From ditch digger to entrepreneur— Ken Rusk shares his insights

“Years and years ago, we had something called shop class in our high schools,” said Ken Rusk, owner of Everdry Waterproofing of Toledo. “That got replaced, back in the 80’s, by rooms of computers. Which is fine, because we needed to learn those skills. At the same time, (however), it eliminated the chance for a

Take to the Black Kite stage again

After a long layoff, forced by the quarantine orders, Black Kite Coffee on Collingwood recently restarted an Open Mic Night. Held on a bi-weekly basis on Tuesdays at 5:30pm, the Black Kite’s Open Mic welcomes artists of all stripes, from musicians to poets and more. Spearheaded by UT alumnus and Toledo native Samuel Rudd, the

Write On: Three authors shed light on what it takes to get published

If you’ve ever felt absolutely certain that the first draft of that novel you stowed away in a filing cabinet might just be the next New York Times bestseller, you’re in good company. Most literary types have fostered the notion, hoping for the prized end goal most every writer: publication. But how does one make

2020 Ode to the ZIP Code

Your ZIP code is more than just your address— it’s part of your identity.  The Toledo City Paper has made an effort to express that point since 2016, when we joined The Fair Housing Center, The Arts Commission, the Toledo Lucas County Public Library and (new this year!) Toledo Area Parent in asking Toledoans to submit

Join Sylvania Franciscan Village for Dinner and a Yousef Bashir book

Join the Sylvania Franciscan Village for this month’s Dinner and a Book event, featuring a discussion of Yousef Bashir’s memoir The Words of My Father: Love and Pain in Palestine. The book tells of Bashir’s experiences as a child in Gaza, as his father steadfastly believed in peaceful coexistence with Israel, even as Israeli soldiers

CANCELED: Linda Sarsour Joins Toledo Library’s Authors! Event

UPDATE: Due to coronavirus concerns, this event has been canceled. The Toledo Library’s Authors! series continues with an appearance by Linda Sarsour to discuss her new memoir, We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders. One of the organizers of the Women’s March and a powerful and influential voice in the feminist community, Sarsour will talk

Wine & Words Beer & Books night at Suburban Bottle

Go deep inside the issue of social justice with two of Lucas County’s poets laureate during Suburban Bottle’s monthly Wine & Words Beer & Books night. The book club will discuss the poetry collection Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice with two of the poets represented in the book, Jim Ferris and Joel

Vines and Lines at Taste Wine Bar

Enjoy some lovely conversation while holding a lovely glass of wine at the February edition of Vines and Lines, a book club held in collaboration with the Toledo Library. This month’s book selection is Another Brooklyn, Jacqueline Woodson’s story about a young woman reminiscing about her childhood as she returns to New York to bury

Author of “Ghost Readers” Victoria Brown comes to Gathering Volumes

Ghost communication would probably grab our attention— before sending us running scared, of course. For Jessica, the young heroine of The City Workers: Ghost Readers, that interaction sets off a mystery sure to entertain young audiences. Hear from the author, Victoria Brown, during her upcoming visit to Gathering Volumes. The book is available for purchase

A.S. Coomer Discusses new book “Memorabilia”

A man finds a suicide note written by a deceased friend, and it sets off a chain reaction in his mind that leads him perilously close to madness. That’s the unsettling setup to Memorabilia, the new novel by author and musician A.S. Coomer, which will be the focus of discussion at Gathering Volumes on February