By welcoming and engaging its citizens from all corners through literature, Cleveland is spawning discussions that could help it tackle tough social issues from homelessness to substance abuse.

Among the more unusual literary ventures in Cleveland is Books@Work, which runs reading clubs in workplaces run by literature professors. All employees are invited to join, from managers to entry-level workers, even chief executives, with an emphasis on bringing personal experiences to bear on book discussions. 

The Teagle Foundation has supported Books@Work since 2015.