Category Archives: Book Group

Food for Thought: Unforgettable

Scott Simon was a recent speaker at St. John’s Episcopal Church, and we have selected his scottsimonbook2book as part of our series of titles by recent author visitors to the Valley. About Unforgettable, the New York Times writes, “Scott Simon, host of NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturday,” proves to be an able guide to the art of saying goodbye in his deeply affecting new memoir, Unforgettable: A Son, a Mother, and the Lessons of a Lifetime.”

You can find copies of the book at the Mahoning and Trumbull County libraries, YSU Maag Library via OhioLink, and at the YSU Barnes & Noble.

Food for Thought book discussion will be hosted by our community partner Cultivate Cafe, 901 Elm St., on Wednesday, April 10, 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 series’ upcoming selections by writers who have recently visited the Valley.

May 15 (Nonfiction) Cokie Roberts | Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation

Food for Thought: Get in Trouble

Kelly Link was a recent visiting writer at YSU, and we have selected her book as part of indexour series of titles by recent author visitors to the Valley. About Get in Trouble, the New York Times writes, “It has taken Link 10 years to produce her new story collection, Get in Trouble, and it is just as brilliant as her last, Magic for Beginners.”

You can find copies of the book at the Mahoning and Trumbull County libraries, YSU Maag Library via OhioLink, from the publisher, and at the YSU Barnes & Noble.

Food for Thought book discussion will be hosted by our community partner Cultivate Cafe, 901 Elm St., on Wednesday, March 13, 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 series’ upcoming selections by writers who have recently visited the Valley:

April 10 (Memoir) Scott Simon | Unforgettable
May 15 (Nonfiction) Cokie Roberts | Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation

Food for Thought: I’m Still Here

Austin Channing Brown recently spoke at St. John’s Episcopal Church, so we have selected her book as part of our series of titles by recent author visitors to the Valley. About I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness the publisher writes, “Austin Channing Brown’s first encounter with a racialized America came at age 7, when she discovered her parents named her Austin to deceive future employers into thinking she was a white man. Growing up in majority-white schools, organizations, and churches, Austin writes, ‘I had to learn what it means to love blackness,’ a journey that led to a lifetime spent navigating America’s racial divide as a writer, speaker and expert who helps organizations practice genuine inclusion.”

You can find copies of the book at the Mahoning (e-book) and Trumbull County libraries, YSU Maag Library via OhioLink, from the publisher, and at the YSU Barnes & Noble.

Food for Thought book discussion will be hosted by our community partner Cultivate Cafe, 901 Elm St., on Wednesday, February 13, 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 series’ upcoming selections by writers who have recently visited the Valley:

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: 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.