Appletree Books event celebrates Greater Cleveland neighborhoods

Appletree Books will host a special event on Friday, July 8, featuring four writers who have contributed to a new book about Greater Cleveland—Cleveland Neighborhood Guidebook. Belt Publishing, a Cleveland company that also publishes Belt Magazine, produced the book.

The four writers who will be taking part in the event are Brad Masi, Kathrine Morris, Greggor Mattson and Maryann De Julio.

Masi, who lives in Cleveland Heights, contributed a chapter called “Chasing the Ghosts of Coventry Village,” exploring the many changes that have taken place in the Coventry neighborhood over the years. He describes Dugway Brook as a “historic stream that has disappeared underground, locked away in concrete culverts beneath the hapless footfalls of the denizens above.” He then goes on to write about Harvey Pekar and poet d.a. levy. “Many writers, poets, artists, publishers and graphic novelists find their home here, and many more were hatched here before their winged migration to other territories,” Masi writes.

The event’s three other featured writers focus on other Greater Cleveland neighborhoods. Morris writes about Glenville, Mattson focuses on Kinsman, and De Julio writes about Little Italy.

In addition to chapters about neighborhoods, the book also includes sections identifying Best Coffee Shops, Best Places for Live Music, Best Galleries, Best Museums, Best Locally Owned Stores, Best Places to Find Locally Grown Food and other superlatives.

The Grog Shop on Coventry is included in the Best Places for Live Music section, and both Big Fun and Mac’s Backs Books on Coventry made the list of Best Locally Owned Stores. Parnell’s Pub on Lee Road is among the Best Dive Bars, and the Inn on Coventry is on the Best Breakfast list.

The book names Cleveland Heights as one of the “Best Places to Live,” and says of the city: “An inner-ring suburb on the east side popular with Case Western Reserve University students and staff, Cleveland Heights is stocked with century-old brick housing.”

Belt Publishing, founded in 2012, publishes many books about the industrial Midwest, and previously had published two versions of The Cleveland Anthology before publishing the new book.

“There was a lot of interest in a new anthology,” said Anne Trubeck, a founder and director of Belt Publishing, who helped organize the event at Appletree Books. “We wanted to create a more wide-ranging collection of essays.”

James Henke

James Henke, a Cleveland Heights resident, was a writer and editor at Rolling Stone magazine for 15 years. He is also the author of several books, including biographies of Jim Morrison, John Lennon and Bob Marley. He is on the board of FutureHeights, and is co-chair of the Heights Observer Advisory Committee.

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