Akron Roundtable: David Giffels

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  • Friday, Jan 22, 2021 12 p.m.

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Virtual Forum access:

*Link will be available and go live by January 22, 11:45 AM.

Schedule for the Forum:

11:45 am - Guests Join Live Virtual Forum

NOON – Welcome from the President, Akron Roundtable Board of Directors

12:05 pm – Presentation – David Giffels in conversation with WKSU's Andrew Meyer

12:30 pm – Q & A (to submit a question visit www.asker.io/akronroundtable)

12:55 pm – Conclusion of Presentation; Breakout Discussion Session Begins

1:20 pm - Thank you and closing remarks

*Thank you to our Virtual Forum partner: Akron-Summit Public Library

Presentation Overview:

The question of America’s identity has rarely been more urgent than now, and no American place has ever been more reliable in its illumination of that identity than Ohio. In the wake of the 2020 presidential election, new questions have arisen about Ohio’s status as America’s bellwether and its future as a political battleground. Akron author and essayist David Giffels joins WKSU News Director Andrew Meyer for a conversation about Giffels’s latest book, Barnstorming Ohio: To Understand America. Described by Publishers Weekly as a “trenchant mix of memoir, reportage, and political analysis” and selected as one of Library Journal’s Best Books of 2020, Barnstorming Ohio is Giffels’s account of a year traveling his native state, visiting people and places that offer valuable reflections of the national questions and concerns.

About David Giffels:

David Giffels has written six books of nonfiction, most recently Barnstorming Ohio: To Understand America (Hachette Books, 2020), described by Publishers Weekly as a “trenchant mix of memoir, reportage, and political analysis,” and selected as one of Library Journal’s “Best Books of 2020.” His other titles include the memoir Furnishing Eternity: A Father, a Son, a Coffin, and a Measure of Life (Scribner, 2018), a Book of the Month pick by Amazon and Powell’s and a New York Times Book Review “Editors’ Choice,” and winner of the Ohioana Book Award.