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Loganberry News June 2022

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Loganberry News June 2022

Summer approaches, bring on the festivals!

We’ve got Sidewalk Sales, parades, and music ahead, plus a lot of great author events. We’ll do some community fundraising for Otis‘ retirement and for Juneteenth, all while looking ahead to August Author Alley events. If you’re not too busy in your garden, come visit!



Larchmere Sidewalk Sale

Saturday, May 28, 2022, 10am-6pm
For over 3 decades, Larchmere merchants have hosted Sidewalk Sales on the Saturdays preceding Memorial and Labor Days. The tradition continues! Here at Loganberry, we’ll not only have bargain books and our "Loganberry Lumberyard" sales with used items and bricabrac, but we’ll have 20% off everything inside the store, too. This sale happens only twice a year, so mark your calendar and be sure to stop by!

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Local Voices

Colby Smith: Ironic Skeletons
Sunday, May 29, 2022, 1pm
In Ironic Skeletons, D.W. Lambert works with fossils of an unusual character - so unusual they shouldn't really exist. And, perhaps, they don't. The Ironic Skeletons, uncertainty conquers certainty, madness and science intertwine, and the sacred is indistinguishable from the profane.

Colby Smith was born and raised in southern West Virginia and is currently based in Cleveland, Ohio. His fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and his nonfiction has appeared in Vastarien, Spontaneous Poetics, and regularly in The Aither. His debut short story collection, The Universe as Performance Art, is forthcoming from Eibonvale Press.

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Local Voices

Michelle Herman: Close-Up
Sunday, May 29, 2pm
In Close-Up, Michelle Herman unfolds a complex family history in which abandonment caused painful estrangements and unexpected alliances. With subtle wit and unshakeable confidence, she demonstrates the alternating forms a family can take: a refuge, a prison, a solace, a vexation, one at a time or all at once, and right before your eyes. A satisfying, unhurried novel for fans of Anne Tyler and Ann Patchett.

Michelle Herman is the author of three previous novels and her essays and stories have appeared in The Sun, American Scholar, Ploughshares, Creative Nonfiction and many other journals. Her awards and honors include fellowships and grants from the Ohio Arts Council, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches at The Ohio State University.


Otis' Retirement Party

Sunday, May 29, 2022, 1-5pm
Otis walked up 14 years ago and demanded a job. He was persistent, good looking, and quite nimble on a ladder, so I took him on. It was an excellent decision. He made friends with everyone, knew his jurisdictions well, and was stellar with marketing.

Some time after his 10th birthday party (complete with art contests and party favors), he developed feline diabetes and pancreatitis, both of which contribute to the other and proved difficult to manage. He's doing fine at the moment, but he's happier at home these days. You may have noticed that he isn't in the bookstore as often (and sometimes his little sister Alice is). I just wanted to make this announcement officially: Otis is retiring from Loganberry Books.

Thanks to all his fans and well-wishers, he appreciates all your ear skritches and head pats. We'll celebrate with cat-cakes and raffles, and raise some funds for the Weirdo Cat Lovers of Cleveland. Enjoy your well-earned retirement, Otis!

Memorial Day

Monday, May 30, 2022
We'll be closed for the holiday - see you on Tuesday!


Apply for Author Alley!

Author Alley is one of Loganberry Books' signature annual events, celebrating local authors of all genres from across Ohio, and the application to participate in Author Alley 2022 is now available on our website!

Over the past 20 years, the event has grown to be the largest book fair hosted by an independent bookstore in northern Ohio. Last year, we welcomed over 60 authors and thousands of readers to our celebrations, and this year promises the same excitement, spread across three weekends in August.

We look forward to receiving your application by Tuesday, May 31, 2022. Click here to register now!


