Local author series at Coventry Village Library

Join fellow book lovers this winter for Heights Libraries’ local author series, featuring Laura Taxel, newcomer Nivi Engineer, and Lauren Pacini.

The authors will read from their most recent works, take questions from the audience, and sign books.

All events take place on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. at the Coventry branch of Heights Libraries, located at 1925 Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights. The events are free and open to the public, but registration is required at www.heightslibrary.org or 216-321-3400.

Dec. 4: Laura Taxel, author of Cleveland's West Side Market: 100 Years and Still Cooking

Taxel will read from her new book, co-authored by Marilou Suszko, and will talk about the two-year process of digging into historical records, interviewing hundreds of people, and collecting the memories and stories that enliven every page.

Cleveland's West Side Market chronicles the history of one of the oldest municipally owned and operated retail food markets in America. The book takes readers on a tour of the building and into the lives of vendors and shoppers. Readers will discover a whole world of foods, traditions, and rituals that are part of the Market culture.

Taxel has been writing about food and the people who prepare it for 25 years. Her articles appear in local, regional, and national publications. Taxel is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals and the Cleveland chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier International.

Dec. 11: Nivi Engineer, author of The Indian Girl's Definitive Guide to Staying Single

Engineer will read from her entertaining new book, a send-up of dating self-help guides with a unique cultural twist.

Nivi Engineer holds a bachelor's degree in English, focusing on creative writing, from Case Western Reserve University, and a master's in computer science from Washington University in St. Louis. She lives in Cleveland Heights with her husband, three children, and a puppy.

Jan. 22: Lauren Pacini, author of Shattered Dreams Revisited

Pacini's book is a collection of black-and-white photographs examining the death and rebirth of Cleveland, accompanied by the author's narrative, and prose and poetry by Cleveland-area students. It was published in cooperation with the Western Reserve Historical Society.

Pacini is a photographer and author whose primary focus is the urban landscape. Born in 1943, Pacini moved to Cleveland in 1950. As a photographer, Pacini strives to understand the story behind the subject matter to which he is drawn, and to convey that story through his art.

Sheryl Banks

Sheryl Banks is the marketing and community relations manager for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library

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Volume 5, Issue 12, Posted 10:37 AM, 11.30.2012