Category Archives: Book Group

Food for Thought: Famous Drownings in Literary History

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Wednesday December 13, 6:00-7:00, Cultivate Co-op Cafe, 901 Elm St.

We continue our exploration of the rich diversity of the American experience with this collection of essays on Judaism in contemporary America, Famous Drownings in Literary History. Author Kevin Haworth read with Steve Reese in November, in our First Wednesday Readers Series.

If you wish to order dinner at Cultivate, please arrive well before the kitchen closes at 6:00. We thank Cultivate for staying open late to host our discussion.

The rest of the titles in this series are listed here.

This book may be a bit tricky to access, as the press’s own online market is down just now. There are no public library copies available. The university library system has one copy via Ohio University.

Amazon is offering a Kindle version for $4.99.

If you attended Kevin’s reading and are willing to loan your book to another reader, please send us a message: LitYoungstown@gmail.com.

Those of us who attended Kevin’s reading loved it, and the book has received high praise from reviewers and book critics. Here is a review in the Chicago Tribune.

If you haven’t read the book, and would like to join in the discussion, please come.

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Food for Thought: The Round House

round houseWe continue our exploration of the rich diversity of the American experience with this National Book Award winner set on the Ojibwe reservation in contemporary North Dakota.

Wednesday, November 8, 6:00-7:00, Cultivate Cafe, 901 Elm St.

If you wish to order dinner at Cultivate, please arrive well before the kitchen closes at 6:00. We thank Cultivate for staying open late to host our discussion.

Read a New York Times review of The Round House here.  The rest of the titles in this series are listed here. Please note that the author of our December title will be a First Wednesday reader Wednesday November 1, 7:15, at The Soap Gallery, 117 S. Champion St.

Food for Thought: The Coldest Night

coldest night1Food for Thought, our monthly book discussion, will take up Robert Olmstead’s historical novel, The Coldest Night.

Olmstead, recipient of NEA and Guggenheim fellowships, was a visiting writer to Lit Youngstown’s first Fall Literary Festival on September 30.

During his craft talk, he spoke about the ways people in the past were different from us, and ways they were the same, shaped by technology, opportunity and external events. DSC_0613

The Coldest Night is the last of the Coal Black Horse Trilogy, and follows a young man from the rural West to the Korean War. Read a New York Times review here.

We will meet at Cultivate Co-op Cafe, 901 Elm St., at our new day and time: Wednesday, October 11 at 6:00. If you would like to order dinner, please arrive well before the kitchen closes at 6:00.

Haven’t read the book yet? No worries. Join us.

 

Food for Thought: The Weight of Heaven

Our new series examines the rich diversity of the American experience. The first title is The Weight of Heaven by Thrity Umrigar, a novelist who emigrated from India static1.squarespaceat age 21 and now teaches at Case Western Reserve.

The Weight of Heaven is about an American couple who move to India for the husband’s job, after they have lost their only child.

We will discuss the book at Cultivate Co-op Cafe, 901 Elm St., 5:00-6:00, Thursday, September 14.

The rest of the titles in this series are listed here.

More Food for Thought!

Our monthly book club will take the summer off and start back up again in the fall with a new focus: the American experience, fiction, non-fiction and poetry with a range of voices and perspectives. We’ll look to the past, to various regions, and to voices that represent an array of experiences and expectations.

We also looked to our visiting writers for titles, and there are several. It is a unique pleasure to hear an author read, and then to read and discuss the author’s book with other readers.

Beginning in October, our book discussion will move to the 2nd Wed. of each month from 6:00 to 7:00, still at Cultivate Cafe, 901 Elm St.

Here is the book list. Check with the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County for copies.

September 14, 2017 The Weight of Heaven by Thrity Umrigar
October 11, 2017 The Coldest Night by Robert Olmstead
November 8, 2017 The Round House by Louse Erdrich
December 13, 2017 Famous Drownings in Literary History by Kevin Haworth
January 10, 2018 March Trilogy by John Lewis
February 14, 2018 Citizen by Claudia Rankine
March 14, 2018 Phenomenal Women by Lit Youngstown
April 11, 2018 My Own Country by Abraham Verghese
May 9, 2018 Camp Olvido by Lawrence Coates
June 13, 2018 Blacksnake’s Path: The True Adventures of William Wells by William Heath

Food for Thought: The Omnivore’s Dilemma

We made a quick switch for our last book selection in our food-themed series, and decided to discuss the first section of Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Pollan traces a single fast-food meal back to its source in a giant cornfield in Iowa, and forward until it is pulled steaming from the bag. Along the way, we learn about contemporary agricultural practices and consumer choices, and their implications for our landscape and health.

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Thursday June 8, 5:00-6:00 at Cultivate Cafe, 901 Elm St. We will talk about our next book series, which will begin in September.

Food for Thought: Immortal Milk, Adventures in Cheese

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This month’s book-club book is by Ohio University faculty member Eric LeMay, who leads us to artisan cheesemakers in Europe and the American Upper Midwest.

A review in Publishers Weekly notes

Even readers who don’t know their comté from their Kraft Single may find cheese enthusiast Eric LeMay’s poetic if melodramatic coverage as rich and unctuous as the subject itself.

Haven’t read the book yet? No worries. Come join us. 5:00-6:00, Thurs. May 11 at Cultivate Co-op Cafe, 901  Elm St.

The evening will coincide with Lake to River Co-op’s Online Market pick-up night. The monthly gatherings are free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible.

Our last book in the Food for Thought series is the first section of Omnivore’s Dilemmaby Michael Pollan. We’ll meet June 8 to talk about it, as well as the next series’ selections.