09 26, 2022

Murder mystery authors Kylie Logan & Shelley Costa coming to Mentor Library

By |2022-09-20T15:47:14-04:00September 26, 2022|

Join Cozy Mystery authors Kylie Logan and Shelley Costa for a fun and informative look at life as a murder-mystery writer at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, at our Main Branch.

Costa is the author of the Val Cameron mystery series. Her writing has been nominated for both the Edgar and Agatha Awards. She’s also received a Special Mention for The Pushcart Prize. Meanwhile, Kylie Logan is the national bestselling author of The League of Literary Ladies Mysteries, the Button Box Mysteries, the Chili Cook-Off Mysteries, and more.

Their discussion will be perfect for both mystery readers and would-be mystery writers. It’s free to attend and open to all. Due to limited space, registration is required. Sign up online or by calling us at 440-255-8811 ext. 1. Refreshments will be served, and several of Costa and Logan’s books will be available for sale and signing afterward.

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:

09 2, 2022

The Haunted Housewives will present ‘Love Beyond the Grave’

By |2022-08-22T13:34:35-04:00September 2, 2022|

Theresa Argie and Cathi Weber, collectively known as The Haunted Housewives, have spent decades investigating historical locations for evidence of haunting in and around Northeast Ohio. They’ll discuss their newest book, Love Beyond the Grave: True Tales of Haunted Hearts during a special program at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15, at our Main Branch.

Copies of their book will be available for sale and signing afterward. Their program is free to attend. Due to limited space, registration is required. (And The Haunted Housewives always fill the room, so you’ll want to register soon!) Sign up online or by calling us at 440-255-8811 ext. 1.

05 6, 2022

Discover True-Crime Stories of Murder & Mayhem on Lake Erie

By |2022-05-03T10:19:56-04:00May 6, 2022|

Local historian and author Wendy Koile has written about the legends of Lake Erie and disasters on its shores. So, for her newest book, she explores stories of murder and mayhem on the lake.

In this interview, Koile explains how researching history is like treasure hunting. (She has experience with both.) She also shares why she loves Lake Erie and wants to tell its stories. Finally, she recommends where you should eat if you only have one night in Geneva-on-the-Lake.

For more true crime from our YouTube channel:

04 22, 2022

Go ‘Trespassing Across America’ with Writer & Roamer Ken Ilgunas

By |2022-04-18T11:58:00-04:00April 22, 2022|

Meet Ken Ilgunas – the wordsmith and wanderer who trekked nearly 2,000 miles across North America.

Ilgunas followed the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta, Canada, to the Gulf Coast of Texas. During his odyssey, Ilgunas encountered stampedes of cows, charging moose and climate-change skeptics. He wrote about the experience in his book, Trespassing Across America: One Man’s Epic Never-Done-Before (and sort of Illegal) Hike Across the Heartland. It’s both a memoir of traveling the Great Plains and reflection on climate change.

Ilgunas visited our library earlier this month. While here, he discussed:

  • why he walked 1,700 miles (most of it by himself) to protest the pipeline and encourage people to think about climate change
  • what libraries meant to him and what he read during his journey
  • what “the right to roam” is and why he considers it so valuable
  • the importance of walking to both his writing and thinking
  • why he loves Scotland.
10 13, 2021

Marty Gitlin Shares the Joy of Cartoons & Cereal

By |2021-10-12T14:28:55-04:00October 13, 2021|

Here’s an interview that will draw you in!

Award-winning author and pop-culture historian Martin Gitlin, the writer of A Celebration of Animation: The 100 Greatest Cartoon Characters in Television History, discusses:

  • his metric for ranking the greatest animated characters in history
  • why Bugs Bunny tops the list
  • his favorite cartoon to share with his children
  • why he prefers Warner Brother cartoons over Disney
  • how and why he wrote an encyclopedia of cereals.

Marty also shares the joy of still appreciating as an adult what you loved as a kid!

You can visit our YouTube channel for more author interviews, including discussions with bestsellers like Karin Slaughter, Paula McLain and Christina Baker Kline, as well as upcoming authors like Stephen Markley and Rebekah Frumkin.

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