Book Notes – May 2022

Beauty shining like the Sun
Inspired by the story of a real-life Persian princess, Anita Amirrrezvani’s acclaimed novel Equal of the Sun tells of a unique bond that forms between the Shah’s daughter and a eunuch in 16th century Iran. Held in conjunction with the new exhibit Bestowing Beauty: Masterpieces from Persian Lands, the Toledo Museum of Art’s May Book Club will feature a Zoom discussion of Amirrrezvani’s book, as well as an in-person tour of the exhibit at TMA. Virtual discussion: Wednesday, May 4 at 5:30pm. Tour: Friday, May 6 at 5:30pm. 2445 Monroe St. Free, but registration is required. Call 419-254-5770 or email library@toledomuseum.org to register.

Murder & Macarons
You wouldn’t think a small-town baker would find herself in the middle of investigating a murder mystery, especially more than one, but it just keeps happening to Lindsey Bakeswell, the lead character of author Darci Hannah’s Beacon Bakeshop mystery series. Hannah will be the featured author at Gathering Volumes’ monthly Wine & Words | Beer & Books event on Tuesday, May 3, discussing the first book of the series, Murder at the Beacon Bakeshop. Enjoy a lively discussion and a beverage, or two! 6:30-7:30pm. Gathering Volumes, 196 E. South Boundary, Perrysburg. 567-336-6188. gatheringvolumes.com

Sounds of Appalachia
The often overlooked experiences of Ohio’s Appalachian population— roughly a quarter of the state is part of Appalachia— is the subject of a fascinating anthology of poetry, I Thought I Heard a Cardinal Sing, Ohio’s Appalachian Voices. On Saturday, May 14, a poetry reading will be held at Toledo-Lucas County Public Library’s Main Branch McMaster Center, with selections from the book being read. Among those performing will be editor Kari Gunter-Seymour, Ohio’s Poet Laureate, as well as other featured poets. A book signing will follow the event. 2-4pm. 325 Michigan St. 419-259-5200. toledolibrary.org Free