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Friends of the Library Local Authors Book Talk Series
Mary Doria Russell
Thursday, April 18, 2013
12:00 pm
Rhodes Tower, room 503 (in the Michael Schwartz Library)
Free and open to the general public

Meet Mary Doria Russell, winner of numerous national and international literary awards, on April 18, 2013 at Noon in the CSU Michael Schwartz Library, Rhodes Tower, room 503. Her visit will include a discussion of her new fiction, Doc , which examines the Old West of Doc Holliday and Dodge City, followed by a question-and-answer session, and a book signing. Doc will be available for purchase directly before and after the event, courtesy of the CSU Bookstore. The event is free, but please call 216.875.9734 or email b.i.loomis@csuohio.edu to register. Refreshments will be served.

Born to the life of a Southern gentleman, Dr. John Henry Holliday arrives on the Texas frontier hoping that the dry air and sunshine of the West will restore him to health. Soon, with few job prospects, Doc Holliday is gambling professionally with his partner, Mária Katarina Harony, a high-strung, classically educated Hungarian whore. In search of high-stakes poker, the couple hits the saloons of Dodge City. And that is where the unlikely friendship of Doc Holliday and a fearless lawman named Wyatt Earp begins -- before the gunfight at the O.K. Corral links their names forever in American frontier mythology -- when neither man wanted fame or deserved notoriety.

A national best seller! "A magnificent read ... filled with action and humor yet philosophically rich and deeply moving ... more realistic yet more riveting than any movie or TV western ... Doc Holliday is the tragic hero in this terrific bio-epic." - - Kirkus Reviews (starred review) [review from Amazon.com]

About the Author
Mary Doria Russell is a New York Times bestselling author and has been called one of the most versatile writers in contemporary American literature. Her novels, which include of The Sparrow, Children of God, A Thread of Grace, and Dreamers of the Day

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Book Discussion of Rachel Maddow's Book Drift, April 4 at Noon

Join the Friends of the Library Brown Bag Book Discussion of Rachel Maddow's book Drift:The Unmooring of American Military Power on April 4 at noonin RT 503. Discussion will be led by Barbara Strauss, Assistant Director, Discovery Support Services, Michael Schwartz Library.

The #1 New York Times bestseller that charts America's dangerous drift into a state of perpetual war. Written with bracing wit and intelligence, Rachel Maddow's Drift argues that we've drifted away from America's original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war. To understand how we've arrived at such a dangerous place, Maddow takes us from the Vietnam War to today's war in Afghanistan, along the way exploring Reagan's radical presidency, the disturbing rise of executive authority, the gradual outsourcing of our war-making capabilities to private companies, the plummeting percentage of American families whose children fight our constant wars for us, and even the changing fortunes of G.I. Joe. Ultimately, she shows us just how much we stand to lose by allowing the scope of American military power to overpower our political discourse.

Sensible yet provocative, dead serious yet seriously funny, Drift will reinvigorate a "loud and jangly" political debate about our vast and confounding national security state {Amazon.com).

Join the conversation! Refreshments will be served. Call 216-875-9734 for more information.

Take a Gone With the Wind excursion on March 15 with Friends of the Library

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The Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library are planning a Gone with the Wind excursion during CSU's spring break, on Friday, March 15, 2013. Take a chartered bus from Cleveland to Cadiz, Ohio, the birth place of Clark Gable, where you can spend the morning touring his birth home and museum, visiting the gift shop, or walking the museum grounds. Lunch will follow at a local restaurant, which includes a discussion of the epic novel of love and war and its film adaption, one of the most celebrated and popular movies of all time.

Tickets are $30 per person (does not include cost of lunch).

Pickup locations:

  • 8:00 a.m. at Lakefront Lines (secure parking), 13315 Brookpark Road, Brook Park, Ohio
  • 8:20 a.m. at Cleveland State University, 1860 East 22nd Street, Cleveland, between Chester and Euclid

The bus will return to Cleveland before 5:00 p.m.

The excursion is open to the CSU campus community, Friends of the Library, and the general public. Call 216-875-9734 or email b.i.loomis@csuohio.edu (subject: Gone With the Wind) by February 15, 2013 to reserve a seat. Limited Seating.

The 1936 Pulitzer-winning novel by Margaret Mitchell is available for checkout at the Michael Schwartz Library.

Friends of the Library Book Discussion Series, Author Visit & More

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The Friends of the Cleveland State University Michael Schwartz Library presents its 2012/2013 Brown Bag Book Discussion Series. The discussions are free and open to the CSU campus and the general community. Call 216-875-9734 for more information. Mark your calendars and join the conversation!
Discussions begin at noon in Rhodes Tower 503.

  • Iron Heel by Jack London; Thursday, February 14, 2013
  • Doc by Maria Doria Russell; Thursday, March 21, 2013
  • Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power, by Rachel Maddow; Thursday, April 4, 2013
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Best seller Mary Doria Russell will visit CSU in the Spring
The Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library Annual Local Authors Book Talk Series will feature Mary Doria Russell, who will visit CSU on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at noon in RT 503 to discuss her new fiction, Doc, which examines the Old West of Doc Holliday and Dodge City.

Mary Doria Russell

Gone With the Wind Excursion
Are you a Gone With the Wind enthusiast? If so, mark your calendar for Friday, March 15, 2013 for a one day excursion that will immerse you in all things Gone With the Wind! Take a chartered bus with the Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library to Cadiz, Ohio, for a tour of the Clark Gable birthplace and museum, lunch, book and film discussion and more!

A nominal fee will be charged — Details are forthcoming. Call 216-875-9734 for more information.

