The following groups and organizations present opportunities for book discussions, author visits and book signings, classes or other public book and writing related events. To add your group's listing, send a description, dates of program and web address to .


Cuyahoga County Events

Association for Continuing Education (ACE)
Case Western Reserve University

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Off-Campus Studies is a program designed to stimulate discussion through university-level, non-credit courses in the humanities. Classes are based on required reading with no written assignments or exams. These classes meet off-campus in homes, libraries, community centers and churches. Classes are open to adults regardless of educational background and are presented in a noncompetitive, informal atmosphere where interest in learning is the central consideration. There are three semesters, fall, winter and spring with classes scheduled in venues throughout Northeast Ohio.  additional information.

Discussion Day is a day-long program devoted to the discussion of a book with luncheon and a speaker. This year the book selection is “Broken April” written by Ismail Kadare, an Albanian author who recently received the International Booker Award. Discussion Day will be held on April 3, 2006 from 9:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Suburban Temple, 22401 Chagrin Blvd., Beachwood.

CASE/ACE Book Sale will be celebrating its 60 th year on the campus of Case Western Reserve University at the Adelbert Gym on June 3,4,5,6, 2006. Used books sorted into departments such as History , Rare Books, Children, Arts, Texts as well as records and cassettes can be found at this largest book sale in the county.

Cleveland Area Metropolitan Library System

North Coast Neighbors Share a Book:
North Coast Neighbors Share a Book is a library-led coalition of community organizations dedicated to promoting the reading and discussion of one book in our communities during a particular period every year. The purpose of this program is to stimulate critical thinking and lively discussions among readers throughout the greater North Coast of Ohio. The featured title in was "Rocket Boys" by Homer Hickam. The program runs from September 15 to November 15 of each year.

Cleveland Reads

Cleveland Reads, the Greater Cleveland Literacy Coalition acts as a primary literacy resource for 30 adult education programs and 61 youth programs, operating at more than 142 sites. Cleveland Reads works beyond the boundaries of any one literacy organization to strengthen and enhance literacy efforts in Greater Cleveland by linking learners to programs; recruiting, training and referring literacy volunteers; promoting best practices; and creating literacy awareness. 


A Cultural Exchange

A Cultural Exchange is a non-profit literacy based multicultural arts organization for children based in Cleveland , Ohio .  In support of its mission—to acquaint children of color with their heritage, enhance their self-esteem and self worth and create opportunities and experiences, which enrich the cultural development of ALL children, their families and the community through literature, the arts and cultural exchange)—A Cultural Exchange has implemented a variety of community literacy programs, including the Read, Baby, Read! Book Club , 100 Men Reading, the Busy Bookmobile, Books! A Lasting Legacy, Meet the Author and the Parent/Teacher Resource Center.  These award-winning programs are designed to provide children and their families with access to opportunities that encourage the enjoyment of reading. 

Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library

"Letters About Literature" is the online home of the Ohio Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book. The website offers a list of literary organizations throughout the state; a statewide events calendar to which book related events of all types are posted, a listing by county of over 150 Ohio authors, and a map showing Ohio literary landmarks throughout the state.

The Ohio Center for theBook sponsors annually with the Library of Congress Center for the Book,  "Letters About Literature" , a nationwide contest in which students in grades 4-12 write a personal letter to an author that explains how the authors' works changed the students way of  thinking about the world or themselves.


Poets' & Writers' League of Greater Cleveland

The Poets' & Writers' League of Greater Cleveland is an organization dedicated to stimulating public interest in writing, assisting writers in perfecting the practice of their art, and establishing a regional, cultural, educational, intellectual and social climate in which the practice of creative writing can thrive. The PWLGC provides a wide range of services to the community, including a monthly calendar of literary events, an open-to-the-public poetry workshop where poets bring their work for discussion and constructive criticism, and the operation of the PWLGC Literary Center, a place where writers and readers gather for stimulating discussion and peer support. - Word Crafters Festival - PWGLC Literary Center, Classes & Discussion Groups - Calendar of Literary Events


Summit County Events

Akron Manuscript Club
For Akron area writers, published or non-published, as well as for aspiring writers. Meetings are monthly at the Jewish Center , 750 South White Pond Drive, on the second Sunday of each month at 2:00 P.M. After a brief business meeting, members critique each others' writings.
Akron Reading Festival

Designed as an educational yet entertaining event that crosses all cultural boundaries, the Akron Reading Festival brings together people of all ages and from all walks of life, to celebrate literacy and share the joy of reading in all its forms. Admission to the festival is free, and every child receives a free book. Festival activities and events include talks and book signings by diverse authors of local and national prominence, a panel featuring playwrights and authors whose works have appeared on stage and screen, writing, poetry, songwriting and drawing workshops, celebrity storytelling for children, costumed characters, a puppet show, arts and crafts, a marketplace featuring exhibitors and booksellers, food vendors, and other entertainment.     

Akron/Summit County Poetry Foundation & Review

Founded to provide more than a monthly opportunity for writers of poetry to read their works in a public place, and to give poets and/with other artists/musicians, an opportunity to work together on projects that may involve poetry or lyrics, maybe even combined with artwork. Our organization invites schools and children that also have artistic abilities and that want to express them either verbally or in a lyrical or poetic way. We meet 6 PM - 8 PM First and Third Thursdays.


Falls Writer's Workshop

Free monthly meeting for general critique. Mail in "in depth" critique available. Fee for mail in. Yearly short story contest. We meet at 5:45pm - 8:45pm, 2nd Wednesday of each month. 


This City Reads

This City Reads! is a community alliance of organizations to champion and leverage the power of reading to promote the future success of families, individuals, and businesses in Greater Akron/Summit County.  To promote area-wide reading and literacy, all Summit County residents are asked to take a half hour to read together on a specific day.  People pledge to read not only at that time, to read on an ongoing basis with their families, and take the opportunity to volunteer in a number of literacy-related capacities.  More than 92,000 people read in .  The third annual reading day for this coming year is February 8, 2006.  


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