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Food for Thought Summer Read: a Brief History of Seven Killings (Sept. 14)

Updated: Jun 23, 2023


Our next series of book discussions will center around the literary element of place. We will meet at 5:30pm on the 2nd Thursday at the Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., in the 2nd floor meeting room. Haven't read the book yet? No worries.


Our September title is A Brief History of Seven Killings. This book is available at the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County, the YSU Barnes & Noble, and POP! Art, Books, Culture via Bookshop.

“How to describe Marlon James’s monumental new novel A Brief History of Seven Killings? It’s like a Tarantino remake of The Harder They Come but with a soundtrack by Bob Marley and a script by Oliver Stone and William Faulkner, with maybe a little creative boost from some primo ganja. It’s epic in every sense of that word: sweeping, mythic, over-the-top, colossal and dizzyingly complex. It’s also raw, dense, violent, scalding, darkly comic, exhilarating and exhausting—a testament to Mr. James’s vaulting ambition and prodigious talent.” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

Upcoming books in this series: October (poetry) The Parting Present by Manuel Iris November (nonfiction) Historic Theaters of Youngstown by Sean Posey December (essays) Ohio Apertures by Robert Miltner January (short stories) The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans February (creative nonfiction) Just Us by Claudia Rankine March (short stories) What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us by Laura van den Berg April (memoir) 50 Miles by Sheryl St. Germain May (novel) Ohio by Stephen Markley

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