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From: Loganberry Books <>
Subject: Loganberry News February 2023
Date: Fri, 03 Feb 2023 14:59:27 +0000
To: Harriett Logan <>
Loganberry News February 2023

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Loganberry News February 2023

Happy Groundhog’s Day! You know how sometimes your life seems to repeat cyclically until you’re dizzy, and other times you catapult out of the muck and see things from a whole new perspective? Winter is like that, and so is winter reading. I invite you try something new today, to reach outside of your comfort zone and explore a different narrative.

Along with the ALA Youth Media Awards (hooray for the Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott King and other awards!), the finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award have been named -- always an enlightened list of books, many which you may not know. So, Happy February! Happy Black History Month! Did you see your shadow?

Visiting Author Events


Make sure you continue to stay up-to-date with our newsletter for all Visiting Author Events!

Local Authors


Jowan Smith: Mya, Mya, Mya
Sunday, February 5, 3:00pm
Bring the kids and join local author Jowan Smith for a reading and signing of her newest kids picture book. Mya, Mya, Mya is about an adventurous toddler's adventure day out of the baby gate. Mya gets into many things around the house. While the book is lots of fun, it also shows the importance of making sure your home is safe for babies.

Jowan Smith is CEO of an educational consulting firm and a nonprofit 1,000 Ties. Jowan has written a total of five children's books featuring Characters of Color in real life situations. Jowan is a mother of two and grandmother of two children. and loves to give back to her community, spend time with family, shop, and go to sporting events.


Kevin Williams: Roswell Revisited
Sunday, February 19th, 1:00pm
Join local author Kevin Williams at Loganberry Books as he signs copies of his titles Roswell Revisited: The 75th Anniversary of The Roswell UFO Crash, and The UFO Vault Volume 1: Crash Cases.

Uncover the truth of the mysteries in the New Mexico desert and learn the hidden history of the Roswell UFO case.

Book Clubs & Discussion Groups


Peculiar Book Club

Catherine Prendergast: The Gilded Edge: Two Audacious Women and the Cyanide Love Triangle that Shook America
Thursday, February 9, 7:00pm
Peculiar Book Club is the esteemed home of the quirky, quizzical, curious, and bizarre! Join host Brandy Schillace twice a month to meet authors, discuss books, listen to music, make cocktails, and so much more!

The Gilded Edge is a true crime story just as sensational today as it was more than a hundred years ago, and author Catherine Prendergast will join Brandy to discuss all the juicy details.

Register for the virtual event here and purchase a copy of The Gilded Edge from Loganberry here.


Naturalist's Notebook

E.O. Wilson: Half-Earth: Our Planet's Fight for Life
Sunday. February 12, 1:00pm
~quarterly - in-store and online~
Sometimes known as the Father of Biodiversity, E.O. Wilson was a biologist, writer and naturalist who spent his life advocating for the environment and won the Pulitzer Prize twice. Wilson’s last book, Half-Earth, proposes a plan to save our planet and diversity.

This will be a hybrid event, with the in-person portion of the event meeting at Loganberry. Attendance is free (donations to the Shaker Lakes Nature Center welcomed) but registration is required at here to join the virtual portion of the event.

Click here to buy a copy of the book from Loganberry at 10% off!

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Murmuration Book Club at Abide Yoga

Mikki Kendall: Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women that a Movement Forgot
Friday, February 17, 6:00pm
~in person at Abide: 13001 Larchmere Blvd~
Our neighbors at Abide Yoga next door to us on Larchmere Blvd have launched Murmuration, a new hybrid yoga class and book club and we're teaming up to offer participants 10% off featured titles!

This month's book, Hood Feminism, asks how we can stand in solidarity as a movement, Kendall asks, when there is the distinct likelihood that some women are oppressing others? A rousing new voice of Black Feminism that calls everyone from all intersections to a more liberated future.

To register for the book club and yoga class click here.

To order a copy of the book from Loganberry for mailing or store pickup for 10% off, click here.


