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Ed McClelland, author of How to Speak Midwestern (Belt Publications) will talk about his book at Mac's on Thursday, July 20th at 7 p.m.

McClelland’s witty and informed analysis of the strange folkways of Midwestern speech is based on an essay originally published in Belt. The book has received wide praise since it was released last year and has become a regional bestseller.  Read it and learn about the etymology of “jagoff” as well as the difference between a FIP, a FIB, and a FISHTAB, and what to call french fries on your sandwich in Pittsburgh or chili on your spaghetti in Cincinnati.

Edward McClelland is the author of Young Mr. Obama: Chicago and the Making of a Black President , Nothin’ But Blue Skies: The Heyday, Hard Times and Hopes of America’s Industrial Heartland and The Third Coast: Sailors, Strippers, Fishermen, Folksingers, Long-Haired Ojibway Painters and God-Save-the-Queen Monarchists of the Great Lakes, a travelogue of a 10,000-mile journey around the Lakes which won the 2008 Great Lakes Book Award in General Nonfiction. 

His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Columbia Journalism Review, Salon, Slate, and the Nation.

Event date: 
Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
1820 Coventry Rd.
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
How to Speak Midwestern Cover Image
ISBN: 9780997774276
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Published: Belt Publishing - December 1st, 2016

Nothin' But Blue Skies: The Heyday, Hard Times, and Hopes of America's Industrial Heartland Cover Image
ISBN: 9781608195299
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Published: Bloomsbury Press - May 21st, 2013