Laura DeMarco

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Laura DeMarco is an arts and culture reporter for the Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland. She specializes in local history and lost landmarks, an interest that began with teenage adventures through abandoned buildings and Cleveland’s industrial wastelands. Laura lectures at Cleveland schools, colleges, and historical societies on the history of Cleveland. She has also written for the Cleveland Free Times, Cleveland Scene, Alternative Press, Magnet magazine and publications of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.  A third-generation Clevelander, she grew up listening to her grandmother's and parents' stories of Euclid Beach Park, Municipal Stadium and downtown department stores and loves to share these with new generations.


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Laura DeMarco delivers a 20-image walk down Cleveland's memory lane, appropriate for any audience at about 30 minutes. Audience: Adult or Teen.


Laura DeMarco's Books

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MARK TWAIN'S AMERICA: THEN AND NOW (2019): A unique biography of America's greatest writer and the places across the States he wrote about told through the format of "Then and Now" photos.

This fascinating book documents Mark Twain's life story from Hannibal, Missouri, through to his death in Redding Connecticut in 1910. Along with a biographical sketch of his career are the descriptions Twain wrote of the great American cities and their buildings—photos of these places from the 19th and 20th centuries are matched with a modern-day viewpoint, so that readers can see how many of the sights admired (or pilloried) by Twain are with us today.

Few would dispute that Mark Twain was a literary genius, a writer unique in his ability to capture the idioms of country speech, yet also write novels and travel journals that appealed to the powerful East Coast literary set. His career path took him all over the country, and all these locations are featured in a book that applies Twain's wry humor and trenchant observation to images from his America.


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LOST CLEVELAND (2017): Lost Cleveland explores the rise and the fall and the spirit of a gritty city that clawed its way back. Over the course of 144 pages, the 11-by-9.5-inch hardcover book chronicles beloved institutions and iconic places that were consigned to history yet continue to shape the identity of the city.

"Lost" places include architectural gems, elegant theaters, famous concert halls and stadiums, legendary music clubs, grand department stores and bustling factories that helped turn Cleveland into America's fifth biggest city—and one of its most prosperous. With 65 entries and more than 200 photos, Lost Cleveland also revisits the city's rise as an economic powerhouse assembled by industrialists like John D. Rockefeller, when factories packed with immigrants helped build America and spawned a rich culture.

32nd Annual
Buckeye Book Fair
November 2, 2019
9:30 to 4:00
Fisher Auditorium Wooster, Ohio
$2 Admission
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