How to Speak Midwestern

Main Street Books is pleased to announce a talk and book signing with Edward McClelland, author of How to Speak Midwestern on Saturday, December 10 at 1pm. Comedian Fred Willard and basketball coach Bob Knight grew up 50 miles apart, Willard in Shaker Heights and Knight in Massillon, yet they have different accents. Willard speaks Inland North, the dialect of Great Lakes industrial cities; Knight speaks Midland, calling our nation’s capital “Worshington.” Join Edward McClelland, author of the new book How to Speak Midwestern, as he discusses how Ohio’s 19th Century settlement patterns are still reflected in its speech patterns. The Cleveland area was populated by New Englanders, who eventually spawned the Northern Cities Vowel Shift, which makes can sound like “cayen” and box like “bahhhx,” while Central Ohio was a destination for migrants from Pennsylvania and Virginia. Learn also about the origin of Ohio sayings such as “Rust Belt,” “devil strip” and “city chicken.” This talk will be fascinating to all us Ohioans, especially those interested in linguistics and those puzzled by their own inability to say the word...

Unhooked: a Book Signing

Main Street Books is honored to host writer Annie Highwater, author of Unhooked: A Mother’s Story of Unhitching from the Roller Coaster of Her Son’s Addiction, for a book signing from 1-3pm on Saturday, December 3. This book is an important one for a community like Richland County, which has suffered great losses to drug addiction. Annie Highwater’s memoir follows the experiences of one mother who started her own life in a grossly neglected home and came to realize how those experiences both helped and hindered what would be the hardest, most heartbreaking, yet illuminating challenge of her life. Annie learns to understand her own reactions and digs deep into her past successful and unsuccessful strategies, sets boundaries, enlists resources, and moves through life with acceptance and determination. As the country struggles to address the issues of the rampant epidemic of opioid abuse and addiction, this story is especially relevant in helping us all understand the personal challenges facing parents and family members and how family dynamics both help and hinder the recovery process. This is a short read designed to help families in recovery and open conversation. Read more about it in this Huffington Post article. The author says, “I am the mother of an addict. I’m in recovery as much as my addicted son is in recovery. “Like many who hear about or personally experience the destructive effects of addiction, it took serious convincing for me to consider it a ‘disease.’ In fact, I was pretty self-righteous about it. I told myself, ‘You don’t see a cancer patient or diabetic stealing from the jewelry box of a...

Borderlands: Poetry On the Edge

Borderlands is a monthly reading series that typically features one or two Ohio poets on the 3rd Saturday of every month. These poets are consistently of kick-ass quality. The reading is followed by our now infamous “mic-less open mic,” so if you, too, are a poet, bring your work. Poets and poetry appreciators are equally welcome. Get your language flowing, set your words on fire. And while you’re at it, bring someone who claims to not like poetry to show them what it really...

Borderlands: Poetry On the Edge

Borderlands is a monthly reading series that typically features one or two Ohio poets on the 3rd Saturday of every month. These poets are consistently of kick-ass quality. The reading is followed by our now infamous “mic-less open mic,” so if you, too, are a poet, bring your work. Poets and poetry appreciators are equally welcome. Get your language flowing, set your words on fire. And while you’re at it, bring someone who claims to not like poetry to show them what it really...

Borderlands: Poetry On the Edge

Borderlands is a monthly reading series that typically features one or two Ohio poets on the 3rd Saturday of every month. These poets are consistently of kick-ass quality. The reading is followed by our now infamous “mic-less open mic,” so if you, too, are a poet, bring your work. Poets and poetry appreciators are equally welcome. Get your language flowing, set your words on fire. And while you’re at it, bring someone who claims to not like poetry to show them what it really...

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