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    Lifetime Membership

    $200.00 $175.00
      Become a Lifetime Member! Join once, support local writing forever, and never have to worry about renewing an annual membership. Plus, we will send a tote bag filled with all our published books, including the City Anthology SeriesHow To Speak Midwestern, and more. Plus you will receive a coupon code to receive 50% off anything we ever sell,  forever when you joinThis includes books, merchandise, tickets to events, and more. It's a sweet, sweet deal. Annual memberships are available here. Why become a member of Belt? Go here to learn more.  
  • Receive all our previous titles* in a Belt Starter Box, and then receive every book we publish for a year. The Starter Box includes Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology; Rust Belt Chicago: An Anthology; The Cincinnati Anthology; A Detroit Anthology; The Detroit Neighborhood Guidebook; The Pittsburgh Anthology; Car Bombs To Cookie Tables: The Youngstown Anthology; How To Live In Detroit Without Being A Jackass; Happy Anyway: The Flint Anthology; The Cleveland Neighborhood Guidebook; The Akron Anthology; Right Here; Right Now: The Buffalo Anthology; How To Speak Midwestern; and The New Midwest; In the Watershed: A Journey Down The Maumee River. The book club will include What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia; The Whiskey Rebellion and the Rebirth of Rye: A Pittsburgh Story, and all titles we publish for 12 months. PLUS we'll send you surprise gifts in some shipments -- t-shirts, tote bags, who knows?! (to order just the Book Club, click here) You can "mix and match" the Starter Box if you prefer. Please send a note to orders@beltmag.com after you have signed up to request more copies of specific titles.
  •   Renew your annual membership and become a Lifetime Member for only $125!  When you upgrade as a Lifetime Member, you will receive the City Anthology Series, How to Speak Midwestern, The New Midwest: A Guide To the Contemporary Fiction of the Great Lakes, Great Plains, and the Rust Belt, as well a coupon code for 50% off anything we ever sell, forever. This includes books, merch, tickets to events and more.
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    Purchase our entire Anthology series: Rust Belt Chicago: An Anthology The Akron Anthology Right Here, Right Now: The Buffalo Anthology The Cincinnati Anthology The Cleveland Anthology, 2nd Ed. A Detroit Anthology Happy Anyway: A Flint Anthology The Pittsburgh Anthology Car Bombs to Cookie Tables: The Youngstown Anthology Plus receive a free City Anthology t-shirt!!
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    Belt Book Club

    $85.00 $75.00
    Sign up for our book club and receive copies of all our forthcoming titles for one year, or 12 months after joining. We will send you copies of each book as soon as it arrives -- before publication date. Plus we'll throw in free gifts: a t-shirt, a pin, a gift certificate, a tote bag. Receive The Whiskey Rebellion and the Rebirth of Rye: A Pittsburgh Story, Grand Rapids Grassroots: An Anthology, What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia and more. Book Club members are key to keeping independent publishing humming; your support helps us publish even more books--which we will then send you! Thanks for joining! (To join the Book Club With Starter Box, click here.)
  • Two books and a t-shirt! Receive a Cleveland city seal t-shirt, and copies of  Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology,  and The Cleveland Neighborhood Guidebook A perfect gift for your favorite Cleveland expat, new arrival, or city booster. This Cleveland city seal displays has a groovy 1970s design (and, although a seal, is still part of our City Flag T-shirt series). This dark grey with orange tee is a short sleeve crewneck from Next Level Apparel, 100% combed ring-spun cotton – soft, comfy, and lightweight. Comes in S, M, L, XL. Only a limited number of t-shirts will be available.   (starts shipping October 25)
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      Iconic Chicago artist Tony Fitzpatrick designed the beautiful cover of Rust Belt Chicago: An Anthology, and created a limited edition series of 50 signed 14" x 18" posters of the cover. Printed on heavy stock, proceeds from these posters will be donated to Open Books, a Chicago non-profit dedicated to literacy and the power of books. Unsigned posters are available here.
  • Support quality writing from the Rust Belt. As an annual member, you help us pay writers, develop new book titles, and tell stories no one else does. Plus we'll shower you with gifts. Join now and we will send you a coupon code for 25% off anything in our store and a copy of Ryan Schnurr's In The Watershed: A Journey Down the Maumee River  Want to become a Lifetime Member and receive even more freebies? Click here. *If you would prefer a different book as your gift -- or no gift at all -- simply email orders@beltmag.com and we will make the switch.
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      Renew your Belt Membership and we will send you a copy of Ryan Schnurr's In The Watershed: A Journey Down the Maumee River and a coupon code for 25% off anything in our store  Instead of renewing as an annual member, you could also upgrade to become a Lifetime Member. You will receive more freebies, and never have to worry about renewing again.  
  • Toledo's flag may be the Rust Belt's finest, marrying manufacturing and water: it shows a silhouette of Fort Industry at sunrise behind the Maumee River. T-shirt is a periwinkle blue short sleeve crewneck t-shirt from Next Level Apparel, 100% combed ring-spun cotton -- soft, comfy and lightweight. Comes in S, M, L, XL Pairs nicely with In The Watershed: A Journey Down the Maumee River
  • The colors won't surprise you, but the symbols might: the city of Pittsburgh was named in 1758 by General John Forbes to honor Sir William Pitt, the British statesmen. Pitt was the first Earl of Chatham, so the flag is based on the Chatham Family coat of arms.   T-shirt is a short sleeve crewneck t-shirt from Next Level Apparel, 100% combed ring-spun cotton–soft, comfy and lightweight. Comes in S, M, L, XL Pairs nicely with The Pittsburgh Anthology and The Whiskey Rebellion and the Rebirth of Rye: A Pittsburgh Story. 
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    The Buffalo city flag displays the harbor, has 13 lightning flashes to symbolize New York being one of the original colonies, and honors Buffalo's role in electrifying the nation. It was designed in 1924 by architect Louis Greenstein. T-shirt is a periwinkle blue short sleeve crewneck t-shirt from Next Level Apparel, 100% combed ring-spun cotton–soft, comfy and lightweight. Comes in S, L Pairs nicely with Right Here, Right Now: The Buffalo Anthology