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Youngstown authors to offer Strouss’ history


More than two decades have passed since Youngstown lost its beloved Strouss’ Department Store.

In the historical narrative “Strouss’: Youngstown’s Dependable Store,” Thomas Welsh Jr. and Michael K. Geltz dig deep into Strouss’ past to uncover a dramatic story that should surprise and delight Youngstowners of all ages.

Welsh is an independent scholar and professional writer and editor based in Youngstown. Examples of his research have appeared in the American Educational History Journal. Before completing a doctorate in cultural foundations of education at Kent State University in 2009, he worked as a journalist in the United States, South Korea and Cambodia.

His connection to the retail industry goes back to the early 1980s, when he worked in the retail construction industry in New York and New Jersey.

He earned a graduate degree in English language and literature from Youngstown State University in 1994 and has contributed to technical manuals published by Microsoft Press.

Meet the authors at 10 a.m. Dec. 8 at a book talk at Kravitz’s Delicatessen, 3135 Belmont Ave., Liberty.

There also will be a book signing at Barnes & Noble, 381 Boardman-Poland Road, Boardman, from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 15.

This new book is available at local stores and online at

Macomber to take part in virtual author chat


Local fans of author Debbie Macomber will have the opportunity to interact with her through a virtual author chat at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave. NW.

Macomber will be connected to the library via the audio- and video-conferencing software Skype.

She will be able to speak with and answer questions from those in the audience.

In addition to her popular Cedar Cove series, Macomber has written a cookbook, children’s book and nonfiction inspirational books.

Reservations are not required, and admission is free.

For information, call the main library at 330-399-8807, ext. 400, or visit

Scott Harper releases his eighth novel

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“Quintana Roo, Yucatan,” an action/adventure story and the eighth novel by Marysville, Ohio, native and novelist Scott Harper, was released in November.

The story is about an archeologist, Rikki Breitenberg, who is in charge of the first team of American documenters allowed by the Mexican government to explore newly discovered Mayan ruins in the Yucatan. However, shortly after their arrival in Mexico, things go awry. Treacherous jungle, inclement weather and dangerous wildlife are only the beginning. The publisher is Umbral Press.

Poland library offers book-signing event


Four authors will be featured at a book-signing event at 6 p.m. Thursday at Poland Library, 311 S. Main St. All will be available to sign their most-recent achievements.

Les Coe, a resident of Youngstown, wrote “Space Crew-zers.” In the book, 13 young space adventurers find themselves alone on the Dallas space station. Suddenly, their plan for a systematic search of the station is interrupted by a more pressing issue, the power for the station is mysteriously failing. For information, contact Terry Cordingley at 888-361-9473 or

Samar Nouri, a resident of Ravenna, wrote “Syria and Summer,” which takes the reader on the journey of a mother, a wife, a woman. For information, contact Traci Jones Nix at 888-361-9473 or

Author R J Theiss, a resident of Lisbon, has written “Surprise Surprise,” a true story of Shawn M. Theiss, who made a splash in the aviation industry, from rebuilding his first plane and making it fly to competing in design and engineering competitions.

For information, contact Travis King at 888-361-9473 or

Author Russell A. Minar, a resident of Lakemore, Ohio, has written “The Mirror of Freedom,” in which the main character is Charles, who meets a man who takes him into another realm of existence and changes the way he looks at his life. In his dreams, there is an evil presence waiting for him to confront the true nature of his heart.

For information, contact Travis King at 888-361-9473 or

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