Author David Giffels Explores Rust Belt Cultural Landscape

Author David Giffels will be at Lunch With Books at noon Tuesday at the Ohio County Public Library to discuss his new book “The Hard Way on Purpose,” a collection of linked essays about the quirky, hardbitten cultural landscape of the Rust Belt and the people who thrive there.

An assistant professor of English at University of Akron, Giffels teaches creative nonfiction in the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Program.

Giffels’ last book, “All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-Down House,” received widespread acclaim, from the New York Times, which described it as “sweet and funny” to the Los Angeles Times, which called it “a truly wonderful book” to Oprah’s O at Home magazine, where it topped the “Fantastic Summer Reads” list.

Giffels is co-author of “Are We Not Men? We Are Devo!” and “Wheels of Fortune: The Story of Rubber in Akron.” He was a longtime columnist for the Akron Beacon Journal and a contributing commentator and essayist on National Public Radio station WKSU in Kent, Ohio. He has written for the New York Times Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Grantland, Parade, Redbook and many other publications. He also was a writer for the MTV series “Beavis and Butt-Head.”

Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch; free beverages are served.

For information, call 304-232-0244 or visit books.