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the WILLIAM N. SKIRBALL WRITERS CENTER STAGE SERIES 

The William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series brings the literary world's best writers to Greater Cleveland. The 2021-2022 series is presented by the Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). Funds raised by this series help support Cuyahoga County Public Library, the nation's top-rated library system for eleven consecutive years. 

All shows in the 2021-2022 series will be held in the Maltz Performing Arts Center. Per CWRU's COVID-19 protocols, all attendees must wear a face mask at all times. Virtual subscription options are also available. Series subscription packages are on sale now. 

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Photo of Richard PowersRICHARD POWERS

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2021  
7:30 PM 

Richard Powers, the prolific writer and award-winning author of 12 novels, is known for his exploration of modern science and technology. Powers' most recent novel, The Overstory (2019), is the passionate work of activism, resistance, and astonishing evocation about the natural world. The Overstory won the 2019 Pulitzer award for Fiction, named Amazon's Best Book of the Year, listed as a New York Times best-seller and was shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize. Powers also won the MacArthur Fellowship, the National Book Award and is a four-time National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. Powers' latest book, Bewilderment, will be released in September 2021.

AMOR TOWLESPhoto of Amor Towles

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2021
7:30 PM 

When Amor Towles released Rules of Civility, it quickly became a New York Times best-seller and was named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the best books of 2011. Towles's second novel, A Gentleman in Moscow, was on the New York Times best-seller list for more than 52 weeks and was named one of the best books of 2016 by the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the San Francisco Chronicle and NPR. A Gentleman in Moscow has sold more than 1.5 million copies and translated into over 20 languages. Towles' latest book, The Lincoln Highway, will be released in October 2021.


Photo of Min Jin Leemin jin lee

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2021 
7:30 PM 

Min Jin Lee, an award-winning fiction writer, immigrated to Queens, New York, from Seoul, South Korea, when she was just 7 years old. Her writing focuses on the intersection of race, ethnicity, immigration, class, religion, gender, and identity of diasporic people. Lee's debut novel, Free Food for Millionaires, in 2007 became a national best-seller and Netflix adapted it as a television series. Her second novel, Pachinko, published in 2017, was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction and named one of The New York Times' 10 best books of 2017. Former President Barack Obama chose Pachinko for his recommended reading list, calling it "a powerful story about resilience and compassion."


CARMEN MARIA MACHADO & RUMAAN ALAM Photo of Carmen Maria Machado and Rumaan Alam

TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2022 
7:30 PM 

Carmen Maria Machado is known for blending genres such as surrealism, fantasy and horror to create a unique writing style. She is the author of the best-selling memoir, In the Dream House and the award-winning short story collection Her Body and Other Parties. In 2018, The New York Times listed Her Body and Other Parties as a member of "the new vanguard," one of "15 remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century."

Rumaan Alam's 2020 thriller, Leave the World Behind, is an insightful exploration of fate and privilege. Leave the World Behind was a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award and is being adapted into a film with Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times and the New Republic, where he is a contributing editor. Alam studied writing at Oberlin College.


ISABEL WILKERSON Photo of Isabel Wilkerson

THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2022 
7:30 PM 

When Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson released her latest book, Caste: The Origins of our Discontents, it was an instant hit! Oprah Winfrey chose it for her monthly book club; The New York Times called it "an instant American classic," and TIME Magazine labeled it a 2020 must-read book. The book, which sheds light on the unseen hierarchies that divide our nation and posits ways to transcend them, was adapted into a Netflix film directed and produced by Ava DuVernay. Wilkerson's first book, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration (2010), won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for nonfiction, among other honors.


ANTHONY DOERR Photo of Anthony Doerr

MONDAY, MAY 2, 2022 
7:30 PM 

Since his first collection of stories — The Shell Collectorwas released in 2002, Anthony Doerr has become known for lyricism and gift for powerful metaphors. The New York Times best-seller of All The Light We Cannot See won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. All The Light We Cannot See spent more than three and a half years on The New York Times' best-seller list. In September 2021, Doerr will release a new novel, Cloud Cuckoo Land. This historical fiction novel is about children on the cusp of adulthood in a broken world.


TICKET INFORMATION 

All tickets are delivered via email. No tickets will be mailed. Guests with questions may contact the Maltz Performing Arts Center Information Desk at 216.368.6062.

BENEFACTOR LEVEL: $250

  • One (1) ticket for all six (6) author events with flexibility to come in-person or live stream from home.
  • Admission to an exclusive 2022-2023 season announcement party.
  • Invitation to a preshow Benefactor Reception with one author (pending state and local health guidelines).
  • Copy of Richard Powers' new novel, Bewilderment.
  • Advance access to PREMIUM seating.
  • Free parking at the Maltz Performing Arts Center.

SUBSCRIBER LEVEL: $150

  • One (1) ticket for all six (6) author events with flexibility to come in-person or live stream from home.
  • Copy of Richard Powers' new novel, Bewilderment.
  • Advance access to PREFERRED seating.

VIRTUAL SUBSCRIPTION: $60

  • Live stream all six (6) events from home. This does not include physical seats in the Maltz Performing Arts Center.

SINGLE EVENT — IN-PERSON TICKETS: $30 

  • Single event tickets go on sale on September 13, 2021. 
  • One (1) ticket to one (1) event in the Maltz Performing Arts Center.  

SINGLE EVENT — VIRTUAL TICKETS: $15 

  • Single event tickets go on sale on September 13, 2021. 
  • One (1) ticket to live stream one (1) event from home. Virtual tickets do not come with a physical seat at the Maltz Performing Arts Center, you will be emailed a link to stream before the event.

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ABOUT WRITERS CENTER STAGE

The 2021-2022 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 11 consecutive years. 


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PUBLISHER SPONSORS:

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EDITOR SPONSORS: 

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WRITER SPONSORS: 

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NANCY & JOE KEITHLEY

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PATRICIA SHLONSKY &
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