Reading in the Smoking Section

Main Street Books and City News present a reading from the book The Smoking Section: Memories of America’s Most Hated Vice. The reading, which takes place in City News, will feature writers Steve Russell, Julia Wagner, and Lizzy Miles, who edited the book. The book: In The Smoking Section, twenty-one smokers, former smokers and never-smokers from across America take a lighthearted look at America’s most hated vice. We start out as children hating cigarettes and smoke. Then how in the world do we end up addicted to nicotine, craving that next drag? Often there is someone who leads us to the dark side… perhaps it was an older sibling that we looked up to, or the ‘cool kid’ with the leather jacket. Even if we’ve quit the habit and we know our health is better, sometimes we still think about smoking. Sometimes we may dream about having a cigarette. Sometimes we may “cheat” and have a cigarette when we’re out with friends. And sometimes, we succumb and are drawn back into the smoking section permanently. The Smoking Section takes a lighthearted and humorous look at the...

Singer/Songwriter Jillian Caudill

Join us for original piano music and vocals by Jillian Caudill. Caudill is a singer and songwriter currently residing in Nashville, TN. During a period living in Sydney, Australia, Jillian found a solace in writing songs and expressing situations through emotional honesty. Throughout her journey as a songwriter it became exceedingly clear that beauty and transparency were not just an embellishment in life but a necessity. You could call her songs sad, but she would hope you would choose to look beyond that. Many of her songs came to life inside of Main Street Books in Mansfield, Ohio where she grew up and which still holds a very special place in her...

The Art of Paula J. Lambert

Bookstore frequenters may know Paula Lambert first as a poet, who has been a part of the esteemed Borderlands: Poetry On the Edge monthly poetry reading. This time around she comes to us as a visual artist. Join us for the opening of her exhibit in the book loft on Friday the 15th! Paula J. Lambert is a literary and visual artist. Her training began at Butera School of Art in Boston, and she made her living as a signpainter for over ten years before pursuing writing full-time. Author of The Sudden Seduction of Gravity (Full/Crescent Press, 2012) and The Guilt That Gathers (Pudding House, 2009), she is a residency artist for the Ohio Arts Council Arts Learning Program and past recipient of an OAC Individual Artist Fellowship. An multidisciplinary visual artist, Lambert is primarily interested in using recyclable materials. Her works include cardboard sculpture, mixed-media collage, “altered book” art, and iPhone photography. She currently resides in Dublin, Ohio, with her husband Michael Perkins, with whom she operates Full/Crescent Press, a small but growing independent publisher of poetry books and...

Book Signing with Katherine Anderson

Author Katherine Anderson will be on hand to sign copies of her novel, Hospital Hill, at 5pm on Saturday, March 26. Anderson will be in town for a photoshoot at the Mansfield Reformatory as well as doing research for her next paranormal novel set at the prison! About the author: Kate Anderson is a special education teacher, photographer, and the author of a number of collected volumes on the history of insane asylums and mental health treatment. She lives in Massachusetts with her boyfriend, her beagles, and a very overweight cat. About the book: After almost three decades of living and working at Northampton Hospital for the insane, it’s time for Valerie Martin to make a change and watch as the hospital closes its doors for good. But Northampton isn’t done with her. Fifteen years later and weeks before retirement she finds herself back within its walls completing one last task for the department. A job that will uncover a dark and disturbing secret the hospital has kept hidden for years. As she digs further into the mystery, she must relive her memories and her own time at Northampton Hospital; something that may change her forever. Welcome back to Hospital...

Book Club

For November’s book club we will FINALLY get to All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, which will come out in paperback on October 1!

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