Annex Gallery

Altered Book Group: Transitions
June 1-30, 2022
Opening reception with the artists on Thursday, June 2, 6pm-8pm!
The long-running book art group returns for their annual showcase at Loganberry. Featuring work by: ANNE WEISSMAN • KELLY PONTONI • PAT PITINGOLO • JENNIFER LEACH • AMY JACOBS • GENE EPSTEIN • PHYLLIS BRODY • JANE BERGER • C. T. ANSON


Author Event

Dan Chaon: Sleepwalk
Friday, June 3, 2022, 7pm
Join Loganberry for an evening with award-winning author Dan Chaon to celebrate the release of his darkly comic chase novel full of suspense and adventure.

Sleepwalk (which just got a rave review in the NYT!) is told in the humorous voice of Will Bear—a low-level flunky for a clandestine criminal syndicate who has been traveling on assignment around the northern hemisphere with his faithful dog, living under assumed names and casually ignoring the collapsing world around him. But when an insistent hacker claiming to be Will’s daughter informs him that he’s at the center of a global conspiracy, and that her life is in danger, the past he’s spent a lifetime trying to forget begins to catch up with him.

Click here to preorder the book!

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Author Event

Allen Ricca: Catching Hell: The Insider Story of Seafood from Ocean to Plate
Sunday, June 5, 1pm
In Catching Hell, longtime seafood professional Allen Ricca and author Joe Muto take readers behind the scenes of the high-end restaurant world and the international market for seafood, and how that industry has been impacted perhaps like no other due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This explosive book reveals:

▪ The one fish you should never order, (and the one fish that’s always a delicious, virtually-unknown bargain.)
▪ Why restaurants that advertise “fresh” fish are almost always lying.
▪ How the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted our food supply chain and what it has meant for the everyday worker.
The one fish you should never order, (and the one fish that’s always a delicious, virtually-unknown bargain.)
Why restaurants that advertise “fresh” fish are almost always lying.
How the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted our food supply chain and what it has meant for the everyday worker.
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Local Voices

Raffaele Di Lallo: Houseplant Warror
Sunday, June 5, 2pm
Raffaele Di Lallo's enthusiasm for gardening and houseplants is infectious and has inspired countless individuals both locally and around the world. He is the founder of Ohio Tropics and has helped millions of people learn how to grow houseplants through his daily tips on Instagram @ohiotropics .


Author Event

Uli Lorimer: The Northeast Native Plant Primer
Tuesday, June 7, 2022, 6:30pm
A FREE event hosted by the Western Reserve Land Conservancy. Register here.

Join us for a virtual presentation and chat with Uli Lorimer about his new book, The Northeast Native Plant Primer: 235 Plants for an Earth-Friendly Garden.

Do you want a garden that makes a real difference? Choose plants native to our Northeast region. The rewards will benefit you, your yard, and the environment—from reducing maintenance tasks to attracting earth-friendly pollinators such as native birds, butterflies, and bees. Native plant expert Uli Lorimer of the Native Plant Trust makes adding these superstar plants easier than ever before, with proven advice that every home gardener can follow. This incomparable sourcebook includes 235 recommended native trees, shrubs, vines, ferns, wildflowers, grasses, sedges, and annuals.

Order your copy of the book from Loganberry here!


Broadsides & Ephemera

Featuring: LaTonya Fenderson-Warren
Thursday, June 9, 7pm ET
~second Thursdays, in-store and on Zoom~
Our poetry performance series, Broadsides & Ephemera, returns LIVE at Loganberry Books, and featuring a new format of the featured poet reading for half an hour, followed by a Q&A. You can join us in-store or online!

Our featured reader this month, LaTonya Fenderson-Warren, hails from Oberlin, OH and creates and recites her own homegrown poems to enlighten, educate, and bring awareness to a myriad of issues from her faith to her eye opening stance on social racial injustice.


Peculiar Book Club

Jason Dearen: Kill Shot: A Shadow Industry, A Deadly Disease
Thursday, June 9, 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!

In this edition of the Peculiar Book Club, Jason Dearen, author of Kill Shot: A Shadow Industry, A Deadly Disease, reveals the harrowing story of contamination and a fungal killer unleashed. Want to learn more and meet the author? Register for the event here and get copies of the book from Loganberry's online store or call us at (216) 795-9800.

