Appletree Books
April 2018
April brings the promise of spring and warmer, sunnier days as well as National Poetry Month and Independent Bookstore Day.  We hope that you will join us for various events throughout the month (see below) to celebrate the beauty and innovation of poetry.  Additionally, we hope to see you on Saturday, April 28th, in support of national Independent Bookstore Day, when we feature the talents of several “indie” publishers here in Cleveland: Belt Publishing, Gray and Company, and 1984 Publishing.  Come celebrate the “indie” spirit with us!
In Our Store Window:
NightBallet Press
In celebration of National Poetry Month,
this month’s store window features
 NightBallet Press.
NightBallet Press is an independent small press, interested in
the musicality of language and originality of expression in poetry,
with a commitment to excellence. Founded by Dianne Borsenik
in 2011 and based in Elyria, Ohio, NBP has published over one hundred titles for poets across the U.S.
Dianne Borsenik is active in the northern Ohio poetry scene. She won 1st place in the Best Cleveland Poem Competition in both 2013 and 2014. In 2016, Crisis Chronicles Press published her first full-length collection of poetry, Age of Aquarius. Lit Youngstown put her poem “Disco” on their tee shirts, which makes her feel like a rock star.
On Our Walls:
Denise Stewart and Pat Pitingolo
works by Denise Stewart (left) and Pat Pitingolo (right)
This month’s artist wall features work by
Denise Stewart and Pat Pitingolo

Denise Stewart and Pat Pitingolo
incorporate tea into their artwork. Stained fiber from
deconstructed tea bags, and painting with tea on paper,
provide the material that is transformed into books,
prints and drawings.

Reception: Meet the Artists
works by Denise Stewart (left) and Pat Pitingolo (right)
Thursday, April 5, 6-8pm

Join us for a receptionwith our April artists,
Denise Stewart and Pat Pitingolo

Denise Stewart holds a BS degree in Education from Boston University and a BFA in Printmaking from The Cleveland Institute of Art. She has been a resident artist at Zygote Press since 2006. Her prints incorporate unconventional materials such as used tea fiber and rust and are sometimes combined with other found objects to create three-dimensional works of art.

Pat Pitingolo credits her mother for inspiring in her a love for stitching and crafting at an early age. She started making things as a kid and hasn’t stopped since. After earning a BFA from Bowling Green State University, she worked in graphic design firms in and around Cleveland for many years. At the same time, she also pursued many other creative projects including making handmade greeting cards, sewing costumes for community theatre, mail art, altered books, mosaic, and art journaling.

Reading and Reception:
NightBallet Press
Friday, April 6, 6-8pm

We kick off National Poetry Month with
a reading and reception with NightBallet Press.
A trio of Columbus poets – Chuck Salmons, Steve Abbott, and
Rikki Santer – will read, and Cleveland’s own John Burroughs
will sign copies of his new NBP book, Loss and Foundering.

Steve Abbott is co-founder and coordinator of Poetry Forum, Ohio’s longest-running poetry series. He edits the Ohio Poetry Association’s journal Common Threads, and in 2015 represented the OPA on the panel that selected Ohio’s first Poet Laureate. NBP publishedThe Incoherent Pull of Want in 2016.
Chuck Salmons currently serves as president of the Ohio Poetry Association. In 2011, he won the 2011 William Redding Memorial Poetry Contest, and regularly gives readings across the state of Ohio. A native Columbus resident, he earns a living as publications editor for the Ohio Geological Survey. NBP published Patch Job in 2017.
Rikki Santer has worked as a journalist, a magazine and book editor, and as poet-in-the-schools. She received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and honors from Poetry Forum, Black Lawrence Press, and the Ohio Poetry Association.  NBP published Make Me That Happy in 2017.
Books in a Bar:
Vive la France!
Monday, April 9, 7-9pm
Meets at Nighttown

Join Ed Alix and Lute Quintrell
for discussion of
Suite Francaise
by Irene Nemirovsky

Customers who register for this book group meeting are eligible for a 10% discount on this month’s book.  Stop in the store, call us at 216-791-2665, email us, or click here to sign up on our website.

Beginning in Paris on the eve of the Nazi occupation in 1940. Suite Francaise tells the remarkable story of men and women thrown together in circumstances beyond their control. As Parisians flee the city, human folly surfaces in every imaginable way: a wealthy mother searches for sweets in a town without food; a couple is terrified at the thought of losing their jobs, even as their world begins to fall apart. Moving on to a provincial village now occupied by German soldiers, the locals must learn to coexist with the enemy–in their town, their homes, even in their hearts.
When Irene Nemirovsky began working on Suite Francaise, she was already a successful writer living in Paris. But she was also a Jew, and in 1942 she was deported to Auschwitz, where she died. For sixty-four years, this novel remained hidden and unknown.
At Trinity Cathedral:
Jackson Katz
Monday, April 9, 7pm
Tuesday, April 10, 11:30am

Jackson Katz
will speak at Trinity Cathedral
in two sessions on
“Gender Violence and Its Prevention”

