The tale of a First Lady (Bird)

The complicated but devoted marriage between President Lyndon B. Johnson and his wife Lady Bird is the subject of this month’s edition of the Presidential History Book Club at the Hayes Presidential Library in Fremont. Lady Bird and Lyndon by Betty Boyd Caroli is the result of years of research with access to the LBJ

Where in the world is Carmen?

Toledo author Genevieve Geha Kirkbride told a spellbinding yarn with her 2018 debut novel Carmen. Now, Kirkbride returns to the world she created while illuminating the Glass City of the past with the sequel, Carmen — from Damascus to Toledo. The story takes place in the mid-20th century, following the path of heroine Carmen as

New book an examination of mental health treatments from years past

Located at the corner of South Detroit and Arlington Avenues, Toledo State Hospital was operational from 1888 until the early 1980s. Its emphasis on the cottage model — as opposed to the sterile, more traditional, institutional facilities prevalent during its time — made the hospital for the mentally ill a progressive example of compassionate care. 

The best books you’ve read in 2020

What were some of the best books you had a chance to read this year? Share your discoveries with a virtual group of friends. The Wood County District Public Library hosts a Google Meet session, The Best Books We Read in 2020, on Thursday, December 17. Join the chat, share your ideas and get some

Glass City Blues author tells new stories

Nathan Elias, a Toledo native now living in Florida, grabbed attention two years ago with his debut chapbook of poems entitled Glass City Blues. The author has followed up with The Reincarnations, an eclectic collection of short stories. Elias is also currently working on a novel, Coil Quake Rift, scheduled for publication early next year.

A good doctor’s Extraordinary Mission

Bestselling author, mobile eye doctor and Catholic speaker Dr. John R. Wood will be the guest at the Catholic Business Network’s next free event on Thursday, December 3. Entitled The Extraordinary Mission, the event will see Dr. Wood discussing issues related to the body, faith and more. Dr. Wood has authored three books, The Light

Murder and mystery in 1920’s Ohio

The work of Dayton native Jess Montgomery will take center stage at the Wood County District Public Library’s monthly Coffee Talk Book Discussion. The Widows, a thrilling mystery set in 1920’s Ohio, is the subject for the virtual meeting. The book tells the tale of a woman whose sheriff husband is murdered while transporting a

A history of the opiate epidemic

Harbor, a mental health service provider, is teaming up with the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Northwest Ohio to present a discussion about Sam Quinones’ harrowing book Dreamland. A look at the opiate epidemic over the course of 15 years, Dreamland follows its story from the streets to the clinics and all places