The Learned Owl Book Shop

The Learned Owl Book Shop, Mid-November 2016
  Kate's Corner

Happy Thanksgiving! 

2016 has been a doozy so far with cicadas, oak mites, water damage, construction, and a presidential campaign the likes of which have never been seen. As we head towards a new year, I choose to focus on the things I'm thankful for: stores like Target realizing that Thanksgiving is a sacred holiday and staying closed; Main Street construction wrapping up for the winter before (fingers crossed) Thanksgiving weekend; having my brother home for the first time in three years and having our entire immediate family together for the first time in over eight years; my mom's turkey gravy and pumpkin pie; my Learned Owl family that has been working so hard to get the store ready for the holiday season; our amazingly supportive family, friends, and community that allow us to do what we love every day.

Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday, and looking forward to seeing you in the store soon. Happy reading!
- Kate
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The Wrong Side of Goodbye
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by Michael Connelly
[Little Brown and Co., $29.00]
Detective Harry Bosch must track down someone who may never have existed in the new thriller from bestselling author Michael Connelly. Swift, unpredictable, and thrilling, The Wrong Side of Goodbye shows that Michael Connelly "continues to amaze with his consistent skill and sizzle" (says the Cleveland Plain Dealer). [read more]

One of our favorite authors!
by Camilla Lackberg
[Pegasus Books, $25.95]
It seems Sverin was a man whom everybody liked yet nobody really knew - a man with something to hide. His high school sweetheart, Nathalie, has just returned to Fjallbacka with her five-year-old son; perhaps she can shed some light on who Sverin really was. But Nathalie has her own secret. If it's discovered, she will lose her only child. As the investigation stalls, the police have many questions, but there is only one that matters: Is there anything a mother would not do to protect her child?

by Emily Littlejohn
[Minotaur Books, $25.99]
Secrets and lies can't stay buried forever in Cedar Valley. In the summer, hikers and campers pack the small Colorado town's meadows and fields. And in the winter, skiers and snowboarders take over the mountains. Season by season, year after year, time passes and the lies, like the aspens and evergreens that surround the town, take root and spread deep. Now someone has uncovered the lies, and it is his murder that continues a chain of events that began almost forty years ago. Detective Gemma Monroe's investigation takes her from the seedy grounds of a traveling circus to the powerful homes of those who would control Cedar Valley's future.
by Janet Evanovich
[Bantam, $28.00]
The latest in Evanovich's bestselling Stephanie Plum series. In the heart of Trenton, N.J., a killer is out to make sure someone gets his just desserts. [read more]
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Chaos Chaos by Patricia Cornwell
[William Morrow & Co., $28.99]
Bestselling author Cornwell returns with the twenty-fourth thriller in her popular high-stakes series starring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta. [read more]
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Under the Midnight Sun
One of our favorite mystery authors:
Under the Midnight Sun
by Keigo Higashino
[Minotaur Books, $27.99]
An unsolved murder inextricably links two young people and the indefatigable detective determined to learn the truth.
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Ohio State Football
Coming up at
The Learned Owl

Saturday, Nov. 19,  10 AM-noon (at The Owl)
Author Robert J. Roman with his new book Ohio State Football: The Forgotten Dawn.

Saturday, Nov. 19, 1-3 PM  (at The Owl)
Local authors Lana Wayne Koehler and Gloria G. Adams will visit us with their book Ah-Choo! Children aged 4-8 are invited to come hear the story, meet a very special puppet, learn a new song and enjoy a cookie while doing a craft. Please call to reserve your spot: 330-653-2252.

Llama Llama Sunday, Nov. 20, 2 PM  (at The Owl)
Wear your favorite pajamas to The Learned Owl for our Llama Llama Red Pajama storytime! We'll have an activity and a snack, and we ask that you bring a pair of new pajamas with you to donate to those in need this winter.  Please call to reserve your spot:

Sunday, Nov. 20, 2 PM  (at The Owl)
Join our History Book Club for a discussion about the History of the Rubber Industry with guest author Steve Love ( Wheels of Fortune: The Story of Rubber in Akron).

Monday, Nov. 21, 6:30 PM  (at the Hudson Library)
Meet Lindsay Mattick, author of the Caldecott Award winning book Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear. Mattick will speak about the making of the book, as well as about her family's connection to the beloved bear who would become a household name to generations of children. Please register for this event online at, or call 330-653-6658.

Saturday, Nov. 26, 1-3 PM  (at The Owl)
Tom Wood, author, photographer and self-professed Rustbelt Refugee, will visit with his books, Car Bombs to Cookie Tables: The Youngstown Anthology and Trading Steel for Stone.

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 7 PM  (at the Hudson Library)
Author and researcher Robert K. Elder will discuss his book Hidden Hemingway: Inside the Ernest Hemingway Archives of Oak Park. Register for this free program online at, or call (330) 653-6658 x1010.

gingerbread house
Saturday, Dec. 3,  10 AM-3 PM
(at The Owl)
Drop-in gingerbread house decorating! All supplies will be provided; we ask that those who attend bring something for The Landing, a food pantry in Akron.
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