Belt Publishing has released its latest book, “The Akron Anthology,” which contains a collection of essays by Akron writers about life in the Rubber City. Edited by Jason Segedy, with an introduction by David Giffels, the book features contributions that span the breadth of Akron experience past, present, and future.
In its pages, State Representative Emilia Sykes tells of seeking her somewhere-over-the-rainbow and finding it back home in Akron. Andrew Poulsen explores the guitar nerd’s Wonka World of EarthQuaker Devices. L.S. Quinn leads readers back into the old downtown hobbit hole of Mr. Bilbo’s bar. Kyle Cochrun pulls us up to the tragic midnight rooftop of the abandoned Atlantic Foundry building. Jeff Shearl takes us backstage at E.J. Thomas Hall. And Jason Segedy gives voice to the Generation X experience of growing up in a postindustrial netherworld and seeing not the end of things, but new beginnings.
The launch celebration of the Akron Anthology is on Oct. 18 with a release party at the Akron Public Library, 60 S. High Street. It’s at 6 pm, free, and open to the public – with featured speakers including Segedy, Giffels, and others to be announced soon.
For info, visit beltmag.com/product/akron-anthology.