Stark County District Library

World of Books

In a world that increasingly is searching for information and entertainment online, Mary Ellen Icaza, CEO/executive director of Stark County District Library, still sees a significant place for modern libraries.

Elizabeth Vargas to lead off author series

It isn’t weak to ask for help. That’s the message television journalist Elizabeth Vargas plans to deliver when she speaks about her struggle against alcoholism and anxiety to an audience gathered the evening of September 12 at Canton Palace Theatre. Her 6:30 p.m. talk kicks off the Stark County District Library’s “Speaking of Books” series of lectures, which also will include a talk at Palace Theatre on October 30 by David Sheff, the author of “Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction.”

Author Imbolo Mbue

Cameroon native Imbolo Mbue lost her job as a market researcher during the financial crisis, and she had a hard time finding a new one. As she walked around New York City one day, she saw chauffeurs waiting on the street for their clients. It triggered her interest, partly because some of the chauffeurs looked like they could be African immigrants and partly because it made her wonder what the relationship between the driver and the executive was like.

Jess vs. the art of interviewing best-selling authors

By now, Garth Stein is certainly no stranger to the art of the interview. His third novel, “The Art of Racing in the Rain” sold more than six million copies and spent more than three years on the New York Times best-seller list, inspired a Young Reader edition, children’s picture books, a stage adaptation and currently is in development for a major motion picture.