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Loganberry News February 2022

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Loganberry News February 2022

Do you have enough books to see you through the storm?

As we prepare for the next winter storm, let's make sure you have all the essentials. Tea, cozy mystery? Chocolate, romance? Dry roasted peanuts, current events? Cheerios, baby board books? Granola, native gardening? Wine, poetry? Cheese, classic fiction? You get my drift. And once you're shoveled out of the driveway again, come see us. Add some Black fiction or Black history or Black biography to your snowpile of books-- our enormous front table features only books by Black authors for February! Stay safe, friends.

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Broaden Your Bookshelf Reading Challenge

January 2022-January 2023
~year long~
Join us on a free yearlong reading adventure to read more, read deeper, read bigger, read wider.

Be one of the first 100 people to register for Broaden Your Bookshelf and get a 10% coupon for your next Loganberry purchase in store or online!
* 20 prompts per quarter + quarterly prizes!
* Monthly updates, including a Bonanza map of logged book settings!
* Social media challenges!
For more info click here.


Berry Good Book Club

Marilynne Robinson: The Gilead Quartet
Wednesday, February 2, 7:30pm
~1st Wednesdays, via Zoom~
This month's bookseller host: Freddy with guest host, Loganberry customer Larry Anderson!
You already love our booksellers' recommendations: what could be better than a chance to come back after you've read what they recommend to talk about it? That's the idea behind our newest monthly book club, Berry Good Books. Every month, a different Loganberry Bookseller will recommend a favorite book and lead a discussion with community members!

Bookseller Freddy shares the world of Marilynne Robinson's Gilead Quartet, constituted by the beloved books Gilead, Home, Lila, and Jack

The Gilead books follow the interconnected lives and loves of American families in a small Iowa town, struggling with the ordinary and the eternal. The narratives of all four books can be read in any order, overlapping and widening.

Register here to join this free discussion and click here to purchase a copy of the book.

March's Berry Good Book Club (Wed. 3/2 at 7:30pm): The Secret of Superhuman Strength by Alison Bechdel with Bookseller Julie

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Group Show: The Museum of Creative Human Arts
February 1-28, 2022
Founded in 2018 by Antwoine Washington, the Museum of Creative Human Arts is a non-profit organization whose mission is to transform the Cleveland art scene by ensuring equity, diversity, and the inclusion of underserved artists. Washington was the 2019 recipient of the Cleveland Arts Prize Verge Fellowship.

“I wanted to install an exhibit on Larchmere to expose the neighborhood to local artists who have been overlooked, especially artists of color,” says Washington. Its current exhibit – Visual Notes to the Neighborhood – showcases the evocative, place-based artwork three artists nurtured by the organization, Roger Reagins, Theadis Reagins, and David Buttram.

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Local Voices

Andrew Pegman: Outdoor Tales of Northeast Ohio
Sunday, February 6, 2022, 1pm ET
~in person at Loganberry~
In Outdoor Tales of Northeast Ohio, gain expert tips on fly-fishing the Chagrin River, night fishing on Lake Erie and searching for elusive winter birds from Ohio native and award-winning author Andrew J. Pegman. This collection of classic tales captures the splendor and majesty of the outdoors and the peace and solitude to be found in Northeast Ohio and beyond.

Andrew Pegman is an English professor at Tri-C and an award-winning outdoor writer whose stories reflect a lifelong passion for fishing, birding and exploring the wilderness.

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Local Voices

Echo Brown: The Chosen One
Sunday, February 6, 2022, 2pm ET
~in person at Loganberry~
The Chosen One, a mesmerizing personal narrative and magical realism, Echo Brown confronts mental illness, grief, racism, love, friendship, ambition, self-worth, and belonging as they steer the fates of first-generation college students on Dartmouth’s campus. An unforgettable coming-of-age story, in which Echo Brown testifies to the disappointments and triumphs of a Black first-generation college student.

Echo Brown is the award-winning author of Black Girl Unlimited: The Remarkable Story of a Teenage Wizard, which was named the William C. Morris Award Finalist, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, a New York Public Library Best Book of the Year, a CCBC Choice Title, and Rise: A Feminist Book Project Selection, among other honors. A performer and playwright, Echo created the acclaimed one-woman show Black Virgins Are Not for Hipsters.


