Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day

You’re going to want to be at a local bookstore (or four) to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 29. Here’s the rundown on local book shops that have events planned: Gathering Volumes is opening an hour early, loading their schedule with an assortment of activities, including a coffee-and-donuts storytime, live music, author talks,

Book club art walk at the TMA

The journey of 100 feet begins with a single visit to the Toledo Museum of Art to join the Toledo Lucas County Library Toledo Heights Branch’s book club discussion of The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard Morais. This fictional story of an Indian boy growing up in his parent’s restaurant was made into a Spielberg-produced movie

2017 Ode to the Zip Code Poetry Contest Winners

What does your zip code mean to you? Last year, we joined the Toledo Fair Housing Center, the Arts Commission and the Toledo Lucas County Public Library and asked our community that very question— and we were overwhelmed by the responses. Short poems from our neighbors detailing how they felt about their neighborhood came pouring in— some

Mott Branch Library Book Club

If you are looking for a more involved book club, the reading group at the Mott Branch Library might be the one for you. Meeting for two hours, this month they’ll be discussing Rumaan Alam’s Rich and Pretty. Named Best Book of 2016, the story follows two best friends working through the hardships of their

Author Lizbeth Meredith discusses her latest memoir “Pieces of Me”

Hear the true, gritty and detailed events of a parent’s worst nightmare, and the courage one woman had to go through to find her abducted children. Author Lizbeth Meredith discusses her latest memoir, “Pieces of Me,” detailing the kidnapping of her daughters and what she went through to bring them home while uncovering her own

George Orwell 1984 Reading Group

Feel like talking about the inevitable totalitarian takeover and other depressing intellectual pursuits? Join the George Orwell, 1984 Reading Group, which meets every Thursday to have high-minded discussions with the works of the great science fiction (or science fact?!) writer serving as the jumping-off point. Space is limited, so please only inquire if you are

Bukowski reading at The Attic on Adams

Anger looks great on paper— especially in the form of a poem. Join writers interested in political resistance for the “We The People” Bukowski Reading. Bring your favorite Bukowski poems, and your original works about resistance, for an evening with political poets, brooding Bukowski fans, angry artists and the glue the binds them all together—

Fantasy Book Club reads A Gathering of Shadows

Fans of V.E. Schwab will be delighted to learn that the Fantasy Book Club is continuing to review the adventures of Kell Maresh, adopted prince of Red London. Meeting at Gathering Volumes, the Club will be reading A Gathering of Shadows, sequel to the smash hit A Darker Shade of Magic. Picking up four months

Local author Terence O’Leary’s new book is historical fiction

Most of us will never have to endure the profound hardships of our ancestors. Surviving a famine, voyaging across the ocean with only the clothes on your back or leaving your entire family behind to seek a better life in another land are not modern, first-world problems. And while these struggles still exist around the