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From: Loganberry Books <>
Subject: Loganberry News June 2021
Date: Thu, 27 May 2021 08:00:06 -0700
To: Harriett Logan <>
Loganberry News June 2021

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Loganberry News June 2021

Warming up

Happy Memorial Day! It's been a slow, warm spring, and my garden is ahead of schedule. I can't remember when I last felt ahead of schedule. My overwintering butterflies are ahead of schedule too -- already 2 Eastern Black Swallowtails and 3 Spicebush Swallowtails have eclosed from their overwintering chrysalides. There are more Spicebush to come, and their enclosure is at Loganberry (in our sunny Annex Gallery), so if you're lucky, you might get to see one when you stop in. I've named them through the alphabet of children's literature: Abigail, Beezus, Charlotte, Diana, and Eric. Nature is always right on time...Thank you, Eric Carle, for sharing your talent with us. Fly.


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Monthly Sale

Performing Arts! Through the month of June, all books in our Performing Arts section will be 20% off. Revisit the Hollywood you remember, brush up on dance history, or read up on rock 'n' roll.


Larchmere Sidewalk Sale

Memorial Day Weekend Larchmere Sidewalk Sale
Saturday, May 29, 2021, 10am-6pm
A 30-year tradition is hard to break, so you know select merchants will feature sales & specials on the sidewalks the Saturday before Memorial Day. At Loganberry, we’ll not only have bargains on the sidewalk, plus our “Loganberry Lumberyard” in the driveway featuring cheap furniture & miscellany, but we’ll also have 20% off everything inside the store, too! This sale happens only twice a year.


Author Event

Brandy Shillace: Mr. Humble & Dr. Butcher
Hosted by Shaker Height Public Library, Moderated by Loganberry's own Wendy Wasman!
~online, via Shaker Library~
Wednesday, June 2, 2021, 7pm ET
*You must register for this Shaker Library-hosted free event here.*

Join the Shaker Library at 7pm on Wednesday, June 2, when local author Brandy Schillace will discuss her newest book, Mr. Humble and Dr. Butcher: A Monkey's Head, the Pope's Neuroscientist, and the Quest to Transplant the Soul,, an engrossing biography of the first Chief of Neurosurgery at MetroHealth Hospital in Cleveland, Dr. Robert White, who tested the boundaries of science and ethics in his quest to transplant the human soul.

Brandy Schillace is a medical historian and a critically acclaimed author. The editor-in-chief of the journal Medical Humanities, she previously worked as a professor of literature and in research and public engagement at the Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum at Case Western Reserve University.

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Annex Gallery

Becky Grasser: Lines & Arcs
June 2-27, 2021
~monthly exhibition~
Opening Reception on Friday, June 4, 6-8pm: All are welcome!
We're thrilled to welcome photographer Becky Grasser for her new show, Lines & Arcs, on view and for sale in the Annex Gallery through the month of June.

With professional training and experience as an engineer, Becky Grasser has always enjoyed seeing mathematics take on form and function in the physical world. The images in this show that take you deep into the page, allowing patterns to unfold though the scene. Becky captures images using digital technology, but then steps back to the beginning of photography to print them, using the process of gum bichromate printing, developed in the late 1830's and modified regularly since then.


Local Voices: Pilgrim Press Spotlight

Miguel A. De La Torre: Trouble the Water: Ecojustice, Water, and Environmental Racism
Sunday, June 6th, 1:00pm
~online, via Zoom~
Please join our next event highlighting Pilgrim Press, the nation's oldest English-language publisher, in conversation with Miguel A. De La Torre, author of Trouble the Water: Ecojustice, Water, and Environmental Racism, a book that considers the sacred nature of water and the ways in which it is weaponized against non-white communities. Firmly grounded at the intersection of environmentalism and racism, Gonna Trouble the Water makes clear the message: to deny water is to deny life.

Miguel A. De La Torre is a scholar-activist and a professor of social ethics and Latino/a studies at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. He has published over thirty-five books, five of which won national awards.

Pilgrim Press is an independent publisher located in Cleveland and the oldest English language publishing company in the United States. Pilgrim publishes books that nurture spiritual growth and provoke the soul for the sake of a just world. Click here to register for this free event.


Broadsides & Ephemera

Featured Reader: Meredith Holmes
Wednesday, June 10, 2021, 7:30pm, ET
~Second Wednesdays, via Zoom~
A native of New Jersey, Meredith Holmes has lived for many years in Cleveland Heights. In 2005 she was chosen to be the first poet laureate of Cleveland Heights and served a second term in 2015. She is a founding member of Literary Cleveland and participates in two long-running poetry workshops. Pond Road Press has published two of her collections of her poems and her poems have been published in a handful of literary journals and several anthologies.

Join us to enjoy Meredith's poetry, and feel free to share your own work at the following Open Mic!

