Visible Voice Books, Wine, Music & More
Visible Voice Books, Wine, Music & More!
Today is Visible Voice Books' 6th Anniversary! 


To thank our customers, we are doing a special giveaway to commemorate our sixth year in business! Stop in, tell us you read this email, and you could pick up a classy moleskin journal, one of two $10 Visible Voice gift certificates, a $10 gift card for Crust, our tasty neighbor across the street, or one of two cool Visible Voice t-shirts. We're glad you think that bookstores are a vital part of our culture and economy. We're also glad to be a part of the things you enjoy about Cleveland.
Remember that we buy used books, so if you're coming to visit us for our anniversary (or any other reason), bring your gently used stash and you might make some cash.
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Read below for upcoming events, or go to for more information. In the meantime, enjoy a little seasonal music with your Visible Voice newsletter!
The Replacements - Valentine [Aug '86 Demo] (Last session w/ Bob Stinson)
The Replacements - Valentine [Aug '86 Demo] (Last session w/ Bob Stinson)


Saturday, February 16, 2013 | 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
Winter Music Series: Mary Rose Durdiak
Mojo Honey guitarist and songwriter Mary Rose Durdiak performs tonight at Visible Voice Books. Expect a combination of blues, jazz, and some classic rock.

Saturday, February 23, 2013 | 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm 
Winter Music Series: Trepanning Trio
Trepanning Trio is an instrumental, avant-chamber ensemble which performs and records using only classical, traditional and handmade instruments (i.e., viola da gamba, kalimba, guzheng, pan lids screwed onto sticks and played with violin bows, etc). Since its unofficial formation in 1998, this Northeast Ohio-based ensemble has assembled an unlikely rogues' gallery of more than two dozen musicians, composers, artists, writers and ethnomusicologists. Contrary to its name, Trepanning Trio typically performs with a rotating lineup of six to twelve musicians. Despite their diverse backgrounds, they bring hundreds of years of experience to bear on a repertoire forged by a shared passion for sound, texture, rhythm, melody and experimentation.

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 | 6 - 8 pm 

Monthly Public Poetry Workshop  

The Public Poetry Workshop comes to the West side on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Poets of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to bring a work-in-progress and receive recommendations for improving it. Our goal is friendly, yet serious critiques by emerging and experienced writers. Improvement of craft through reading, writing, and workshopping with Instructors Claire McMahon and a guest host.
Claire McMahon has an MFA in Writing & Poetics from Naropa University (Boulder, Colorado) and a Ph.D. in 20th Cent. American & British Poetry from Kent State University. She is co-editor of MoonLit poetry journal (Drag City Press, Chicago) and the author of a book of poems entitled, Emergency Contact (Van Zeno Press, Cleveland). She has taught English writing courses locally at Lake Erie College, Baldwin-Wallace College, Cuyahoga Community College, and Chancellor University. Currently, Claire is an Adjunct Professor of Humanities at Bowling Green University's Firelands campus.     



February 28, 2013 | 7-10 pm
Second Hand Dogs present Thursday Acoustic Open Mic Nights
"Reigning from their stomping grounds of Cleveland, Ohio, Second Hand Dogs blends an array of vocal harmony with strong, guitar leads in creating their signature, Folk, Classic Rock sound. Comprised of Phil Eberwein (Vocals/Lead Guitar/Songwriter), Darla Eberwein (Vocals/Percussion, songwriter), Salvadore Zingale (Bass/Guitar)"  Learn more about tonight's musical hosts at And bring the instrument of your choice for some choice jams!

February 20, 2013 | 11:30 am -1:30 pm
Author Jeff Speck presents Walkable City @ Old Stone Church
brought to you in part by Visible Voice Books

Jeff Speck has dedicated his career to determining what makes cities thrive. And he has boiled it down to one key factor: walkability. The very idea of a modern metropolis evokes visions of bustling sidewalks, vital mass transit, and a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly urban core. But in the typical American city, the car is still king, and downtown is a place that's easy to drive to but often not worth arriving at.  In this essential new book, Speck reveals the invisible workings of the city, how simple decisions have cascading effects, and how we can all make the right choices for our communities. Bursting with sharp observations and real-world examples, giving key insight into what urban planners actually do and how places can and do change, Walkable City lays out a practical, necessary, and eminently achievable vision of how to make our normal American cities great again. Jeff will be presenting his ideas and promoting his new book at the Old Stone Church on February 20, 2013. To register for the event and more information please go to the Old Stone Church's Hope For The City 2013 page.

