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Loganberry News April 2019

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Loganberry News April 2019

Here's lookin' at you, bookstore-lovers

As we side-step into spring, there is much to celebrate. In a state-by-state survey of Best Bookstores, Loganberry Books won for all of Ohio (thanks, Mental Floss!). The national narrative on independent bookstores has finally caught up to the reality of our growth and the communities who treasure the quirkiness and depth of a good old-fashioned bookstore (many thanks to Janet Cho). Even Clevelanders are beginning to treasure Cleveland (thanks, WEWS & Destination Cleveland). I'll drink a toast to that; I'll even cross the river for that! Independent Bookstore Day rounds out the end of the month. Do you know all the cool indies in Cleveland? Take a tour. Maybe even take a vote? (Scene Magazine's annual poll is currently on, will you vote for us?) We are grateful for all who cross our threshold, and wish you happy reading.

Book News


Antiquarian Acquisitions

Among our many exciting recent acquisitions are some wonderful signed poetry books. Pictured here are books by the late W.S. Merwin, Billy Collins, and W.D. Snodgrass. Come in to see these gems, as well as signed books by Robert Bly, Maxine Kumin, John Gardner, Thomas Mann, and Nancy Willard.

Pre-Order and Save!

Get 10% off retail price when you order these titles before the on-sale date. Click on the links below or call 216-795-9800 to order, and we'll have the book ready for you to pick up the day it comes out!

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On-sale April 2: Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen by Mary Norris A delightful romp through Greek language and culture, ancient and modern, with bestselling author and copyeditor célèbre, Mary Norris. PLUS: Mark your calendar for Mary's special event at Loganberry on April 27th! Details below.


On-sale April 9: Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid by Jeff Kinney: Get ready for a whole new look into Diary of a Wimpy Kid—through the diary of Rowley Jefferson! Rowley’s best friend Greg Heffley has been chronicling his middle-school years in thirteen Diary of a Wimpy Kid journals, but this new book lets readers hear directly from Rowley in a journal of his own.

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Sale! Sale! Sale!

April's featured sale is 20% off in the Poetry Section. We've got everything from Ancient Greek lyrics to contemporary collections from emerging young poets. April is National Poetry Month, so now's the time to stock up!


Otis' Corner

"Strange to see how a good dinner and feasting reconciles everybody." So wrote the genius and palatable Samuel Pepys in 1665, and I couldn't agree more. So here, in honor of Edible Books month, I present Everybody's Pepys, in a beautiful inlaid leatherbound edition. This 1927 edition is edited by C.F. Morshead and illustrated by E.H. Shepard, with a gorgeous blue morocco binding by Riverie & Son. Bring on the feast!


Upcoming Events


Annex Gallery

Myron Gilbert: A Voyage of Discoveries
Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 6pm-8pm
~1st Wednesdays~
Please join us for a reception to celebrate the opening of Myron Gilbert's show A Voyage of Discoveries, on view and for sale in the Loganberry Books Annex Gallery through April 28, 2019.

Myron Gilbert's new show features sample illustrations from his children's picture book project in process. He loves picture books with “a bit of a twist’ – for children but maybe for adults too--full of odd birds, bizarre beasts, and weird characters.


Lit Cleveland

Real Talk: Finding an Agent: Huda Al-Marashi and Laura Maylene Walter
Thursday, April 4, 2019, 6:30-8:30pm
Authors Huda Al-Marashi and Laura Maylene Walter share their experiences searching for, signing with, and working with their literary agents, while offering practical tips for writers on the agent hunt. Huda and Laura will discuss the challenges of finding an agent in today’s publishing landscape, why having an agent is important (or why it might not be), querying etiquette, and what writers can expect from the agent-author relationship.

Optional: Attendees may bring a hard copy of their query letter (limited to one page) for the chance to workshop, time permitting. Queries will be chosen for discussion via random lottery. More information and registration here.


15th Annual Edible Books Festival

Saturday, April 6, 2019, 12-2pm
The International Edible Books Festival started in 2000 and has been gaining popularity each year. Loganberry Books and Strong Bindery have sponsored the Cleveland event since 2004, with awards, forks, and merriment. Booklovers, bookbinders, cooks, and craftspeople of all ages are invited to participate. Entry in the Edible Books Festival is free, and contestants range in age from 5 to over 75. Learn how you can enter an edible book creation or vote on the winner here.


Local Voices

Joe Steele & Lisa Jones Gentry: Forbidden Love, The True Love Story of a Black Priest and a White Nun
Sunday, April 7, 2019, 1pm-3pm
Forbidden Love is the true story of Father William Grau, a black Catholic priest, and Sister Sophie Legocki, a white Polish-American nun who, in the segregated fifties, defied the church and society with their passionate secret love affair that lasted for nearly a decade and produced a son, Joe Steele.

