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Enjoy Slice of Life: Stories and Dessert on September 29


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Lit Youngstown and the YWCA of Youngstown will co-host Slice of Life: Stories and Dessert, an evening of storytelling featuring true tales from five local writers and storytellers, and delicious desserts from fine bakers, on Tuesday September 29 at 7 p.m., at YWCA of Youngstown, 25 W. Rayen Avenue, Youngstown. The event is a benefit for Lit Youngstown and the YWCA of Youngstown, and includes an opportunity to purchase books for the children’s library at the YWCA.

Tickets for the event at $5 in advance, $8 at the door. For tickets, contact Melissa Papini at the YWCA – 330-746-6361, x118 or Lit Youngstown – 330-333-1619 or

At the Slice of Life event, instead of a reading similar to what we host on First Wednesday, five local writers and storytellers –Davita Fitzgerald, Kris Harrington, Becky Ann Harker, Liz Hill, and Terry L. Shears — will each tell a true story from their own life. The program, modeled on The Moth Radio Hour’s Story Slams and the Told Cleveland project, is the first storytelling event of its kind here in Youngstown.

Building on the slice of life theme, the event will offer home-baked goodies created by book-loving bakers in the area.

The partnership between the YWCA and Lit Youngstown seems like a natural fit to both groups. “The YWCA strives to empower children, and literacy at an early age is an important step in that direction. Reading is a skill that can open many doors in terms of education and recreation. It can enhance children’s social skills and enrich their lives. This event provides an opportunity for people who believe in the power of literature to purchase specific books for Y’s Discovery Place child-care center, which serves children ages 6 weeks to 12 years.” – Jennie Andrews of the YWCA of Youngstown

At the event, sample books will be available to give attendees a sense of what their donations will buy. The facility needs multi-cultural books that reflect “real people doing real things,” especially reflecting people in non-traditional gender careers, people with different abilities, and books showing a diversity of family styles.

“We’re thrilled to partner with the YWCA of Youngstown, and to help their children’s library grow,” says Karen Schubert, Lit Youngtown founder. “The books we remember from childhood, and the stories told by people who captivated us, were the jump-start of our imaginations. I love the idea that we’re fostering new readers and storytellers.”

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