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Rock the Blocks

A Free Family Event on Larchmere
Sunday, June 12, 2022, 11am-6pm
Rock the Blocks, an event especially for families with children 12 and under, returns to Larchmere! Share your creative side by dressing up and participating in our funky parade with kids, merchants and neighbors! Enjoy an ice cream social, live band, & DJ entertainment at the Talent Stage, restaurants and food trucks, and shop with local and visiting vendors

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Local Voices

Gary Webster: The NHL's Mistake on the Lake
Sunday, June 12th, 1:00pm
The Cleveland Barons should never have existed. Their two seasons in the National Hockey League were an embarrassment to the city, the league, and the sport. This book tells the story of Cleveland's ill-fated venture into the NHL from 1976-1978.

Gary Webster has been in radio in Northeastern Ohio for 35 years. He has published books about the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns, major league baseball and the All-America Football Conference.

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Local Voices

Anthony J Miano, The Changing of the Gods
Sunday, June 12, 2022, 2pm
A thrilling fantasy retelling of the Greek myths: Until the end of the Trojan War, Hades, God of the Underworld, had avoided interfering in the affairs of his fellow gods and mortal men. Fed up with their destructive behavior, Hades sets on a journey that will rock Olympus to its core.

Anthony J. Miano is a former soldier and current broadcaster. His Military Occupational Specialties include 19D, Cavalry Scout and 37F Psychological Operations Specialist. Mr. Miano is a graduate of the University of Akron and the Ohio Media School. He also cohosts the NoOutletLive podcast. A lifelong Akron, OH resident, he enjoys trivia contests and dogs in his free time.

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Author Event

Thomas Halliday: Otherlands
Thursday, June 16th, 2022, 6:30pm
This event is sponsored by The Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Join Dr. Caitlin Colleary, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s Assistant Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology, as she welcomes Dr. Thomas Halliday to discuss his debut book, Otherlands: A Journey Through Earth's Extinct Worlds.

Register for this virtual event here.
Purchase signed copies of Otherlands from Loganberry here.


Berry Good Book Club

Sabrina Strings: Fearing the Black Body
This month's bookseller host: Rachel
Thursday, June 16th, 7:30pm
~NEW TIME! 3rd Thursdays, In-person and Zoom~
Every month, a different Loganberry Bookseller will recommend a favorite book and lead a discussion with community members!

This month, Bookseller Rachel will be discussing Fearing the Black Body by Sabrina Strings in which sociologist Strings (Univ. of California, Irvine) explores the historical development of prothin, antifat ideologies deployed in support of Western, patriarchal white supremacy. Beginning in the aesthetic ideals of Renaissance thinkers and artists and bringing her narrative up into the 1990s, Strings charts how white Europeans and Anglo-Americans developed ideals of race and beauty that juxtaposed slim, desirable white women against corpulent, seemingly monstrous black women.

Register for the online meeting on June 16, 2022 here.
Purchase the book from Loganberry here



Sunday, June 19, 2022, 12-5pm
A celebration of freedom: the anniversary of June 19, 1865, the day enslaved people in Texas learned they were free. To commemorate this day, Loganberry will be offering a 50/50 Raffle, free Juneteenth bookmarks and pencils, 20% off in-store pre-orders of Do the Work! An Anti-Racist Activity Book by W. Kamau Bell & Kate Schatz, plus activity worksheets taken from the book.


Local Voices

Stephen G. Post: Dignity for Deeply Forgetful People: How Caregivers Can Meet the Challenges of Alzheimer's Disease
Sunday, June 19, 2022, 1pm
How do we approach a "deeply forgetful" loved one so as to notice and affirm their continuing self-identity? For three decades, Stephen G. Post has worked around the world encouraging caregivers to become more aware of—and find renewed hope in—surprising expressions of selfhood despite the challenges of cognitive decline.

