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Food for Thought: The Parting Present (October 12)


This 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 October title is the bilingual poetry collection The Parting Present/Lo que se irá by Manuel Iris. This book is available at the YSU Barnes & Noble and POP! Art Books Culture via Bookshop.

"Manuel Iris reclaims the poetic space as a radical exploration and celebration of paternal love and tenderness. If language is a vector of truth and transformation, if 'the poem opens its wound' to the spaces in which we examine ourselves and love begets love, the poems in this bilingual collection offer the magnitude and direction to do exactly what poetry aims to do: say in words what can never be expressed in words. Iris’s poems reveal the silences of our most vulnerable selves, and 'the silence/ toward which we migrate,/ from which we came.'” —Tara Skurtu, author of The Amoeba Game

Upcoming books in this series: 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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