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The Cincinnati Review to soften the void

By Brandon Brady · June 23rd, 2004 · Books
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After a release last year, local mystery writer JEFFREY MARKS is ready to bite the literary world again. This time though, he's taking on editing duties primarily for Criminal Appetites, a collection of culinary mysteries. Naturally, Marks tosses in one of his own creations, "Undercooked," a brief utilization of characters from his U.S. Grant mystery series. This isn't the first time Marks has whipped up such murderous tales by a variety of authors. Under his apron he also has Magnolias and Mayhem, Canine Christmas and Canine Crimes, each with their own obvious theme. This time the ingredients call for each author to cook up recipes to accompany their stories, and it turns out to be quite the spread: Lime-Tequila Marinated Steak, Caviar Stuffed Eggs and Marks' choice of Green Apple Pie. But the richness is in the short and sassy tales of mayhem which sit lightly for these hot summer months.

OK, so BOOKS & CO. lies a wee bit north of CityBeat's readership base (at 350 East Stroop Road in Kettering), but its impact is relevant for the most devoted book lovers weary and leery of corporate bookstore conglomerations. Here's an independent book seller, drawing local and national authors, and celebrating 25 years in the biz. Yep, a quarter-century, an impressive feat as more and more independents fall before the onslaught of the mega-chains. After a release last year, local mystery writer JEFFREY MARKS is ready to bite the literary world again.

This time though, he's taking on editing duties primarily for Criminal Appetites, a collection of culinary mysteries. Naturally, Marks tosses in one of his own creations, "Undercooked," a brief utilization of characters from his U.S. Grant mystery series. This isn't the first time Marks has whipped up such murderous tales by a variety of authors. Under his apron he also has Magnolias and Mayhem, Canine Christmas and Canine Crimes, each with their own obvious theme. This time the ingredients call for each author to cook up recipes to accompany their stories, and it turns out to be quite the spread: Lime-Tequila Marinated Steak, Caviar Stuffed Eggs and Marks' choice of Green Apple Pie. But the richness is in the short and sassy tales of mayhem which sit lightly for these hot summer months. ...

OK, so BOOKS & CO. lies a wee bit north of CityBeat's readership base (at 350 East Stroop Road in Kettering), but its impact is relevant for the most devoted book lovers weary and leery of corporate bookstore conglomerations. Here's an independent book seller, drawing local and national authors, and celebrating 25 years in the biz. Yep, a quarter-century, an impressive feat as more and more independents fall before the onslaught of the mega-chains. The whole of Saturday offers quite the jubilee in the store's honor. For the wee folks, Voyageur Puppets entertain from 11 a.m.-noon. In the afternoon, an anniversary reception offers a history of Books & Co. with photo albums and guest books of the highlights and the changing times. The day culminates with a performance by Monolith and more fiesta shenanigans. Joe-Beth might be the store nearest and dearest to the heart of this city, but to ensure these individualized businesses succeeding, it's important to spread the support. 800-777-4881. ...

Still grieving the demise of Story, F&W Publications' beloved literary quarterly? Check out the inaugural issue of The Cincinnati Review which should soften the void and create its own devoted following. Published by the University of Cincinnati, this literary gem collects all the prerequisites for validated literature with a mix of stories, poetry, essays and reviews (not to mention featuring the work of a deserving visual artist). Released last month, the debut issue can be found on stands around town or by visiting the publication's Web site, www.cincinnatireview.com.

 
 
 
 

 

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