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October is nearly upon us, and that means Octavofest is almost here!  During the entire month of October various libraries and institutions in Northeast Ohio will host / present classes, workshops, lectures, and exhibits to celebrate the book and paper arts.  All events are listed in the Octavofest 2014 Events Calendar.

Click the image (left) to view the Octavofest 2014 events poster.


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Meet Karen Long, former book editor for The Plain Dealer and current host and sponsor of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards (AWBA), as we kick off this season's "Brown Bag Book Clubs at Main Library." This kick-off event will be held at noon on September 3, 2014 at Cleveland Public Library, Main Library, 2nd floor, Literature Department. Karen will discuss all of the 2014 AWBA winners including The Big Smoke by Adrian Matejka, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra, and My Promised Land by Ari Shavit. A more in-dept discussion of each book will occur weekly beginning Wednesday, September 10, at noon in the Literature Department. Click on the kick-off event image above to view/print the flyer of the new season of all book discussions to take place in the Literature Department. Click on "Read More" (below) to view all book club discussions to take place in subject departments including Popular Library, Social Sciences, and History; link to CPL's online public access catalog to place reserve(s). Books will be available in the Literature Department, Main Library, 2nd floor, for check-out in Lending. 

Established in 1935 by Edith Anisfield-Wolf, a former Library Board of Trustee, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards remain the only juried book prize that addresses racism and diversity of cultures. A complete set of all of the past winners is housed in the Special Collections Department, Main Library, 3rd floor.  The AWBA ceremony will take place Thursday, September 11, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. in the Ohio Theater of PlayhouseSquare, 1511 Euclid Avenue. 

Karen R. Long served as book editor of The Plain Dealer for eight years before becoming the host and sponsor of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, as a consultant for the Cleveland Foundation. Long is a vice president for the National Book Critics Circle, where she is a judge for its six annual prizes, awarded each March in New York City. A voracious reader since she wore her cat-eyed glasses to kindergarten in Seattle, Long raised three children in Cleveland Heights with husband Joe Frolik.



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Cleveland Public Library and Ohio Center for the Book Present : Comics and the Clinic

A Graphic Novel Book Club, with Guest Reader Valentino Zullo

A New Installment in the OCFB Get Graphic! Series. In this series we will discuss the role the emerging media of comics may have in social work practice and how comics have been informed by clinical experiences. Together we will explore various interpretations of "the clinic" and understand how clinics have been influenced by, and/or responded to, such various disciplines as psychiatry, psychology, social work and psychoanalysis. Readers will learn that there is quite a shared history between comics and the clinic. Be sure to join us to find out more! Titles featured in this series are: Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama by Alison Bechdel; Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary by Justin Green; Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast; Marbles by Ellen Forney and My Depression by Elizabeth Swados.

WHEN:  3rd Thursday in September, October & December 2014
TIME:  4:00 PM
WHERE: Cleveland Public Library, Literature DepartmentMain Building, 2nd Floor. Cleveland Public Library is located at 325 Superior Avenue. For more information, call the Literature Department at 216-623-2881.

Click here to print/view the flyer for this series. Click "Read More" to see the schedule, and link to Cleveland Public Library's online public catalog to reserve titles featured in this series.

About the Speaker. Valentino Zullo holds a Master of Arts in English and Women’s Studies from Bowling Green State University where he studied Comics as Literature. He is currently a student at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. He is also an early admissions student for psychoanalytic training at the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center. Valentino believes in Literature, Social Justice and the Superhero Way!


  Get Graphic! with the Ohio Center for the Book


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