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Literary Society

Share an evening of cocktails and conversation with award winning suspense novelist Louise Penny

Louise Penny


Place: Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown, OH 44503
Date: Saturday, August 29, 2015
Doors Open: 6 p.m.
Type of Event: Author Reception, Cocktails, Heavy Appetizers, Author Presentation and Book Signing

Reservations can be made by mailing your check to Sue Merriman, Fiscal Officer, PLYMC – Main Library, 305 Wick Avenue, Youngstown, OH 44503. Please make out the check for $60.00 made payable to PLYMC - Literary Society.

For information: or 330.740.6086

(News media, contact Janet Loew, Library Communications/Public Relations, at or 330.740.6088)

Thank you to these generous Literary Society sponsors:
Platinum Sponsors:
Denise DeBartolo York
The Frank & Pearl Gelbman Charitable Trust – Huntington Bank Trust
James and Carol Bacon Charitable Gift Foundation

Gold Sponsor:
Suzanne Winick

Silver Sponsor:

Compco Industries

Bronze Sponsor:

Judge Mary DeGenaro
Karla Edwards
Margaret Hamel-McCloud
Deborah S. Liptak
2015 Event Committee Members:
Maggie McCloud
Beth Lenzi
Anna Marie Jones
Karla Edwards
Amy Chizmar
Betty Cmil
Julie Costas
Susan Berny
Shirley Nehr
Mary Dulay

Raffle Donors:
2015 Literary Society Committee Members
Linda Lanterman
Deborah S. Liptak
Texas Roadhouse
Heidi M. Daniel
Barnes & Noble - Dana Hughes

Denise Sculli
Terry Shears

Leanne Binder

Terri Roncone – Roncone Studios

Center Pieces:

Cindy Holik

A La Cart Catering

Sound, Videography:
Shaye & Crew

Special Thanks:
Hope House – Tableclothes

Literary Society 2015

The Literary Society Committee for the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County is planning an special evening when best-selling author Louise Penny visits Main Library on Saturday, August 29. Pictured above are: (from left) Library Development Director Deborah Liptak, and committee members Amy Chismar, Anna Marie Jones, Betty Cmil, Beth Lenzi, Shirley Neher, and Julie Costas.

Louise Penny Books at the Library:

Canadian mystery phenom Louise Penny is the author behind the wildly popular Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series, set in Quebec but sold around the world in twenty different languages.

She published Still Life, the first of that set, to great acclaim in 2005. Between the ten installments to date, Penny has won or been in contention for nearly every major prize awarded in the mystery genre: five Agatha Awards, four Anthony Awards, two Barry Awards, two Macavity Awards, and an Edgar Award.

In addition to her writing, Penny also executive-produced the 2013 film adaptation of Still Life. The eleventh Gamache novel, The Nature of the Beast, is out in August.

From the author’s website:

“I'm so glad you've discovered the Armand Gamache books. I hope you're enjoying reading them as much as I'm loving writing about the Chief Inspector, and the village of Three Pines, in Quebec.

“Here's a very brief synopsis, some might even call it a tease!

“Hardly a day goes by when nine year old Laurent Lepage doesn't cry wolf. From alien invasions, to walking trees, to winged beasts in the woods, to dinosaurs spotted in the village of Three Pines, his tales are so extraordinary no one can possibly believe him. Including Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache, who now live in the little Quebec village.

“But when the boy disappears the villagers are faced with the possibility that one of his tall tales might have been true.

“And so begins a frantic search for the boy and the truth. What they uncover deep in the forest sets off a sequence of events that leads to murder, leads to an old crime, leads to an old betrayal. Leads right to the door of an old poet.

“And now it is now, writes Ruth Zardo. And the dark thing is here. A monster once visited Three Pines. And put down deep roots. And now, Ruth knows, it is back.

“Armand Gamache, the former head of homicide for the Sûreté du Québec, must face the possibility that, in not believing the boy, he himself played a terrible part in what happens next.”

LitSocietyLogoGIFAuthor Events Bring Great Books to Life!

The Library’s Literary Society was launched in 2005, the Library’s 125th anniversary year. The Literary Society is comprised of generous individuals who care deeply about the Library and would like to bring to our community special programs, including noted authors, to celebrate reading and literacy.

The Literary Society’s first author event, in October 2005, featured Pulitzer Prize nominated author, Mary Doria Russell. Each year, the Literary Society features noted authors such as: award-winning crime novelist Laura Lippman; Cleveland’s famous mystery author Les Roberts; Scott London, internationally known journalist and photographer; and New York Times bestselling authors Adriana Trigiani, Lisa Scottoline, Tess Gerrittsen, and Carol Higgins Clark.

To find out more about how your gift can make a lasting difference in your community, contact Deborah Liptak, Development Director, at: (330) 740-6086 or click here to email:

 Each year, the Literary Society features noted authors such as:
Jessica Fellowes Carol Higgins Clark Tess Gerrittsen LisaScottoline-READ Adriana Trigiani
Jessica Fellowes Carol Higgins Clark Tess Gerritsen Lisa Scottoline Adriana Trigiana

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John H. Clarke Fund - books. 

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Ruth Bowers Fund - youth programming/services.

Elizabeth Lowmiller Barnhill Fund - services for children.