Book & Beer Talk with Rick Armon

Main Street Books and The Phoenix Brewing Company are collaborating on a book talk and signing with beer writer Rick Armon. Armon’s latest book is called Fifty Must-Try Craft Beers of Ohio. Join us at the Phoenix on Wednesday, November 15 at 6pm to get yourself books and beers! This event will consist of a 20 minute talk by the beer expert himself at 6pm, followed by a Q&A and a chance to get your book signed. Main Street Books will be there selling Armon’s book and Phoenix will be releasing their wildly popular seasonal beer, the Surly Gnome! Every craft beer has a story, and part of the fun is learning where the liquid gold in your glass comes from. In Fifty Must-Try Craft Beers of Ohio, veteran beer writer Rick Armon picks the can’t-miss brews in a roundup that will handily guide everyone from the newest beer aficionado to those with the most seasoned palates. Some are crowd pleasers, some are award winners, some are just plain unusual—the knockout beers included here are a tiny sample of what Ohio has to offer. In the midst of the ongoing nationwide renaissance in local beer culture, Ohio has become a major center for the creation of quality craft brews, and Armon goes behind the scenes to figure out what accounts for the state’s beer alchemy. He asked the brewers themselves about the great idea or the happy accident that made each beer what it is. The book includes brewer profiles, quintessentially Ohio food pairings (sauerkraut balls and Cincinnati chili!), and more. Rick Armon has been writing about beer as...

Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is the small, independent stores’ answer to the Black Friday of the big box stores. Come out to support Main Street Books and your other favorite small businesses in Richland County. We’ll be offering a 10% discount to anyone who brings in the Richland County SBS Passport (more info on that to come) or a receipt from another local business. Keep checking in here for more info or at Richland Source. Hope to see you...

What’s Your Passion?

The evening consists of several OSU-Mansfield professors and several Mansfield community members explaining something they’re passionate about to us. Each person has five to ten minutes to explain what they care about most. The subject of each talk need not be what the speaker teaches or does as a profession; in fact, many of them will not be. The range of subjects is wide and wild! The line-up of speakers currently includes Susan Delagrange, Cindy Fowler, Tracy Graziani, Norman Jones, Daniel Roemer, Poggo Scopas, David Tovey, and Josh Werner. The ultimate goal behind “What’s Your Passion?” is to not only provide an interesting and enlightening evening for the people of Mansfield, but to also bring the worlds of downtown Mansfield and the OSU branch campus closer together. So often they seem to belong in different cities altogether. Both can benefit from the knowledge, expertise, and passion of the other. Pooling our resources is an obvious step toward the ambition of strengthening our entire...

Interactive Storytime Performance with David FitzSimmons

Main Street Books is happy to announce the return of author and photographer David FitzSimmons to the bookstore. Join us on Friday, October 6 at 6pm for an interactive family night! David FitzSimmons has created in interactive storytime performance to introduce children to his latest book, Wakem the Rooster: Up All Night. What happens when a rooster gets his days and nights mixed up? Children will find out first-hand as they join the award-winning author in staging a live Wakem the Rooster play filled with too many cock-a-doodle-doos. Kids can help with rooster, sheep, cat, dog, and owl puppets, plus a whole lot more. As the sleep-depriving tale unfolds, find out if a twist on age-old advice can save the day. Crafts and take-home activities, too! The book’s author, David FitzSimmons, is a freelance writer and photographer, whose award-winning Curious Critters children’s picture books have sold over 100,000 copies. A former school teacher and university professor, he travels widely presenting programs on writing, nature, and photography. David, his wife, and their three daughters live in rural Ohio. You can see more of David’s work at www.DavidFitzSimmons.com. Wakem’s illustrator, Richard Cowdrey, has illustrated over fifty children’s books, including the New York Times best-selling Marley series. Richard’s love of nature and country life inspires much of his artwork. He lives in Ohio with his wife, and they have four children and seven grandchildren. When not painting in his rural Ohio studio, Richard enjoys visiting schools, sharing his love of illustration. You can see more of Richard’s work at www.rcowdrey.com....

24-Hour Comics Day

Take the challenge! Create a 24-page comic in 24 hours. We’re starting at noon on Saturday, October 7th and working until noon on Sunday, October 8th. Artists of all stripes and experience-levels are welcome — even if you don’t call yourself an artist. Please remember: we are very flexible here at Main Street Books. You are are free to come and go as you please and you may create as much or little as you can. The important part is putting in the effort and having fun! If you would like to come, email Lou Graziani, who helps organize the event, at...

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