Literary event to benefit women's educational nonprofit

Maria Doria Russell, an award-winning novelist and scientist, will be the featured local author at the third annual “An Afternoon With . . .” literary event and dessert reception, on Saturday, Nov. 1. The event, hosted by the Cleveland Heights Chapter Q of P.E.O. International, a philanthropic educational organization, will take place at Forest Hill Presbyterian Church, 3031 Monticello Blvd., at 2 p.m.

Russell is the author of Doc, Dreamers of the Day, A Thread of Grace, Children of God, and The Sparrow. In addition to being a novelist, blogger and poet, she is also a wife, mother and dachshund lover, who holds degrees in cultural, social and biological anthropology. Russell was born in suburban Chicago and currently lives in Cleveland.

Russell will read from her work, field questions, and sign books. A reception with light refreshments will follow the program. Russell’s books will be available for purchase through A Cultural Exchange, a local nonprofit organization that promotes multicultural educational programs. 

Tickets to the event are $15 and benefit P.E.O. International’s scholarships, grants and awards for the educational advancement of women. For more information, visit To purchase tickets, contact Jan Hornack at 440-442-5631 or

Ellen Bartz

Ellen Bartz is the vice president of P.E.O. Chapter Q, and a lifelong resident of Cleveland Heights. She works as an occupational therapist at the Monarch Center for Autism, a division of Bellefaire JCB, and enjoys reading books by local authors.  

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