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February 11, 2021 49 min

Presentation: The question of America’s identity has rarely been more urgent than now, and no American place has ever been more reliable in its illumination of that identity than Ohio. In the wake of the 2020 presidential election, new questions have arisen about Ohio’s status as America’s bellwether and its future as a political battleground. Akron author and essayist David Giffels joins WKSU News Director Andrew Meyer for a conversation about Giffels’s latest book, Barnstorming Ohio: To Understand America. Described by Publishers Weekly as a “trenchant mix of memoir, reportage, and political analysis” and selected as one of Library Journal’s Best Books of 2020, Barnstorming Ohio is Giffels’s account of a year traveling his native state, visiting people and places that offer valuable reflections of the national questions and concerns.

David Giffels has written six books of nonfiction, most recently Barnstorming Ohio: To Understand America (Hachette Books, 2020). His awards include the Cleveland Arts Prize for literature, the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, and a General Excellence award from National Society of Newspaper Columnists. He was selected as the Cuyahoga County Public Library Writer in Residence for 2018-2019.

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