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The William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series brings the literary world’s best writers to Cleveland. Each show is followed by a Q&A and book signing. All shows will be held at 7:30 p.m. in The Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at Case Western Reserve University, 1855 Ansel Road.

Roxane Gay

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Author Roxane Gay’s writing focuses on feminist issues as well as gender and racial equality. Her works include the novel An Untamed State,  named one of the ten best books of 2014 by Library Journal; and Bad Feminist, a collection of no-holds-barred essays for which she garnered international acclaim. Gay is a professor of English at Purdue University, the founder of Tiny Hardcore Press and regular op-ed contributor for The New York Times.

Alison Bechdel

Thursday, April 20, 2017
The work of acclaimed author and illustrator Alison Bechdel explores themes of gender bias, homosexuality, and family relationships. She is best known as the creator of the long-running comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For, and the 2006 graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, which garnered critical and commercial success and has since been adapted as a Tony Award-winning musical. Bechdel is a 2014 recipient of the MacArthur Genius Award. Her most recent book is the graphic memoir Are You My Mother?

John Green

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

John Green is the New York Times bestselling author of the young adult novels Looking for Alaska, for which he received the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award; An Abundance of Katherines; and Paper Towns, for which he received a 2009 Edgar Award. His sixth novel, The Fault in Our Stars, debuted at number one on The New York Times Best Seller list in 2012, and was followed by a hit film adaptation starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort. In 2014, Time Magazine named Green to its list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Colum McCann
   & Edna O’Brien

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Colum McCann is the author of six novels and three collections of short stories, including the novels TransAtlantic, an international bestseller; and Let the Great World Spin, for which he won the 2009 National Book Award, a literary award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and several major international literary prizes. He received a Pushcart Prize for his most recent collection of short stories titled, Thirteen Ways of Looking.
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Author Edna O’Brien’s trilogy of novels– The Country Girls, The Lonely Girl, and Girls in Their Married Bliss – shocked readers in the 1960s with their frank depictions of sexuality, resulting in a ban by the Irish Censorship Board. Today she is recognized as a trailblazer and one of the leading voices of her generation. Her works include the novels Time and Tide, winner of the 1992 Writer’s Guild Award for Best Fiction; and Lantern Slides, for which she won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and the 2012 memoir Country Girl, which details her adventurous life with the likes of Marlon Brando, Jackie Onassis, and Samuel Beckett. O'Brien's most recent novel is The Little Red Chairs.


The 2016-17 William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series is presented by the Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation and its academic partner Case Western Reserve University. Funds raised by this series help support Cuyahoga County Public Library, the nation’s top-rated library system for six consecutive years.

Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series or placing an ad in our season program, please email us at foundation@cuyahogalibrary.org.

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