Direct Link: Broadsides and Ephemera June 2021
Zoom ID: 664 283 9349 pw:weluvotis



Suzanne Simard: Finding the Mother Tree
Thursday, June 10, 2021, 7pm ET
~online, via CMNH~

Participants must register here via The Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Dr. Suzanne Simard joins us for a discussion of her new book, Finding the Mother Tree. Dr. Simard argues that forests are actually social, cooperative creatures connected through underground networks by which trees communicate their vitality and vulnerabilities,perceive and recognize neighbors, compete and cooperate, learn and adapt their behaviors, remember the past, and have agency about the future. Dr. Simard will open the floor to questions from the audience.

Signed copies of Finding the Mother Tree will be available to audience members through the Museum’s partnership with Loganberry Books.

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Local Voices

National Cancer Survivors Month: Penny Cassleman & Jackie Acho
Sunday, June 13, 1pm ET
~online, via Zoom~
“I remind myself everyday to stay positive. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow isn’t there. So relax,” --Penny Casselman.

June is National Cancer Survivor Month. Join Loganberry for an inspirational talk with two Cleveland-based women who have thrived since their diagnosis and treatment: Jackie Acho, author of The Currency of Empathy, and Penny Casselman, the author of How to Get a Free Boob Job.

The event is free but registration is required.

Register here for this free event!


Author Event

Footnotes: The Black Artists Rewrote the Rules by Caseen Gaines
Monday, June 14, 2021, 7:00pm
~online, via Zoom~
Co-Hosted with Karamu House
Join Loganberry Books and Karamu House in welcoming Caseen Gaines, the author of Footnotes the remarkable true story of Shuffle Along, the first successful Broadway Show produced by Black people. The sensation brought jazz into mainstream white America and helped usher in the Harlem Renaissance.

Karamu House is the oldest African American theater in the United States. Karamu’s Director of Community Outreach, Aseelah Shareef, will interview Caseen for this event. Click here to register for this free event.

LV-Father s Walk

Local Voices - Kids' Event!

Margaret Bernstein: Donuts With Dad
Saturday, June 19th, 2021, 10:30am
Dads and kids, come for book-themed fun at Loganberry Books this Fathers Day weekend! Drop in between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm on Saturday, June 19, to meet author Margaret Bernstein, who has written a trio of storybooks designed for fathers to read with their children: All In a Dad's Day, Donuts With Dad and her latest, The Fathers Walk. Margaret's books will be available and there will also be donuts and a fun selfie station!

A Los Angeles native, Margaret Bernstein earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Southern California. In 1989 she was hired at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland. She is the 2008 winner of the National Association of Black Journalists’ Community Service Award. She now works as the Director of Advocacy & Community Initiatives at WKYC Channel 3 in Cleveland.



Saturday, June 19, 2021, 10am-6pm ET
Saturday, June 19th, 10:00am
Every day is a good day to celebrate Black Lives and to work towards social change, and Juneteenth is a special day on the equality calendar. Booksellers can only do so much, but we can put our money where our hearts are, and this Juneteenth we will be donating 10% of our sales to the Urban League of Greater Cleveland to commit to issues of housing, employment, education, research, and advocacy for Black Americans. Please spread the news; the more sales we make the larger our donation!

ALSO, we will be actively seeking donations for Karamu House, the oldest producing African American theatre in the nation. (See above for more details about our book event co-hosted with Karamu this month!)


Not YA Average Book Club

The Opposite of Always by Justin Reynolds
Thursday, June 24, 2021, 4pm ET
~4th Thursdays, online, via Zoom~
When Jack and Kate meet at a party, bonding until sunrise over their mutual love of Froot Loops and their favorite flicks, Jack knows he’s falling—hard. Soon she’s meeting his best friends, Jillian and Franny, and Kate wins them over as easily as she did Jack. But then Kate dies. And their story should end there. Yet Kate’s death sends Jack back to the beginning, the moment they first meet, and Kate’s there again...

Not YA Average Book Club (NYABC) is anything but average! Open to teens age 15-18. We will have a fun discussion and an even more fun activity (please have a writing utensil and paper ready- don't worry this won't be "ya average" classroom activity!) Register to join the free event here.

NOBS Forum

Collector's Showcase: Larry Rakow
Thursday, June 24, 7:30pm
~4th Thursdays, online, via Zoom~
Larry Rakow was a collector long before he became a dealer in old and rare children’s books. At his business, Wonderland Books, he continues to add primarily 19th century pop-up and movable books to his collection, and he will share his “top ten” Victorian pop-ups with us - volumes that have escaped the onslaught of years, the hands of countless children, and the haphazard treatment that old books generally receive.

Following Larry’s presentation, NOBS members are invited to share a favorite book from their collection(s) and the story/history that goes along with it. We bet there are some great stories out there! Non-NOBS members interested in attending: email and a Zoom link will be provided before the event.


Looking Ahead

We’re not quite ready to host the full scale Author Alley event, so we’ve re-invented it to take place over four weekends in August. Each Saturday we’ll feature a dozen local writers outside in our “alley,” each weekend focused by genre.

