May 9 Poetry Hour

Do you like to write poetry? Read and share it with others?

Or listen to local poets read their work?

Join us:

Poetry Hour

at the Akron Summit County Public Library

Main Library, Meeting Room 1

Saturday, 3 – 4pm

May 9, 2015

Please email or call 330-643-9015 to register to read and share your poetry for a 5 minute interval. Reserve a seat to relax and enjoy the words of our local poets.

Registration is requested. Coffee and cookies provided. Adults ages 18 and over.

Poems read at the Poetry Hour should not be overtly explicit in language or subject matter.

Meeting Room door opens at 2:00 pm. Parking in the High/Market deck is free on Saturday.


Upcoming Debuts

ohOh! You Pretty Things by Shanna Mahin. Jess Dunne is third-generation Hollywood, but her star on the boulevard has yet to materialize. Sure, she’s got a Santa Monica address and a working actress roommate, but with her nowhere barista job in a town that acknowledges zeroes only as a dress size, she’s a dead girl walking. Enter Jess’s mother–a failed actress who puts the strange in estrangement. She dives headlong into her daughter’s downward spiral, forcing Jess to muster all her spite and self-preservation to snag a career upgrade.

The Turner House by Angela Flournoy centers on the journey of the Turner family and its thirteen siblings, particularly the eldest and youngest, as they face the ghosts of their pasts–both an actual haunting  and the specter of addiction–the imminent loss of their mother, and the necessary abandonment of their family home inlaur struggling Detroit.

The Wonder Garden by Lauren Acampora. Linked stories take a trenchant look at the flawed people of suburbia, incisive tales that reveal at each turn the unseen battles we play out behind drawn blinds, the creeping truths from which we distract ourselves, and the massive dreams we haul quietly with us and hold close.

undThe Underwriting by Michelle Miller. Todd Kent is young, hot, and on his way to the top of Wall Street when the eccentric founder of Hook, the popular new dating app, handpicks him to lead its IPO. Given just two months to pull it off, Todd and his investment banking team–brainy Neha, party-boy Beau, and old college flame Tara Taylor–race to close the $14 billion deal of the decade.

War of the Encyclopaedists by Christopher Robinson & Gavin Kovite. At 23, best friends Mickey Montauk and Halifax Corderoy are ready for graduate school in Boston when Mickey discovers that his National Guard unit will deploy to Baghdad at summer’s end. Meanwhile, Halifax’s girlfriend Mani really needs his help, just as he’s preparing to leave her. As they face unexpected swerves in the road, the two friends continue to connect by editing a Wikipedia article about themselves.


New Biographies and Memoirs

bardPicnic in Provence: A Memoir with Recipes by Elizabeth Bard, author of Lunch in Paris takes us on another delicious journey, this time to the heart of Provence.

Motorcycles I’ve Loved: A Memoir by Lily Brooks-Dalton, about a young woman who discovers the allure of motorcycles as she forges her own path.

Visiting Hours: A Memoir of Friendship and Murder by Amy Butcher is a writer and Ohio Wesleyan professor’s account of the trauma she suffered in the wake of a murder committed by a close friend.

The Folded Clock: A Diary by Heidi Julavits. Discovering her childhood diaries, novelist Julavits determined to take her confessions tofold the page again as a woman in her forties.

The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly: A Physician’s First Year by Matt McCarthy, whose visions of mastery quickly gave way to hopes of simply surviving hospital life, where confidence was hard to come by and no amount of med school training could dispel the terror of facing actual patients.

If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran by Carla Power is a journalist’s account of the year she spent probing the meaning of the Quran with a conservative Muslim religious scholar.

Another Little Piece of My Heart: My Life of Rock and Revolution in the ’60s by Richard Goldstein, from the man who invented rock criticism, a splashy personal account of 60s counterculture.

The Light of the World: A Memoir by Elizabeth Alexander, in which the distinguished poet meditates on the early death of her beloved artist husband.


New Thrillers

edThe Russian Bride by Ed Kovacs. Major Kit Bennings is an elite military intelligence agent working undercover in Moscow. When he is blackmailed and compromised by a brutal mafia don and former KGB general, he knows that his military career, if not his life, will soon be over. With little to lose, he goes rogue in the hope of saving his kidnapped sister and stopping a deadly scheme directed against America.

