Many people’s cultural references for the burning Cuyahoga River in Cleveland are songs by REM or Randy Newman. Now there is another: “Where the River Burned: Carl Stokes and the Struggle to Save Cleveland” (Cornell University Press, 245 pages), a book about the city and the man who became the first African-American mayor of a major U.S. city in 1968, a year before the polluted Cuyahoga caught fire. The Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote: “By portraying the city through the magnetic Stokes, they transform a subject that could easily read like an Urban Studies Ph.D. dissertation into an engaging book filled with surprises – among them the mind-boggling ‘swimming pools in the lake’ the Stokes administration devised to reopen the polluted Lake Erie beaches to swimmers.” The book is by David Stradling, a professor of history at the University of Cincinnati, and his brother Richard Stradling, deputy metro editor at The News & Observer. Richard Stradling will discuss the book at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh.
Other authors visiting Triangle book stores this week:
Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill:
Sunday at 2 p.m.: Darin Kennedy, “The Mussorgsky Riddle.”
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Tuesday at 7 p.m.: Pat Shipman, “The Invaders: How Humans and Their Dogs Drove.”
Wednesday at 7 p.m.: Sage Rountree, “Everyday Yoga.”
Info: 919-942-7373 or flyleafbooks.com
Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St., Durham:
Monday at 7 p.m.: Edith Pattou, “Ghosting.”
Tuesday at 7 p.m.: Cat Warren, “What the Dog Knows.” Held at the Durham County Main Library.
Tuesday at 7 p.m.: Raul Clement and Okla Elliott, “The Doors You Mark Are Your Own.”
Info: 919-286-2700 or regulatorbookshop.com
Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh:
Monday at 7 p.m.: Mamrie Hart, “You Deserve a Drink.”
Tuesday at 7 p.m.: Robert Morgan, “Dark Energy: Poems.”
Thursday at 7 p.m.: Stacey Cochran, “Eddie and Sunny”
Info: 919-828-1588 or quailridgebooks.com
Barnes & Noble, 8030 Renaissance Parkway, Durham:
Saturday at 1 p.m.: Anastasia Higginbotham, “Divorce Is the Worst.”
Info: 919-806-1930 or barnesandnoble.com
Barnes & Noble, 5959 Triangle Town Blvd., Raleigh:
Wednesday at 7 p.m.: Kimberla Lawson Roby, “The Ultimate Betrayal.”
Info: 919-792-2140 or barnesandnoble.com