Saturday, April 6, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Richey Piiparinen, author of Octopus Hunting and illustrator Liz Maugans will be at Mac's on Saturday, April 6th at 7 pm.

Richey Piiparinen has crafted fourteen essays that traverse the economy of the Rust Belt and Cleveland, Ohio, from its past triumphs to its current struggles, explaining the issues confronting the region with laser wit and mounds of research. The book is also a memoir of Piiparinen's diagnosis of glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive brain cancer known as “the terminator,” and his subsequent treatment. The two seemingly disparate themes are so expertly knitted together that his personal experiences deepen the economic discussion, and we never forget that when we talk about the rise and fall and rise again of cities and regions, we are really talking about the people who live in them.

Piiparinen has crafted a love song to the city where he was born, raised, and became an influential voice in the debate about the city’s future. Octopus Hunting represents his best thinking and hard fought conclusions concerning a post-industrial economy and the traps that await a region that does not consider equity in the drive for progress. This book is a must read for anyone who wants to know how a once dominant industrial region has been dismantled by deliberate policies, public relations, and a drive for lower wages or who want to be inspired by a clear-eyed prophet as he stares into his personal abyss.

Richey Piiparinen is the Director of Urban Theory and Analytics at the School of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. His focus is on the cultural, psychosocial, and demographic changes in Rust Belt cities, particularly as they relate to economic and community development. Richey holds a Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago and a Master's of Urban Planning, Design, and Development from Cleveland State University. His essays on cities have appeared in the Atlantic's City Lab, Huffington Post, the Daily Beast, Cleveland Magazine, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and his research has been highlighted in various outlets, including CBS Evening News, NPR's Morning Edition, the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, and ESPN the Magazine. Richey is a contributing editor to New Geography, and he is co-editor of the book Rust Belt Chic: A Cleveland Anthology.

Liz Maugans received her BFA in printmaking from Kent State University and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1992. Maugans’ work is included in the Progressive Art Collection, The Cleveland Clinic, the Dalad Collection, BF Goodrich, the Westin Collection and The Riffe Center for Government and the Arts. She received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship in 2000 and a 2005 Artist-in-Communities Grant. Maugans was awarded an Ohio Arts Council’s International Residency to Dresden, Germany in 2009. She was honored, along with her Zygote co-founder, Bellamy Printz, the Martha Joseph Prize for Distinguished Service from the Cleveland Arts Prize in 2012. In 2013, she awarded a Creative Workforce Fellowship from Community Partnership for Arts and Culture.

Event address: 
Mac's Backs Books on Coventry
1820 Coventry Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
Octopus Hunting By Richey Piiparinen, Liz Maugans (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Richey Piiparinen, Liz Maugans (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9798988372516
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Red Giant Books - December 1st, 2023