Pleasantville by Attica Locke. Jay Porter is struggling to cope with catastrophic changes in his personal life and the disintegration of his environmental law practice.att His victory against Cole Oil is still the crown jewel of his career, even if he hasn’t yet seen a dime thanks to appeals. But time has taken its toll. Tired and restless, he’s ready to quit. Until a girl goes missing on Election Night, 1996.

Someone Is Watching by Joy Fielding. As a special investigator for a hotshot Miami law firm, Bailey Carpenter is smart, savvy, and fearless. When she’s assigned to spy on a deadbeat dad in the middle of the night, Bailey thinks nothing of the potential dangers, only that she needs to gather evidence. Then she is completely blindsided–attacked and nearly killed. Now the firm grip Bailey once had on her life is shaken. Her nightmares merge into her waking hours and she’s unable to venture beyond her front door without panicking.

brenHouse of Echoes by Brendan Duffy. A young New York City couple with a boy and a baby in tow, Ben and Caroline Tierney had it all…until Ben’s second novel missed the mark, Caroline lost her lucrative banking job, and something went wrong with 8-year-old Charlie. When Ben inherits land way upstate from his grandmother, the two of them began to believe in second chances. But upon arriving in Swannhaven, a town that seems to have been forgotten by time, they’reyou beset by strange sights and disconcerting developments…

You Can Trust Me by Sophie McKenzie. On a quiet, gray, Saturday morning, Livy arrives at her best friend Julia’s flat for a lunch date only to find her dead. Though all the evidence supports it, Livy cannot accept the official ruling of suicide; the Julia she remembers was loud, inappropriate, joyful, outrageous and loving, not depressed. The suspicious circumstances cause Livy to dig further, and she is suddenly forced to confront a horrifying possibility: that Julia was murdered, by the same man who killed Livy’s sister, Kara, eighteen years ago.



May 6 Book Group

this is where i leave youOur selection for May is This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper.

For more information on our lively group call 330-643-9015. We meet the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm. Copies of the discussion books are available at the Culture & AV desk.

Ages 18 and over. Meeting Room 1. Door opens at 6pm.


New Fantasy

crowThe Crow of Connemara by Stephen Leigh. Colin Doyle is young Irish-American musician from Chicago, whose interest is traditional Irish music. Maeve Gallagher is an Oileanach, an “Islander” from Ireland’s west coast. Islanders are outcasts treated with suspicion by the locals, who think them responsible for wild and strange happenings in the area. Colin soon discovers that he’s connected to Maeve in ways he never could have imagined.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab. Kell is one of the last Travelers–magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes, and as such, he can choose where he lands. There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George. Then there’s Red London, where life and magicadams are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. And White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne…

The Exile: Book One of the Fae by C. T. Adams. Brianna Hai runs an occult shop that sells useless trinkets to tourists–and real magic supplies to witches and warlocks. The magical painting that hangs in Brianna’s apartment is the last portal between the fae and human worlds. A shocking magical assault on her home reveals to Brianna that her father, High King Liu of the Fae, is under attack. With the help of her gargoyle, Pug, her friend David, and Angelo, a police detective who doesn’t believe in magic, Brianna recovers what was stolen from her and becomes an unwilling potential heir to the throne.

harHarrison Squared by Daryl Gregory. Harrison Harrison–H2 to his mom–is a lonely teenager who’s been terrified of the water ever since he was a toddler in California, when a huge sea creature capsized their boat, and his father vanished. One of the “sensitives” who are attuned to the supernatural world, Harrison and his mother have just moved to the worst possible place for a boy like him: Dunnsmouth, a Lovecraftian town perched on rocks above the Atlantic, where strange things go on by night, monsters lurk under the waves, and creepy teachers run the local high school.


New Romance

curCursed by Fire: The Immortal Brothers by Jacquelyn Frank. For centuries, Dethan has been trapped in a fiery inferno for defying the gods and snatching the power of immortality. Condemned to have his battle-hardened body licked by flames only to regenerate and be consumed all over again, Dethan has lost all hope–untilgena the Goddess of Conflict appears.