NOBS Forum

Jennifer Larson: All Books Little and Small
Wednesday, February 22, 7:30pm
online only
Join Jennifer Larson, Professor of Classics at Kent State University, for an exploration of miniature and little books. In her presentation, Dr. Larson will use books from her own collection to explore how diminutive format was related to content in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. Miniature and small formats were favored not only for devotionals, almanacs, and children’s literature, but also for inexpensive school books, forbidden or “obscene” works, and as samples of fine printing.

NOTE: This NOBS Forum will be held on Zoom ONLY and on Wednesday, instead of the usual Thursday.

Click here to join the meeting, or use:
Meeting ID: 856 4876 1238
Passcode: 341510


New Book Clubs coming this Spring!

The Queer Book Club will begin Thursday, March 16 with Light From Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki. TQBC will alternate months with For the Thrill of Lit, our new thriller/horror/mystery club that begins the third Thursday in April. Both book clubs will host events in hybrid format: in-store and online.

March will also see the relaunch of Berry Good Books as an online forum book discussion group with rotating genres. Check our website for more book club news after Feb 10 .

Community Arts & Culture


Annex Gallery

Jurnee Weeams
February 2-26, 2023
Opening reception: Thursday, February 2, 6:00 - 8:00pm
Our 2023 lineup of monthly shows by local artists in the Loganberry Books Annex Gallery kicks off this month with Junree Weeams!

Jurnee Weeams is a 20-year-old artist from the Buckeye-Shaker area of Cleveland whose pieces celebrate Black people and women, convey personal joys and worries, or are just pieces that would make someone laugh. Weeams says: "I create to grow, to feel and process the happenings of everyday, to communicate when I can’t find the right words, to express love, pride, hope, sadness, fear; truly, the reasons could go on. I create to hopefully inspire others to do the same and show there’s value in making something that represents you or what you’re passionate about."


Broadsides & Ephemera

Featured Reader: Robert Miltner
Thursday, February 9, 7:00pm
~in-store - 2nd Thursdays~
Tonight's featured reader is Robert Miltner, a writer and educator living in Northeast Ohio, and an Emeritus Professor of Creative Writing and literature at Kent State University. He writes poetry, prose poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, and is currently working on a novel.

Miltner has received the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence in Poetry Award; Ohio Art Council Creative Writer Residency Award at Vermont Studio Center; New Rivers Press Many Voices Poetry Prize; Wick Chapbook Award; Red Berry Editions Chapbook Award; He is a National Poetry Series finalist; Center for Book Arts Chapbook finalist; Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit finalist; Colorado Prize for Poetry finalist; Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize finalist; and an Ohioana Book Award in Poetry finalist.

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Douglass Day

Transcribe-a-thon for Mary Ann Shadd Cary
Tuesday, February 14, 12:00 - 4:00pm
~annual; in-store~
Douglass Day is an annual program that marks the birth of Frederick Douglass. Each year, thousands of people participate in a Transcribe-a-thon to help create new & freely available resources for learning about Black history as an act of community celebration and care.

This year, the focus is on the writings of Mary Ann Shadd Cary (1823-1893), one of the earliest Black women to edit a newspaper, serve as a Civil War recruiter, and attend law school. Participants will be prompted to online resources to type that will build the base of this new historical resource. Bring a laptop! We'll provide the rest! And even if you can't make it in store, you can join from anywhere. Check out the official Douglass Day website for more details.


Valentine's Day

Blind Date with a Book
Tuesday, February 14th, 7:00pm
~annual in-store~
Have you ever yearned to have a date at Loganberry Books? You’re in luck, Valentine's Day is our official date night! Bring a date (or not) to enjoy a dimly-lit, book-lined concert by guitar maestro Brian Henke, with complimentary chocolate-covered strawberries and wine. It’s quite the vibe! We will also have free and bargain “blind books” all day— take a chance on something new! Won't you join us?

