Mac's will celebrate our 30th Anniversary on Coventry on Saturday, December 1st. Snacks and beverages will be available all day. Purchases of 30.00 or more will receive a 30 percent discount on used books and a 10 percent discount on new books.
Poets Jeanne Bryner and Michael Salinger will read at 7 p.m. Jeanne is the author of Smoke: Poems just published by Bottom Dog Press. She is also the author of Breathless, Blind Horse: Poems, Eclipse: Stories, No Matter How Many Windows, and Tenderly Lift Me: Nurses Honored, Celebrated and Remembered. Michael is the author of Stingray: New and Collected Poems and co-authored several books writing and teaching poetry, including Outspoken: How to Improve Writing and Speaking Skills Through Poetry Performance.
Mac's Backs was first opened by James McSherry in Kent, Ohio in 1978 when Jim was a graduate student at KSU. It was located on the 2nd floor of a downtown building right next door to a used record store run by the new wave band Human Switchboard.
In 1979 Jim moved the store back to Chagrin Falls where it was located down an alley off of N. Main St. Mac's Backs was a popular book exchange and soon needed to expand to a second location. The Cleveland Heights store managed by Suzanne DeGaetano was opened in 1982 and has since had 3 locations on Coventry Rd.
The first space was upstairs from the Dobama theater and occupied two rooms. The store moved in 1984 to 1785 Coventry Rd. on the north end of the street. The bookstore was able to grow and expand in this location and featured a huge science fiction section along the whole back wall. The front room contained fiction, classics, mysteries and a large cardboard display of American Splendor titles by Harvey Pekar.
Mac's began hosting poetry reading when poets Daniel Thompson and Dennis McDonnell needed a new venue for a reading series they sponsored. The readings have taken place on the 2nd Wednesday each month since 1984.
In 1993 Mac's moved to its present location at 1820 Coventry Rd. This space has three floors and now the science fiction resides in the balcony. We share a door with Tommy's restaurant.