In this book, bestselling author of Why Good Things Happen to Good People, Stephen G. Post, offers new perspectives on the worth and dignity of people with Alzheimer's and related disorders despite the negative influence of "hypercognitive" values that place an ethically unacceptable emphasis on human dignity as based on linear rationality and strength of memory. With vignettes and narratives, he argues for a deeper dignity grounded in consciousness, emotional presence, creativity, interdependence, music, and a self that is not "gone" but "differently abled."

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Local Voices

Christopher Appling: Matinee Idol
Sunday. June 19, 2022, 2pm
A comic book about an African-American high school student and film buff in Los Angeles who dies in a movie theater and is supernaturally reborn as The Matinee Idol: a superhero with motion-picture, genre-related powers and abilities.

Christopher Appling is a writer who has worked for the Cleveland newspaper, The East Side Daily News, for 20 years. He founded the Pride Comics comic book company in 2014 with artist Alonzo Washington.


Peculiar Book Club

Dean Jobb: The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream
Thursday, June 23, 2022 7pm ET
~2nd Thursdays + 4th Thursdays, via Zoom~
For this edition of the Peculiar Book Club, hunt down a Victorian serial killer with Dean Jobb, author of The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream.

Register for the event here, and be sure to check out the Peculiar Book Club website for more information. Get copies of the books from Loganberry's online store or call us at (216) 795-9800.

NOBS Forum

Celebrating Ulysses with Bill Kennedy
Thursday, June 23, 2022, 7:30pm ET
~online, via Zoom~
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of James Joyce’s masterpiece, Ulysses. Join Bill Kennedy, Irish music show host and former organizer of Nighttown’s Ulysses read-a-thon, which was held annually on Bloomsday (June 16) to celebrate. Even though we won’t be meeting on Bloomsday, we can still raise a glass of whiskey or Guinness (metaphorically or literally) and toast to this most profound/confusing/challenging/add-your-own-adjective-here piece of literature.

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

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Larchmere PorchFest

Saturday, June 25, 2022, 2-11pm
One of Cleveland's best-loved music festivals returns to Larchmere! Here at Loganberry we'll be hosting poetry performances in cooperation with Lit Cleveland. See the full lineup of 22 performers on 22 porches coming to the boulevard here.

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Local Voices

Brooke Bobincheck: Blood Claws Rising: Tales of the Sanguine Empire
Sunday, June 26, 2022, 2:30pm
It is the 24th century, and humanity has successfully breached beyond their limited solar system to colonize much of the known galaxy. In the immediate aftermath of the Earthborn War between two galactic superpowers--the oppressive Hagorian Alliance and the more egalitarian Praetorian League--one young girl rises from the ashes of chaos to break the yoke of oppression that the tyrannical Alliance has leaned upon to enforce its rule over its section of the cosmos. . .

Born in San Francisco to a military family, Brooke Renee Bobincheck is a science, science fiction, and fantasy enthusiast. Brooke earned her Bachelor of Arts in history at Cleveland State and went on to earn her Master of Arts in US History at Virginia Commonwealth University. Brooke currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio, with her partner, Geoff, and their cat.

Other Offerings

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Monthly Sales

Get summer writing off to a great start with a month of 20% all books in the Children's section! From picture books to middle grade novels, we've got plenty you can stock up on to enjoy with the little readers in your life.

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Collectible Books

A very special and very rare book to highlight this month: a first edition of Octavia Butler's most beloved classic, Kindred. Call 216-795-9800 to inquire details on condition and pricing.

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Small Press Focus

This is an eclectic, genre-bending non-profit publisher of everything from poetry and literary fiction to humor, comics, kids' activities and social commentary, including an ongoing Of the Diaspora reprint series of important books from across the African Diaspora, always with a great sense of design. Some favorites in stock at Loganberry now are: McSweeney's 62: The Queer Fiction Issue; Tragic Magic by Wesley Brown (Of the Diaspora #1); Illustoria #17: The Senses

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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.

