Author Gail Bellamy will visit Westlake to share memories

Local author Gail Bellamy will visit Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Crocker Park on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 1-3 p.m. to share memories from her new book "Cleveland Summertime Memories" just published by Gray & Company.

Copies of Bellamy's best-selling book "Cleveland Christmas Memories" published last fall will also be available for autographing at the event.

"Cleveland Summertime Memories" is a collection of personal stories and remembrances of what made the summertime special for people growing up in Cleveland, everything from taking a dip at the city pool with friends; building a sandcastle at Edgewater Park; pulling up to Manners Big Boy for a burger and a Big Ghoulardi; cooling off with an ornate sundae at Boukair’s near the Palace Theatre; watching the the dazzling fireworks at Municipal Stadium after an Indians game; riding the Rocket Ship at Euclid Beach Park, and many more.

Published in time for holiday gift-giving, Bellamy's book also offers readers the chance to re-live memories from summers past during the cold-weather months.

"My book is kind of like a burst of sunshine – the same feeling you get when you bake a pie with ripe summer peaches then freeze it for later to enjoy on a snowy winter day," says Bellamy.

Gail Bellamy is the executive food editor of Restaurant Hospitality magazine, has written about food and drink for numerous publications around the country, and has contributed to more than a half-dozen books about food, dining and the arts. She is also an accomplished poet whose work has appeared in more than 80 publications and has been published in two books and featured in several anthologies. Gail is a native Clevelander. Her bestselling book, "Cleveland Christmas Memories" was published by Gray & Company in 2012.

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