Writers Center Stage

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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.

Our exciting 2016-2017 season events will feature...

Don DeLillo

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Don DeLillo is one of America’s most acclaimed writers. His storied career has spanned more than four decades, with works including the novels White Noise, for which he won the 1985 National Book Award; Libra, a National Book Award and Critics Circle Award finalist; Mao II, for which he received the 1992 PEN/Faulkner Award and a Pulitzer Prize; and Underworld, for which he received the 1998 American Book Award. His latest novel is Zero K.

Roxane Gay

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Haitian-American author Roxane Gay’s writing focuses on feminist issues, gender and racial equality. Her works include the novel An Untamed State, which was 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. Her latest work is the novel Hunger.

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.

Lawrence Wright

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Lawrence Wright is the author of one novel (God’s Favorite, 2000) and eight nonfiction books, including the acclaimed bestseller The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, for which he received a Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction. In 2006, Time Magazine proclaimed The Looming Tower one of the 100 best nonfiction books ever written. Wright’s 2013 book, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief, was a National Book Award finalist and the subject of a 2015 HBO documentary directed by Alex Gibney. His latest book is The Terror Years.


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.

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.


2016-17 William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series Subscription Packages

Benefactor Plus Level – $350

  • Access to an exclusive cocktail reception with the author before all six shows.
  • PREMIUM seating at all 6 shows.
  • Free parking at the Maltz Performing Arts Center.

Benefactor Level – $250.00

  • Access to an exclusive reception with a pre-selected author during the upcoming season.
  • PREMIUM seating at all 6 shows
  • Free parking at the Maltz Performing Arts Center.

Subscriber Level – $150.00

  • PREFERRED seating at all 6 shows
We encourage subscribers to increase their support to the BENEFACTOR PLUS LEVEL and take advantage of free parking and other exclusive benefits. BENEFACTOR PLUS LEVEL subscriptions have limited availability.
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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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