Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library

Past Friends Events 2010

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Book Discussion Led by Richard Fox
No Impact Man
by Colin Beavan
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
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 general public

Richard Fox, Head of the Popular Library at CPL, will return to lead a book discussion on No Impact Man, by Colin Beavan. What does it really take to live eco-effectively?  For one year, Colin Beavan swore off plastic and toxins, turned off his electricity, went organic, became a bicycle nut, and tried to save the planet from environmental catastrophe while dragging his young daughter and his Prada-wearing wife along for the ride. Together they attempted to make zero impact on the environment while living right in the heart of Manhattan, and this is the sensational, funny, and consciousness-raising story of how they did it. With No Impact Man, Beavan found that no-impact living is worthwhile--and richer, fuller, and more satisfying in the bargain.

As part of the CSU Common Reading Experience, Colin Beavan will be on Campus in person to discuss his book and answer questions!  Facilitated by Claudia Lilie, Coordinator, First Year Experience, this event will be held on  Thursday, October 7 at noon in the Student Center Ballroom.  More information.

To reserve a seat or for more information about the November book discussion, call 216-875-9734 or email b.florjancic@csuohio.edu

Find out more about upcoming Friends of the Library Book Discussions.

Jennie Jones
Jennie Jones (photo by Jaimie Janos)

Friends of the Library
Scholars & Artists Reception

Featuring Jennie Jones, Professional Architectural and Fine Art Photographer who will present
"Cleveland: A Personal Journey"
Thursday, October 28, 2010
3:00 p.m.
1st Floor Michael Schwartz Library

Join the Friends of the Library as they celebrate the 22nd Annual Scholars & Artist Reception on Thursday, October 28 at 3:00 p.m.

The featured speaker is Jennie Jones, a professional architectural and fine art photographer, who recently donated some 22,000 images from her life's work in Cleveland to CSU Michael Schwartz Library. A celebrated author, she will be presenting a lively, illustrated lecture titled, Cleveland: A Personal Journey." If you love Cleveland, you will enjoy this 25 year odyssey of places we all know and love.

Scholarly and Artistic works by CSU faculty, staff, and emeriti will also be on display. The event is free and open to the general public, but please call 216-875-9734 to reserve a seat.

Submissions being accepted
Faculty, staff, and emeriti are encouraged to submit materials they have published in the past year (including books, scholarly papers, art, music, websites, and DVDs). Complete the appropriate information on the submission form and send as instructed with your published works by Thursday, October 20th, 2010.

2010 Bibliography | Watch Video from the Event

A Sampling of Photographs by Jennie Jones:
Click on photo to see enlarged version

Allen Theatre Rotunda
The Allen Theatre Rotunda
City Hall
City Hall
Ameritrust Rotunda
Ameritrust Rotunda
West Sixth
West Sixth
Hope Memorial Bridge with skyline
Hope Memorial Bridge with
skyline
Cuyahoga County Courthouse detail
Cuyahoga County Courthouse
detail of Indian head
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Book Discussion Led by Richard Fox
The Corrections
byJonathan Franzen
Wednesday,September 15, 2010
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 general public

Join the Friends of the Library as Richard Fox, Head of the Popular Library at CPL, leads the first book discussion of the fall semester.

Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections has taken the literary scene by storm, from its hilarious portrayal of a dysfunctional American family to its insightful jabs at the rat race of contemporary American life. After almost fifty years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is succumbing to Parkinson's disease and dementia, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives. Desperate for some pleasure to look forward to, Enid has set her heart on an elusive goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home. Winner of the National Book Award.

Call 216-875-9734 or email b.florjancic@csuohio.edu to reserve a seat or for more information.

Find out more about upcoming Friends of the Library Book Discussions.

Mary Doria Russell

Friends of the Library Local Authors Book Talk Series
Mary Doria Russell
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
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 general public

Mary Doria Russell, winner of nine national and international literary awards, will visit Cleveland State University's Michael Schwartz Library on April 14, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. to discuss her book Dreamers of the Day and to give a preview of her new project Eight to Five, Against.

About Dreamers of the Day: With prose as graceful and effortless as a seductive float down the Nile, Mary Doria Russell illuminates the long, rich history of the Middle East with a story that brilliantly elucidates today’s headlines.

