Writers Center Stage 15th season announced

Writers Center Stage 15th season announced

Release date: 5/9/2018

15th season of William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series announced
Judy Blume, John Grisham, two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward and The Simpsons creator Matt Groening headline speaker series

The William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series, presented by the Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation and its academic partner, Case Western Reserve University, will return for its 15th season in September. The series is the signature event for the Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation and helps support Cuyahoga County Public Library, the nation's top-rated large library system in Library Journal's annual Index of Public Library Services for eight years in a row. 

2018-2019 William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series 

All events in the 2018-2019 William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Case Western Reserve University's Maltz Performing Arts Center at The Temple – Tifereth Israel.

Judy Blume

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Judy Blume is one of the literary world’s most beloved authors. She is best known for her children’s and young adult books, including the classics Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret (1970); Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (1972); and Blubber (1974). Blume’s books have sold more than 85 million copies in 32 languages and have been a touchstone for countless young readers. She has received numerous awards including the American Library Association’s Margaret A. Edwards Award (1996), the Library of Congress’ Living Legends Award (2000) and the American Academy of the Arts and Letters’ E.B. White Award for achievement in children’s literature (2017).

John Grisham

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Attorney-turned-author John Grisham has sold more than 275 million books worldwide, making him one of the most successful writers of all time. A master of the legal thriller, his best-known novels include A Time to Kill (1989), The Firm (1991), The Pelican Brief (1992) and Sycamore Row (2013), for which he received the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction. Nine of Grisham’s novels have been adapted into feature films. In 2009, Grisham received the Library of Congress Creative Achievement Award for Fiction. His latest novel is The Rooster Bar.

Jesmyn Ward in conversation with Ayana Mathis

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

MacArthur Genius award winner Jesmyn Ward has been hailed as a standout writer of her generation. Her works include the novels Salvage the Bones (2011), for which she received the National Book Award; the memoir The Men We Reaped (2013), which was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and earned her the Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize; and the novel Sing, Unburied, Sing (2017), for which she received her second National Book Award. Ward is the first woman and the first person of color ever to win two National Book Awards for Fiction.

Jesmyn Ward will be interviewed onstage by Ayana Mathis, author of the stunning debut novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (2013), which was hailed as one of the best books of the year by The New York Times, The Boston Globe and National Public Radio (NPR). Mathis’s nonfiction writing has appeared in such notable publications as The New Yorker, Glamour and The Financial Times. She holds the distinction of being the first African American woman to be a permanent member of the faculty of the renowned Iowa Writer’s Workshop, where she teaches English and creative writing.

Timothy Egan

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, New York Times columnist and best-selling author Timothy Egan has written eight books, including The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl (2006), for which he won the National Book Award for Nonfiction; and Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis (2012), for which he won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction; and the best-seller The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America. His latest book is The Immortal Irishman: Thomas Francis Meagher and the Invention of Irish America.

Lynda Barry & Matt Groening

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

In a career spanning more than three decades, cartoonist Lynda Barry has authored 17 books, worked as a commentator for NPR, had regular monthly features in Esquire and delighted readers with her seminal syndicated comic strip Ernie Pook’s Comeek. Her books include the illustrated novel The Good Times Are Killing Me (1988), One! Hundred! Demons! (2002), a collection of serialized comics; and What It Is (2008), her best-selling, creative-writing-"how-to" graphic novel. Barry teaches a popular writing workshop called “Writing the Unthinkable” all around the country and is known for her lively teaching style.

Lynda Barry will be interviewed onstage by her longtime friend Matt Groening, creator and executive producer of The Simpsons, the longest-running scripted show in TV history, winner of multiple Emmy Awards and voted the “Best Show of the 20th Century" by Time magazine. His weekly comic strip, Life in Hell, was syndicated to more than 250 weekly newspapers throughout the country and is collected in dozens of books and calendars. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in February 2012.  

Jennifer Egan

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Author Jennifer Egan has written five novels, including The Invisible Circus (1995); which was adapted into a film starring Cameron Diaz; Look at Me (2001), a finalist for the National Book Award; A Visit from the Goon Squad (2010), for which she won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Critics Circle Award; and Manhattan Beach (2017), for which she won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Her short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Granta and McSweeney’s among other publications.

Ticket Information 

Series subscriptions for the 2018-2019 William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series are on sale now. A subscription guarantees your seat at each event. Choose your seat when you purchase your tickets online.  Call 216.368.6062 to purchase tickets by phone.

BENEFACTOR PLUS Subscription Package – $350 
Benefits include:

  • PREMIUM seating at all six shows
  • Admission to an exclusive preshow event with author Jesmyn Ward
  • Free parking at the Maltz Performing Arts Center
  • Admission to an exclusive 2019-2020 season announcement party 

BENEFACTOR Subscription Package – $250 
Benefits include: 

  • PREMIUM seating at all six shows
  • Admission to an exclusive preshow event with author Jesmyn Ward
  • Free parking at the Maltz Performing Arts Center 

SUBSCRIBER Subscription Package – $150
Benefits include:

  • Preferred seating at all six shows
Single event tickets go on sale Monday, August 20, 2018. 

For media inquiries contact Bill Lubinger, Director of Media Relations and Communications, Case Western Reserve University, by phone at 216.368.4443 or 216.870.0962 (mobile), or by email.

The William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series is sponsored by Medical Mutual, Ulmer & Berne LLP, Roetzel & Andress, Hathaway Brown, University Schools, Cuyahoga Community College, Dominion Energy, KeyBank, Donna and Stewart Kohl, Merrymeeting Group and Sherwin Williams.

About the Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation 

The Foundation's mission is to raise financial resources in support of library programs and services dedicated to reading, lifelong learning and civic engagement. As a separate 501(c)(3), the Foundation acts as the steward of charitable contributions to the Library and ensures the efficient use of your gifts. The Foundation is committed to ensuring the Library's vitality and excellence for current and future generations by generating private sector support to supplement tax-based funding. Charitable contributions fund Library programs, community outreach services, materials, equipment, capital needs and more.

About Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University is one of the country's leading private research institutions. Located in Cleveland, we offer a unique combination of forward-thinking educational opportunities in an inspiring cultural setting. Our leading-edge faculty engage in teaching and research in a collaborative, hands-on environment. Our nationally recognized programs include arts and sciences, dental medicine, engineering, law, management, medicine, nursing and social work. About 5,100 undergraduate and 6,200 graduate students comprise our student body. Visit www.case.edu to see how Case Western Reserve thinks beyond the possible. 

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