Author Greier will talk about ‘Wyvern’

Author Greier will talk about ‘Wyvern’


Lepper Library, 303 E. Lincoln Way, will host local author Robert Greier Jr. at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Greier will speak on his research and writing process behind his latest work, “Wyvern.” The novella is the story of a cancer victim who decides to write a series of memoirs and confessions of his childhood in the Wyvern Group Home for Boys.

Call the library at 330-424-3117 to register.

Book tells local history of Jewish community

“A History of Jewish Youngstown and the Steel Valley” (History Press, 2017), co-written by Thomas Welsh, Joshua Foster and Gordon Morgan in collaboration with the Mahoning Valley Historical Society, is a 208-page narrative that features dozens of images and tells the story of the Jewish community that is older than many area residents may suspect.

By the time the Mahoning Valley’s first Jewish congregation, Rodef Sholom, was organized in 1867, the area’s small Jewish community was almost three decades old. Various historical accounts indicate the community’s first Jewish resident, Jacob Spiegle, arrived in 1837, only to be joined within a year by fellow European immigrants Emanuel Hartzell and Simon Lowenstein.

Many people are aware of the international celebrities who once lived in the Steel Valley, including the Warner brothers, pioneers in the U.S. film industry, and the Raffel brothers, co-founders of Arby’s fast-food chain.

Comey has book deal, publication set for spring


Former FBI Director James Comey has a book deal.

Flatiron Books told The Associated Press that Comey is writing a book about leadership and decision making that will draw upon his career in government. Comey will write about experiences that made him the FBI’s best-known and most controversial FBI head in recent times, from his handling of the bureau’s probe into Hillary Clinton’s private email server to allegations of ties between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

The book is untitled and scheduled for publication in the spring.

Leon Black has a whole big book in him


Leon Black has so much on his mind.

Gallery Books told The Associated Press it is devoting a book to the trash-talker from “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” The release is called “The Book of Leon,” and the writing credit goes to JB Smoove, the man who plays Black on the comedy series. According to the publisher, the book was inspired by a certain balding man with glasses, perhaps Larry David, who allegedly told Black that since he always has so much to say, maybe he should just put it all down in words.

“The Book of Leon” is scheduled for Oct. 24, around the time the ninth season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” begins on HBO.

Staff/wire reports

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