Hit the proverbial road with Appletree staff member
Paul Ryland,
and explore travel tales both
fictional and factual!Your literary journey begins each month
on the dates below at Nighttown, from 7-9pm.

Customers who register for a book group meeting
are eligible for a 10% discount on that month’s book.
Call, email, or stop at the store,
or the click on the links below to register.


Monday, June 12, 7-9pm
Travels with Charley
by John Steinbeck

In September 1960, John Steinbeck and his poodle, Charley, embarked on a journey across America. A picaresque tale, this chronicle of their trip meanders along scenic backroads and speeds along anonymous superhighways, moving from small towns to growing cities to glorious wilderness oases. Travels with Charleyis animated by Steinbeck’s attention to the specific details of the natural world and his sense of how the lives of people are intimately connected to the rhythms of nature – to weather, geography, the cycles of the seasons. His keen ear for the transactions among people is evident, too, as he records the interests and obsessions that preoccupy the Americans he encounters along the way.

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Monday, July 10, 7-9 pm
On the Road
by Jack Keruoac
Inspired by Jack Kerouac’s adventures with Neal Cassady, On the Road tells the story of two friends whose cross-country road trips are a quest for meaning and true experience. Written with a mixture of sadeyed naivete and wild ambition and imbued with Kerouac’s love of America, his compassion for humanity, and his sense of language as jazz, On the Road is the quintessential American vision of freedom and hope, a book that changed American literature and changed anyone who has ever picked it up.Click here to register.
Monday, August 14, 7-9 pm
by David Arnold

After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the “wastelands” of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland. So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.

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Tuesday, September 12, 7-9 pm
Utopia Drive
(Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
by Erik Reese
(Note: paperback will be available for purchase in August)

For Erik Reece, life was good. And yet he couldn’t ignore his conviction that, in fact, the good ol’ United States was in the midst of great social, environmental, and political crises. Where did we — here, in the land of Jeffersonian optimism and better tomorrows — go wrong?  Reece turned to those who had dared to imagine radically different futures for America. What followed was a road trip through the sites of America’s utopian communities, both historical and contemporary, known and unknown successful and catastrophic. He uncovered not just a series of lost histories and broken visionaries but also a continuing and vital, but hidden, idealistic tradition.Utopia Drive is an important and definitive reconstruction of that tradition. It is also, perhaps, a new framework to help us find a genuinely sustainable way forward.

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Anne Frank’s
Diary of a Young Girl

Thursday, June 15, 6:30-8 pm

In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the publication ofAnne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl,
join Fern Levy of the
Anne Frank Moral Courage Project
for a discussion of Anne Frank’s life and ideals

Out in the Community:
Alan Dutka
Friday, June 16, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Association for Continuing Education
Acclaimed Author Luncheon
Cleveland Skating ClubAlan Dutka,
Historic Movie Theaters
of Downtown Cleveland

(Arcadia Publishing)

The first movie theaters in Cleveland consisted of converted storefronts with sawed-off telephone poles substituting for chairs and bed sheets acting as screens. Alan Dutka’s latest book shares the remarkable history of Cleveland’s downtown movie theaters and their reemergence as community landmarks. A prolific writer, he has written many fascinating books about Cleveland.

Appletree will be selling copies of the book at the event.
Registration Required.  Click here for more information.

Musical Performance:
No Exit New Music
Ensemble’s Nick Diodore

Friday, June 30, 7-8:30 pm

No Exit’s cellist extraordinaire Nick Diodore
will be performing a concert of avant-garde music as only he can.
As a musician and interpreter of modern music, Nick is known
for his remarkable sensitivity, expressiveness and exquisite virtuosity.
This one-man show will feature works by Kaija Saariaho, Witold Lutosławski, Luciano Berio, Alberto Ginastera, Henri Dutilleux
and works by two Cleveland area composers, Andrew Rindfleisch
and Timothy Beyer.  Please join us for what will be a truly breathtaking evening of music.
Free and open to the public.

Coming in July…
Our store window will spotlight the work of Caring Cubs.We will feature botanical jewelry by local artisan Cathy Miller.

Thurs., July 6, 6-8 pm: Reading and signing with Martha Conway, author of the new historical novel, The Underground River (Touchstone Books).

Fri., July 7, 6-8pm: Reading and signing with Claire McMillan, author of the new novel The Necklace (Simon and Schuster).

Mon., July 10, 7-9 pm: Books in a Bar: Literary Road Trips.  Appletree staff member Paul Ryland will lead a discussion of an American classic, Jack Kerouac’s On the Road (Penguin).  Meets at Nighttown.

Thurs., July 20, 5-8pm: Join us for a Summer Pop-Up! Featuring Cleveland-area artists and artisans Four Fish Ink, April Firstencel, Dawn Hanson, Wendy Mahon, Song of Wood, Le Cracker, and Rev. Sharon Garner.

Appletree Books
12419 Cedar Road
Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44106
(216) 791-2665 info@appletree-books.com
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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