Page Count

Page Count, presented by the Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library, features interviews with authors, librarians, booksellers, illustrators, publishing professionals, and literary advocates in and from the state of Ohio.

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2 days ago

Matt Bell discusses his new craft book, Refuse to Be Done: How to Write and Rewrite a Novel in Three Drafts. We talk about the mysteries, joys, and frustrations of novel revision, including getting that first draft out on the page, recordkeeping during the drafting process, finding your place on the “outline or no outline” spectrum, strategies for the second draft, unpublished first novels, abandoning a novel after writing 100 pages, why community is sustaining for writers, and more.   Matt Bell is the author of the novels Appleseed, Scrapper, and In the House upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods, as well as the short story collection A Tree or a Person or a Wall, a nonfiction book about the classic video game Baldur's Gate II, and several other titles. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Esquire, Tin House, Fairy Tale Review, American Short Fiction, Orion, and many other publications. A native of Michigan, he has an MFA from Bowling Green State University and teaches creative writing at Arizona State University.   For a transcript of this episode, visit To get in touch, email and put “podcast” in the subject line.

Tuesday May 10, 2022

Writer, entrepreneur, and activist Rachel Elizabeth Cargle discusses her Akron roots; the viral photo that served as a catalyst for her deeper exploration of intersectional feminism; how she improves her own writing by studying her literary ancestors; her thoughts on the state of the publishing industry, especially for writers of color; how she makes use of a robust social media following; the importance of celebrating marginalized voices; how and why she founded Elizabeth’s Bookshop & Writing Centre in Akron; and why community building is imperative to the health and success of independent bookstores.   Books Rachel recommends in this episode: Chlorine Sky by Mahogany L. Brown Grown by Tiffany Jackson Listening with My Heart by Gabi Garcia and Ying Hui Tan I Promise by Lebron James and Niña Mata You Matter by Christian Robinson   For a transcript of this episode, visit To get in touch, email and put “podcast” in the subject line.

Tuesday Apr 26, 2022

Bestselling author Thrity Umrigar discusses her latest novel, Honor, including her inspiration, the research process, being a part of Reese’s Book Club, and promoting the novel during the pandemic. Umrigar also discusses persistence, how she flirted with the idea of giving up writing, her conception of what “success” means for authors, her love of libraries, and the importance of doing the work above all else.

Tuesday Apr 26, 2022

Follow along as David Weaver, executive director of the Ohioana Library Association, and Betty Weibel, author of The Ohio Literary Trail: A Guide, discuss Ohio’s literary heritage and offer a quick tour of some of the notable literary sites found around the state.

Tuesday Apr 26, 2022

Laura Maylene Walter chats with Don Boozer, the Ohio Center for the Book (OCBC) Coordinator and Manager of the Literature Department at Cleveland Public Library, to introduce Page Count. Laura and Don discuss the OCFB collection and their hopes for the podcast before their conversation takes an unexpected detour to Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Tuesday Apr 12, 2022

Welcome to Page Count, a new podcast presented by the Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library. This podcast celebrates authors, illustrators, librarians, booksellers, literary advocates, and readers in and from the state of Ohio. Page Count launches April 26 and will offer a new episode every other Tuesday.

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