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

Alternative Comics

Alternative comics spawned out of the underground comic movement during the 1980s. Unlike underground comics’ focus on gritty realities and shock factor, alternative comics cover a wide range of topics and art styles forms.

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

January 3, 2019
Black Hole 
by Charles Burns
A chilling graphic novel set in suburban Seattle during the mid-1970s describes the lives of the area’s teenagers, who are suddenly faced with a devastating, disfiguring, and incurable plague that has descended on the young people of Seattle.

January 17, 2019
Killing and Dying
by Adrian Tomine
A showcase of the possibilities of the graphic novel medium and a wry exploration of loss, creative ambition, identity, and family dynamics.

February 7, 2019
Book of Genesis 
by R. Crumb
An illustrated adaptation of the entire book of Genesis, providing the biblical accounts of the Creation, Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah and the ark, the Tower of Babel, and other people and events.

February 21, 2019
by Daniel Clowes

A cosmic timewarp deathtrip to the primordial infinite of everlasting love.

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 January 14, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Prosperity Social Club 1109 Starkweather Ave.

Educated: A Memoir
by Tara Westover
This memoir traces the author’s experiences as a child born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, describing her participation in her family’s paranoid stockpiling activities and her resolve to educate herself well enough to earn acceptance into a prestigious university and the unfamiliar world beyond.


Monday February 11, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Prosperity Social Club 1109 Starkweather Ave.

The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row
by Anthony Ray Hinton
A man who spent thirty years on death row for a crime he did not commit describes how he became a victim of a flawed legal system, recounting the years he shared with fellow inmates who were eventually executed before his exoneration.


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.
Noble Beast Brewing Company • 1470 Lakeside Ave E, Cleveland, OH 44114 • 5:30-6:30pm

January 9, 2019
How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective
by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

illlustrataion of a glass of foamy beer and two beer bottlesJanuary 22, 2019
My Beer Year: Adventures with Hop Farmers, Craft Brewers, Chefs, Beer Sommeliers & Fanatical Drinkers as a Beer Master in Training
by Lucy Burningham

 February 13, 2019
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir
by Patrisse Cullors and Asha Bandele

book title written in Doritos snack chipsFebruary 26, 2019
The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor
by Mark Schatzker