Poet and activist Christine Leclerc at Antioch College

Christine Leclerc

Vancouver-based poet and activist Christine Leclerc will read her new works and present a workshop on craft at Antioch College August 16 and 18. While the reading and workshop are free and open to the public, registration is required for the workshop, for which seating is limited to 12 participants. Leclerc will read her poetry at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, August 16, in Olive Kettering Library. She will present the workshop “Energy, Collaboration, and Form,” from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, August 18, in McGregor Hall, Room 130. To register for the workshop, send an email … [Read more...]



Elysian Fields Books and More – New Bookstore, Old Friend

New Bookstore at 436 E. Fifth St.

Elysian Fields Books and More is one of the newest stores popping up in the downtown area to provide a unique retail experience. Co-owner Brian Strawn has been working feverishly to create the right atmosphere and get the store open for regular hours. Strawn says, "Elysian Fields Books is a cozy little family friendly place tucked in the middle of the Oregon District. We are catering to those looking to spend time with friends and used books. We have some refreshments - coffee, tea, and goodies from neighborhood bakeries. We still haven't named the two cats but we are taking suggestions." … [Read more...]



Urban Arts Showcase Takes the Stage This Friday

HBO Def Poet Black Ice will headline this Friday's "The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show."

  Oral Funk Poetry Productions will launch its fifth season of “The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show” at The Loft Theatre, 126 N. Main St., from 9 to 11 p.m. this Friday, April 20. The season-opening performance will be a celebration of National Poetry Month. The theme will be Jamaican and Caribbean culture through spoken word, dramatizations, live music, vocalists, visual arts and more. Featured performers include Tony Award-winning HBO Def Poet Black Ice, who appeared on six seasons of the popular show and starred in Def Poetry on Broadway. He’s lent his voice to hip-hop … [Read more...]



I Was A White Knight…Once

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The Memoir of Comedian, Nathan Timmel   “The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson               With a creak of the mail slot and a muffled thump on the foyer floor, comedian Nathan Timmel’s memoir, I Was A White Knight…Once, unceremoniously arrived into my life. I picked up the crinkly Fed-Ex package and opened it with a sense of mild trepidation. I gingerly opened the package and inspected not only the contents, but all the cause of these feelings of apprehension, wondering from whence they came. As … [Read more...]



Celebrate SWAN Day – Support Women Artists Now in Dayton

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An international event for women artists is coming to Dayton as part of the celebration of Women’s History month. Support Women Artists Now, or SWAN Day, features and celebrates the talents of female artists. The new event gained a lot of steam in its first four years and has had over 700 Swan Day events in 21 countries. Taking place on the last Saturday of Women’s History Month, it’s already been officially recognized in New York, Boston, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and many more cities. Swan Day has yet to hit the streets of Dayton, but this year will be different. On March 31st … [Read more...]



Oscar-Worthy Books

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Six of the nine Oscar nominated best films began their lives as novels. Considering the vast majority of movies don’t do their literary counterparts justice, it would be fascinating to see if the Oscar nominated books were as riveting as their films. The Descendants, a novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings This debut novel regularly receives four stars and kudos for its humor and heartbreaking emotion. The structure of the movie is faithful to the book, with several characters given more dimension in the book. Several scenes and sections of dialogue are taken directly from the book. It can’t hurt to … [Read more...]



Christmas Gifts for Readers

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Certain toy shelves are empty and the mall parking lots are packed. But bookstore shelves are jammed with easy-to-wrap packages in any price range. Here is a short list of books for your Nice list: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern Visually dazzling, this debut novel caused significant pre-print buzz. Garnering a six figure deal, awards, movie deal and high acclaim, it was called the next Harry Potter. It does create an alternate world, full of magical sideshows, tricks and language, following a wizard’s duel between Cecelia and Marco. Their budding love story is set against short … [Read more...]



Martha Moody – Sometimes Mine

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Martha Moody, a prominent fiction writer in the Dayton area, was kind enough to talk about her recent novel in depth over dinner. Sometimes Mine, which is now in paperback, is about Genie - a middle aged woman that finds love with a man that is anything but available. This touching love story is more about learning to open your heart rather than the simple fairy tale of most love stories on the shelves. Sometimes Mine is a story of love, loss, and this rollercoaster called life. While Moody is proud of her recent novel, she opened up about a new novel she’s been working on that she hopes will … [Read more...]



Biking In The House with Melissa Fay Greene (with a helmet, of course)

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Melissa Fay Greene’s new novel has just hit shelves. The novel, No Biking in the House Without a Helmet, is something of a memoir, though Greene would hate to admit that because of her previous academia experience. But we don’t fault her at all for her use of the memoir simply because of the heartfelt and beautiful description of her family’s incredible story. During the annual Dayton Jewish Cultural Arts and Books Festival, Greene came to speak at Books & Co., about her new novel. While being charismatic and charming Greene read excerpt from the novel and told her own person stories … [Read more...]



Dayton librarian’s whale of an art book scores big

Matt Kish presents "Moby-Dick In Pictures: One Drawing For Every Page" The legendary 19th-century novel Moby-Dick, or The Whale, is a story of obsession. No one, perhaps, understands that obsession quite so well as a Dayton librarian who spent 543 days creating an illustration for each of Moby-Dick's pages – and now has the published book to prove it. Matt Kish, who lives in Columbus, describes the closing months as brutal: "Those final 100 or so pages, when the book itself becomes pretty bleak, I had no personal time whatsoever, and I knew the only way I was going to get my life back was … [Read more...]