Category Archives: Book Group

Food for Thought: Crossings

Join us for a conversation about Crossings: A Doctor-Soldier’s Story by Fall Literary Festival visiting writer Jon Kerstetter. Read more about the memoir here.

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Food for Thought book discussion will meet at Cultivate Cafe, 901 Elm St., on Wednesday, November 14, from 6:00-7:00 pm. If you would like to order a bite to eat, please arrive well before the counter closes at 6:00.

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

Here are this year’s selections by writers who have recently visited the Valley:
October 10 (Short stories) Lesley Nneka Arimah What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky
November 14 (Memoir) Jon Kerstetter Crossings: A Doctor-Soldier’s Story
December 12 (Poetry) Allison Pitinii Davis Line Study of a Motel Clerk
January 9 (Historical Novel) Robert Olmstead Savage Country
February 13 (Nonfiction) Austin Channing Brown I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made For Whiteness
March 13 (Novel, Speculative Fiction) Kelly Link Get in Trouble
April 10 (Memoir) Scott Simon Unforgettable
May 15 (Nonfiction) Cokie Roberts Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation

Food for Thought: Camp Olvido

camp olvidoLawrence Coates, historical fiction writer, was a First Wednesday Series reader and is the author of Food for Thought selection The Garden of the World. His novella, Camp Olvido, was recently optioned for a film. Read more about the book here.

We will meet at Cultivate Cafe, 901 Elm St., on Wednesday, May 9, from 6:00-7:00 pm. If you would like to order a bite to eat, please arrive well before the counter closes at 6:00.

We are at the end of a series of books that explore the American experience. Peruse the rest of the titles here. Haven’t read the book yet? No worries. Join us.

Food for Thought: Phenomenal Women

phenomenalwomennewThe next book discussion will take up Phenomenal Women: Twelve Youngstown Stories. This collection of oral histories, edited and published by Lit Youngstown, is in the stacks at the public library and branches, and is available for $16 at Three Sheep Gallery & Workshop, Tyler History Center and at upcoming Lit Youngstown events.

We will meet at Cultivate Cafe, 901 Elm St., on Wednesday, March 14, from 6:00-7:00 pm. If you would like to order a bite to eat, please arrive well before the counter closes at 6:00.

We are in the midst of a series of books that explore the American experience. Peruse the rest of the titles here. Haven’t read the book yet? No worries. Join us.

Food for Thought: Citizen

Citizen 1345Our next book discussion will focus on the award-winning book-length poem “Citizen” by Claudia Rankine. Read a New Yorker review here.

We will meet at Cultivate Cafe, 901 Elm St., on Wednesday, February 14, from 6:00-7:00 pm. If you would like to order a bite to eat, please arrive well before the counter closes at 6:00.

We are in the midst of a series of books that explore the American experience. Peruse the rest of the titles here.

 

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.

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.