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The following events will be happening at The Learned Owl Book Shop, 204 N Main St., Hudson.
• Bill King, owner and chief bamboo fly rod maker of Top Ten Tapers, will be visit May 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. with his new book, “Fishing Tips and Tales: A Collection of Short Stories”.
King is dedicated to recreating authentic reproductions of the best and most famous bamboo fly rods ever designed in the last 135 years. He sells his creations all over the country for the price of a mid-level graphite fly rod. In his spare time, he fishes and writes fishing stories.
His book shares the fishing life through quirky combinations of surprise and a sly knowledge of the inevitable, capturing the wonderful obsessions, successes, near misses and failures of the fishing life. The stories are compelling essays of the fishing condition, reminiscent of old school angling literature. Some are poignant, others are full of shenanigans. As one reviewer said, “This book is pure brain candy.”
• During the month of May, children are encouraged to come to The Learned Owl Book Shop to participate in our Maisie the Mouse scavenger hunt. Stop in any time to pick up an activity sheet that will guide you in your search. This is an activity that can be done all at once, or whenever you pop in to the shop during the month of May.
• Come for story time on May 21 at 2 p.m. to hear local author Loriann Abood read “Different is Delightful.” The book is for children up to 5 years old.
Abood is an executive recruiting officer at Advansource Consulting, Inc. in the Cleveland area.
There is no cost for this story time, and no need to register.
• Come to Lager & Vine, 30 W Streetsboro St., Hudson at 6:30 p.m. on May 25 for The Learned Owl's Book Club in a Bar.
The guest author will be Robin Yocum, author of the 2017 Edgar Award-nominated “A Brilliant Death”, the critically acclaimed novels “Favorite Sons,” “The Essay,” and “Dead Before Deadline.” He will be speaking with the group about another of his mysteries, “A Welcome Murder,” which is available at the book shop.
Yocum was born in Steubenville in 1955, the son of a steel worker with little tolerance for indolence. Yocum's father would roll out of bed before work and pound ground balls to his aspiring second baseman. Robin carried papers for the Wheeling Intelligencer, pumped gas at Stewart's Pennzoil, mopped floors at the Minuteman Restaurant, baled hay, drove a truck, and worked as a night janitor at the Steubenville Country Club, a job that greatly reinforced his desire to graduate from college.
He received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University in 1978. After two years at the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette and the Martins Ferry Times Leader, Robin spent 11 years as a crime and investigative reporter with the Columbus Dispatch.
In order to insure that we have enough seating for everyone, please call 330-653-2252 or email email@example.com.
• Local author Jessi Houtz will be at The Learned Owl Book Shop on May 27 from 1 to 3 p.m. with her fantasy novel “The Warden of Aneurin.”
Darren Hull is too quiet to be a leader, too humble to be a hero, and too scared to be a savior. When his helicopter crashes in Aneurin, the city's mysterious inhabitants expect him to be all these things - and more. Aneurin is a city for souls, the final stage in the human life cycle. Darren's ancient connection with the city's founder drags him unwittingly into a power struggle for control of life on Earth. To survive, Darren must discover who he is and who he once was. He must find the faith he didn't know he was searching for.
Houtz was born in 1990 in a small Ohio town. She graduated magna cum laude from Kent State University with degrees in English and the classics, and continues to cultivate her love of language, fantasy, and history through writing. She is an avid baseball fan and spends much of her free time cheering on the Cleveland Indians. Houtz remains close to her family and friends in northeast Ohio and works at a medical supply company.
• “Reading is a fantastic way to open your minds and hearts to new people, places, and ideas,” said National Ambassador For Young People's Literature, Gene Luen Yang. “Through reading, I've met new friends, learned new facts, and become a better person.”
Join the The Learned Owl Book Shop as they expand minds with books. Stop at our “Reading Without Walls” table to see a selection of books that we hope will open readers' eyes to new ideas and experiences. Step out of your comfort zone, explore new topics, and discover a world of books you've never before considered. As always, your local book shop associates will be happy to help you choose.
• This year the world celebrates 30 years of “Where's Waldo?” And, just as The Learned Owl Book Shop has done for the past five years, it will be celebrating Waldo with its annual scavenger hunt. Similar events are happening all over the country to create summertime fun and support the “Shop Local” movement.
Martin Handford's collections of crowd scenes swept the world in the late ‘80s, and since then have held a cherished spot on bookstore shelves the world over. There are now over 67 million Waldo books in print worldwide and they have been translated into over 30 languages.
The iconic children's book character will be hiding in 25 local businesses this July. If you would like to hunt for Waldo, pick up a “Find Waldo” passport at any one of the participating businesses, which you will know by the sign in their window. When you find him, get the passport stamped and keep looking! Due to the special milestone this year, Wenda will be also be hiding, but only in The Learned Owl Book Shop! When you have collected 20 or more stamps on your passport, bring it to The Learned Owl to be included in the drawing for prizes at the party July 30.
For more information about this and other events, go to www.learnedowl.com or call 330-653-2252.