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Welcome to the February Gathering Volumes Newsletter! A heartfelt thanks to you for being our customers, our friends, and our reading buddies!  

Thank you for checking out what your local, independent book store is up to. We love feedback on our newsletters, if you have any feedback for us please send us a message.
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Kenneth R. Dickson • Sat. March 23 
Gathering Volumes is pleased to welcome Kenneth Dickson to the store for a special reading and discussion of his new book "Teasingly Yours: The Queen of Burlesque."

About the Book: Starting at Minsky's Theater when she was 14, and retiring 42 years later, Rose La Rose was the World War II rite of passage for generations of young men from New York to Los Angeles. Known to perform "hot" and only days after being banned in Boston, Rose opened to standing room only crowds in Toledo. On the West Coast, Rose brought her theatrical and business experience back to Toledo where she bought the Town Hall Burlesque Theater and passed on her abilities to a new generation of performers.Rose's life story is chronicled in over 180 pages with almost 100 illustrations and advertisements.

About the Author: Mr. Dickson is the author of multiple local histories including two about Point Place and a history of the Masons in northwest Ohio. He is also the author of Nothing Personal, Just Business - Prohibition and Murder on Toledo's Mean Streets.
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Priscilla Vogelbacher • Sat. March 30 
Gathering Volumes is pleased to welcome Priscilla Vogelbacher to the store for a special reading and discussion of her book.

Learn about the gods of Mesopotamian mythology et al., their relevance to the Abrahamic deities and how that effects the Genesis story. Cultures and religions covered include Sumerian, Akkadian, Babylonian, Hittite, Hurrian, Canaanite, Greek, Mayan, Christianity, Judaism, Islam and touches on Indian and Egyptian.

Join us on March 30 at 2:30 pm to meet Ms. Vogelbacher and get a signed book!
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Sister Patricia Schnapp • Thurs. April 4
Cocklebur Press Monthly Reading Series Featuring Sister Patricia Schnapp, Ph.D.

Open reading sign up begins at 5:30
Featured reader starts at 6:00 with open reading to follow.

Mercy Sister Patricia L. Schnapp, Ph.D., is currently an Associate Professor of English at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. Pat has published poetry in many religious journals and magazines. She has also published articles on novelist Alice McDermott and poet Francis Thompson. In 2007, with colleague Dan McVeigh, she co-edited The Best American Catholic Short Stories, published by Sheed and Ward. Recently, her article “Dan Berrigan’s Lyrical Memoir” appeared in the Merton Journal of England and Ireland. A volunteer teacher and chaplain at a nearby state prison, Pat has also frequently written and lectured on restorative justice.
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Dawn Combs • Sat. April 6
Gathering Volumes is pleased to welcome Dawn Combs to the store for a special discussion of her latest book "Sweet Remedies: Healing Herbal Honeys."

About the Book: Taking medicine just got a whole lot sweeter! Honey is well known for its healing properties. When combined with the additional benefits of medicinal herbs and fruits, it harnesses a natural synergy known for centuries around the world to amplify the effect of both the herb and the honey. Author Dawn Combs makes these traditional herbal honeys — called “electuaries” — and has created her own formulations for addressing a variety of common health ailments. With Sweet Remedies, readers will learn her methods for making electuaries in their home kitchens, using recipes that range from Ache Ease and Sleep Well to Heartful and Calcium for Kids, along with instructions for making simple honey infusions and oxymels — a combination of herbs, honey, and vinegar. Additional recipes offer creative ways to get a daily dose of healing by using herbal honeys in no-bake cookies, smoothies, cocktails, candies, and more. For those with access to the hive, Combs includes an overview of other bee-produced products with healing properties — including pollen, propolis, and royal jelly — and offers advice on how to harvest them sustainably.

About the Author: Dawn Combs is the co-owner of the herbal health farm Mockingbird Meadows, chief soda jerk at the family’s unique storefront apothecary called Soda Pharm and the master formulator for a variety of the farm’s herb- and honey-based products. Trained in ethnobotany, she travels across the country to speak about botanical wellness and home health proficiency. She writes a column, Roots Rx, for Heirloom Gardener magazine and is a regular contributor to Mother Earth Living, Mother Earth News, and Hobby Farms. She has written two previous books about herbal healing, Heal Local and Conceiving Healthy Babies. Combs lives with her family in central Ohio. Join us on April 6 at 2:30 pm to meet Ms. Combs and get a signed book!
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Julie Rubini • Tues. April 16
Book Release Party

Gathering Volumes is pleased to welcome Julie Rubini to the store for a special reading and discussion of her latest book "Eye to Eye: Sports Journalist Christine Brennan" on Tuesday, April 16 at 6 pm.

About the Book: Christine Brennan, the USA TODAY sports columnist, author, and commentator, uses her voice to advocate for diversity and equality in the world of sports, and her wisdom to encourage future journalists. Her passion for sports was sparked by her dad, who encouraged her to participate in athletics and, as he said, “smell the game”—go watch baseball and football games together. From knocking down barriers in NFL locker rooms to covering every Olympics since 1984 to being the go-to commentator whenever scandal occurs in the sports world, Christine Brennan has done it all. "Eye to Eye" invites young readers to learn more about this remarkable journalist and perhaps to nurture their own dreams of investigating and telling important stories.

About the Author: Julie K. Rubini is the founder of Claire’s Day, a children’s book festival in honor of her late daughter. She is the author of Hidden Ohio, Missing Millie Benson: The Secret Case of the Nancy Drew Ghostwriter and Journalist and Virginia Hamilton: America's Storyteller. But most of all, she cherishes her roles as wife to Brad and mother to daughter Kyle and son Ian.


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Mark your calendars for Independent Bookstore Day! Saturday, April 27 we will have extended hours (9 am to 7 pm) and will be part of the one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country. Our Annual IBD Author Fair will have a great selection of local authors and will be raising funds fro Austin's Book Club, which provides book for parents to read to their children in the local NICU. In addition to authors, live music, cookies, scavenger hunts, kids events, readings, food trucks, contests, and other fun stuff, there will be exclusive books, bags, pins, and literary items that you can only get that day. Not before. Not after. Not online.
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