Mailing List Message #167
From: Harriett R. Logan <>
Subject: Happy Valentine's Day
Date: Wed, 03 Feb 2016 18:20:02 -0500
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The groundhog has spoken: and I believe he said, February is for book lovers!  Our art books will be 20% off this month (and we have a lot), and our annual romantic Valentine’s concert is on a Sunday evening this year.  We’ve added a reading discussion group to gather even more momentum and appreciation of the ALA Youth Media Awards (or just call it a children’s reading group, designed for all ages), and we host Lit Cleveland’s first Winter Fictionfest. I’m sure I forgot something…


Recent Acquisitions

·         Lots of travel writing, including Gertrude Bell, Freya Stark, and others

·         When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (Indie Next recommendation by our own Carmen)

·         an abundance of Japanese art

·         The soundtrack for the new hit musical, Hamilton

·         Books About Books, including some facsimile illustrated manuscripts

·         The Little Prince Coloring Book

·         Bertolt Brecht’s Love Poems, in time for Valentine’s Day


Annex Gallery Opening

Annmarie Suglio: Recent Works
Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 6:00PM
~ first Wednesdays ~
Annmarie Suglio is a recent graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art earning her Bachelor in Fine Arts degrees in Fiber + Material Studies and Sculpture. At CIA, she received the Sara Mattsson Anliot Award for Excellence in Weaving, Wenda von Weise ’75 Memorial Scholarship in Fiber, and Barbara L Kuhlman Foundation Scholarship in Fiber Arts from 2013-2015. Suglio has shown work at Art Spot in Cleveland Heights, Forum Artspace at the 78th Studios in Cleveland, and at the Reinberger Gallery at CIA. She has been a teacher’s assistant in CIA’s Continuing Education Weaving summer courses, technical assistant in fiber for the Sculpture department at CIA, and textile conservation intern at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Show continues until February 28.


Open Mic

Folknet Night
Thursday, February 4, 2016, 7:00PM
~ first Thursdays ~

Mallory SanMarco of Folknet will be the emcee of this all-acoustic open mic. 15 minute slots are available for interested musicians, but you don't have to play to enjoy the tunes! Come hear what's going on in the neighborhood, and to relax a bit while sampling our homegrown talent. Original compositions only; all are welcome.


Local Voices

Mendi Joi Wilson: Make A Joyful Noise
Sunday, February 7, 2016, 1:00PM
~ Sunday Signings ~
Make A Joyful Noise
is a collection of Christian inspirational poems with 5 themes: Salvation, Honor, Feelings, Relationships, & Self-Worth. Mendi Joi Wilson is is a licensed professional counselor with the state of Ohio and works with children & adolescents who have experienced trauma. She one day hopes to spread the love and joy of Jesus Christ through her own counseling center. "God loves it when we laugh. God loves it when we dance. God loves it when we praise and God loves it when we bless others. God is love! Live, love, & laugh often!"


Open Mic

Broadsides & Ephemera
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 7:00PM
~ second Thursdays ~
This month's featured reader will be local poet and professor Dr. Suzanne Ondrus. Her debut chapbook, Passion Seeds, was winner of the Venice Quebodeaux Pathways Poetry Prize. Her work explores cultural identity and the human dramas that shape and transcend it. She has been widely published in both poetic and academic journals, and in 2013 she won the Reed Magazine Markham Poetry Prize. Suzanne received her Ph.D in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies from the University of Connecticut, with focus on African women’s epistolary. She holds an M.F.A. from Bowling Green State University (OH), an M.A. from Binghamton University (NY) and B.A. from Wells College (NY).  Broadsides & Ephemera is a spoken word showcase by and for local writers. A perfect environment for shaping, sharing, and improving your poetry, prose, song, playwriting and performance art. After the reading by Dr. Ondrus, the mic will be open to poets in 5 minute increments. Come one, come all!


Date Night with Books

Valentine's Night
Sunday, February 14, 2016, 7:00PM
~ annual event ~

We have an annual tradition to celebrate Valentine's Day in a bookish, quiet and romantic manner, surrounded by books, mock candlelight, chocolate and wine, and the serenading sounds of guitar maestro Brian Henke. We think it's a perfect and winning combination, and even if you have fancier plans, you can probably squeeze this one in, too.  How often have you wondered how to have a date amongst the book stacks?  This is your night, and it isn't often we're open on a Sunday evening, so we hope you'll come join us for this special event.  Reservations appreciated.


