Author: Ohio Center for the Book

National Book Festival 2019 Discover Great Places Through Reading: “Miss Mary Reporting”

The 19th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held in Washington, DC, Saturday, August 31. The festival brings the nation’s leading authors, poets and illustrators together for one day to read and discuss their works. Each year a list of books representing the literary heritage of the 53 affiliates of the Library …

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Literary Frolic Fridays: June, 2019 edition ~ John Steinbeck’s East of Eden

In the winter of 1947, John Steinbeck was desperate to “get back” to writing, to real writing, and to devote every fiber of his being to “a long slow piece of work.” To him, his hitherto published work represented only practice, training, a foreshadowing of what he could write—what he must write.  Far too long …

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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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