We’re currently accepting author applications until June 30! Details here.

Other Offerings

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Collectible Books for Any Budget

In honor of LGBTQ Pride Month, we're featuring this 1964 1st New Directions edition of Tennessee Williams' two plays The Eccentricities of a Nightingale and Summer & Smoke. We continue to expand and update our collectible editions listings online weekly. You can also email for a personalized suggestion for any budget!


We're Buying Used Books Again!

The used book trade is as old as books themselves. Moving? Upgrading? Clearing an estate or your kid’s room? Sell us your used books! Click here for the 2021 protocols.


Ways to shop and support Loganberry

Our Online Store: We're expanding our in-store stock of new and collectible books for sale online every week! Since it's only a fraction of what we have in-store, if you don't see something, email or call and we'll happily check. You can also snag great Loganberry T-shirts, totes, mugs, and more! Buy books that we don't have in-store, have them shipped directly to you, and we'll get a portion of the sale!

Book of the Month Club: We've been hand-selecting and mailing books to readers monthly for for 25 years! If you'd like to sign up or ask any questions, please email

Gift Certificates: You can order a gift certificate for yourself or a loved one online or over the phone.

Digital Audiobooks: Our store offers thousands of digital audiobooks for instant download--and the good feeling that comes from supporting Loganberry with your purchase.

Buy Ebooks from Loganberry: So we're thrilled to announce the Loganberry Ebook Store via Hummingbird!.

Follow us on Social Media: Get the latest on events, new and rare books and shop-cats by following us on *Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and the Loganberry Blog.*

Read along with our booksellers: LGBTQ Pride Month

Purchase any book below by clicking on its title!

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Harriett is listening to: Broken Horses by Brandi Carlile: "I was reading a hard book and got distracted by Brandi Carlile. She's easy to like. Down-to-earth, honest, kind, and hard working. Her new memoir isn't a hard book, not even a hard, painful life (although everyone has their challenges, it is true). But she was great company, and a nice respite from the hard things in my life. Bonus! I highly recommend the audiobook because THERE IS MUSIC. That's right, you hear about Brandi's coming-of-age through music, and at the end of each chapter read by Brandi, she sings the songs that she alluded to. All solo and acoustic (no doubt demanded so by copyright laws), and spot-on. Now I want every audiobook to have music. Check it out in our audiobook store.


Wendy is reading The Liar’s Dictionary by Eley Williams "This book holds the intertwining stories of a Victorian-era lexicographer, who inserts fictional entries into a dictionary, and his modern-day counterpart, who is tasked with finding these fantastical words, while also finding the courage to define her true un-closeted self."


Miesha is reading The Cleveland Heights LGBTQ Sci-Fi & Fantasy and Role Playing Club by Doug Henderson and The Eighth Key by Laura Weyr: "Both these romance novels are well-written, sexy, and trauma-free! Perfect beach reads for warm weather happiness. In Cleveland Heights LGBTQ, a Dungeons & Dragons group on Coventry forms the backdrop for an endearing 20-something male/male meetcute. The Eighth Key is a fantasy romance written by three-time Hugo finalist Laura Weyr, who couples the fantasy genre with a sumptuous romance between her male characters.


Elisabeth is reading A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns by Archie Bongiovanni and Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals by Alexis Pauline Gumbs: "Quick & Easy Guide is just what it says: a quick, easy, and FUN invitation for ages 13 and up to use language to build a world that not only includes but cherishes all gender identities. Undrowned is nature writing like you've never read it: inspiring and invigorating queer Black Femme kinship with the entire living world. It's changed my life."


*Lorraine is reading: Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall* "This is the sweet tale of the difficulties of a blue crayon mislabeled “red.” Good humored, non preachy, and brightly colored picture book about self esteem and acceptance. Works as a metaphor for the trans experience."


Miranda is reading Beyond the Gender Binary by Alok Vaid-Menon and One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston:
I love seeing Alok Vaid-Memon's new perspective on gender--as something beyond a performance but as a form of self-expression! And in Casey McQuiston's new YA romance, I'm excited to join a skeptical twenty-something protagonist on a journey through time (not in the way you may think) as she starts to believe."


Julie is reading The Secret To Superhuman Strength by Allison Bechdel: "I would recommend any of Allison Bechdel's books, but I just read The Secret to Superhuman Strength and it's her best yet! Watch out for its appearance in the Loganberry staff book club in the future!"

Reminders on our ongoing pandemic precautions:

Loganberry is now open to customers Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm with the following guidelines in place:
• Face-coverings required at all times
• Minimum spacing of 6 feet between people
• Limited to 25 people in the store at any time, and 3 people per alcove or seating area
• While the pandemic is ongoing, all sales are non-refundable/exhangable
• Hang in there! We appreciate your business, and we're all in this together.

Thanks for reading,
Harriett & all the Loganberries

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