The Closer You Come: Original Heartbreakers #1 by Gena Showalter. Just released from prison, Jase Hollister has one goal: stay out of trouble. Strawberry Valley, Oklahoma, sounds like the perfect place for him and his two brothers-by-circumstance to settle down and live a nice, simple life. But model citizen isn’t exactly this rugged bachelor’s default setting–especially when it comes to a certain hot-blooded Southern beauty…

Wild Hearts: Secrets and Lies #1 by Sharon Sala. Dallas Phillips refuses to believe her father committed suicide, even though things were tough on his farm and he was deeply in debt. When she hears he’d told a neighbor about an upcoming windfall, she grows suspicious, and her suspicion only deepens when she dukerealizes someone is lurking in the nearby mountains after dark.

The Duke’s Disaster byGrace Burrowes. Noah Winters, Duke of Anselm, exercises the pragmatism for which he’s infamous when his preferred choice of bride cries off, and her companion, Lady Thea Collins, becomes his next choice for his duchess. Lady Thea’s mature, sensible and even rather attractive–what could possibly gogirl wrong?

The Girls of Mischief Bay by Susan Mallery. Nicole Lord wants to be a good wife, but there’s a difference between being supportive and supporting her husband, who quit his job to write a screenplay she’s never seen. He won’t even help take care of their son, leaving Nicole to run the house and work full-time.


Akron Crossword Puzzle Tournament 2015 Scores

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who participated in the Sixth Annual

Akron Crossword Puzzle Tournament!

Saturday, March 28, 2015


Akron Crossword Puzzle Tournament Scores 2015

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Congratulations to Our Finalists

First Place: Anthony Antonakas

Second Place: Rebecca Britton

Third Place: Maren Jennings

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Thank you again to NYTimes Editor Will Shortz for providing us with crossword puzzles for our tournament.


We are already looking forward to next year for our seventh crossword tournament!



Play Ball!

split…with these new baseball books.

Billy Martin: Baseball’s Flawed Genius by Bill Pennington.

Split Season: 1981: Fernandomania, the Bronx Zoo, and the Strike That Saved Baseball by Jeff Katz.

The League of Outsider Baseball: An Illustrated History of Baseball’s Forgotten Heroes by Gary Cieradkowski.knu

Knuckleball: The History of the Unhittable Pitch by Lew Freedman.

The Game Must Go On: Hank Greenberg, Pete Gray, and the Great Days of Baseball on the Home Front in WWII by John Klima.

Great Stuff: Baseball’s Most Amazing Pitching Feats by Rich Westcott.

A Calculus of Color: The Integration of Baseball’s American League by Robert Kuhn McGregor.

Marvin Miller, Baseball Revolutionary by Robert F. Burk.

The Journey Home: My Life in Pinstripes by Jorge Posada.

Big Data Baseball: Math, Miracles, and the End of a 20-Year Losing Streak by Travis Sawchik.

Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty by Charles Leerhsen.


Vietnam From Both Sides

symThe Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen. It is April 1975, and Saigon is in chaos. At his villa, a general of the South Vietnamese army is drinking old burgundy and drawing up a list of those who will be given passage aboard the helicopters that will soon abandon the city. A captain is working with the general on this list, a man who makes sure to save himself and a select group of others. When the group arrives in Los Angeles, this captain speedily writes a letter to an “aunt” in Paris–a woman whogiv he has never met. She will pass the letter, with its coded descriptions of his compatriots and their efforts to continue fighting the war, to its true recipient: the captain’s friend Man, a high-up within the Viet Cong.

The Given World by Marian Palaia. When Riley and her parents get the news that her big brother, Mick, is missing in action in Vietnam, it blows a hole in the family bigger than any landmine could. Riley takes refuge in isolation and drugs but a few years later falls in love with Darrell, a boy from the local reservation who tells her of his induction into the Army just as Riley discovers she’s pregnant, at seventeen. Left behind again, Riley begins a journey that takes her to San Francisco, Saigon, the haunted tunnels of Cu Chi, and finally back to Montana.