NOBS Forums

D.M. Pulley:  The Dead Key
Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 7:00PM
~ third Wednesdays ~
D. M. Pulley's debut novel, The Dead Key, was inspired by her work as a structural engineer in Cleveland, Ohio. During a survey of an abandoned building, she stumbled into a basement vault rumored to contain hundreds of unclaimed safe deposit boxes. The mystery behind the vault haunted her for years, until she put down her calculator and started writing. The Dead Key won the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Grand Prize. Pulley continues to work as a private consultant and forensic engineer, investigating building failures and designing renovations. She lives in northeast Ohio. Her second novel is slated for publication in August 2016.


Lit Cleveland workshop

Winter Fictionfest
Saturday, February 20, 2016, 9:00AM
~ annual event ~

Lit Cleveland presents a half-day writers workshop called Winter Fictionfest.
Whether you’re new to weaving stories or just published your seventh book, this mini-conference will give you the inspiration to take your writing to the next level. Explore the craft of fiction with skilled teachers, respond to writing exercises, and connect with other writers. Registrants may choose any TWO of the following three workshop options. All sessions include a writing exercise. Register online.

A: Beyond the Creaking Step: How to Create Suspenseful Fiction with Casey Daniels and Shelley BloomfieldWhether you're writing a thriller or a mainstream novel, suspense creates a page-turner. Local mystery authors Casey Daniels and Shelley Costa discuss ways in which complex characters, plot and atmospheric details lead to the kind of suspense that grips and delights your reader.
B: You’re Creeping Me Out: Writing Dark Characters with Kevin Keating and Laura WalterSometimes, the most compelling narrators are the dark, the depraved, the illicit, or the dangerous. In this session, we’ll examine examples of fiction (from Tampa to Lolita) written from the point of view of such “dark” characters. We’ll consider why these characters are compelling, discuss how to effectively tell a story in a creepy character’s voice, and address common pitfalls writers may encounter when creating these narrators. Participants will have the opportunity to respond to writing prompts to let their own dark sides shine.
C: How to Make Everything Go Wrong with Eric AndersonEver find yourself writing a long passage describing how a character gets into a car, turns the key in the ignition, and searches for a song on the radio? How about the chapter which explores the intricate machinations that occur during a department meeting? What about those moments where you fall so endlessly into exposition that soon you discover you're describing how your character's ancestors booked passage on the Mayflower? This workshop will examine some simple ways to add the kind of action to your story that should hopefully surprise both you and the reader, including some examples from short fiction and a writing exercise.

Local Voices

Christine C. William: The Listening Project
Sunday, February 21, 2016, 1:00PM
~ Sunday Signings ~
The Listening Project tells the true story of a woman who decides to make an unusual and quirky deal with God to become a better listener. What starts out as a step-by-step, business-like approach to hearing the Divine voice within soon turns into a personal, unexpected journey of loss, grief, healing, and love. An inspiring and sometimes irreverent book, The Listening Project encourages readers to explore their own unique spiritual approach to life and the challenges and rewards of hearing and following Divine guidance.


Bucket List Book Club

Anthony Trollope: The Way We Live Now
Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 7:00PM
~ fourth Wednesdays ~
The tough-mindedness of the social satire and its air of palpable integrity give this novel a special place in Anthony Trollope's Literary career. Trollope paints a picture of the life of 1870s London, the loves of those drawn to the city, and the career of Augustus Melmotte. Trollope’s observations and artistry in The Way We Live Now are an achievement undimmed by the passage of time. In this second meeting, we’ll discuss the book as a whole. Book discussion led by Susan Petrone.


The Contenders Book Club

Sara Pennypacker: Pax

Joyce Hesselberth, Shape Shift

Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 7:00PM
~ fourth Wednesdays ~
When the ALA Youth Media Awards come around next January, we will be ready, because this book group is reading all the hot contenders and warmly anticipated titles that may be in the running for Caldecott, Newbery and other awards.  We’re a long way off from next year’s winners, but there are already some wonderful books that I think will be on the Contenders list.  Join us for a discussion of Sara Pennypacker’s Pax, a beautifully wrought, utterly compelling novel about the powerful relationship between a boy and his fox.  We will also discuss Joyce Hesselberth’s lovely new picture book, Shape Shift. Please join us for this new discussion group, all ages welcomed.


Local Voices

Lauren Cecile: Eyes Like Mine
Sunday, February 28, 2016, 1:00PM
~ Sunday Signings ~
Come meet local author Lauren Cecile as she signs her historical novel, Eyes Like Mine. This story, set in Jim Crow-era Washington D.C., follows the story of a wealthy Black aristocrat and a Jewish lawyer fleeing Nazi Germany. Told in alternating viewpoints, this novel is full of insightful wit and humor, and touches on experiences of race, class, and personal sacrifice in the turbulent 1930s. Lauren Cecile is a judge in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a graduate of Spelman College and Case Western University School of Law. She is married with two children, and is currently working on her second novel.


Thanks for reading,



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