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Ravenna Author Events

Third Place Books hosts hundreds of authors every year to read, sign and talk about their work.

RAVENNA - Book Club

Jan 28 2015 7:00 pm
Jan 28 2015 8:00 pm

Every last Wednesday of the month our book club meets to discuss a book and eat cookies. Each month the selected title is 20% off for all, and everyone is welcome to attend the discussion.

Independent People (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780679767923
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage, 1/1997

RAVENNA - Ross Coen - Fu-Go: The Curious History of Japan's Balloon Bomb Attack on America

Jan 29 2015 6:00 pm
Jan 29 2015 8:00 pm

Near the end of World War II Japan launched its "fu-go" campaign, deploying thousands of high-altitude hydrogen balloons armed with incendiary and high-explosive bombs designed to follow the westerly winds of the upper atmosphere and drift to the west coast of North America. After reaching the mainland, these fu-go, the Japanese hoped, would terrorize American citizens and ignite devastating forest fires across the western states, ultimately causing the United States to divert wartime resources to deal with the domestic crisis. While the fu-go offensive proved to be a complete tactical failure, six Americans lost their lives when a discovered balloon exploded. 

Ross Coen provides a fascinating look into the obscure history of the fu-go campaign, from the Japanese schoolgirls who manufactured the balloons by hand to the generals in the U.S. War Department who developed defense procedures. The book delves into panic, propaganda, and media censorship in wartime. Fu-Go is a compelling story of a little-known episode in our national history that unfolded virtually unseen.

ISBN-13: 9780803249660
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Nebraska Press, 12/2014

RAVENNA - Friday Storytime by PJ Library & Jewish Junction

Jan 30 2015 11:00 am
Jan 30 2015 11:00 am

Every Friday this month, join us for musical storytelling that incorporates movement, rhythm and language! Designed for tots and their caretakers, this unique storytime event is brought to you in partnership with Jewish Junction and PJ Library.

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RAVENNA LUNCHEON - Stewart O'Nan - West of Sunset

Jan 30 2015 1:00 pm
Jan 30 2015 2:30 pm

We're very pleased to continue our author luncheon series, with acclaimed author, Stewart O'Nan. These luncheon events feature a reading and Q&A by a notable author in the relaxed and intimate setting of Ravenna Third Place Pub, with lunch provided by Vios Cafe. Previous authors have included Ann Patchett, Ishmael Beah, and Anthony Doerr. 

STEWART O’NAN is the author of fourteen previous novels, including The Odds; Emily, Alone; A Prayer for the Dying; and Snow Angels, as well as several works of nonfiction, including, with Stephen King, the bestselling Faithful. His novel Last Night at the Lobster was a national bestseller and finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He was born and raised in Pittsburgh where he lives with his family.

In 1937, F. Scott Fitzgerald was a troubled, uncertain man whose literary success was long over. In poor health, with his wife consigned to a mental asylum and his finances in ruins, he struggled to make a new start as a screenwriter in Hollywood. By December 1940, he would be dead of a heart attack. 

Those last three years of Fitzgerald's life, often obscured by the legend of his earlier Jazz Age glamour, are the focus of Stewart O'Nan's gorgeously and gracefully written novel. With flashbacks to key moments from Fitzgerald's past, the story follows him as he arrives on the MGM lot, falls in love with brassy gossip columnist Sheilah Graham, begins work on The Last Tycoon, and tries to maintain a semblance of family life with the absent Zelda and daughter, Scottie. 

Fitzgerald's orbit of literary fame and the Golden Age of Hollywood is brought vividly to life through the novel's romantic cast of characters, from Dorothy Parker and Ernest Hemingway to Humphrey Bogart. A sympathetic and deeply personal portrait of a flawed man who never gave up in the end, even as his every wish and hope seemed thwarted, West of Sunset confirms O'Nan as "possibly our best working novelist" (Salon).


TICKETS REQUIRED - $40 Each ticket includes a copy of West of Sunset and lunch provided by Vios Café. Tickets can be purchased in-store or by phone at (206) 525-2347.

West of Sunset (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780670785957
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking Adult, 1/2015

RAVENNA - Saturday Morning StoryTime

Jan 31 2015 11:00 am
Jan 31 2015 11:30 am

Join us for singing, reading, laughing, and fun. Every Saturday morning at 11AM. All are welcome! 

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RAVENNA - Judy Dailey - Forget You Ever Knew Me

Feb 5 2015 7:00 pm
Feb 5 2015 8:00 pm

It's 1952. Maggie Kendall, an idealistic young doctor, must choose life or death for one of her patients under horrifying circumstances. But she makes the wrong decision and loses her home, her husband, and her infant daughter. 

Maggie flees to the south side of Chicago where she provides medical care to the poorest of the poor. Forty years later, Maggie sees a chance to return home and right a terrible wrong, but this time the stakes are even higher.

ISBN-13: 9781432829483
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Five Star (ME), 12/2014