John Stark Bellamy II is the keeper of our city's darkest tales. Since the mid-90s he's turned stories of murders and unspeakable disasters from the city's distant past into compelling reading.
In our April 2010 issue, I talked to Bellamy (who moved to Vermont a few years ago after retiring from his full-time job as a librarian) about his newest book, Cleveland's Greatest Disasters: 16 Tragic Tales of Death and Destruction. The release of the anthology is coinciding with a series of lectures the author is giving next week at local libraries and bookstores. Check out the list below for the location nearest you.
In the meantime, if you'd like to get your hands on Bellamy's newest book, become a Facebook fan of Cleveland Magazine and keep your eye on our feed this week. We're giving out one copy of Bellamy's new book each day to the person who comments first after we announce each day's giveaway.
April 19, 7-8 p.m., Cuyahoga County Public Library Bay Village branch
502 Cahoon Road, 440-871-6392
April 20 7-8 p.m., Cuyahoga county Public Library Strongsville branch
18700 Westwood Drive, 440-238-5530
April 21, 7-8 p.m., Cuyahoga County Library Brecksville branch
9089 Brecksville Road, 440-526-1102
April 22, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Willowick Public Library
263 E. 305th St., 440-943-4151
April 23, 7-8 p.m., Visible Voice books
1023 Kenilworth Ave., Cleveland, 216-961-0084
April 24, 2-3 p.m., Cuyahoga County Public Library Parma Heights branch
6200 Pearl Road, 440-884-2313