Ms. Russell’s presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session and a book signing. Dreamers of the Day will be available for purchase directly before and after the April event, courtesy of the CSU Bookstore.

This event is free and open to the public, but please call 216-875-9734 to register.

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Book Discussion Led by Richard Fox
Dreamers of the Day
by Mary Doria Russell
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
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 general public

Join the Friends of the Library as Richard Fox, Head of the Popular Library at CPL, leads the last book discussion of the spring semester. With prose as graceful and effortless as a seductive float down the Nile, Mary Doria Russell illuminates the long, rich history of the Middle East with a story that brilliantly elucidates today’s headlines.

In Dreamers of the Day, Agnes Shanklin, a forty-year-old schoolteacher from Ohio, has come into a modest inheritance that allows her to take the trip of a lifetime to Egypt and the Holy Land. Arriving at the Semiramis Hotel just as the 1921 Cairo Peace Conference convenes, she is freed for the first time from her mother’s withering influence and finds herself being wooed by a handsome, mysterious German. At the same time, Agnes–with her plainspoken American opinions–is drawn into the company of Winston Churchill, T. E. Lawrence, and Lady Gertrude Bell, who will, in the space of a few days, redraw the world map to create the modern Middle East. As they change history, Agnes too will find her own life transformed forever.— Ballantine Books

Mary Doria Russell is the author of The Sparrow, Children of God, and A Thread of Grace. Her novels have won nine national and international literary awards, including the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the James Tiptree Award, and the American Library Association Readers Choice Award. The Sparrow was selected as one of Entertainment Weekly’s ten best books of the year, and A Thread of Grace was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

In addition to this book discussion, led by Richard Fox, Mary Doria Russell will visit Cleveland State University on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 as part of the Local Authors Book Talk Series.

Call 216-875-9734 or email b.florjancic@csuohio.edu to reserve a seat or for more information.

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Book Discussion
People of the Book
by Geraldine Brooks
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
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

On Wednesday, February 24, 2010, Richard Fox, Head of the Popular Library at CPL, will lead a book discussion on People of the Book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks.

About the Book: "Inspired by the true story of a mysterious codex known as the Sarajevo Haggadah, People of the Book is a sweeping adventure through five centuries of history. From its creation in Muslim-ruled, medieval Spain, the illuminated manuscript makes a series of perilous journeys: through Inquisition-era Venice, fin-de-siecle Vienna, and the Nazi sacking of Sarajevo."

The discussion begins at 3:00 in Rhodes Tower, Room 503. The event is free and open to CSU faculty, staff, and students and to the general public. Refreshments will be served.

Call 216-875-9734 or email b.florjancic@csuohio.edu to reserve a seat or for more information.

Find out more about upcoming Friends of the Library Book Discussions as well as the Local Book Talk with Mary Doria Russell scheduled for April 14, 2010.

Book Cover for Lies Will Take You Somewhere

Book Discussion
Lies Will Take You Somewhere
by Sheila Schwartz
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
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

On Wednesday, January 27, 2010, Richard Fox, Head of the Popular Library at Cleveland Public Library, will lead a discussion of the novel, Lies Will Take You Somewhere by the late Sheila Schwartz, a former professor at Cleveland State University who, sadly, died three months before this novel was published.

About the Book: In a voice reminiscent of Cynthia Ozick, this Jewish/Gothic novel renders the fracture and healing of the Rosen family. Jane Rosen leaves her three daughters and husband Saul, a rabbi, to care for her mother in Florida. In Jane's absence, Saul discovers-through the deathbed confession of a man in his congregation-that his wife had an affair ten years earlier. Enraged, he ostracizes Jane from the family and strands her in Florida with her grief.

The discussion begins at 3:00 in Rhodes Tower, Room 503. The event is free and open to CSU faculty, staff, and students and to the general public. Refreshments will be served.

Call 216-875-9734 or email b.florjancic@csuohio.edu to reserve a seat or for more information.

Find out more about upcoming Friends of the Library Book Discussions as well as the Local Book Talk with Mary Doria Russell scheduled for April 14, 2010.