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Study Guide from the Literary Friday Frolickers to John Steinbeck’s The Red Pony

PART ONE: CIRCUMSTANCES BEHIND CONCEPTION OF THE RED PONY Leading up to his writing of “The Gift,” the first of what became the “Jody” short story quartet, 30-year-old John Steinbeck was deluged by a series of career setbacks and family tragedies.   Career setbacks The bulk of the royalties guaranteed to him by contract from …

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Okorafor, Nnedi

Born: April 08, 1974 Ohio connection: Birth Cincinnati Nigerian-American writer Nnedimma Nkemdili Okorafor was born on April 8, 1974 in Cincinnati, Ohio. A writer of fantasy, science fiction and speculative fiction for both children and adults, Okorafor’s novels and stories reflect her Nigerian heritage and her life in the United States. Okorafor’s books have generated a fan …

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Free Comic Book Day at the Ohio Center for the Book

We’ll be celebrating Free Comic Book Day on May 4 with cake, free comics, and more. Come dressed as your favorite superhero for photo opportunities! The festivities in Cleveland will take place at several branches of the Cleveland Public Library: Fulton Branch, 3545 Fulton Road Harvard Lee, 16918 Harvard Avenue Langston Hughes, 10200 Superior Avenue …

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Watch Live April 30 & May 1, as Students Compete in 2019 Poetry Out Loud National Finals

The 2019 Poetry Out Loud National Finals will be held April 30-May 1, in Washington, DC. Poetry Out Loud is the largest youth poetry recitation competition in the nation. Ohio Poetry Out Loud Champion, Lima Central Catholic High junior Anna Kahle, will represent Ohio as champions from each state, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the …

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An Exciting Conclusion for Annual Letters about Literature Contest!

The annual Letters about Literature competition has come to an exciting conclusion with nearly 2,000 students (1,773) from across the length and breadth of the Buckeye state participating. Once again, Ohio students have upheld the state’s strong literary heritage and, nationally, have secured her place in the literary firmament of tomorrow. Students found enlightenment reading …

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