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Bernie Kosar Kicks-off 3rd Season of Library’s Speaking of Books Author Series

August 27, 2018 (Canton, Ohio) – Join Stark Library for the return of the Dr. Audrey Lavin Speaking of Books Author Series. The kick-off speaker is legendary Cleveland Browns quarterback, Bernie Kosar. He will share his experiences on and off the field on September 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Canton Palace Theatre.

Kosar, who earned a Super Bowl ring with the Dallas Cowboys in 1993, spent nine seasons playing for the Browns, leading them to three AFC Championship games. He also set a league record by throwing 308 consecutive passes without an interception, and set a record for consecutive playoff games with at least three touchdown passes. He also played for the Miami Dolphins before retiring in 1996.

His autobiography, Learning to Scramble, is an unvarnished and completely authentic account of an extremely talented man’s ability to learn from his mistakes and develop new ways of approaching life. Chronicling his rise to prominence as the leader of the University of Miami’s first national championship team, and then to glory in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns, the ride was not smooth or without a cost.

“Bernie has had his share of struggles, yet he overcame them all. His story of determination and beating the odds makes him an inspirational addition to the Speaking of Books Author Series.” said Marianna DiGiacomo, Community Services Director. “We are very excited to welcome Bernie to Stark County.”

The Dr. Audrey Lavin Speaking of Books Author Series brings acclaimed writers to Stark County who inspire lively discussion and community conversation while exemplifying literary excellence. It is named for Dr. Audrey Lavin, a local “celebrity” author, a globe-trotting academic, a champion of writers, and a tireless supporter of the Library. The 2018-2019 season includes four special evenings planned at the Canton Palace Theatre.

Each bestselling author will speak about their book, followed by a wide-ranging question and answer session. Bernie will not be signing memorabilia or books at the event. Pre-signed books will be available for purchase courtesy of the Friends of the Library.

Reserve your free seats to any of the author events at

The complete 2018-2019 season schedule includes:

Bernie Kosar Legendary Cleveland Browns Quarterback
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 | 6:30 p.m.
The lead off author for this year’s series is football hero Bernie Kosar. He shares his personal battles before and after his career ended in his book Learning to Scramble—an unvarnished and completely authentic account of an extremely talented mans ability to learn from his mistakes and develop new ways of approaching life.

Ruth Reichl Author, Food Critic, and Top Chef Master Judge
Thursday, October 25, 2018 | 6:30 p.m.
Reichl is a beloved culinary voice, guiding people around the kitchen, showing them what to eat, how to make it, and where to satisfy their cravings. Her NYT bestseller Delicious! is this year’s One Book, One Community Stark County selection.

Imbolo Mbue Bestselling Author and 2017 PEN/Faulkner Award Winner
Thursday, February 7, 2019 | 6:30 p.m.
Mbue’s award-winning debut novel Behold The Dreamers, shares the different experiences of two families during the 2008 financial crisis. It has been named an Oprah's Book Club selection, a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times and The Washington Post and a Best Book of the Year.


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