Thursday, January 20, 7pm
Show and Tell
Get any cool books for Christmas? Find any treasures while in your New Year’s cleaning frenzy? Now’s the time to share them with other bibliophiles at our semi-annual Show and Tell session. Anything goes: you can bring treasured tomes and tell us about them, or you can bring odd curiosities you know nothing about and let group members tell you what they think. Either way, there’s always something to learn and some great books to discuss. Bring a book and join us!
Thursday, February 17, 7pm
Gary Esmonde & Wendy Wasman: Books and Native Plants
Join us for an evening exploration of book sources and resources for bibliophiles and native plant enthusiasts. Gary Esmonde, Librarian at Cleveland Botanical Garden, will guide us across the terrain of introductory Ohio flora books to collectors’ items in the very special collections of the Eleanor Squire Library. Wendy Wasman, Librarian of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, will share some botanical treasures from the Museum's rare book collection. A joint presentation with the Native Plant Society.
Thursday, March 17, 7pm
Gene Stromberg: Narrow Collecting – Why do we do it?
A book collection can be defined any way you want: history or poetry, modern fiction, children’s, favorite authors, mysteries, or math and science… and so on. They can become more inclusive or more narrowly defined—military history, then Civil War, then Civil War generals. What draws us to extremes? Gene Stromberg will describe how it happened to him—collecting children’s books, the single children’s book written by an author known for writing for adults. It wasn’t planned, but ignited by a single book and a question, “How many of these are there?” Many, but not a lot, as it turns out. Highlights and setbacks will be presented. If you know of an example, bring the book or bring a list.
Thursday, April 21, 7pm
Louis Adrean: A History of the Ingalls Library and its Collections
Louis Adrean, Senior Librarian for Research and Public Programs, will focus on the history, collections, and services available at the Ingalls Library at the Cleveland Museum of Art. When the museum was incorporated in 1913, plans were already underway for a library of 10,000 volumes. Almost 100 years later, the Ingalls Library has become the third largest art museum library in the United States. This internationally acclaimed treasure offers museum staff, scholars, researchers, students, and the public at-large, an unparalleled array of research materials, both print and electronic, as well as research assistance and public programs.
Thursday, May 19, 7pm
Panel: Coming of Age Novels
Join us for a dialogue on coming-of-age novels with authors Tricia Springstubb, Megan Whalen Turner, Bonnie Shaker, and Sarah Willis. Charles Oberndorf, author and a professor at University School, will act as moderator. We’ll discuss the importance of coming-of-age novels, their value to young adult readers as well as adult readers, and how they have changed over the past 50 years. Each panelist will give a short statement before letting those sparks give way to group discussion and Q&A.
Thursday, June 16, 7pm
Cris Takacs: Papermaking
Damaged paper can be repaired with Japanese tissue and it makes a strong flexible repair. Sometimes a missing area in a page or print is filled in with a piece of paper similar in color, thickness and texture to the original paper. Another way to mend the missing area is to fill it in with a pulp made from old paper. The result can be astonishing. Cris Takacs has been repairing books and prints for over twenty years. She studied under Jan Sobota while he was in the Cleveland area and has taken workshops with the Guild of Book Workers. She will be demonstrating how pulp fill in is done and telling stories.
Thursday, July 21, 7pm
Show and Tell
What’s on your summer reading list? Now’s the time to share your interesting, unusual, and otherwise noteworthy reads with other bibliophiles at our semi-annual Show and Tell session. Anything goes: you can bring treasured tomes and tell us about them, or you can bring odd curiosities you know nothing about and let group members tell you what they think. Either way, there’s always something to learn and some great books to discuss. Bring a book and join us!
Thursday, August 18, 7pm
Tex Kelly and Frank Underwood: The Insanity of Type
As readers, we rarely think about the letters that make up the words of a text. How do they get there? Why do they look the way they do? What is their history? Join Tex Kelly and Frank Underwood for an evening exploration of typography and printing. They will show us examples of early wood and metal type and how letters are put together to make words on a page. They’ll also regale us with tales from their years as “men of type.”
Thursday, September 15, 7pm
Michael San Giacomo: Graphic Novels
Michael San Giacomo will speak about Graphic Novels on September 15, 2011. In addition to writing about comics/graphic novels at The Plain Dealer, he has also written a graphic novel (Tales of the Starlight Drive-In) and a comics series (Phantom Jack) and teaches a course on graphic novels/comics at CWRU. Come hear about the evolution of the graphic novel, and talk to a critic who knows the highs, lows, and landmarks of this popular genre.
Thursday, October 20, 7pm
Kate Norris: The Cleveland Review
Once the heartland of American industry, the Rust Belt has long flailed in the economic mire that the rest of the country is just now sinking into. Founded in 2010, The Cleveland Review is an online literary journal that focuses on the literature and culture of the Rust Belt. Managing editor Katheryn Norris will be here to discuss how the economic downturn of America could act as a catalyst for the emergence of Rust Belt fiction as a genre, as well as the process of starting a literary magazine from scratch.
Thursday, November 17, 7pm
Jennie Jones: The Making of Cleveland: Inside/Outside
Photographer Jennie Jones, who has documented the Cleveland cityscape for thirty years, will present a visual lecture on the construction of her new book: Cleveland: Inside/Outside. Her new work is a photographic journey through Cleveland's downtown transformation and its haunting industrial ruins.