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.

photo by Madeline Whitehead - website linkColson Whitehead

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Colson Whitehead is the author of six novels, including the number one New York Times best-seller The Underground Railroad, for which he received the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction; John Henry Days, for which he received the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award; and Apex Hides the Hurt, for which he received the PEN/Oakland Award. His reviews, essays, and fiction have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Harper’s, and Granta. Whitehead is a past recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship.

photo by Jean Malek - website linkMargaret Atwood

Thursday, November 16, 2017
Canadian writer Margaret Atwood is the author of more than 40 books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. She is best known for her novels, including The Handmaid’s Tale, winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the Governor General’s Award; Cat’s Eye; Oryx and Crake; and The Blind Assassin, for which she received the Booker Prize. In 2001, Atwood was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame. Atwood received the 2017 Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Book Critics Circle. Her latest novel is Hag-Seed.    Sorry!  This event is sold out.

photo by Matthew Richman - website linkDavid Grann

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
David Grann is a number one New York Times best-selling author and an award-winning staff writer for The New Yorker magazine. His first book, The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and named one of the best books of 2009. The film adaptation released in 2017, was written and directed by James Gray and stars Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, and Sienna Miller. Grann’s writing has appeared in such notable publications as The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. His latest book is Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.

photo by Edward Mapplethorpe - website linkPatti Smith

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Patti Smith is a legendary American writer, performer, and visual artist. She first gained recognition in the 1970s for her revolutionary mergence of poetry and rock music. Her seminal album Horses has been hailed as one of the top 100 albums of all time. In 2010, Smith won the National Book Award for her memoir, Just Kids, the moving story of her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Smith was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Her latest book is the memoir M Train.
Patti Smith will be interviewed onstage by Maureen Corrigan, one of America’s most distinguished book critics. For more than 20 years, Corrigan has been the book critic for National Public Radio’s Fresh Air. Her reviews have been published in The Washington Post, The Village Voice, The New York Times, and The Boston Globe, among other publications. Corrigan has authored two nonfiction books, Leave Me Alone, I’m Reading and So We Read On: How the Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures, which was named one of the 10 best books of the year by Library Journal.  

photo by Elke Van de Velde - website linkMaria Semple

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Best-selling author Maria Semple has written three novels, including Where’d You Go, Bernadette, which spent a year on The New York Times best-sellers list and won the American Library Association’s Alex Award. She began her career as a screenwriter for such successful television shows as Beverly Hills, 90210; Saturday Night Live; and Ellen. She was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for her work on the series Mad About You, and for a Writers Guild of America Award for her work on Arrested Development. Her latest novel is Today Will Be Different.

photo by Jane Sobel Klonsky - website linkJohn Irving

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

John Irving is one of the literary world’s most popular and respected writers. He is the author of 14 novels, including the international best-seller The World According to Garp, for which he won the National Book Award; A Prayer for Owen Meany; A Son of the Circus; and The Cider House Rules, which was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film. In 2001, Irving was elected into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His latest novel, Avenue of Mysteries, is a New York Times best-seller.

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The 2017-18 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 eight 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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