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Let the Music Do the Talking 

After he lures fans with music, novelist hits 'em with literature.

Timothy Schaffert, sans tux but with tome and tunes, brings the Bad Tuxedo Book & Music Tour to town Friday.
  • Timothy Schaffert, sans tux but with tome and tunes, brings the Bad Tuxedo Book & Music Tour to town Friday.
FRI 10/21

Timothy Schaffert may have grown up on a small farm in Nebraska, but he knows what big-city people like. So the author of The Singing and Dancing Daughters of God enlisted local musicians to help him sell a few books when he hits the road this fall for a midwestern jaunt he's dubbed The Bad Tuxedo Book & Music Tour. "Literary readings are dismal," he says. "The music will hopefully draw people. Then I'll sneak in and read."

In The Singing and Dancing Daughters of God, a divorcé begins writing country songs to ease his pain. Meanwhile, his son has run off with a gospel-punk band named the Daughters of God. "I just let my imagination and instincts go," says Schaffert. "I take notes in life. These are people I know and have come across. It just kinda develops from there." Cleveland singer-songwriter Scott Franklin joins Schaffert when the tour touches down at Borders (30121 Detroit Road in Westlake) at 7 p.m. Friday. Admission is free; call 440-892-7667. -- Michael Gallucci

Celebrate the Season

SAT 10/22

Saturday's Fall Fest includes the usual seasonal suspects: a haunted hayride, spooky stories, a bonfire, games, apple cider, and roasted marshmallows. A costume contest tops things off. It happens from 7 to 10 p.m. at Euclid Beach State Park, 16400 Lake Shore Boulevard in Euclid. Admission is free; call 216-881-8141. -- Lucy McKernan

Park the Kids

SAT 10/22

At Saturday's free Youth Outdoor Odyssey, kids can learn how to change a bike tire, paddle a kayak, and more. "If one thing doesn't interest them," says staffer Sheri Williamson, "something else will." It starts at noon at Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation (off East 49th Street in Cuyahoga Heights); call 216-206-1000. -- Lucy McKernan

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