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Meet Author Linda Kass in conversation with Kelly Fishman

2023-10-04 19:00:00 2023-10-04 20:00:00 America/New_York Meet Author Linda Kass in conversation with Kelly Fishman Join us when author Linda Kass visits to discuss her new book, <i>Bessie</i>, with Kelly Fishman of the Anti-Defamation League. Beachwood Branch - Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)

Wednesday, October 04
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Add to Calendar 2023-10-04 19:00:00 2023-10-04 20:00:00 America/New_York Meet Author Linda Kass in conversation with Kelly Fishman Join us when author Linda Kass visits to discuss her new book, <i>Bessie</i>, with Kelly Fishman of the Anti-Defamation League. Beachwood Branch - Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)

Beachwood Branch

Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)

Join us when author Linda Kass visits to discuss her new book, Bessie, with Kelly Fishman of the Anti-Defamation League.

About the author:

Linda Kass is the author of three historical novels, Tasa’s Song (2016); A Ritchie Boy (2020), an IPPY Gold Medal Winner in Historical Fiction in 2021; and Bessie, which was named A Hasty Book List Most-Anticipated Historical Fiction Title for 2023. Bessie was released in September 2023. Linda began her career as a magazine journalist and correspondent for regional and national publications. She is the founder and owner of Gramercy Books, an independent bookstore in Columbus, Ohio. Find her online at lindakass.com

In Bessie, just days after the close of World War II, Bess Myerson—, the college-educated daughter of poor Russian Jewish immigrants living in the Bronx—, is competing in the Miss America pageant. At stake: a $5,000 scholarship. The tension and excitement in Atlantic City’s Warner Theatre is palpable, especially for traumatized Jews rooting for one of their own. So begins Bessie.

Drawing on biographical and historical sources, Bessie reimagines the early life of Bess Myerson, who, in 1945 at age twenty-one, remarkably rises to become one of the most famous women in America. This intimate fictional portrait reveals the transformation of the nearly six-foot-tall, self-deprecating yet talented preteen into an exemplar of beauty—, a peripheral quality in her world, where success is measured by intellectual attainment. Yet it is the focus on her beauty, and the secular world of pageantry, that she must choose to escape her roots and fulfill her fierce desire to achieve and become someone for whom great things happen.

Linda Kass will be in conversation with Kelly Fishman, the Regional Director for the Anti-Defamation League’s Cleveland office serving Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, & Western Pennsylvania. In addition to her work now at ADL, she is also currently working on her Doctor of Education degree in diversity and equity in education through the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and writing a chapter for a freshman DEI textbook for West Virginia University. 

Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Mac's Backs - Books on Coventry.

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Beachwood Branch

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Phone: 216-831-6868
Fax: 216-831-0412
Branch manager
Amia Wheatley

Hours
Mon, Jun 10 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Tue, Jun 11 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Wed, Jun 12 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Thu, Jun 13 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Fri, Jun 14 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Sat, Jun 15 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Sun, Jun 16 1:00PM to 5:00PM

About the branch

The Beachwood Branch first opened to the public on October 31, 1982. At the time, it was the first branch in the CCPL system to have an automated circulation system. Located just a few hundred yards from the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, the branch offers a drive-up window where customers can pick up requested materials, dedicated spaces for kids and teens, and a beautiful outdoor reading garden.

Upcoming events

Fri, Jun 14, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)
Debbie Darling presents her series of musical talks that are both entertaining and informative.
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Sun, Jun 16, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)
Come celebrate Father's Day with music by Yiddishe Cup.

Mon, Jun 17, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room
Have a great time dancing and moving to your favorite storytime music with beanbags, rhythm sticks, and more!

Mon, Jun 17, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Mon, Jun 17, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)
Join us at the Beachwood branch for knitting and informal chats about what everyone is reading.

Tue, Jun 18, 10:30am - 11:00am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Wed, Jun 19, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.

Wed, Jun 19, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)
Monthly book discussion led by library staff.

Thu, Jun 20, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.

Thu, Jun 20, 11:00am - 11:30am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Thu, Jun 20, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Fri, Jun 21, 10:00am - 11:00am
Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)
Art historian Felicia Zavarella Stadelman presents her series on the lives and works of beloved artists.

Mon, Jun 24, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room
Have a great time dancing and moving to your favorite storytime music with beanbags, rhythm sticks, and more!

Mon, Jun 24, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Tue, Jun 25, 10:30am - 11:00am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Tue, Jun 25, 6:15pm - 7:15pm
Storytime Room
Join us as we help your child build kindergarten readiness skills in a program aligned to Ohio’s Early Childhood Standards.

Wed, Jun 26, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.

Wed, Jun 26, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)
Follow the TikTok trend and make a four room pop up house.

Thu, Jun 27, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.

Thu, Jun 27, 11:00am - 11:30am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Thu, Jun 27, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Thu, Jun 27, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)
Step into the world of floral design and learn the techniques to achieve a beautiful arrangement.
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Fri, Jun 28, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Storytime Room
Practice reading judgement free with a certified Therapy Dog

Mon, Jul 01, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room
Have a great time dancing and moving to your favorite storytime music with beanbags, rhythm sticks, and more!

Mon, Jul 01, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Mon, Jul 01, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)
In remembrance of 100 years since the passing of author Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Literary Cleveland and Cuyahoga County Public Library partner to host a discussion of his life, work, and influence.

Tue, Jul 02, 10:30am - 11:00am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Wed, Jul 03, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.

Mon, Jul 08, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room
Have a great time dancing and moving to your favorite storytime music with beanbags, rhythm sticks, and more!

Mon, Jul 08, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Tue, Jul 09, 10:30am - 11:00am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Tue, Jul 09, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)
Please join us for a discussion of "The Whalebone Theatre" by Joanna Quinn.

Wed, Jul 10, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.

Thu, Jul 11, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.

Thu, Jul 11, 11:00am - 11:30am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Thu, Jul 11, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Fri, Jul 12, 10:00am - 11:00am
Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)
Art historian Felicia Zavarella Stadelman presents her series on the lives and works of beloved artists.

Sat, Jul 13, 10:00am - 3:00pm
Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)
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