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Learned Owl upcoming events for March, April

Published: March 15, 2017 12:01 AM
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The following events will be happening at The Learned Owl Book Shop, 204 N Main St., Hudson.


Join The Learned Owl Book Shop History Book Club on March 19 at 2 p.m. when they welcome Frank Lavin, a Canton native and former U.S. ambassador to Singapore. The author will be bring his book "Home Front to Battlefront: An Ohio Teenager in World War II."

Lavin writes about his father Carl's adventures, in turn disarming and sobering. The story will appeal to general readers, veterans, educators and students of the war. The book offers insight into the wartime career of a Jewish Ohioan in the military, from enlistment to training through overseas deployment. It reflects the emotions and the role of the individual in a war effort that too often considers human soldiers as interchangeable.

The History Book Club meets one Sunday a month at 2 p.m. at the shop, and is open to anyone interested in history. The group chooses a topic together and the members read any book about the topic and then share what they've learned at the meetings. There is no charge for this group.

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James Barron, author of "Piano: The Making of a Steinway Concert Grand", will be at Steinway Piano Gallery Cleveland on March 24. He will talk about his new book, "One-Cent Magenta: Inside the Quest to Own the Most Valuable Stamp in the World." Doors open at 11 a.m. and the program will begin promptly at noon.

This behind-the-scenes look at the obsessive, secretive, and often bizarre world of high-profile stamp collecting is told through the journey of a single stamp, which recently sold at auction for nearly $9.5 million.

The event is free and open to the public, but RSVP to ensure that adequate seating is available. A box lunch may be purchased by pre-order only, and people may also pre-order a copy of the book. The Learned Owl Book Shop will be on hand for those who have reserved a copy and for those wish to purchase the book at the event. There will also be copies of his book about the Steinway Concert Grand available.

Visit www.steinway-ohio.com to register. Since 1945, Steinway Piano Gallery Cleveland has served the Ohio market and has been one of the most successful Steinway retail operations in America. It hosts a wide range of musical performances and events, and houses the church organ showroom of the T. S. Good Church Organ Company.

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Cleveland area author James E. Sulecki will visit March 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. with his book "Cleveland Rams: The NFL Champs Who Left Too Soon (1936-1945)." The book is the 2016 winner of the Professional Football Researchers Association's Nelson Ross Award for "outstanding achievement in pro football research and historiography." The book is the first to examine the history of the Cleveland Rams and the context surrounding the team's move to LA, and "integrates a number of social issues, including race relations, corporate power, and the deep importance of football to many fans."

Sulecki holds a BA, Summa Cum Laude, with University Honeors in English from Cleveland State University. A former sprotswriter for daily and weekly newspapers, he now is corporate content director of a NE Ohio business media company.


Chicago author Renee Rosen is coming to Akron. She will be at the Chestnut Room at Cafe Bricco, Double Tree Hotel, 3150 W. Market St., Akron, on March 30 at 6:30 p.m.

Rosen will be talking about her new novel, "Windy City Blues," which takes place in Chicago in the middle of the 20th century. When the music of the Mississippi Delta arrived in Chicago, the music became the Blues, the soundtrack for a transformative era in American history. The novel explores one woman's journey of self-discovery set against the backdrop of a musical and social revolution.

The Learned Owl will have copies of "Windy City Blues" on hand for purchase, as well as Rosen's earlier novels, "Dollface," "What the Lady Wants," and "White Collar Girl."

There is no cost for this event.


Children's author Lindsay Ward will visit April 1 from 1 to 3 p.m. Come to meet the author and get your own signed copy of her new book, "Brobarians."

This is the tale of two warriors, once at peace, now at odds. Iggy the Brobrarian has taken over the land. Can Otto the Big Brobarian win it back? Or maybe, with a little helpf, the two brothers can find peace again.

This is an epic - and adorable - story of sibling rivalry and resolution.


Local author Cinda Williams Chima will visit April 4 at 6 p.m. to introduce her new book, "Shadowcaster," the second book in the Shattered Realms series. The story is set in the world of the acclaimed Seven Realms series a generation later.

The first book in the series, "Flamecaster," is a thrilling story of dark magic, chilling threats and two unforgettable characters walking a knife-sharp line between life and death.

"Shadowcaster," the second in the four-part series, tells of the unfathomable costs of war, the allure of dark magic and conflicted characters drawn together despite everything they are putting at risk.

For more information on any event, go to www.learnedowl.com or call 330-653-2252.

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