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:

11 29, 2021

Discover the ‘Monsters of Ohio’ with Author J.C. Raphael

By |2021-11-24T10:38:39-05:00November 29, 2021|

Author J.C. Raphael discusses how he spent a decade researching Ohio folklore, urban legends, and cryptozoological creatures for his book Monsters of Ohio. He also explains:

  • when and how cryptozoology first fascinated him
  • why folklore and legends are still important
  • how he selected the monsters that populate his book.

If you can’t get enough of local lore, our YouTube channel has authors sharing some of their favorite stories that they’ve researched:

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.

05 27, 2021

Uncover the Hidden History of Lake County

By |2021-05-27T06:00:24-04:00May 27, 2021|

Jennifer Boresz Engelking joins us for an interview and explains how an amusement park and shipwreck kindled her interest in local history and inspired her to write Hidden History of Lake County, Ohio. She also describes the research her book required.

Then chats about her first forays into writing, how she acted in the movie Unstoppable, and talks about her favorite Metroparks.

By the way, if you’re interested in local history, we’ve hosted several programs about it – many of which can be viewed in their entirety on our YouTube channel – including:

10 26, 2020

‘Rust’ Discussed: An Interview with Eliese Colette Goldbach

By |2020-10-26T06:00:47-04:00October 26, 2020|

Last week, the Lake County League of Libraries and our friends at Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library hosted an interview last week with Eliese Colette Goldbach, the author of Rust: A Memoir of Steel & Grit.

The program was recorded, so those who couldn’t attend could still enjoy it.

In Rust, Colette discusses her experiences working in the ArcelorMittal steel mill, as well as sexual assault, bipolar disorder, and arguing about politics with your parents. In short, she is a brave memoirist who is not afraid to tackle BIG topics.

In the video above, Goldbach shares a reading from Rust, and then she answers questions on topics both big (like how writing a memoir can affect one’s mental health) and decidedly less big (her favorite Star Trek captain.)

The Lake County League of Libraries is a programming collaborative that  unites the public libraries in Lake County, Ohio — Willoughby Eastlake, Mentor, Morley, Wickliffe, Kirtland, Perry, Madison, and Fairport Harbor — as well as the Lakeland Community College Library and the Lake Erie College Library. Visit the League’s website for details on more upcoming programs.

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