summer reading

07 24, 2021

All Booked Up with Cailey & Meg: Best Beach Reads for the Summer

By |2021-07-24T12:00:36-04:00July 24, 2021|

Cailey and Meg share what books they’re bringing to the beach this summer, including Last Summer at the Golden Hotel by Elyssa Friedland (which gave our librarians major Dirty Dancing vibes), Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne, Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala, and Maps for the Getaway by Annie England Noblin.

Most of the books they discuss can also be borrowed as ebooks using OverDrive or Libby. All you need is your Mentor Public Library card.

07 18, 2018

Photographing Rock Stars with Janet Macoska

By |2018-07-18T06:00:26-04:00July 18, 2018|

For more than 40 years, Janet Macoska has photographed rock ‘n’ roll royalty when they rumble through town. She’s probably your favorite rocker’s favorite photographer.

David Bowie liked her picture of him so much he hung it in his home. Her portrait of Paul McCartney hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in London.

When she visited us earlier this month, she was kind enough to share some highlights from her career, including:

  • her favorite bands to photograph
  • some of the challenges facing modern concert photographers
  • the best photos that she’s ever taken in her career.

She also offers advice to aspiring photographers.

For more of Macoska, check out her book, All Access ClevelandAll Access compiles 340 of her favorite photos from more than four decades in rock ‘n’ roll photography.

06 19, 2018

Derf Backderf on censorship, counterculture & ‘My Friend Dahmer’

By |2018-06-19T06:00:57-04:00June 19, 2018|

John “Derf” Backderf — the graphic novelist who wrote My Friend DahmerTrashed and the comic strip, The City — visited us earlier this month.

Derf also allowed us to interview him. He discussed:

  • getting fired from his first job “for general tastelessness.”
  • counterculture (In Derf’s words: “I don’t know if there is a counterculture anymore, frankly… The mainstream just erased that gap because they thought they could exploit it and they did.
  • comics (In Derf’s words: “Right now, it’s the golden era of comics. I’m not talking about the superdude stuff. That’s boring corporate product.”)
  • telling the autobiographical story of going to high school with serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. (“Vigilance — if there’s a lesson at all, that would be one. Pay attention, especially the adults.”)

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