08 12, 2020

Amanda Flower Interview: Meet the mind behind the mysteries

By |2020-08-12T16:00:12-04:00August 12, 2020|

Bestselling and award-winning writer Amanda Flower is the mind behind more than 30 mystery novels, including The Magical Bookshop Mysteries, The Amish Candy Shop Mysteries, and the Magic Garden Mysteries – many of which you can borrow from your library.

She discusses her newest mystery, “Mums and Mayhem” as well as:

  • what inspired her Magic Garden Mystery series
  • what “the English” get wrong about Amish communities
  • her favorite job ever (and why it involved wearing a pink checkered ball gown)
  • where she finds joy and peace of mind during a global pandemic.

By the way, we love a good mystery at Mentor Public Library, and we’ve hosted several of our favorite mystery authors over the years. You can see our interviews with them (and, in a few cases, their entire talks) on our YouTube channel, including:

07 24, 2020

Discover a love that crosses continents during special author talk

By |2020-07-24T06:00:34-04:00July 24, 2020|

Learn the remarkable story of a 4-year-old Iraqi girl who brought together two families from different cultures and continents.

Learn the remarkable story of a 4-year-old Iraqi girl who brought together two families from different cultures and continents.

Discover how a single newspaper article connected a pair of families from across two continents and changed all of their lives forever during a very special online author talk.

Barbara Marlowe first saw 4-year-old Teeba Furat’s picture in the newspaper. Her head and hands were covered in burns after a roadside bombing in the Diyal Province of Iraq. When she saw Teeba’s eyes, she felt a pull of love that reached across cultures and continents.

Over the ensuing decade, Marlowe reached out to Teeba and her family – first, to help arrange medical care for her in the United States and, then, to offer a home.

Marlowe’s first-hand account of this amazing story forms the basis of her book, A Brave Face: Two Cultures, Two Families, and the Iraqi Girl Who Bound Them Together. The book also includes material written by Teeba and her Iraqi mother, Dunia, at key moments in their stories.

Marlowe will share her story during an online author talk hosted by Mentor Public Library at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 12. The program is free to attend and will be hosted via Zoom. Registration is required to attend. People can sign up on our website or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

06 17, 2020

Susan Petrone discusses ‘The Heebie-Jeebie Girl’ and what people get wrong about Youngstown

By |2020-06-17T19:00:40-04:00June 17, 2020|

Author Susan Petrone chats with us about her newest novel, The Heebie-Jeebie Girl, and why Youngstown is so important for her story. She also discusses:

  • how she got the ideas for her previous novels The Super Ladies and Throw like a Woman.
  • her favorite job that she’s ever had. (Hint: It involves baseball.)
  • how her favorite authors (Jane Austen and Kurt Vonnegut) may have influenced The Heebie-Jeebie Girl.

Petrone used actual events from her family’s history to write The Heebie-Jeebie Girl. Her story takes place in Youngstown, 1977, at the time when the city’s largest steel mill has just closed and the worst blizzard in over 40 years has hit the area. It’s a tale of change, family, and redemption.

05 29, 2020

Turning history into her stories with author Susan Petrone

By |2020-05-29T07:00:55-04:00May 29, 2020|

Susan PetroneDiscover the risks and rewards of turning real-life events and places into fiction with author Susan Petrone during a special online program hosted by Mentor Public Library.

Petrone’s talk is free to attend and open to all. It will be shared via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 11.

Petrone used actual events from her family’s history to write her recently published novel, The Heebie-Jeebie Girl. Her story takes place in Youngstown, 1977, at the time when the city’s largest steel mill has just closed and the worst blizzard in over 40 years has hit the area. It’s a tale of change, family, and redemption.

This program will be a live Zoom event, and registration is required. People can sign up online or by calling us at 440-255-8811. Details on how to join the meeting will be sent directly to registrants in an email at the time of registration. Please check your “Spam” folder if you do not see the email.

02 12, 2020

Jill Grunenwald talks ‘Reading Behind Bars’ & recommending ‘Gatsby’ to inmates

By |2020-02-12T06:00:53-05:00February 12, 2020|

Jill Grunenwald visited us last month to discuss her new memoir, Reading Behind Barsabout her experience as a librarian in a men’s minimum-state prison.

She shared with us what she learned while working there, how she tried to help the inmates in her role as librarian, and how it affected her values. She also all tells what she thinks many people get wrong about incarcerated people.

Grunenwald’s book shares her poignancy and wit. If you enjoyed Orange Is the New Black or Shakespeare Saved My Life, then you should read it. (We even know this cool place where you can borrow it.)

 

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