Joe also shares his life growing up in Cincinnati with the loving Steele family who had adopted him as an infant. Forbidden Love will resonate with anyone who has been touched by adoption and anyone who has refused to let society define who they can love. Forbidden Love was written by Lisa Jones Gentry, a screenwriter, television Executive Producer, attorney and graduate of Harvard College and The Harvard Law School. And be sure to tune into WKYC's Live on Lakeside interview with Joe on April 8!


Open Mic

Broadsides & Ephemera
Thursday, April 11, 7pm-8:30pm
~2nd Thursdays~
Our featured reader this month is Will Napoli. Will is the author of The Wanted Girls series, a rap/prose journal of life in the Hood. His other work includes experimental poetry, comix, and prose books. He is also a musician, leading the Willie Naps Jazz Band and Willie Naps Blues Band. Come enjoy Will's selected readings, and stay to share your own work! Broadsides & Ephemera is a spoken word showcase by and for local writers.

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Kim Langley: A Poetry Circle for Poetry Month
Sunday, April 14, 2019, 1-3pm
Using Anne Lamott's Help, Thanks, Wow as a starting point, Kim Langley’s interactive poetry programs and spiritual direction retreats create some nourishing space in your spiritual life. These sessions are inclusive in nature, and sensitivity and respect are always offered. This circle gathers with a tip of the hat to Anne Lamott and her best-selling spiritual book, but also invites participants to sink into mindful readings of poets who capture the inspired spirit of Help, Thanks, Wow.


Book Signing

Philip Metres and Nahida Halaby Gordon
Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 7pm
Please join us for a poetry double-header! Philip Metres is a poet, translator and scholar, and a professor of English at John Carroll University. He will be reading from his newest collection, Returning To Jaffa.

Dr. Nahida Halaby Gordon is Professor Emerita in Probability and Statistics at Case Western Reserve University. A life-long Presbyterian and a church Elder, Professor Gordon is a Palestinian-American who experienced, first hand, the 1948 Palestinian Nakba. Her book, Palestine is Our Home: Voices of Loss, Courage, and Steadfastness, is an expression of her passion for peace and justice for the people of Palestine.


Classic Movie Night

His Girl Friday (1943)
Thursday, April 18, 2019, 7pm
~third Thursdays~
A classic caper staring Cary Grant as a dogged reporter using every trick in the book to keep his ex-wife (played by Rosalind Russell) from remarrying. Grab the popcorn and a friend for free Classic Movie Night at Loganberry Books, every 3rd Thursday at 7 p.m.

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NOBS Book Fair

NOBS Akron Antiquarian Book Fair
John S. Knight Center in Akron
Friday, April 19, 3pm-8:30pm
Saturday, April 20, 10am-4pm
Dozens of regional booksellers (including Loganberry!) come together annually at the John S Knight Center in Akron for a weekend of book sales featuring antiquarian, out-of-print, and collectible books of all genres, and ephemera, too. More information can be found here.


Educators Night

Sara Holbrook & Michael Salinger
Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 7pm-8:30pm
Join Loganberry Books for Educators’ Night! The featured presentation will be led by Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger, international educational consultants specializing in the disciplines of reading and writing. They will offer teaching strategies for showing students how to craft a narrative whether it be an oral presentation, academic paper, or a short story.

The bookstore will honor all registrants with free beverages, food, and gift bags. Libations, snacks, ARCs, networking, new friends, and fun a-plenty! Bring your educator friends! Educators will receive 20% off their book purchases at Loganberry Books during this special event.This event is free but registration is required; please register here.


Bucket List Book Club

Henry James: The Awkward Age
Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 7pm
~fourth Wednesdays~
Making her debut in London society, Nanda Brookenham is being groomed for the marriage market. Thrust suddenly into the superficial circle that surrounds her mother, the innocent but independent-minded young woman even finds herself in competition with Mrs Brookenham for the affection of the man she admires. Only an elderly bachelor, Mr Longdon, is immune to this world of scheming, and determines to rescue Nanda from its influences out of loyalty to the deep love he once felt for her grandmother. In The Awkward Age (1899), Henry James explores the English character, and the clash between old and new money with a light and subtly ironic touch.

The Bucket List Book Club is led by former Loganberry staffer and writer Susan Petrone. We guarantee a spirited discussion!

