Seasonal Special Happenings

Ode to Stephen King

When: Thu., Aug. 25 2011

It's clear that Shaker Heights librarian Ed Rossman is one of Stephen King's biggest fans. The real question is whether his slide show, Stephen King's Colorado, is a stalkerish homage to one of the world's best-selling authors or a sly move to trick Clevelanders into using their brains. We're going with the latter. But that doesn't make Rossman's literary travelogue — his own photos of real Boulder and Denver locations referenced in Misery, The Stand, and The Shining — any less fun. Rossman, who simply oozes appreciation for King's talent, will be presenting his program tonight at the Rocky River Library, and the slide show is just one part of the entertainment. Also on the agenda: trivia games, crossword puzzles, and word jumbles designed to put King and his career into context.Expect a peek at King's website too, along with a listen to his Bangor rock station and plenty of talk about King's craft. "He's a former English teacher," notes Rossman. "He's great at talking about other writers' books." It's almost spooky the way that all fits into Rossman's overarching plot: to encourage reading, to promote critical thinking, and to share the message that, even in these days of Google and Wikipedia, knowledge is power and minds are terrible things to waste. Tonight's program is free, open to the public, and kicks off at 7 p.m. — Elaine T. Cicora 1600 Hampton Rd., Rocky River; 440-333-7610;

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