Jill Grunenwald

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.)


11 25, 2017

Jill Grunenwald talks body image, anxiety & the book she wishes she had written

By |2017-11-25T06:00:32-05:00November 25, 2017|

Jill Grunenwald, author of Running with a Police Escort: Tales from the Back of the Pack, visited us during National Novel Writing Month.

While here, she offered her insights on a mélange of topics, including:

  • the difficulty of honestly discussing weight, body image, anxiety, and mental health
  • her favorite author that she’s interviewed for her Professional Book Nerd podcast
  • whether it’s more difficult to run a marathon or write a book

By the way, we’ll conclude National Novel Writing Month with a return visit from award-winning author D.M. Pulley on Thursday, Nov. 30.

First, Pulley will lead a session where writers can share and discuss their stories that they’ve written this month at 6:30 p.m. at our Main Branch. They can also decompress and share war stories from a month’s worth of writing.

Then, directly following, Pulley will read from and discuss her newest novel, “The Unclaimed Victim,” which was inspired by the Cleveland Torso Slayings.

Afterward, Pulley will sign copies of her book, which will be available for purchase.

Both the writing session and Pulley’s reading are free and open to the public. However, registration is required. You can sign up for either or both programs on our event calendar or by calling us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 216.


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