and pool halls and all-night sessions at the fabled Hilltop Diner to his breath-taking gambles and the millions of dollars he’s generously donated.

Michael Olesker is the perfect writer to tell the Boogie Weinglass story. He’s known Boogie for decades. He spent decades chronicling Baltimore life as a columnist for The News American and The Sun and a nightly commentator for WJZ-TV’s Eyewitness News. This is his seventh book. He is a four-time Pulitzer Prize nominee.  

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