Peculiar Book Club

Courtney Thompson: An Organ of Murder
Thursday, February 10, 2022 7pm ET
~2nd Thursdays + 4th Thursdays, via Zoom~
Finally, a book club for the Peculiars! Join host and local author of Mr Humble and Dr. Butcher, Dr. Brandy Schillace, for book club dates with your favorite authors of strange history, medical marvels, and weird science.You'll get to meet the author and participate in the discussion–so come with questions!

For this edition of the Peculiar Book Club, Brandy is joined by Courtney Thompson, author of An Organ of Murder. Thompson's book explores the origins of criminality in the 19th-century U.S., focusing on the influence of phrenology. Want to learn more and meet the author? Register for the event here, and be sure to check out the Peculiar Book Club website for more information. Get a signed copy of the book from Loganberry's online store or call us at (216) 795-9800


Author Event

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz: Not "A Nation of Immigrants"
Friday, February 11, 2022, 7:30pm ET
~via Zoom~
*A free book talk presented by Cleveland Peace Action*

An essential text for the twenty-first century, Not “A Nation of Immigrants” charges that it’s time to stop perpetuating simplistic and ahistorical fantasies and embrace the true, complex and often sobering history of these United States.

Author Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz will be joined in conversation with Detroit-based activist and writer Frank Joyce. Q and A with the audience will follow.

Register in advance for this free meeting here and order a copy of the book from Loganberry here.


Broadsides & Ephemera

Community Poetry Reading featuring: Michelle Smith
Thursday, January 13, 7:30-9pm
~second Thursdays, via Zoom~
We are featuring Michelle Smith this month! Michelle is a poet, writer, educator, cultural facilitator, and native Clevelander. She is the Programming Associate with Literary Cleveland, a teaching artist for Lake Erie Ink, and the author of the poetry collections Ariel in Black (2015) and The Vagina Analogues (2020). She has been a featured reader, instructor, lecturer, performer, panelist, and moderator for The Lakewood Public Library, The East Cleveland Public Library, The Cuyahoga County Public Library, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Drafts – Brews + Prose, PNC Fairfax Connection, Case Western Reserve University’s Writers House and Siegal Center, Mass Hysteria Improv Comedy Fest, Story Club Cleveland, and Great Lakes African American Writers Conference. Michelle is also the creator and producer of BLAX MUSEUM, an annual performance showcase .

Connect to the Zoom meeting
Zoom ID: 842 0055 7958 pw:weluvotis

Following Michelle's reading, stay tuned for a Q&A!

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Local Voices

Greg Nared: The Ultimate Assist
Sunday, February 20, 2022, 12pm
~in person at Loganberry~
Kick off the NBA All Star Weekend at Loganberry Books! Come meet Greg Nared, the Senior VP of Player Relations, Mavs Gaming, and Youth Basketball for the Dallas Mavericks.

In his book, The Ultimate Assist, Greg teaches parents how to guide a student athlete's journey through youth sports to collegiate athletics and beyond. Greg equips parents with an insider's knowledge on how to support their child's pursuit of athletic success, while also leveraging the youth sports experience to develop healthy, successful, and socially responsible individuals.


Naturalists Notebook

Bernd Heinrich: The Mind of the Raven
Sunday, February 20, 2022, 1pm
~quarterly, via Zoom~
This month marks the beginning of our 6th year of Naturalist Notebook. As we began the club five years ago with Bernd Heinrich's Winter World, it seems fitting to start these next 5 years with another of his well-known titles, Mind of the Raven, about one of the world's most complex and fascinating birds.

Register here to join the virtual discussion. We hope you'll join us then!

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Local Voices

Dr. Goutham Rao: Rainy Day Comrades
Sunday, February 20, 1pm ET
~in person at Loganberry~
Beyond the shocking details of how easily hospital employees can access private health information for nefarious purposes, Rainy Day Comrades, a novel, is an introspective look at one man’s challenging journey through life, and the relationships that have shaped it.

Dr. Goutham Rao, MD is the Chair, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at University Hospitals & Case Western Reserve University. He is the author of three non-fiction books: Primary Care Management; Child Obesity; and Rational Medical Decision Making. Inspired by characters from his own childhood, Rainy Day Comrades is his first work of fiction.

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Local Voices

Gabrielle Vaughn & Chelbi Graham: A is for Africa: A Guide Through African American History
Sunday, February 20, 2022, 2pm ET
~in person at Loganberry~
A is for Africa: A Guide Through African American History is an alphabet picture book that highlights different history and events in African American history with each letter. The book introduces the readers to 36 black historical figures through its pages and provides a glossary at the back of the book.

