Writers Center Stage Series returns in March

Writers Center Stage Series returns in March

Release date: 12/14/2016

The 2016-17 William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series returns in March
Series’ second half will feature Irish authors Colum McCann and Edna O’Brien, MacArthur Genius Award recipient Alison Bechdel, and bestselling young adult novel author John Green  

The 2016-17 William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series, presented by the Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation and its academic partner Case Western Reserve University, returns to the stage in March. The series is the signature event for the Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation and helps support Cuyahoga County Public Library, the top-rated large library system in Library Journal’s annual Index of Public Library Services for seven consecutive years.
All events in the 2016-2017 William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Case Western Reserve University’s Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at The Temple – Tifereth Israel located at 1855 Ansel Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44106.

Colum McCann & Edna O’Brien
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The second half of the 2016-17 Series begins with a pair of award winning Irish authors, Colum McCann and Edna O’Brien. 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. Her most recent novel is The Little Red Chairs.  
Alison Bechdel
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Acclaimed author and illustrator Alison Bechdel’s work 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. Fun Home: The Musical was featured in PlayhouseSquare’s KeyBank Broadway Series in October. 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.

Ticket Information
Individual events tickets are $30 each. To purchase tickets, please call 216.368.6062 or visit www.writerscenterstage.org.  
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