Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library

Past Friends Events 2007

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Book Talk
Thursday, November 29, 2007
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
2121 Euclid Avenue
Rhodes Tower, room 503 (in the Michael Schwartz Library)
Free and open to the community
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

Join Richard Fox, Head of the Popular Library at Cleveland Public Library, as he leads a book discussion about the provocative new book by Barbara Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. Can we really live without junk food? Kingsolver describes how her family was changed by "deliberately eating food produced from the same place where we worked, went to school, loved our neighbors, drank the water, and breathed the air." Barbara Kingsolver's first nonfiction narrative will open your eyes in a hundred new ways to an old truth: You are what you eat. Animal, Vegetable,
Miracle: A Year of Food Life
is available for check out at the Michael Schwartz Library.

Refreshments will be served.
For more information, call 216-875-9734.

Joanne Goodell

19th Annual Scholars & Artists Reception
Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 3:00 p.m.
In the Library's Special Collections Room
Guest Speaker, Joanne Goodell, Professor of Teacher Education

This year's keynote speaker/scholar was Joanne Goodell, Professor of Teacher Education, from the College of Education and Human Services. She discussed aspects of her own research and grant activities, "Reforming the Teaching of Mathematics and Science Education: A Personal Reflection." During the reception, guests mingled and browsed the display of more than 150 creative works of CSU faculty, staff, and emeriti including books, articles, DVDs, wall art, book chapters, poems and book reviews.

2007 Bibliography

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Book Talk
Guest Speaker Richard Fox, Head of Popular Library at CPL will lead a book discussion on the title, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer
Thursday, September 27, 2007
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
In Rhodes Tower, room 503

Mr. Fox will focus on one of the most discussed, acclaimed, and debated novels in recent memory, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer. Through the eyes of his nine-year-old protagonist, Foer has written what is acknowledged by many as the first great novel about September 11.

This event is free and open to the public.

Call 216-875-9734 for more information.

Dr. David F. Forte
Dr. David F. Forte

Constitution Day Celebration
Monday, September 17, 2007
Noon – 1:00 p.m.
In Special Collections, room 321

Dr. William Shorrock, President, Friends of the Library will be the Master of Ceremonies at this year's Constitution Day program. There will be a presentation titled “Homer Plessy and the Living Constitution” by Dr. David F. Forte, Professor of Law at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, with a special introduction by President Michael Schwartz.

The event is free and open to all faculty, staff, and students.

More information about Constitution Day events.

Sarah Willis

Friends of the Library Local Authors Book Talk Series
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Michael Schwartz Library, Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue
Rhodes Tower, room 503
Free and open to the public

Critically-acclaimed author Sarah Willis will discuss her novels, Some Things that Stay, The Rehearsal, A Good Distance, and The Sound of Us. Ms. Willis will also do a book signing after the program. All four of her books will be available for purchase directly outside of RT 503 before and after her presentation. Her books are also on sale at the CSU Bookstore and available for check out at the Michael Schwartz Library.

Sarah Willis’ first novel, Some Things that Stay, was listed as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, won the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction 2000, and was awarded The Cleveland Arts Prize in Literature 2000. Some Things that Stay was made into a movie which opened in Canada in October, 2004. Joanna Scott, of The New York Times writes, "Convincing . . . memorable . . . It would be easy to describe Sarah Willis's first novel as quiet, but I'm more inclined to call Some Things that Stay quietly defiant . . . Willis has created a feisty narrator-15-year-old Tamara Anderson, who asks herself tough questions about life and refuses to accept even the most serviceable answers."

Her second novel is The Rehearsal, an engaging drama about an egomaniacal director who has become dangerously out of touch with his family. The New York Times Book Review calls A Good Distance “an artfully defiant work of fiction that stubbornly hews to the unruliness of life...” and The Sound of Us gracefully explores the world of foster care through the eyes of 48-year-old Alice Marlowe, an interpreter for the deaf living a lonely life in Cleveland. Sarah also writes essays which can be found in the Plain Dealer Sunday Magazine. She is busy now writing her fifth novel.

Sarah has taught creative writing classes at numerous writer’s workshops and colleges, including Hiram college, John Carroll University, The Imagination Conference at CSU, The Columbus Writers Conference, The Writer’s Center at Chautauqua, and the Maui Writer’s Retreat. Sarah was born in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, where she still lives. Find out more about Sarah Willis at Sarah Willis Writes...

Refreshments will be served at event.

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Book Talk
Guest Speaker Richard Fox, Head of Popular Library at CPL will lead a book discussion on the title, Mysteries of Pittsburgh, by Michael Chabon
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
In Rhodes Tower, room 503

Richard Fox of CPL will lead a discussion on Michael Chabon's Mysteries of Pittsburgh. This event is free and open to the public. Call 216-875-9734 to reserve a seat.

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Marquis de Lafayette Presentation
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
In Rhodes Tower, Room 503

Guest speaker Tama Engelking, Associate Professor of French at Cleveland State University will give a presentation titled “The Life and Loves of the Marquis de Lafayette.” This event is free and open to the public. Call 216-875-9734 to reserve a seat.

Visit Special Collection's Marquis de Lafayette website.