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Wired for Words

Leah Stewart’s love of the written word goes way back

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 13, 2013
 It’s a frigid weekday afternoon in early February, less than three weeks after the publication of Leah Stewart’s fourth novel, The History of Us, a Cincinnati-set coming-of-age tale marked by psychological insight, a sneakily addictive narrative thrust and a deft use of dialogue.
  

Total Immersion

First-time novelist Marjorie Celona delves deeply into her characters

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Published to wide acclaim in early January, the affecting Y is a novel of myriad pleasures, the most obvious being Celona’s sensitive, psychologically complex conception of Shannon, a character who refuses to leave one’s consciousness.
  

The Love List 2013

1 Comment · Wednesday, February 6, 2013
This Valentine’s Day we’re not going to try to define love. But CityBeat’s 2013 Love List will introduce you, in a strictly platonic way, to nine “hot” locals in various service, creative and philanthropic industries who have turned their passions into successful careers.   

The Love List: Jessie Hoffman

2 Comments · Wednesday, February 6, 2013
“From as early as I can remember I wanted to be a hairstylist,” says Jessie Hoffman, owner/stylist at Parlour salon. “I always had my hands on hair — cutting my dolls’ hair very early on and foiling and hacking at brave friends’ locks in high school.”  

The Love List: Abby Artemisia

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 6, 2013
 After spending several months cooped up inside, immobilized, recovering from a back injury sustained during a car accident, Abby Artemisia had a realization: “I realized how vital nature is to my life, how much I missed it and how precious every moment is. … I realized I’d never be happy working inside and had to do something that fulfilled me.”  

The Love List: Hideki Harada

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 6, 2013
A twist of fate landed Hideki Harada behind the sushi table when he applied for a part-time job at a Japanese restaurant while in school at Ohio State University.
  

The Love List: Mike Gibboney & Jason Snell

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Eventually outgrowing his home-based business, Snell launched We Have Become Vikings, an OTR-based creative agency that does everything from motion graphics and illustration to branding, with one of his best buds, Mike Gibboney.
  

The Love List: Libby Hunter

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 6, 2013
 Libby Hunter was used to seeing interactions between different social, economic and age groups. But after witnessing a particularly upsetting altercation where local youths began throwing rocks at a disabled client who was moving into a renovated property, Hunter took action and flipped the script.    

The Love List: Jason Roeper

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 6, 2013
 As Rivertown Brewing Company CEO and brewmaster, Jason Roeper spends most of his time on the road in the company’s four main sales territories, but home is where his heart is.
  

The Love List: Sirui Liu

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 6, 2013
 Currently in rehearsal for Romeo & Juliet, which opens on Valentine’s Day, Cincinnati Ballet Company corps member Sirui Liu spends most of her days — from about 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. — dancing.
  

The Love List: Chris Sutton

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Chris Sutton, owner and creative director of Noble Denim, didn’t go to school for fashion or business. In fact, he studied theology. But he always liked clothes and always liked working with his hands.  

Line of Fire

To some, the AR-15 is a symbol of American freedom. To others, it's a weapon of mass destruction.

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Black gunmetal strikes coarse against the skin. With its stout and angular design, the AR-15 semiautomatic rifle hangs light in the hands. Shadows catch along the sharp edges of the gun's frame.   

Back on the Ballot

Why the streetcar will be at the center of the 2013 mayoral race despite its progress

13 Comments · Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Facing new delays and political controversy, the streetcar is once again in the news — and, for better or worse, this year’s mayoral campaign will keep it there for much of the coming year.    

That New Band Smell

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 16, 2013
A music scene is only as good as its new artists. This Friday at Bogart’s in Corryville, the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards’ first New Music Showcase takes place, featuring CEA nominees Heavy Hinges, Public, The Natives, Ohio Knife, DAAP Girls and Jeremy Pinnell and the 55s.
  

Changing of the Guard

Jim Neil's unlikely road to Hamilton County sheriff signals a new day for the department

1 Comment · Thursday, January 3, 2013
Most Cincinnatians have only known two sheriffs during their lifetime, and for a majority — almost 30 years — that sheriff was Simon Leis. Leis retired as Hamilton County’s top cop in 2012 after 25 years. He’ll be succeeded by Democrat Jim Neil on Jan. 4 — the first time in more than 36 years that a Democrat has held the office.