Gabrielle and Chelbi are both early childhood educators, born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. They are both graduates of John Carroll University's teaching program. Their goals are to continue to find different methods and paths to educate and empower the youth.


Lit Cleveland

Reader Series: Kazuo Ishiguro with Loganberry Bookseller Toni
Saturday, January 22-Saturday June 25, 2022
~Ticketed class hosted by Lit Cleveland, 3rd Saturday of every month~
Read and revel in five novels and a book of short stories by the culture-crossing, genre-bending, Nobel Prize winning Kazuo Ishiguro, led by expert reader and Loganberry bookseller, Toni K. Thayer.

A Japanese-British man, Ishiguro explores the experiences and consciousness of characters from a range of gender, cultural, historical, and fantastical perspectives, in stories that include precise psychological realism along with ghosts, ogres, musicians, butlers, and AI. Registered participants will receive a 10% discount on books for the class purchased through Loganberry (or 15% if you buy all 6).

Get more info about the class and enroll here!

NOBS Forum

Russell Maret: Typography Today
Thursday, February 24, 2022, 7:30pm ET
~online, via Zoom~
Designing typefaces has undergone amazing changes since the 1450s when the first movable metal type was used. In 1996 Russell Maret began teaching himself to design letterforms and in 2009 was awarded the Rome Prize in Design from the American Academy in Rome. Since 2011, he has created four new metal typefaces for letterpress. Join Russell and NOBS to explore the current state of the art.

If you need a link to attend email and a Zoom link will be provided before the event!

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Classic Crime Book Club

Led by Ellie Strong (proprietor of Strong Bindery)
RESCHEDULED: Sunday, February 13-Sunday April 30, 2pm ET
~Every other Sunday~
Join Bookbinder (and veteran bookseller) Ellen Strong for a whirlwind tour of the classics of the Golden Age of Crime Writing (1920-1941). We'll meet virtually every other Sunday for the next few months to discuss this list of novels, inspired by this New York Times article.
2/13: Agatha Christie: The Mysterious Affair at Styles
2/27: Dashiell Hammett: Maltese Falcon
3/13: Dorothy Sayers: Whose Body
3/27: S. S. Van Dine: The Kidnap Murder Case

*Join for any or all of the meetings! Register for the Zoom link here.*

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Book Signing

Brian Hochman: The Listeners
Sunday, February 27, 1pm, ET
~in person at Loganberry~
In The Listeners, Brian Hochman shows how the wiretap evolved from a specialized intelligence-gathering tool to a mundane fact of life. From wayward lovers to foreign spies, from private detectives to public officials, and from the silver screen to the Supreme Court, he traces the long and surprising history of wiretapping and electronic eavesdropping in the United States. Along the way, Brian Hochman considers how earlier generations of Americans confronted threats to privacy that now seem more urgent than ever.

Brian Hochman is Director of American Studies and Associate Professor of English at Georgetown University.

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Local Voices

Daniel Levin: Violins and Hope
Sunday, February 27th, 2:00pm
Violins and Hope is Daniel Levin's compelling and beautiful series of photographs documenting Amnon Weinstein’s collection of violins, his workshop in Tel Aviv, and his processes for restoration. The care that Levin has taken to hone in on the idiosyncrasies of Amnon’s workshop, and his uncanny ability to celebrate the beauty of light, is nothing short of remarkable. The book’s foreword is written by the Cleveland Orchestra's Franz Welser-Möst, one of the most acclaimed conductors of the twenty-first century.

Daniel Levin is a Cleveland Heights resident and tenured Professor of Photography at Tri-C.

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Armchair (Time) Travelers Club

Padma Lakshmi (ed): The Best American Travel Writing 2021
Monday, February 28, 7pm ET
~Every other month, via Zoom~
Join our newest book discussion group and embark on an ongoing adventure of exploration through space and time. Armchair (Time) Travelers Club will read current and classic travel, adventure, and world history.

Fight the gray Cleveland February blahs by taking a multi-stop tour with The Best American Travel Writing 2021. From Alaska to West Africa to Northwest China and beyond, this lively anthology presents a variety of voices and styles. Read it cover to cover or pick your favorites and come ready to tell us what you experienced on your armchair journeys.
Register here to join the conversation!

Other Offerings

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Monthly Sales

Books in the Art and Architecture sections are 20% off this month. Time to add some beauty to your (or your Valentine's) life with books Art Monographs, Art History, Architecture, Interior Design, Photography, Crafts, Antiques & Decorative Arts, and even Books on Books!

