Monthly Archives: July 2016

Two New Novelists

We welcome MB Earnheardt and Randi Barlow Pappa to our August First Wednesday reading, August 3 @ 7:00, Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts, 34 N. Phelps St.  Free parking on the street and in the lot behind the Voinovich Building on the corner of Hazel & Commerce.

An open mic will follow, emceed by local YA novelist Colleen Clayton. Open mic readers are invited to read for 5 min.–their own work, or a writer’s they admire.

MB Earnheardt
MB Earn
heardt grew up on a small farm. She directs the Anderson Program in Journalism at YSU and advises YSU’s student newspaper, The Jambar. When she’s not teaching, she helps her husband raise their four lab experiments (re: kids) in a Petri dish they call “home.” Dr. Earnheardt received a Ph.D. in communication from Kent State, a M.S. degree in communication, B.S. in communication, and a B.A. in political science from Clarion UniveRandi Papparsity.



Randi Barlow Pappa lives in northeastern Ohio with her husband, two dogs, three horses, a passel of refugee cats, and the relentless pursuit of enlightenment. Pappa describes herself as a country girl who is allergic to big cities and still lives by the code of ethics with which she grew up. She still grows some of her own food, plays the piano, loves rivers, nature, and all things finned, furred and
Mary Beth will be reading from Switch-a-Wish and Randi from Under the Rock. We look forward to the reading, and hope you can make it.

Food for Thought

Fortune Cookie The Lake-to-River Food Co-op and Lit Youngstown present Food for Thought, a potluck and book club. Participants will read and discuss books with a food theme, and also share a meal. The group will meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 5:00 – 6:00 pm, September 2016 to June 2017 (note: no group in February 2016), at the Cultivate Co-op Cafe at 901 Elm St. The Cafe serves smoothies, coffee and tea, baked goods, and a delicious selection of salads, sandwiches, soups, and hot entrees. If you plan to eat, try to arrive a few minutes early to place your order, so the discussion can get underway right at 5 pm.

The monthly gatherings are free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible. Childcare is available for $5 per child with an advance reservation. To make a reservation for childcare, please call 330-540-1480.

The evenings coincide with Lake to River Co-op’s Online Market pick-up night. If you placed an order you can pick it up then, or you can just shop in the Cafe’s new grocery store.

The selected books are a mix of fiction and non-fiction, centered around food, enjoyable for anyone who likes to read, adults or teens.

Lit Youngstown will host readings by the authors of two of the selected books. One is The Garden of the World by Lawrence Coates, a novel about a patriarchal immigrant family of winemakers in California’s Santa Clara Valley during Prohibition. Coates, of Bowling Green, Ohio, will join Youngstown novelist Christopher Barzak at Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts on October 4, 2016. In April 2017, Mark Winne, a food policy writer and activist living in New Mexico, will also give a reading in Youngstown.

The book list should be easy to find through the library, as well as the local new and used book stores.

Sept. 8: The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food by Jennifer 8. Lee
Oct. 13: Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson
Nov. 10: The Garden of the World by Lawrence Coates
Dec. 8: Yes, Chef! A Memoir by Marcus Samuelsson
Jan. 12: Julie & Julia by Julie Powell
Cancelled Feb. 9: The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
March 9: Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
April 13: Closing the Food Gap by Mark Winne
May 11: Immortal Milk: Adventures in Cheese by Eric LeMay
June 8: Salt: A World History by Mark Kulansky

Flutterby Books in Hubbard has the following titles available for order. To order, call 330.534.7801, email Kathy at, or send a facebook message.

The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food
~paperback $15.99
Eating on the Wild Side
~paperback $16.00
Julie & Julia
~mass market paperback $7.99
~quality paperback $14.99
Salt: A World History
~paperback $18.00
Closing the Food Gap
~paperback $17.00

Prodigal Summer
~paperback $14.99


Chris Leeper’s Painting Gets a New Home


As Phyllis Rench was walking by the Lit Youngstown booth at the Summer Festival of the Arts, she spotted Chris Leeper’s oil painting Silver Bridge and loved it. Now it’s at home in her historic Canfield home.

Thank you to Chris for offering this gorgeous painting for our collaborative raffle. We have split the $1300 purse with Chris–important to us that we’re not asking artists to give us their work for free–and we will take our share of the proceeds to develop literary arts programming in Youngstown.

A big thank you to everyone who bought a ticket and came by for a visit, to our booth volunteers, and to Lori Factor and the Summer Festival of the Arts for such a fun weekend. We folded stories by Jeff Murphy and Molly Foller into Storygami! We displayed our progress on Phenomenal Women: Youngstown Stories project, gathering stories of older African American women in Youngstown. We hosted a reading of stories and essays, and a performance of dramatic monologues from the Strand Project.