Jackson Katz, Ph.D., is an educator, author, filmmaker and cultural theorist. He is internationally renowned for his pioneering scholarship
and activism on issues of gender, race and violence. He has long been a
major figure and thought leader in the growing global movement of men working to promote gender equality and prevent gender violence. His
TED talk, “Violence against Women – It’s a Men’s Issue”
has been viewed more than 3.5 million times.

free and open to the public
presented by Trinity in partnership with Cleveland State
University and the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center

five-week book group on
the language of race and gender,
“Be Not Deceived: Evil Communications
and Corrupt Good Manners”

Wednesday evenings, 7:30pm
April 11, 18 and 25, May 2 and 9

meets at Trinity Cathedral
free and open to the public

co-sponsored by TrinityAppletree Books, and
the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center,
with the support of Cleveland State University

for more information on the lectures and book group, contact
Rev. Kay Rackley at
or 216-774-0418.

Book Party:
Renee M. Sentilles
Wednesday, April 11, 4:30-6pm

Celebrate the publication of
American Tomboys, 1850-1915
(University of Massachusetts Press)
by Renee M. Sentilles

Co-sponsored with the CWRU Department of History
Light refreshments provided.

A lot of women remember having had tomboy girlhoods. Some recall it as a time of gender-bending freedom and rowdy pleasures. Others feel the word is used to limit girls by suggesting such behavior is atypical. In American TomboysRenee M. Sentilles, associate professor of history at CWRU, explores how the concept of the tomboy developed in the turbulent years after the Civil War.  She argues that the tomboy grew into an accepted and even vital transitional figure. Cultural critics, writers, and educators came to imagine that white middle-class tomboys could transform themselves into the vigorous mothers of America’s burgeoning empire.  Beautifully written and exhaustively researched, American Tomboys explores the cultural history of girls who, for a time, whistled, got into scrapes, and struggled against convention.
Reading and Reception:
CSU Poetry Center
Friday, April 13, 6-8pm

Join us for a reading and reception with
Cleveland State University Poetry Center,
featuring 5 affiliated poets:
Brandon North, Penelope Jeanne Girlblood,
Angelo Maneage, Zach Savich, and Hilary Plum

Brandon North is a poetry candidate in theNEOMFA, where he works as managing editor for the CSU Poetry Center. He is also the poetry editor for the literary journal Whiskey Island. His work is forthcoming or appears in The Bombay GinQuarterly West, and decomp.
Penelope Jeanne Girlblood is a trans lesbian, a mother, and a a poet. She has had her work published in Zoomoozophone Review andVoicemail Poems. She is in the second year of her MFA at CSU, and she helps run the Lighthouse Reading Series through the CSU Poetry Center.
Angelo Maneage is a fourth-year undergraduate at CSU studying creative writing. He works at a grocery store, reads poetry forWhiskey Island Magazine, and in 2017 he received the Academy of American Poets’ Alberta Turner Poetry Prize.
Zach Savich is the author of six books of poetry, including Daybed, and two books of prose. His work has appeared in journals and anthologies including American Poetry Review. He teaches in the BFA Program for Creative Writing at the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia; in spring 2018, he is teaching at CSU and with the NEOMFA.
Hilary Plum is a poet, novelist, and non-fiction writer.  She teaches creative writing at CSU and in the NEOMFA program, and also serves as associate director of the CSU Poetry Center, where she organizes the Lighthouse Reading Series. With Zach Savich, she edits the Open Prose Series at Rescue Press.

Introduction to Brush Calligraphy
Saturday, April 14, 11am-1pm

Introduction to Modern Calligraphy Using Brush Pens
Workshop with Brooke Slater

Have fun while you are learning something new! With the skills you gain from this class, you will be confident practicing your brush lettering at home. We will be learning different types of brush lettering supplies (pens and papers); understanding the different brush strokes and pressures; practice drills; basic alphabet (lowercase); and connecting letters.

Each participant will receive three brush pens and a compact version
of Busy B’s Guide to Brush Lettering for practice. You will also
create a piece of lettering art to take home.

No fee. Register by Thursday, April 12.
Limited to 6 participants.

Brooke Slater is a designer and the owner of Busy B Design Studio in Cleveland Heights.  She is a self-taught calligrapher and recently began teaching the art of modern brush calligraphy to like-minded artists in the area.  Brooke graduated from Miami University with a BFA in Arts and Architecture. Her love of design has translated into the many facets of her life. Having started her own landscape design firm in 2005, and crafting in her spare time, she has expanded her brand to encompass landscape gardening, architecture, graphic design and art.  Brooke’s motto is “Practice Makes Progress” and she is always up for the next creative challenge.
A Signing, a Snack,
& Something to Do:
Rebecca Green
Tuesday, April 24, 3:30-4:30pm

Join Rebecca Green,
author & illustrator of
How to Make Friends with a Ghost,
for an afterschool book signing, paper activity, and snack

Rebecca Green is an illustrator, painter, and make-believe maker.  How to Make Friends With a Ghost (Tundra) is Rebecca’s first published book as author/illustrator.  She has illustrated the picture books From Far Away(Annick Press) and Iqbal and His Ingenious Idea (Kids Can Press) and painted covers for numerous chapter books and novels, including How to Be a Good Creature, by Sy Montgomery (HMH).