Sales, Specials, and FYIs


On Sale This Month

During the month of February, our Art History, Art Monographs, and Artist Biography titles will be 20% off! Be sure to check out these sections on your right, when you enter the store.

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Collectible Books for Any Budget!

Five More: Short Stories by Will Anthony Madden. Exposition Press, 1963, Signed First Edition. A collection of short stories by actor, poet, playwright, storyteller, and one-time poet laureate of Greenwich Village (1959), Will Anthony Madden.

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 Spotlight

And Other Stories is an independent, not-for-profit publisher in Sheffield, England, that aims to be both boundary pushing and highly literary, seeking new and interesting voices and ideas. Pity the Beast by Robin McLean was one of bookseller Toni's favorite darkly unsettling feminist neo-Westerns of 2021. (McLean's newest is a book of short stories, Get 'em Young Treat 'em Tough Tell 'em Nothing.) Other titles that represent their range are Fifty Forgotten Books by R.B. Russell and Deborah Levy's comical verse story An Amorous Discourse in the Suburbs of Hell. See our display in store!


Used Book Buying

Mondays and Fridays are our buying days, but please call us ahead of time to tell us when you hope to come in. As usual, we offer cash or 20% more in store credit for used and collectible books that we deem saleable, and you'll need to take away any we decline to purchase. You can find more details about our buying procedures here. We look forward to seeing your treasures!

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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!
▪ Loganberry Curated Reads.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, including a list of selected Black authors.
▪ **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!
Loganberry Curated Reads.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, including a list of selected Black authors.
**Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and the Loganberry Blog.**

Read along with our booksellers!

Click any title below to purchase a book for mailing or in-store pickup!


Harriett recommends The Home Place by J. Drew Lanham: "What a beautiful, tender narrative of a man in love with the world around him. Lanham describes his home on the edge of the South Carolina piedmont with precision and an acuity for red dirt. But he also wonders about his Black heritage and his passion for birds, and he invites us on his quest to discover more. A self-described Ivory-billed Woodpecker, I hope Lanham encourages others to follow his trail, or to blaze their own."

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Wendy recommends Big Man and the Little Men by Clifford Thompson: "When celebrated African American essayist April Wells is assigned to accompany presidential candidate William Waters on the campaign trail, she finds herself caught in a tense situation, calling into question the power and value of telling the truth. This excellent graphic novel is a timely look at politics in our divided country."

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Elisabeth recommends Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid: "If you think you don't like "autofiction" (like I thought), try Jamaica Kincaid. Lucy, one of her heavily autobiographical novellas, brings the reader along the firecracker title character's first year of life as an immigrant from the Caribbean--and as a servant in a wealthy White family's home. It's funny, it's angry, it's joyful, it's bright and shining and fresh as it was when it was published more than 30 years ago. A must-must read for all lovers of Virginia Woolf."


Toni recommends When They Tell You to be Good by Prince Shakur: "Prince Shakur’s memoir of personal and political awakening traces his experience as a queer, Black, immigrant kid in Ohio in the 2000s through his journeys around the world and into a powerful, radical sense of self and commitment. As gorgeously written as it is stunningly honest and intellectually provocative. As a bonus, all the copies we have in the shop are signed by the author!"


Cat recommends Choosing Brave by Angela Joy: "I recommend this picture book that provides a poetic, beautiful depiction of how Mamie Till allowed for her trauma to provide momentum for the Civil Rights Movement. While the story of Emmitt Till is a heartbreaking one, it is a story we should all know and honor; this book shares the Tills's story in a manner suitable for young readers. This book also won the Steptoe Illustrator of the Year award from the YMA Awards, as well as honors in other categories."

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Devon recommends My Government Means to Kill Me by Rasheed Newson: "This novel set in New York City in the 1980s deals with being gay amidst queer political and social revolutions. Newson addresses the AIDS epidemic, as well as the familial and social issues that came along with being a gay black man during this time. This is a queer coming-of-age story that is well researched and provoking."

Thanks for reading,
Harriett & all the Loganberries

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