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Anderson, Sherwood

Born: September 13, 1876 Died: March 8, 1941 Ohio connection: Birth Camden Born in Ohio, Sherwood Anderson was a largely self-educated short-story writer and novelist. His formative years were spent in Clyde, Ohio, and he later lived for a number of years in Elyria. Although he published several novels, including Poor White (1920) and Many Marriages (1923), his most famous …

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Ames, Delano

Born: May 29, 1906 Died: January, 1987 Ohio connection: Birth Mount Vernon Delano L. Ames was born in Mount Vernon, Ohio, on May 29, 1906.  He was the son of Benjamin and Isabel Cooper (nee Kirk) Ames. Delano’s father was a prominent businessman in Knox County, but moved the family to New Mexico in 1917.  As a …

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Alger, Leclaire

(Sorche Nic Leodhas) Born: May 20, 1898 Died: November 14, 1969 Ohio connection: Birth Youngstown Born Leclaire Gowans on May 20, 1898, in Youngstown, Ohio, Alger wrote most of her books under the Gaelic pen-name Sorche Nic Leodhas (pronounced “Sore-ka Nik Le-oh-das”), which means “Claire, daughter of Louis.” Writing under the Gaelic pseudonym provided realism to her Gaelic tales …

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Alder, Elizabeth

Born: August 8, 1954 Ohio connection: Birth Painesville Elizabeth A. Alder was born on August 8, 1954 in Painesville, Ohio, daughter of Robert A., a lawyer who helped found the Lake County Public Defender’s Office and Angela V. Clair (nee Belew).  An award-winning author of historical fiction for children and young adults, Alder’s path toward becoming a …

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Albacete, M. J.

Born: July 23, 1939 Ohio connection: Birth Canton Manuel Joseph Albacete was born on July 23, 1939 in Canton, Ohio, son of Francisco Albacete (contractor) and Anna Siska Albacete.  Most of his life he has lived in Canton, except for a period of eight years when the family resided in Johnstown, PA from 1946 to 1954.   …

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Adoff, Arnold

Born: July 16, 1935 Ohio connection: Resident Yellow Springs A champion of multiculturalism and an accomplished poet and anthologist, Arnold Adoff was born in New York City. His father had immigrated to the United States from a town near the Polish-Russian border, and the Adoff family was well-read, with a keen sense of their Jewish heritage. At …

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Adkins, Jan

Born: November 7, 1944 Ohio connection: Birth Gallipolis Born in Gallipolis, OH, and raised across the river in Wheeling, West Virginia, author and illustrator Jan Adkins has said that he is “an explainer, a storyteller with words and images, an advocate for young minds, a resource for images, and a dinosaur holdout for simplicity and grace …

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A New Get Graphic! Book Discussion Series Begins Thursday, June 4, 2015

A New Get Graphic! Book Discussion Series Begins Thursday, June 4, 2015

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a superhero would have a traumatic origin story.  We must ask, though, why are these origins always filled with such suffering? And how do these superheroes learn to work with their painful histories as they protect and transform the world around them? We will ask these questions and …

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Brown Bag Book Clubs at Main Library Featuring AWBA-Winning Titles with Guest Reader Valentino Zullo Begin Wednesday, June 10, 2015

On June 10, 2015, Ohio Center for the Book (OCFB) at Cleveland Public Library will begin a series of lunchtime book club discussions with guest reader Valentino Zullo, featuring Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards (AWBA) winning titles. One book discussion will be held each month, June through August 2015, on Wednesdays at noon, and will take place …

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OCFB Book Set Titles on Race Available for ‘It’s Time to Talk:’ Book Clubs

  Cleveland Public Library (CPL) is “The People’s University,” the center of learning for a diverse and inclusive community. CPL’s vision is to be the driving force behind a powerful culture of learning that will inspire Clevelanders from all walks of life to continually learn, share and seek out new knowledge in ways that are …

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