Cleveland Plain Dealer

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

By Karen R. Long, The Plain Dealer

March 10, 2010, 9:48AM

 David Gergen, a dean of political commentary. What a week. I can attest that Julie Zickefoose is wonderful, and Cleveland Public Library has been getting inquiries from Michigan and Pennsylvannia about the appearance of James Howard Kunstler on Sunday. Politico David Gergen is a big deal on Monday, and Rebecca Skloot is the new darling of the nonfiction best-seller lists with “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”

Also, the very popular Dr. Michael Roizen is putting in an appearance Saturday.

Here are the details:

Thursday, March 18

Melissa Newman
The author of the novel, “Sister Blackberry,” tells a story set in rural Kentucky and northern Ohio in 1936. She will read from and sign her book, which concerns the influence of secrets and past deceptions on the characters here.
When: 7 p.m. Thursday
Where: Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Legacy Village, 24519 Cedar Rd., Lyndhurst.
Cost: Free, 216-691-7000. 

Friday, March 12

Julie Zickefoose
The talented artist, naturalist and writer of “Letters from Eden” will speak about her love of Appalachia outside her Whipple, Ohio home, where she has come to know the wild creatures as individuals and neighbors.
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Cleveland Museum of Natural History, One Wade Oval, Cleveland.
Cost: $10 nonmembers; $8 members, discounts to students and seniors. 216-2301-1177.

Sharon E. Gregor
The author of the new book, “Rockefeller’s Cleveland” about the city and the Standard Oil tycoon, will sign books and speak about the imprint of the industrialist here, and his role in re-inventing the town as a manufacturing center. Gregor is active in historic preservation in the region.
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: The Visible Voice Books, 1023 Kenilworth Ave., Cleveland.
Cost: Free. 216-961-0084.

Saturday, March 13

Dr. Michael Roizen
The famed Cleveland Clinic wellness doctor, author of “Real Age ,”gives a health talk for anyone wanting to feel younger and more energetic. A book sale and signing will follow.
When: 7 10 a.m.- 11 a.m. Saturday
Where: Parma-South branch, Administrative Office Building, Cuyahoga County Library, 2111 Snow Rd., Parma.
Cost: Free. To register: 216-398-1800.

Cinda Williams Chima
The Strongsville fantasy writer responsible for the popular Heir Chronicles books, and the new Seven Realms fantasy series, will talk about her craft and her work, which is now available in six countries overseas.
When: 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Mac’s Backs Bookstore, 1820 Coventry Rd., Cleveland Heights.
Cost: Free. 216-321-2665.

Sunday, March 14

James Howard Kunstler
The incisive social critic known for “The Long Emergency” and “The Geography of Nowhere,” a widely taught book on suburban sprawl, makes a rare appearance to discuss his ideas, and his first novel, “World Made by Hand,” which debuted to mostly strong notices in 2008.
When: 2 p.m. Sunday
Where: Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium, Cleveland Public Library, 525 Superior Ave., Cleveland.
Cost: Free. 216-623-2955.

Monday, March 15

David Gergen
A dean of American political commentary, Gergen was a presidential advisor to Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. He will speak on “Re-Calibrating U.S. Politics.”
When: 6 p.m. Monday
Where: The Ohio Theater, Playhouse Square, 1519 Euclid Ave., Cleveland.
Cost: $45. 216-241-1919 or

Rebecca Skloot
The science writer will speak about the put ten years into writing “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” an absorbing study of the HeLa cell line and medical, ethical and family consequences of its flourishing. Her topic fits in well with Hiram College’s Center for Literature, Medicine and Biomedical Humanities.
When: 7 p.m. Monday
Where: Schneider Room, Hiram College Library, intersection of Ohio Rts. 700 and 305, Hiram.
Cost: Free. 330-569-3211

Tuesday, March 16

Richard Herman and Robert L. Smith
The authors, a lawyer and a Plain Dealer reporter, will talk about their joint book, “Immigrant Inc.: Why Immigrant Entrepreneurs are Driving the New Economy.” The pair will discuss their research and give examples from the regional economic picture.
When: 7 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Strongsville Branch, Cuyahoga County Library, 18700 Westwood Dr., Strongsvill
Cost: Free. To register: 440-238-5530.

A Note to Readers

Just a Short Hiatus ... More Novels to Come

While Growing Up Wilder was my last novel, it will certainly not be my final. I have two outlines just dying to escape from my desk drawer and I often have to apologetically shove them back in when I find they have made it to the surface time and again.

I am currently working toward completing my doctorate degree (I am all but dissertation, folks!) and I am tangled up in research that uses storytelling and social media as a way to increase hope levels for individuals and entire communities.

This research is allowing me to focus on solving a problem within Kentucky's Appalachia - negative stereotypes.

Readers, please be patient. I will return to fiction shortly. Until then, please continue to share Sister Blackberry, House of Cleaving and Growing Up Wilder with your friends and family.

As always, I welcome your notes and messages.