Poetry Reading:
Margie Shaheed
Thursday, April 26, 6-8pm

Join us for a dynamic poetry reading by
Margie Shaheed

Margie Shaheed is a community poet, writer, and performance artist who conducts creative writing workshops for children and adults in traditional classrooms, libraries, theaters, and community arts centers. Believing poetry to be a tool for personal healing, she also conducts poetry workshops in community mental health centers and outpatient substance abuse treatment programs. Her work has been published in Essence Magazine, Black Magnolias Literary Journal, and others. NightBallet Press has published three collections of her poems: Mosaic (2013), Onomatopoeia(2015), and Dream Catcher (2017).

Independent Bookstore Day!
Saturday, April 28, 10am-6pm

Independent Bookstore Day

Independent bookstores are not just stores!
They’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers.  They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity.  They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent.  In a world of tweets and algorithms, and pageless digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism.  They are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand.

The 2018 IBD author-ambassador (and Shaker Heights native) Celeste Ng says, “My favorite thing about independent bookstores is that they all have their own distinct personalities: each reflects not just the tastes but also the ideals of its community. From the second you walk in, you get a sense of what the people who shop there know and enjoy—as well as what’s currently on their minds, what they want to learn, and what they value: in short, what kinds of people they want to be. I love Independent Bookstore Day because it asks readers, writers, and booksellers to join in celebrating all that bookstores represent. It’s a gathering to remind ourselves that the written word can change both us and the world, and of what’s possible when we all come together.”

Be on the lookout! For a third year, Cleveland’s independent bookstores will offer customers a “passport” for the day, guiding you on a bookstore crawl through all the riches Appletree and our compatriots have to offer.

Cleveland’s Indie Lit
Saturday, April 28, 2-4pm

As part of our Independent Bookstore Day celebrations,
we’re pleased to host to three of our region’s independent publishers –Gray & Company, 1984 Publishing, and Belt Publishing – andLiterary Cleveland, an organization dedicated to creating and
nurturing a vibrant literary arts community in Northeast Ohio.

Gray & Company
works with Cleveland writers to make Cleveland books for Cleveland readers.  All Gray & Company books will be 30% off.

1984 Publishing
brings premium, hardbound, full color art & gift books to coffee tables worldwide, as well as smart non-fiction and fiction titles.

Belt Publishing
is a small, independent press founded in 2013 as a platform for new and influential voices from the Rust Belt and Midwest.

Literary Cleveland
is an organization of and for Cleveland writers.  It sponsors workshops, networking events, readings, the annual Cleveland Inkubator conference,  a neighborhood-based writing program, and the Gordon Square Review.

Come meet some of the folks who enrich
our local literary community!

Spotlight on Local Talent:
Crawdads Workshop
My name is Ryan Thompsonand Crawdads Workshop
is my metal/wood workshop, which operates
out of my Old Brooklyn 2-car garage.

It is an eclectic combination of my many interests. Mostly I create wood/metal coffee tables, steampunk lamps, bookends, shelves, and quite a few things in between. I love the process from start to finish, of salvaging forgotten pieces of American industry and putting them back into use, whether that is restoring the very tools I use, or reimagining obsolete fixtures of Cleveland. Few things are as thrilling to me as finding the perfect building materials. I’m a regular at local auctions, garage sales, and scrap yards, on Craigslist and the curbside. Getting home and having the right tools to mill, plane, cut, turn, grind, and sand
items into their final form is my second great thrill.

I’m excited to partner with Appletree Books to share these products and be able to bring them into your home.  I encourage anyone to check me out on Instagram at crawdadsworkshop or email me for pricing or custom work.

Coming in May…
Our front windows will feature Magnolia Clubhouse, and our featured artist will be Kate Snow of Four Fish Ink.

Fri., May 4, 6-8pm: Reception with the staff and members ofMagnolia Clubhouse.

Sat., May 12: Two local vendors join us, bringing unique gifts in time for Mother’s Day.  Check out vintage-button bracelets by Button-Down Designs and clothing by First Designs.

Mon., May 14, 7-9pm: Books in a Bar: Eclectic Reads.  Join Ed Alix and Lute Quintrell at Nighttown for a glass of wine and discussion of The Muse (Ecco Press) by Jessie Burton.  Customers who register for a book group meeting are eligible for a 10% discount on that month’s book.  Stop in the store, call us at (216) 791-2665, email us at, or register on our website.

Thurs., May 24, 6-8pm: Decluttering Workshop with Organizing For U.  No fee. Registration by Monday, May 21, is encouraged.

Fri., May 25, 6-8pm: Signing and reception with Jamie Cat Callan, author of several books on the French approach to living the good life, including her most recent, Parisian Charm School: French Secrets for Cultivating Love, Joy, and That Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi(Tarcherperigree).

Appletree Books
12419 Cedar Road
Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44106
(216) 791-2665

Tuesday-Wednesday, 10 am – 6 pm
Thursday-Friday, 10 am – 8 pm
Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm
Closed Sunday and Monday

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