Evan Buckley is a luckless man. He's polite, not bad-looking, and even possesses a bit of charm. But for reasons unknown, women just don't dig him.
Bonnie Jane Eaver tackles this elusive riddle in her novel, Ain't Nothing Wrong With That. It's the tale of an Ohio everyman -- a mild-mannered banker by day, who desperately seeks a woman by night. His pursuit of Ms. Right takes him to Put-in-Bay, Key West, and Akron bars. When it comes to romance, however, Evan's is the fate of the eternally screwed. And it all goes farther south when he's accused of a bank scam.
"Ask any woman, and she knows an Evan," says Eaver, a journalism instructor at the University of Akron. "Women like him, but they don't want to date him."
The subject of her debut novel was inspired in part by a longtime friend who suffers from the same affliction. "He and all the Evans in the world don't understand why they don't have it and, unfortunately, end up with evil women who take advantage of them." Eaver signs her book from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the University of Akron Bookstore, 303 East Carroll Street in Akron. Admission is free; call 330-972-7624. -- Pete Kotz
Akron-born author sings "Dixie."
William Zink's father ran a small repair shop in Akron. He contracted polio, was paralyzed from the waist down, and yet somehow managed to raise 11 children from a wheelchair. William dropped out of college, became a carnie, and moved to South Carolina for a while. All this inspires his latest book, Ballad of the Confessor. "This has been in my head for a long time," Zink says. "I wanted to [write about] all of the different people I've bumped into, [from] a true working-person perspective. You don't see a whole lot of books out there on those kinds of people." Ballad's about a college-educated guy stuck in a blue-collar, minimum-wage-paying job in Charleston. "It's part of who I am," Zink admits. "You either ignore it or try to escape it, or you find it interesting." Zink will talk about and sign copies of his book from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Barnes & Noble, 7900 Mentor Avenue in Mentor. Admission is free. Call 440-266-2012 for more information. -- Michael Gallucci
Vino and vistas converge at party.
As a pregnant 22-year-old, Maria Bertrán left her native Venezuela to find a niche in the American art landscape. Nearly 30 years later, the SoCal-based impressionist brings 10 of her works to Northeast Ohio for a Wine & Art Soiree. The focus is on the vineyard scenery that inspired her during a sojourn last summer in the Provence region of France. "[Her art] is her life," explains Bertrán's daughter, Genny Boccardo Dubey, who's organizing the opening-night party (which comes complete with samples of Bordeaux Châteaux LeMothe de Haux wine). "That's her passion. That's her everything." It starts at 6 p.m. Thursday at Cuff's Coach House, 20 East Orange Street in Chagrin Falls. Admission is free; call 216-401-8920. -- Cris Glaser
The Revolution Will Be Festive
To raise funds for its upcoming production, The American Revolution, Bad Epitaph Theater Company is hosting a Rebel, Rebel party Saturday. Glam-rockers Vanity Crash (pictured) will be there; so will DJ Darclight, food, and "a piñata for adults." Also on tap are a costume contest (dress as your favorite 18th-century rebel!) and something intriguingly referred to as the Cage of Wrath. It all starts at 8 p.m. at Spaces, 2220 Superior Viaduct. Tickets are $10; call 216-556-0919. -- Michael Gallucci
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