Book Discussions

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Center for Local and Global History
Book and Movie Club

Book discussions begin at 12:00 PM, film begins at 1:00 PM.”
Center for Local and Global History, Louis Stoke Wing, 6th Floor

 November 19
Discuss Laura Hillenbrand’s biography of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic long-distance runner and prisoner-of-war during World War Two. A screening of the 2014 film starring Jack O’Connell and Domhnal Gleeson will follow the discussion.


Literary Frolic Fridays

Join us for discussions, followed by screenings of cinematic adaptations of of the stories or plays
Literature Department, Main Library, 2nd floor on Fridays from 12:00pm—4:00pm

November 9th
Discussion of H. Rider Haggard’s adventure thriller King Solomon’s Mines followed by a screening of the 1950 MGM adaptation starring Deborah Kerr and Stewart Granger. (NR: 1hr 43min).

November 30th
Discussion of Saint Sir Thomas More’s Utopia followed by a screening of Charlton Heston’s 1988 version of Robert Boult’s play A Man for All Seasons costarring Vanessa Redgrave and Sir John Gielgud. (NR: 2hrs. 30min).



Get Graphic

Two Thursday each month at 4:00pm with Guest Reader Valentino Zullo
Literature Department, Main Library, 2nd floor

Fall Fantasy Comics

Fantasy, from Lord of the Rings to today’s digital immersion, is still and always about creating entire worlds and amazing characters we can love and hate and escape with into foreign lands. Forget fortunes follies this fall and discover – or rediscover – the worlds of both classic and new fantasy comics.

First and Third Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.

 November 1, 2018
Birthright, Volume One: Homecoming
by Joshua Williamson, Andrei Bressan, and Adriano Lucas
For the Rhodes family, losing their son was the most devastating thing that could have occurred…but it couldn’t prepare them for what happened when he returned.

 November 15, 2018
The Sandman, Volume 1: Preludes & Nocturnes
by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III
An occultist attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. After his 70 year imprisonment and eventual escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power. On his arduous journey Morpheus encounters Lucifer, John Constantine, and an all-powerful madman.

Portrait of Valentino Zullo

Guest Reader Valentino Zullo is a PhD student in the Department of English at Kent State University and a Therapist in the Maternal Depression Unit at Ohio Guidestone. He holds a Master of Arts in English and Women’s Studies from Bowling Green State University, and a Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University. Valentino believes in Literature, Social Justice and the Superhero Way!

Award Winning Books

First Tuesday of Every Month at 4pm
Main Library, 2nd Floor, Literature Department & Ohio Center for the Book

 November 6th, 2018
Delicious Foods
by James Hannaham
Winner of the 2016 PEN/Faulkner award for Fiction, winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Fiction Award. Darlene, a young widow and mother devastated by the death of her husband, turns to drugs to erase the trauma. In this fog of grief, she is lured with the promise of a great job to a mysterious farm run by a shady company, with disastrous consequences for both her and her eleven-year-old son, Eddie–left behind in a panic-stricken search for her.

 December 4, 2018
Home Fire
by Kamila Shamsie,
Winner of the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction. Isma is free. After years of watching out for her younger siblings in the wake of their mother’s death, she’s accepted an invitation from a mentor in America that allows her to resume a dream long deferred. But she can’t stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London, or their brother, Parvaiz, who’s disappeared in pursuit of his own dream, to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew. When he resurfaces half a globe away, Isma’s worst fears are confirmed.

Plague of DovesJanuary 8, 2019
The Plague of Doves
by Louise Erdrich, winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.
Though generations have passed, the town of Pluto continues to be haunted by the murder of a farm family. Evelina Harp—part Ojibwe, part white—is an ambitious young girl whose grandfather, a repository of family and tribal history, harbors knowledge of the violent past. And Judge Antone Bazil Coutts, who bears witness, understands the weight of historical injustice better than anyone.

The VegetarianFebruary 5, 2019
The Vegetarian
by Han Kang
Winner of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize. Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary life. But when splintering, blood-soaked images start haunting her thoughts, Yeong-hye decides to purge her mind and renounce eating meat. In a country where societal mores are strictly obeyed, Yeong-hye’s decision to embrace a more “plant-like” existence is a shocking act of subversion.

Tremont Think & Drink

Join us for engaging book discussions as the Jefferson Branch Library teams up with neighborhood watering holes.

 Monday, November 12, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Prosperity Social Club, 1109 Starkweather Ave.
Ordinary Light 
by Tracy K. Smith
“From the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet: a deeply moving memoir that explores coming-of-age and the meaning of home against a complex backdrop of race, faith, and the unbreakable bond between a mother and daughter. Written with a poet’s precision and economy, this gorgeous, probing kaleidoscope of self and family offers us a universal story of belonging and becoming, and the ways we find and lose ourselves amid the places we call home”– Provided by publisher.


Rust Belt Chic : The Cleveland Anthology Monday, December 10, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Prosperity Social Club, 1109 Starkweather Ave.
Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology
Edited by Richey Piiparinen and Anne Trubek
Rust Belt Chic provides an inside-out snapshot of Cleveland, containing contributions by established authors and newcomers alike. Rust Belt Chic tells stories about failure (mills closing), conflict (Pekar’s constant grousing), growth (a thriving Iraqi immigrant community) and renewal (moving away only to, finally, return home).” — Publisher’s website.


Brew Pub Book Club

Second Wednesday of each month, discover the lives of extraordinary women.
Fourth Tuesday of each month, explore engaging titles from our Science & Technology collection.
Masthead Brewery • 1261 Superior Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114 • 5:30-6:30pm

November 14, 2018
Glory in their spirit: How four black women took on the Army during World War II
by Sandra M. Bolzenius
“Bolzenius, formerly a transportation specialist in the U.S. Army, tells the remarkable stories of four African American women who were early enlistees in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) in the 1940s. Drawing on military archives and interviews, she traces the individual stories of Mary Green, Anna Morison, Johnnie Murphy, and Alice Young, who courageously protested segregation and inequities in training and opportunities compared to what was available to white WACS by going on strike in 1945 at Fort Devens. Ultimately, the four chose court-martial over discrimination. By recounting their experiences, Bolzenius presents a microcosm in which to explore the army’s personnel policies and the status of African American service women during World War II.” Jackson-Brown, Grace Copyright 2018 Booklist

November 27, 2018
Why Time Flies : A Mostly Scientific Investigation
by Alan Burdick
In this witty and meditative exploration, award-winning author and New Yorker staff writer Alan Burdick takes readers on a personal quest to understand how time gets in us and why we perceive it the way we do. In the company of scientists, he visits the most accurate clock in the world (which exists only on paper); discovers that “now” actually happened a split-second ago; finds a twenty-fifth hour in the day; lives in the Arctic to lose all sense of time; and, for one fleeting moment in a neuroscientist’s lab, even makes time go backward.