The 2017 Fogle Author Series presents author Terry Pluto who will speak at Rodman Public Library on Wednesday, July 19, at 7:00 p.m., in the Main Auditorium. Terry Pluto is a sports columnist for The Plain Dealer. He has been honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the nation’s top sports columnist for medium-sized newspapers. He is a winner of the Ohio Sports Writer of the Year award and has received many state and local writing awards. In 2005, Pluto was inducted into the Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame and in 2016 he won first place for best sports columnist and best sports writer in the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors newspaper competition.
He is the author of 31 books, including his latest book released in 2016, The Comeback: LeBron, the Cavs & Cleveland, and The Curse of Rocky Colavito (selected by the New York Times as one of the five notable sports books of 1989). In 1997, the Chicago Tribune called him “Perhaps the best American writer of sports books.” Pluto resides in Akron, Ohio.
This yearly Author Series is brought to the Alliance community by the generosity of Mr. Esmond E. Fogle. Mr. Fogle was a graduate of Wadsworth High School and Mount Union College. He was a past president of Robertson Heating Supply in Alliance and a U.S. Navy veteran. For sixteen years, Mr. Fogle served on the Board of Trustees at Rodman Public Library. He owned an extensive personal library which reflected his expansive reading tastes. Upon his passing at the age of 86 on August 12, 2013, money was designated from his estate to the Greater Alliance Foundation to support worthwhile projects in the community. In 2014, the Greater Alliance Foundation Trustees approved a proposal by Rodman Library to bring authors to Alliance to augment our outreach to the community, and to allow readers to connect with authors in an intimate setting and more personal way. Different genres of writing reflecting the varied reading tastes of Alliance area readers will be represented by the visiting authors. We are grateful to the Foundation and the Fogle family for their support of this series.
Future visiting authors of the Fogle Author Series to Rodman Library are Robin Yocum, Saturday, Aug. 26, at 2:00 p.m.; Wanda E. Brunstetter, Saturday, Sept. 9, at 2:00 p.m., and Elizabeth Berg, Saturday, Nov. 18, at 2:00 p.m.
Books will be available for purchase at Rodman Main Library prior to the authors’ visits which the authors will then sign at the time of the program. This event is free and open to the public.