Fundraiser will feature "Downton" author


SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR The Literary Society of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County is planning a fundraiser Tuesday at Stambaugh Auditorium. Committee members, seated from left, are Deborah Liptak, library development director; Maggie Hamel McCloud; and Donna Nord; and standing are Amy Chizmar, Julie Costas and Carol Sankovic. Other committee members are Susan Berny, Beth Lenzi, Phyllis Bacon, Crissi Jenkins, Regina Smythe, Shirley Neher, Mary Ann Cardiero, Anne Marie Jones, Amy Barkley, Terry Gallagher and Karla Edwards.

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Jessica Fellowes, author of “The World of Downton Abbey” and its follow-up, “The Chronicles of Downton Abbey,” is the featured speaker for a fundraiser of the Literary Society of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave.

The event costs $65 and includes dinner, a book and the book signing. Reservations can be made at 330-740-6086 or email

Fellowes is the niece of Julian Fellowes, creator of the PBS Masterpiece hit series “Downton Abbey.” She lives in England with her family.

She began her career as a journalist at the Mail on Sunday, then was deputy editor of Country Life magazine before focusing on books. She also writes for The Daily Telegraph, Sunday Times Style, The Lady, Psychologies and The Times.

For the “Downton Abbey” books, Fellowes did in-depth research into the social history of the early 20th century, especially the changes women were experiencing, and looks at the correlation between great leaps in technology then and today.

Literary Society sponsors are Denise DeBartolo York; the Frank & Pearl Gelbman Charitable Trust — Huntington Bank Trust; Ed and Chris Muransky; Drs. Carmen and Lynne Julius; and Richard and Regina Smythe.

Literary Society partners are Western Reserve Public Media-PBS, The Vindicator, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, Youngstown Playhouse, Victorian Players and Stambaugh Auditorium.



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