2nd Quarter reading prompts will be announced in early April! Sign up now for a spring reading challenge and log books read to be entered into Q2 raffle to be drawn at the end of June.

▪ 20 prompts per quarter + quarterly prizes!
▪ Monthly updates, including a Bonanza map of logged book settings!
▪ Social media challenges! For more info click here.
20 prompts per quarter + quarterly prizes!
Monthly updates, including a Bonanza map of logged book settings!
Social media challenges! For more info click here.

Got Books to Sell? We're Buying!

We'll be taking a short summer break from used book-buying for the first half of June but will be re-starting on June 20th. When we restart, please give us a sneak peek (call 216-795-9800 or so we can get you registered before dropping off your books (required). You can check out our current protocols here

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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 over 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 over 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: LGBTQ+ Pride and Juneteenth!

Purchase any book below by clicking on its title!


Harriett is reading My Monticello by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson "This powerful short story collection sometimes takes a cynical twist but then redefines hope. Taking refuge in Jefferson’s famous home seems a fitting rebuke to white supremacists, while conducting social experiments on one’s own son is a horror story straight out of B. F. Skinner. Johnson’s characters may surprise you, but they always ring true."


Sarah is recommending Fun Home by Alison Bechdel: "Years ago, this was the first book I ever read that was about being gay, and it was the first Graphic Novel I ever read, too. Now I'm hooked on on Alison Bechdel's books because of her wit, honesty and dark humor."


Julie is reading: Small Town Pride by Phil Stamper: "A sweet read about a gay middle school boy's tribulations after his father puts up a giant pride flag in front of their home, in a tiny (fictional) town near Akron. He ultimately decides that what their somewhat unenlightened town needs is a Pride parade, but the mayor is very opposed, and very powerful. Meanwhile, he develops a crush on the mayor's son...will he ever be able to be himself? Read and find out!"


Wendy is reading Goliath by Tochi Onyebuchi: "In the future, Earth is barely habitable and the rich (mostly white) people have fled to an orbiting space station, while the poor (mostly black and brown) people stay behind to rebuild a society in the midst of violence, toxic air, gentrification, and even moments of beauty and love."


Elisabeth is reading All The Things We Don't Talk About by Amy Feltman: "I'm loving this big-hearted queer family drama featuring a nonbinary young adult, their estranged mom and her girlfriend, and a neurodivergent dad."


Brenda is reading Kindred by Octavia Butler: "This classic is a reminder that enslaver or enslaved, present and past, race can never be ignored."


Toni is reading The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel : "An underground classic, this comic strip documenting everyday lesbian life, love, and politics in a midsize American city ran in indie newspapers from 1983-2008, and is one of my favorite literary works in any genre ever, described by Bechdel herself as 'half op-ed column and half endless, serialized Victorian novel.' (Also, it's the origin of the Bechdel Test!)."


Miranda is reading A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow: I picked this up on the recommendation of a Broaden Your Bookshelf participant (and Broaden Q1 best description winner) and LOVED it! I probably can't describe it better than they can so here's their description: 'Short and amazing. It’s like an even more badass Into the Spiderverse with a shot of feminism and hope.'"


Freddy is reading: How the Word Is Passed by Clint Smith "This book brings the history of slavery incredibly alive by revisiting historic sites, Monticello, Angola, etc, telling their stories and bringing us to where we are today, making history present and real. Clint Smith is mainly known as a poet, and this narrative book is beautifully written and very powerful."

Good to know:

▪ Open Mon-Wed & Fri-Sat:10-6, Thurs: 10am-8:30, Sun 12-5
▪ Masks required
▪ It's so nice to see you, thanks for stopping by!
Open Mon-Wed & Fri-Sat:10-6, Thurs: 10am-8:30, Sun 12-5
Masks required
It's so nice to see you, thanks for stopping by!

Thanks for reading,
Harriett & all the Loganberries

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