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Food for Thought: No Ruined Stone

This year, Lit Youngstown's monthly book discussion will focus on the idea of the writer: biographies, memoirs, fictional works with a writer protagonist. All are welcome. Haven't read the book yet? No worries. We will meet at 6:00 at the Michael Kusalaba Library, 2815 Mahoning Ave. All titles will be available at the Michael Kusalaba Library and at the YSU Barnes & Noble.

October 14 we will discuss poetry collection No Ruined Stone by Shara McCallum.

"Shara McCallum brings her gorgeous poetics to a story of slavery and colonialism, challenging the historical archive’s sheer, unyielding wall by going not over or around it, but fearlessly through. In musical, evocative language, her poems imagine the what-if-that-almost-was of Scotland’s best-loved Bard, following Robert Burns into the life he might have lived as a plantation overseer in Jamaica—then seeing his enslaved granddaughter back to Scotland to claim a life reserved for white women." —Evie Shockley

Here is the rest of this year's series:

November 11 (novel) My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout December 9 (essays) Intimations by Zadie Smith January 13 (eco-memoir) Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Kimmerer February 10 (biographical essay) Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own by Eddie Glaude March 10 (eco-memoir) World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil April 14 (fictionalized memoir) The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea May 12 (biography) The Planter of Modern Life: Louis Bromfield and the Seeds of a Food Revolution by Stephen Heyman

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