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Loganberry News May 2019

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Loganberry News May 2019

Welcome, readers!

Last month was filled with happenings that brought lots of new visitors to our door (did you see that Oprah Magazine named us #11 bookstore in the entire country to visit on Independent Bookstore Day?). Thanks to all the friends old and new who made it our biggest and best IBD yet! We're thrilled to keep welcoming many new guests in the coming weeks. Just a few of the amazing folks you can meet at Loganberry in May: the founder of Twelve Literary Arts, a Broadway playwright, a teenage mother who joined the Army, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Prize, therapy poets, and altered book artists. Our world is full, and it's right here on our doorstep. I hope you can join us!

PS: A very happy Mother's Day to all the nurturing women who make our lives--and the world--better just by being themselves.

Book News


Antiquarian Acquisitions

Delight in the full-blown glory of spring with Rex Brasher's monumental Birds & Trees of North America containing 875 full-color plates of 1094 species of birds and 383 species of trees. Four oblong folios, edited and annotated by Lisa McGaw, published by Rowman and Littlefield, 1962. Both beautiful and comprehensive.

Pre-Order and Save!

Get 10% off retail price when you order and pay for specially selected titles before the on-sale date. Call 216-795-9800 to order or prepay in person at the store, and we'll have the book ready for you to pick up the day it comes out!


On-sale June 4: City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

The most-anticipated novel of the summer: the newest book from the #1 NYT bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love, The Signature of All Things and many others. The City of Girls follows 89-year-old Vivian Morris' recollections of her life and loves in 1940s New York City after being expelled from college. The perfect read for book club or beach towel!

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Sale! Sale! Sale!

May's featured sale is 20% off in the Gardening Section. Whether you want to learn about a specific plant, garden history, or just the basics to start a garden from scratch, now's the time to stock up.


Otis' Corner

Spring has truly sprung and Otis has a plethora of new goodies for all creatures great and small. Here he's modeling the adorable Cat Tarot Deck by Megan Lynn Kott and Artists and Their Pets by Susie Hodge, illustrated by Violet Lemay, We've got plenty of these and other creature comforts in stock, so be sure to stop by and pick some up!


Upcoming Events

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Annex Gallery

Altered Book Group: Yin/Yang
through May 2019
Come view 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.

The 7 artists of 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.


Lit Cleveland

Honing Your Craft: Intermediate Poetry Workshop
Wednesdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 2019, 6:30-8:30pm
This workshop is appropriate for writers with some experience writing poetry or who may be working towards completing a collection. Workshop time will concentrate on studying and supporting the poetry of participants and becoming attuned to how their poems come together, both in sequences or manuscripts and in terms of how they resound within trends in contemporary poetry. Click here for more information and to register.

Instructor Thom Dawkins teaches creative writing, composition, and communication at Case Western Reserve University, where he is completing his doctoral dissertation early modern poetics and theology. His first chapbook, After Alluvium, was published by Three Sheets Press in 2012. He is currently at work on a new collection tentatively entitled The Book of Divine Abidings.

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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. Details of more Children's Book Week programs below.


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Larry Rakow: Children's Book Week Posters
~Children's Book Week~
Many thanks to Larry Rakow for introducing us to the diverse history of Children's Book Week posters on May 2. Larry Rakow is the owner of Wonderland Books, dealing in old, rare and collectible children’s books since 1990. In addition to Newbery and Caldecott winners, pop-up and movable books, Little Golden Books, and assorted titles from the Golden Age of children’s literature, Larry’s inventory also includes a wide variety of kid-lit-related ephemera, including posters. Children’s Book Week posters have featured the artwork of a veritable Who’s Who of children’s illustrators ever since, beginning with Jessie Willcox Smith and ending, this year, with an 12-panel poster featuring the best of contemporary illustration.


Classic Movie Night

His Girl Friday (1943)
Friday, May 3, 7pm
Rescheduled from April 18, 2019
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.


Lit Cleveland

Writing Children's Literature in NE Ohio
Saturday, May 4, 2019, 10:30am
~Children's Book Week~
Join a panel of notable Northeast Ohio children’s authors for an informative and fun morning as they discuss what it takes to turn an idea into a picture book, chapter book, or middle grade novel. The authors will provide insight into the publishing scene of children’s and middle grade books and take questions from the audience. Book signing to follow. The panelists, all celebrated authors of children's books, are Andrea C. Kryszak, Shelley Pearsall, and Tricia Springstubb. Please register for the event through Literary Cleveland.

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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.


Open Mic

Broadsides & Ephemera
Thursday, May 9, 7pm-8:30pm
~2nd Thursdays~
Thursday, May 9th, 7:00pm
Tonight's featured reader is Daniel Gray-Kontar. Daniel Gray-Kontar is a poet, teacher, youth mentor, rapper, journalist, and education activist. He is the executive artistic director of Twelve Literary Arts, a nonprofit organization he started in 2016 to connect inner-city Cleveland writers and performance artists with each other. Stay after Daniel's reading to share your writing or performance at our open mic! 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. Come one, come all!


Larchmere Community Association

Spring Plant Sale
Saturday, May 11, 2019, 9am
At Shaker Quality Auto at 12916 Larchmere
Stop by for flowers, houseplants and Mother's Day gifts! Annuals, perennials, pots, flats and hanging baskets. Herbs and veggie starts. Proceeds benefit the Larchmere Community Association.