A Top-Shelf Sale: Continued from January: Throughout most of the store, books on the very top shelf will be 20% off through January and February. (Exceptions apply). If you've had your eye on a set or something oversize, come in and see if it's on sale!


Preorder and Save 10%!

If you've been enjoying the televised miniseries of Station Eleven, you won't want to miss out on author Emily St. John Mandel's new book, coming April 5! The Sea of Tranquility spans three hundred years of human loss and love: from a violinist in the Canadian forest in 1912 to a colony on the moon 300 years later--it's a beautiful novel not to be missed. And if you preorder now, you'll save 10% off the cover price and we'll have a signed copy waiting for you on April 5th.

PS: if you haven't read Station Eleven yet, why not start it now? It's been a firm Loganberry Books staff favorite for years!

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Collectible Books for Any Budget

Celebrate the joy of Black community life with this unique panorama popup book, A Street Called Home by Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson--an artist from Columbus! We continue to expand and update our collectible editions listings online weekly--and our list of modern first editions is now fully listed online! You can also email for a personalized suggestion for any budget!


Small Press Highlight

This month, we're highlighting the good folks of Twelve Literary Arts and the vital work they've done to further Black literary culture in Cleveland and the world since their founding in 2016. So far they've published two amazing poetry collections: We Made It To School Alive by Quartez Harris and The Autobiography of Absence by Ephriam Nehemiah.

Read more about Twelve's important community work and donate to their mission here.


You're Selling Books? We're Buying!

We've now resumed buying used books from the public after our holiday hiatus! But be sure to register with us in advance! Click here for the 2022 protocols.

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Bulk Order Discounts

Does your church, synagogue, school, or company need to order 10 or more copies of a book for a group read or special event? Order from Loganberry and receive a discount! We can even deliver to your location free of charge! Contact for more details!

▪ Our Online Store: In-store stock of new and collectible books
▪ 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: Hand-selected books mailed to readers monthly for for 25 years!
▪ Gift Certificates: online or over the phone at 216-795-9800.
▪ Digital Audiobooks from Loganberry via
▪ Ebooks from Loganberry.
▪ **Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and the Loganberry Blog.**
Our Online Store: In-store stock of new and collectible books 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: Hand-selected books mailed to readers monthly for for 25 years!
Gift Certificates: online or over the phone at 216-795-9800.
Digital Audiobooks from Loganberry via
Ebooks from Loganberry.
**Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and the Loganberry Blog.**

Read along with our booksellers: Black History Month

Purchase any book below by clicking on its title!


Harriett is reading How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue: "Will the African village of Kosawa win over the American oil company Pexton? Both Kosawa and Pexton are fictional, but surely not by much. This is a tale of colonialism, racism, and environmentalism, but it is also a tale of family and generational bonds. To witness the generations of struggle and inequity against corporate greed, blind racism, and environmental havoc is stunning, and perhaps the the most stunning part is the persistence of hope and belief that right will prevail."


Miranda is reading Yesterday is History by Kosoko Jackson: "I loved this moving romance-meets-time-travel where a young organ transplant patient finds himself torn between past, present, and two boys he loves."

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Wendy is reading Passing by Nella Larson: "In this classic novel, Nella Larsen deals with issues of race and identity in ways that feel as fresh today as when the book was first published in 1929. The ending will haunt you long after you finish."


Miesha is reading The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw: "This collection features nine bite-sized short stories about four generations of characters grappling with the expectations of the Christian church and with their own passions, ambitions, and longing for belonging. Perfect for people who enjoyed James Baldwin’s stories about being a boy preacher in the Pentecostal church."


Elisabeth is reading Lose Your Mother by Saidiya Hartman: "This amazing book is both travelogue and a ferociously creative reach beyond the limits of biography and history as the author traces her ancestor's routes along the Middle Passage of transatlantic slavery."


*Toni is reading Born in Blackness: Africa, Africans, and the Making of the Modern World, 1471 to the Second World War by Howard W. French:* "I’m really excited to dig into this reexamination of the central role of Africa and Africans in the development of the modern “Western” world and its/our culture. For me this is a companion to The 1619 Project, going back nearly 150 years earlier and exposing the European (with Portugal at the forefront) and African side of story of the age of exploration, colonialism, the slave trade, and the evolution of modernity. Not light reading, but it feels essential."

Good to know:

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It's so nice to see you, thanks for stopping by!

Thanks for reading,
Harriett & all the Loganberries

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