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Cleveland Public Library and Ohio Center for the Book Present

Out of the Closet and Into the Costume: Gay Comix

Yet another installment in the OCFB Get Graphic! Series.

WHEN: Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 2:00 PM
WHERE: Cleveland Public Library, Literature Department, Main Building, 2nd Floor. Cleveland Public Library is located at 325 Superior Avenue.

What’s queer about comics? Where do LGBTQ history and comics history intersect?  Being queer, especially years ago, was like having a secret identity. This lecture, given in conjunction with the Gay Games 2014 (August 9-16, 2014), is about the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer movements and how they relate to comic books and graphic novels.

About the Speaker:

Valentino Zullo holds a Masters of Arts in English and women’s Studies from Bowling Green State University where he specialized in the study of comics as Literature. He is currently a student at case Western Reserve University at the Mandel School of applied social Sciences. His interest in comics began at a young age, and he continues to read them to this day. Valentino believes in Literature, social Justice and the Superhero Way!

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Cleveland Public Library, Ohio Center for the Book, and Cleveland Play House Present:

Cleveland Public Library, Ohio Center for the Book, and Cleveland Play House have collaborated on a new exhibit: Christmas in July: A Christmas Story! The exhibit highlights the Cleveland Play House stage production of the classic holiday tale and will display at Cleveland Public Library, Literature Department, Main Library, July 2014 with special events, and a chance to win a surprise Christmas gift. Click "Christmas in July" (above, left) to view the flyer. Call 216.623.2881 for more information.

The Cleveland Play House 2014 production of A Christmas Story will begin its run November 28  December 21, 2014 in the Allen Theatre at PlayhouseSquare

THE EXHIBIT - Main Library, Literature Department, 2nd floor.  Enjoy a warm "Christmas in July" with a display of costumes, props, stills from the show, and library materials. The 1983 MGM movie A Christmas Story, starring Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, and Darren McGavin, will be showing throughout the month of July in the Ohio Center for the Book, Literature Department, Main Library, 2nd floor. Visit the exhibit now through July 31, 2014, where you may not touch the leg lamp (because it's "Fra-GEE-leh!"), but we guarantee you won't shoot your eye out with our surprise Christmas gift! 

PICK OUT A "CHRISTMAS IN JULY" TREAT: A Blind Date with an Ohio Author! The Literature Department and Ohio Center for the Book staff have hand-selected and wrapped up a variety of books. Check it out like any regular library book; then enjoy the wonder of unwrapping a surprise new reading experience! You may also enter to win a surprise Christmas gift by rating your blind date. Click on the image of the leg lamp (above) to download/print the Rate-A-Date entry form.  

SPECIAL GUEST: Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 11:00 a.m., Youth Services Department, Main Library, 4th floor. "Ralphie" will play Santa Clause, offering special "Christmas in July" treats with a surprise visit to the Main Library.

THE STORY. A Christmas Story was written by Phil Grecian, based on the motion picture written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark, which in turn was based on the original short story collection In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd.

One boy. One holiday wish. And a world that seems to be conspiring to make certain it doesn't come true. The record-breaking show returns to the Cleveland Play House stage in all its pink-bunny-suit, glowing-leg-lamp, triple-dog-daring glory – the perfect holiday treat for the family.

This year's Cleveland Play House production will run November 28 - December 21, 2014 at the Allen Theatre at PlayhouseSquare, 1407 Euclid Avenue. Purchase tickets online or call the Cleveland Play House box office at 216.241.6000.  


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Hosted by the Literature Department and sponsored by Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland Public Poetry, the open mic poetry reading series, continues August 23, 2014 with featured poet Sarah Gridley.

Join us Saturday, August 23, at 12:00 p.m. as we celebrate poetry and the spoken word in the Eastman Reading Garden (rain location Literature Department, 2nd floor, Main Library). For more information call the Literature Department at  216.623.2881. Click on "Cleveland Public Poetry" (link above and image at left) to print the flyer for this event, and click "Read More" to link, via CPL’s online public catalog, to works of past and present featured poets. Poets featured have included: Kazim AliFrank GiampietroSusan Grimm, Dave Lucas, and Mary Weems

About the Poet  

Sarah Gridley is an assistant professor of poetry at Case Western Reserve University.  She is the author of poetry collections Green Is the Orator and Weather Eye Open, and was the recipient of a Creative Workforce Fellowship from the Cleveland-based Community Partnership for Arts and Culture in 2009. Loom, her third book of poetry, won the 2011 Omnidawn Open Book prize.



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