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Author Event: Mikita Brottman, An Unexplained Death

March 26 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT

Join Author Mikita Brottman as she presents her book, An Unexplained Death: The True Story of a Body at the Bevedere which came out in November 2018.

An Unexplained Death is an obsessive investigation into a mysterious death at the Belvedere—a once-grand hotel—and a poignant, gripping meditation on suicide and voyeurism.

“The poster is new. I notice it right away, taped to a utility pole. Beneath the word ‘Missing,’ printed in a bold, high-impact font, are two sepia-toned photographs of a man dressed in a bow tie and tux.”

Most people would keep walking. Maybe they’d pay a bit closer attention to the local news that evening. Mikita Brottman spent ten years sifting through the details of the missing man’s life and disappearance, and his purported suicide by jumping from the roof of her own apartment building, the Belvedere.

As Brottman delves into the murky circumstances surrounding Rey Rivera’s death—which begins to look more and more like a murder—she contemplates the nature of and motives behind suicide, and uncovers a haunting pattern of guests at the Belvedere, when it was still a historic hotel, taking their own lives on the premises. Finally, she fearlessly takes us to the edge of her own morbid curiosity and asks us to consider our own darker impulses and obsessions.

Ms. Brottman is a non-fiction writer, typically focusing on true crime. She is also currently a professor at MICA where she teaches courses in literature, critical studies, and myth.

She is also a psychoanalyst certified since 2012 through the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NCPsycA). She does volunteer work in the Maryland prison system and in forensic psychiatric facilities. Her articles and case studies have appeared in The American Journal of PsychoanalysisNew Literary HistoryAmerican Imago, and other journals.

She live in the old Belvedere Hotel in beautiful Mount Vernon, Baltimore, with her partner, the movie critic David Sterritt, and our popular and charismatic French bulldog, Oliver. 


March 26
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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