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Local Voices

Bill Shapiro and Naomi Wax: What We Keep: 150 People Share The Touching Stories Behind Their Most Prized Possessions
Thursday, April 25, 2019, 6:30pm
Everyone has that one object that holds deep meaning -- some relic that speaks to their past, that carries a remarkable story. What We Keep is a collection of interviews with people about the single object in their life that has the most emotional significance. The objects and stories revealed in this collection belong to people from all walks of life -- from business leaders like Mark Cuban and Melinda Gates to celebrated authors like Ta-Nehisi Coates and James Patterson, from Clevelanders, such as Ray Petro and Sister Mary Schiefen, a cloistered nun at the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration. Bill Shapiro is former Editor-In-Chief of Life Magazine. Be sure to tune in to Bill's April 24 Sound of Ideas interview on WCPN.

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Independent Bookstore Day

Saturday, April 27, 2019, 10am-8pm
Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. Indie bookstores, whether dusty and labyrinthine or clean and well-lighted, are not just stores, they are solutions. In fact, there are more independent bookstores in the USA this year than there were last year! Join Loganberry Books as we celebrate Independent Bookstore Day, along with about 500 other indie bookstores across the country. We'll have books, gifts, tchotchkes developed exclusively for this events, as well as freebies and treats to say thank you for shopping indie. We'll also be holding a raffle drawing every hour for special book prizes, and hosting New York Times bestselling author Mary Norris at 6pm, so we hope you'll come and stay a while!

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Book Signing

Mary Norris: Greek to Me
Saturday, April 27, 2019, 6pm
~Independent Bookstore Day~
Capping our Independent Bookstore Day events, New York Times bestselling author Mary Norris will join us for a reading and discussion about her new book, Greek To Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen. Please come join us for the day, or a few hours, and stay for this delightful event.

In her New York Times bestseller Between You & Me, Mary Norris delighted readers with her irreverent tales of pencils and punctuation in The New Yorker’s celebrated copy department. In this new book, she delivers another wise and funny paean to her greatest passion: all things Greek. Greek to Me is a charming account of Norris’s lifelong love affair with words and her solo adventures in the land of olive trees and ouzo. Along the way, Norris explains how the alphabet originated in Greece, makes the case for Athena as a feminist icon, goes searching for the fabled Baths of Aphrodite, and reveals the surprising ways Greek helped form English.

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Centennial Children's Book Week

Monday, April 29-Sunday, May 5, 2019
Join us and many other bookstores, libraries, and organizations across the country in celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Children's Book Week! With special activities and promotions, we'll explore the joyful and life-saving and -changing power of books and literacy in children's lives. Throughout the week, young visitors can enjoy interactive activities like the Dav Pilkey Name-o-Changer and coloring stations. Scheduled programing at Loganberry will include:

▪ Thursday, May 2 at 7pm: NOBS Forum with Larry Rakow on Children's Book Week Posters
▪ Saturday, May 4 at 10:30am: Lit Cleveland Panel on Writing Children's Literature in Northeast Ohio
Thursday, May 2 at 7pm: NOBS Forum with Larry Rakow on Children's Book Week Posters
Saturday, May 4 at 10:30am: Lit Cleveland Panel on Writing Children's Literature in Northeast Ohio
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Annex Gallery

Altered Book Group: Yin/Yang
Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 6-8pm
~first Wednesdays~

Please join us for a reception to celebrate the opening of the Altered Book Group's show Yin/Yang, on view and for sale in the Loganberry Books Annex Gallery through May 2019, featuring art by Anne Weissman, Pat Pitingolo, Jennifer Leach, Gene Epstein, Sarah Clague, Phyllis Brody, and C. T. Anson.

Seven artists from the Altered Book Group present an exhibit of all new art on the theme “Yin/Yang”. Yin Yang is a concept originating in ancient China. It asserts that opposites are complimentary, interconnected, interdependent and interrelated. In this era of choosing sides we assert in our book-art that, no matter our politics, cultures, or predilections, we are all in this together.

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Coble's Dystopian Roadtrip

Joseph Heller: Catch-22
Save the Date - New Book Club!
Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 7pm
~every other month~
We're thrilled to launch a new bookclub here at Loganberry, led by local writer and playwright, Eric Coble. In the late 1950’s we were reading linear, humanistic novels like Doctor Zhivago, The Chronicles of Narnia, and To Kill A Mockingbird. Then seemingly overnight everything changed. Over a three-year period we were swimming in Catch-22, Naked Lunch, A Clockwork Orange, The Bell Jar, and others… and what we think of as “the 60s” hadn’t even started yet!

What led to these satiric, untethered worldviews and how have those views in turn shaped the stories we tell today? We’ll start by reading Catch-22 and proceed through other ground-breaking fiction bi-monthly for a year. IMPORTANT: While the stories may be bleak and despairing, the conversation will NOT be. Prepare for a free-wheeling, non-academic dive into vivid writing and withering outlooks.

Thanks for reading,
Harriett & all the Loganberries

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