Read's interview with Jeff Speck and his thoughts on healthy urban spaces.

March 2, 2013 | 7- 9 pm
Book Swap

So many people have been bringing in used books to sell us, and we don't usually take them all, so we're guessing that you all may have some books lying around that need homes. Bring in a book and take a book. Bring in two books, take two books... trade with other readers and have a discussion over a beer or a glass of wine.

"We are of opinion that instead of letting books grow moldy behind an iron grating, far from the vulgar gaze, it is better to let them wear out by being read." -Jules Verne

Join us for a monthly reading series held at The Market Garden Brewery with books provided by Visible Voice. This month, the Brewery will have a panel of local food experts to answer questions and discuss the food scene in Cleveland. This panel features Noelle Celeste, Elaine Cicora, Joel Crea, and Laura Taxel.

Noelle Celeste's most recent endeavor is Edible Cleveland, a brand new quarterly publication focused on celebrating Northeast Ohio's local food community. With a growing team of freelance professionals, Edible Cleveland tells stories that honor local heroes and inspire healthier community. Noelle Celeste also organizes the Film Forum series for the Cleveland International Film Festival, volunteers on-air for WCPN, serves on the boards of the Yale Alumni Association and Zygote Press, and continues to support projects she helped to found, such as the Civic Commons and the Cleveland Colectivo.

From 1998 to 2008, Elaine Cicora provided award-winning coverage of Cleveland's emerging dining scene from her post as restaurant critic for the alt-weekly Scene. In 2010, Elaine became the Arts Editor for Scene, overseeing theater, visual arts, and restaurant coverage. Currently, she is involved in a variety of freelance undertakings including restaurant communications and occasional reviews for Cleveland Magazine. Her writing has been included in the anthology Best Food Writing 2008, and recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists (Best Critic in Ohio), the Association of Food Journalists (restaurant criticism), and the James Beard Foundation (Best Newspaper Feature Writing without Recipes).

Since 1998, Joe Crea has served as Food and Restaurants Editor for The Plain Dealer. With nearly 30 years of newsroom experience, Crea has previously served in a similar capacity for the Orange County Register, Florida Times-Union, Daytona Beach News-Journal, and the Toledo Blade. Crea is past chair of the James Beard Foundation Awards Committee as well as chair emeritus of The Beard Foundation's Journalism Awards. For nearly a decade he served as member and former chair for the Foundation's Book Awards Committee. He has also chaired the membership and ethics committees for the Association of Food Journalists.

Laura Taxel reviews restaurants and writes about chefs and winemakers; food, beverage and dining trends; and culinary movers, shakers and innovators for many local and nationally circulating publications. Her work has been chosen for the annual anthology The Best Food Writing in 2004, 2006, and 2008

March 8, 2013 | 6 - 10 pm
March Artwalk: The Sign Guy

The Sign Guys paints salt shakers, fire breathing "Catzillas", and other bright cartoony creatures that often have a slightly mischievous (sometimes even malevolent) edge. And he does it all on repurposed materials and found objects. The Sign Guy was and is foremost a graffiti artist, but the well-deserved interest in his distinctive creations are giving him a more legitimate outlet for at least some of his inspirations.

March 19, 2013 | 7 - 8 pm
Poetry Reading: James Arthur & Dave Lucas
James Arthur's poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Poetry, and Narrative. Born in New Haven, Connecticut, and raised in Toronto, Ontario, he earned degrees from the University of Toronto, the University of New Brunswick, and the University of Washington. He is a recent recipient of the Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University and lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
Dave Lucas is the author of Weather (Georgia, 2011), which received the Ohioana Book Award for Poetry.  He has also been awarded a Henry Hoyns Fellowship from the University of Virginia and a "Discovery"/The Nation Prize.  Recently Rita Dove selected him to be featured on as a "young poet to watch."  A PhD candidate in English language and literature at the University of Michigan, he lives in Cleveland, where he was born and raised.


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