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Classic Movie

My Little Chickadee (1940)
Thursday, May 16, 2019, 7pm
~third Thursdays~
Mae West and WC Fields star in this comedic western as a gold-digging chorus girl and a con man who take a small town by storm. 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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Local Voices

A Poetry Circle with Kim Langley and Laura Grace Weldon, author of Blackbird: Poems
Sunday, May 19, 2019, 1-3pm
Kim Langley’s interactive poetry programs and spiritual direction retreats create nourishing space for spiritual life. These sessions are inclusive in nature, and sensitivity and respect are always offered.

Laura Grace Weldon is a book editor whose background includes teaching nonviolence classes, writing collaborative poetry with nursing home residents, and facilitating support groups for abuse survivors. Her Blackbird poetry collection uses clear language to explore themes of connection through subjects as disparate as cow pastures, dictionaries, to-do lists, and astrophysics. Beauty is revealed in what one reviewer calls "sacraments of the ordinary."

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Naturalists Notebook

Robin Wall Kimmerer: Braiding Sweetgrass
Sunday, May 19, 2019, 1pm
Braiding Sweetgrass is more than a book about indigenous and European plant traditions, it is a metaphor for weaving together Robin Wall Kimmerer's life as an academic, a mother, and a woman of the Potawatomi tribe. Her story shares her life intertwined with the natural world and the environment with the language of flora and fauna. The wisdom she shares shows us the necessity of our interdependence with nature and our symbiotic relationship with it.


Bucket List Book Club

Jane Austen: Persuasion
Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 7pm
~fourth Wednesdays~
Twenty-seven-year old Anne Elliot is Austen's most adult heroine. Eight years before the story proper begins, she is happily betrothed to a naval officer, Frederick Wentworth, but she precipitously breaks off the engagement when persuaded by her friend Lady Russell that such a match is unworthy. The breakup produces in Anne a deep and long-lasting regret. When later Wentworth returns from sea a rich and successful captain, he finds Anne's family on the brink of financial ruin and his own sister a tenant in Kellynch Hall, the Elliot estate. All the tension of the novel revolves around one question: Will Anne and Wentworth be reunited in their love?

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


NOBS Forum

Cris Takacs: How to Build a Better Box
Wednesday, May 23, 2019, 6-8pm
~first Wednesdays~

Cris Takacs got the name for her business, “Books Bound & Repaired” from a picture in the book American Craftsman by Williamson. She learned the skills of making protective enclosures from Jan Sabota when he was in Cleveland. She made her first design box when she refused to repair a 20th century binding on a 17th century book, explaining to the bookdealer that it would be more likely to sell if it was in an attractive box. Since then she has made many whimsical and unique boxes for her design bindings and to protect books, documents and objects. Join us at NOBS to learn just how these beautiful boxes are made from an American craftswoman in her own right.


Larchmere Merchants Association

Memorial Day Sidewalk Sale
Saturday, May 25, 2019, 10am-6pm
Shop for bargain priced merchandise up and down the unique Larchmere Blvd shopping district! Search through art and photography, antiques, books new and old, crafts and classes, handmade rugs, jewelry, and more. Seek a deal on clothing, vintage wears and European designers. Indulge in a wide array of personal services like hair styling, lash extensions, massage specials and more. Additional guest vendors today only, selling items of craft, recycled and re-purposed, handmade and specialty foods. Come support our local restaurants and merchants!

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Local Voices

Carmella Upshur: Against All Odds, Life Beyond the Limits
Sunday, May 26, 2019, 1pm
Army veteran Carmella Upshur shows that it's possible to hit the reset button on life when your dreams derail in her memoir, Against All Odds, Life Beyond the Limits. Upshur was a teenage mother at age 13 and again at 17. Yet she finished high school and enlisted in the military because she saw it as the ticket to a goal-oriented life. She learned about herself while being in the military and away from her children. A girl's chances of graduating from high school drop by half if she gets pregnant. Carmella is someone who beat those statistics with determination and spiritual growth. Meet Carmella at this emotional and inspiring book signing.

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Book Signing

Ivelisse Rodriguez: Love War Stories
Thursday, May 30, 2019, 7pm
~Independent Bookstore Day~

In Love War Stories, love is a battleground, littered with cautionary tales and cherished letters from long-lost husbands. Ivelisse Rodriguez’s characters—mostly Puerto Rican girls and young women on the cusp of romance—covet, wrestle with, and fight to subvert their familial and cultural legacies of suffering from, and for, love. In this new collection, Rodriguez expands familiar Nuyorican narratives.

Ivelisse Rodriguez holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College and a PhD in English-creative writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her collection of short stories, Love War Stories is a Finalist for the 2019 PEN/Faulkner Award and the 2018 FOREWARD Indies Award.


Lit Cleveland Workshop

The Power of Poetry: An Introduction
Saturdays, June 1, 8, 22, 29, 2019, 1pm
~June Saturdays~
In this 4-week introductory workshop we will explore and discover how poems are generated, crafted and refined. Each week, there will be writing prompts that will surprise and inspire the imagination, discussions on craft through the reading and sharing of poetry, and group feedback on your work. This class is appropriate for total beginners as well as those who want a refresher or who write in other genres but want to venture into verse. More information and registration through Lit Cleveland.

Instructor Kisha Nicole Foster is a Cleveland Arts Prize nominee, a published poet, and has often represented Cleveland in national poetry slams.


Walt Whitman Bicentennial

Walt Whitman Read-a-thon
Saturday, June 1, 2019, (time TBA)
Happy 200th Birthday, Walt Whitman! Join a gathering of other Whitman lovers to read through Song of Myself at Nighttown (12387 Cedar Rd) to mark the poet's indelible mark on America and the world since his birth two centuries ago. Anyone can join in reading--come when you like, stay as long as you can. More details to be announced soon.

Thanks for reading,
Harriett & all the Loganberries

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