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Union Township Library presents Librari*Con

Nov 8, 2014

Do you like comic books, games, Doctor Who? Do you like to dress up as your favorite character from those comic books? Do you like all things geeky? Then stop by the Librari*Con at the Union Township Library.

Special events include games, costume contests, a demonstration of tabletop gaming by Jim Fox from GenCon as well as lessons on how to draw super-heroes by illustrator Ron LaCour.

The Librari*Con runs from 6 - 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8.

Footnotes: November 1, 2014

Nov 1, 2014

  1. Michael Link is reading Station 11 by Emily St.

Footnotes: October 25, 2014

Oct 25, 2014

  1. Katherine Howe tells Mark that she's been reading/listening to an audio book of Moby Dick.

Kara Cooney- The Woman Who Would Be King

Oct 24, 2014

Hatshepsut - the daughter of a general who usurped Egypt's throne and a mother with ties to the previous dynasty - successfully negotiated a path from the royal nursery to the very pinnacle of authority, and her reign saw one of Ancient Egypt’s most prolific building periods. Scholars have long speculated as to why her monuments were destroyed within a few decades of her death, all but erasing evidence of her unprecedented rule.

Constructing a rich narrative history using the artifacts that remain, noted Egyptologist Kara Cooney offers a remarkable interpretation of how Hatshepsut rapidly but methodically consolidated power - and why she fell from public favor just as quickly. The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt traces the unconventional life of an almost-forgotten pharaoh and explores our complicated reactions to women in power.

Richard O Jones: Cincinnati's Savage Seamstress

Oct 24, 2014

On a cold, drizzly fall afternoon in 1958, a trio of duck hunters stumbled on the charred remains of Cincinnati resident Louise Bergen. When investigators learned that her estranged husband was living with an older divorcée, Edythe Klumpp, they wasted no time in questioning her. When she failed a lie detector test, Edythe spilled out a confession. Although it did not fit the physical evidence, she was found guilty and sentenced to death in the electric chair.

Governor Michael V. DiSalle put his political career on the line to save Edythe from the death penalty, personally interviewing the prisoner while she was under the influence of "truth serum." But was it the truth? Richard O Jones separates the facts from the fiction in this comprehensive book about the Klumpp murder in Cincinnati's Savage Seamstress: The Shocking Edythe Klumpp Murder Scandal.

Katherine Howe: The Penguin Book of Witches

Oct 24, 2014

From a manual for witch hunters written by King James himself in 1597, to court documents from the Salem witch trials of 1692, to newspaper coverage of a woman stoned to death on the streets of Philadelphia while the Continental Congress met, The Penguin Book of Witches is a treasury of historical accounts of accused witches that sheds light on the reality behind the legends.

Katherine Howe bings to life stories like that of Eunice Cole, tried for attacking a teenage girl with a rock and buried with a stake through her heart; Jane Jacobs, a Bostonian so often accused of witchcraft that she took her tormentors to court on charges of slander; and Increase Mather, an exorcism-performing minister famed for his knowledge of witches, this volume provides a unique tour through the darkest history of English and North American witchcraft.

Daniel James Brown: The Boys in the Boat

Oct 17, 2014

Daniel James Brown tells the story of The Boys in the Boat, the University of Washington rowing team who won gold at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.

Jan Karon: Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good

Oct 17, 2014

Nearly a decade after announcing the last book in her multi-million selling Mitford Years series, Jan Karon has returned to the cherished North Carolina town for a new novel, Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good.

Tamera Muente: The Boy at the Museum

Oct 17, 2014

Cincinnati author Tamera Muente introduces her first novel, The Boy at the Museum. Arthur has landed a job at the most sensational museum in 1830s Cincinnati. Filled with curiosities, its most popular live exhibit is Enos, a boy born without legs. Arthur meets the boy’s widowed mother and the two become entangled in the museum's strange world.

Phil Nuxhall: Stories in the Grove

Oct 10, 2014

Phil Nuxhall, official historian for Cincinnati’s Spring Grove Cemetery, followed up his successful photography book, Beauty in the Grove: Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum, with Stories in the Grove - 115 of his favorite stories from the second largest cemetery in the country.  Nuxhall's collection includes tales of Wild Bill Hickok's wife, the man who changed Doris Kappelhoff's name to Doris Day, Babe Ruth's manager, the inventor of the oven window, and more. 

Daniel Wright - Senate: Street & Savory

Oct 10, 2014

  Dan Wright, owner of OTR's Senate, offers a peek behind the scenes of his restaurant and his life with his book Senate: Street & Savory.  Favorite recipes, including his popular gourmet hot dogs, are featured along with cooking techniques and tips.

John Scalzi: Lock In

Oct 10, 2014

  Hugo Award-winning author John Scalzi talks with Mark Perzel about his new novel, Lock In, a near future thriller.

During the interview, Scalzi mentions that there is a discussion going on in science fiction about whether science fiction is a genre or a mode. That is- is it a very specific type of writing that has to be done in a specific way, or is it a wider sort of trope that you can put other genres into? What do you think? Let us know by joining the conversation on the WVXU Facebook page.

Public radio fans just don'’t listen, they read. A lot. Which is why 91.7 WVXU is introducing our newest locally-produced program, The Book Club @91.7. The show, produced and hosted by Mark Perzel, premiers Saturday, October 11, and airs every Saturday morning at 7:00 AM on 91.7, 88.5 WMUB, online at wvxu.org and via our free mobile app.

The Book Club @ 91.7

Sep 15, 2014

Maureen Corrigan, who can be heard reviewing books on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, may have said it best: “It's not that I don't like people. It's just that when I'm in the company of others - even my nearest and dearest - there always comes a moment when I'd rather be reading a book.”

On the Same Page Community Reading Selection

Feb 22, 2013

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County have kicked off their annual On the Same Page community reading program, this year featuring the book The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe. On March 2, the author will be in Cincinnati to discuss his moving account of a book club he and his mother had during the waning years of her life. Will Schwalbe joins Mark Perzel by phone to talk about his book and having it chosen as the twelfth On the Same Page community reading selection.


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