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Friends of the Library 2012-2013 Book Discussions

The Friends of the Cleveland State University Michael Schwartz Library presents its 2012/2013 Brown Bag Book Discussion Series. The first discussion features Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston on Thursday September 13 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the Michael Schwartz Library, Rhodes Tower, room 503. The discussion is in collaboration with the Academic Conference titled "Watching God and Reading Hurston*," which celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the publication of Their Eyes Were Watching God, one of the most important works of twentieth-century American literature. Meet Conference Director and Associate Professor of History at CSU, Dr. Regennia Williams, who will lead the conversation.

Zora Neale Hurston's beloved 1937 classic is an enduring Southern love story sparkling with wit, beauty, and heartfelt wisdom. Told in the captivating voice of a woman who refuses to live in sorrow, fear, or foolish romantic dreams, it is the story of fair-skinned, fiercely independent Janie Crawford, and her evolving selfhood through three marriages and a life marked by poverty, trials, and purpose. A true literary wonder, Hurston's masterwork remains as relevant and affecting today as when it was first published — perhaps the most widely read and highly regarded novel in the entire canon of African American literature. Their Eyes Were Watching God has been included in the Library of Congress exhibition "Books That Shaped America" as it reflects "our nation's unique and extraordinary literary heritage."

Refreshments will be provided.
Please call 216-875-9734 or email b.i.loomis@csuohio.edu for more information about the book discussion.

More in discussions in the series:

  • Iron Heel by Jack London: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at noon
  • Doc by Mary Doria Russell: Thursday, March 21, 2013 at noon
  • Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power by Rachael Maddow: Thursday, April 4 at noon

* "Watching God and Reading Hurston: An International Interdisciplinary Academic Conference" will be held from September 19 through 22, 2012 at Cleveland State University and is open to all CSU faculty, staff, and students as well as the general public. Early registration deadline is September 15, 2012 (Encouraged for those interested in attending full conference with meal functions). Walk-in Registration: September 15 - 22, 2012. For more information, please contact Dr. Regennia Williams, Conference Director and Founder and Director of The Initiative for the Study of Religion and Spirituality in the History of Africa and the Diaspora (RASHAD) and The Cleveland Chautauqua Program at 216-523-7182 or r.williams@csuohio.edu.

Friends of the Library Book Discussion
Their Eyes Were Watching God
By Zora Neale Hurston
Discussion Leader: Dr. Regennia Williams, Associate Professor of History at CSU
Thursday, September 13, 2012
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Michael Schwartz Library
1860 East 22nd Street
Rhodes Tower, Room 503
Cleveland
Free and open to the general public

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Book Discussion
The Paris Wife
by Paula McLain
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(suggested reading accompaniment: A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway)
2121 Euclid Avenue
Rhodes Tower, room 503 (in the Michael Schwartz Library)
Free and open to the general public

Join the Friends of the Library on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. in the Michael Schwartz Library, RT 503 to discuss The Paris Wife by Cleveland poet and novelist Paula McClain. Annie Jouan-Westlund, CSU's Associate Professor of French, will lead this discussion.

A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley. Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness--until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group--the fabled "Lost Generation — that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald." Read more about the book.

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Coming April 11!
3:00 - 4:30 pm
CSU Michael Schwartz Library
RT 503

The Annual Local Authors Book Talk Series will feature Paula McLain, who will visit the Library on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 to discuss her New York Times best seller, A Paris Wife. Paula McLain is the author of Like Family,, a highly regarded memoir of life in foster care, two collections of poems, as well as A Ticket to Ride, her acclaimed first novel of growing up in the 1970s. She is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, holds an MFA from the University of Michigan.

To reserve a seat or for more information call 216-875-9734.

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Book Discussion
World and Town
by Gish Jen
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
2121 Euclid Avenue
Rhodes Tower, room 503 (in the Michael Schwartz Library)
Free and open to the general public

Join the Friends of the Library on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. in the Michael Schwartz Library, RT 503 to discuss World and Town by novelist and short story writer Gish Jen. Glenda Thornton, Director of the Michael Schwatz Library, CSU, will lead the book discussion.

From the much-loved author of Who's Irish? and The Love Wife, a world-sized novel set in a small New England Town. Hattie Kong--the spirited offspring of a descendant of Confucius and an American missionary to China--has, in her fiftieth year of living in the United States, lost both her husband and her best friend to cancer. It is an utterly devastating loss, of course, and also heartbreakingly absurd: a little, she thinks, "like having twins. She got to book the same church with the same pianist for both funerals and did think she should have gotten some sort of twofer from the crematorium." Moving, humorous, compassionate, and expansive, World and Town is as rich in character as it is brilliantly evocative of its time and place.

To reserve a seat or for more information call 216-875-9734.

Find out more about upcoming Friends of the Library Book Discussions.

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Book Discussion
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and and American Family in Hitler's Berlin
by Erik Larson
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
2121 Euclid Avenue
Rhodes Tower, room 503 (in the Michael Schwartz Library)
Free and open to the general public

Join the Friends of the Library on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 3:00 in the Michael Schwartz Library, RT 503 to discuss best-selling author Erik Larson's true tale of diplomacy and intrigue, In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and and American Family in Hitler's Berlin. Barbara Strauss, Assistant Director of Technical Services at the Michael Schwartz Library, CSU, will lead book discussion.

Erik Larson has been widely acclaimed as a master of narrative non-fiction, and in his new book, this bestselling author turns his hand to a remarkable story set during Hitler's rise to power. The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America's first ambassador to Hitler's Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. "Larson has meticulously researched the Dodds' intimate witness to Hitler's ascendancy and created an edifying narrative of this historical byway that has all the pleasures of a political thriller. . . a fresh picture of these terrible events."

To reserve a seat or for more information call 216-875-9734.

Find out more about upcoming Friends of the Library Book Discussions.