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 Case Western Reserve University’s Tinkham Veale University Center located at 11038 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, 44106.

Our exciting 2014-2015 season features...

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Afghan-born novelist and physician Khaled Hosseini left the medical profession to pursue his passion for writing.

His first two novels, The Kite Runner and 
A Thousand Splendid Suns, were published in more than 70 countries and sold more than 38 million copies worldwide.

In 2006, Hosseini was named a Goodwill Envoy to the United Nations Refugee Agency. Inspired by his trip Afghanistan, he established a foundation that provides humanitarian assistance to the Afghani people.  

And the Mountains  Echoed, his third novel, was published in 2013.



author biographyZADIE SMITH

September 30, 2014

Award-winning British writer Zadie Smith opened the 2014-2015 William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series. Smith is best known for her novels, including White Teeth, for which she won the Guardian First Book Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize; The Autograph Man; and On Beauty, for which she won the Orange Prize for Fiction and a 2006 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. Her recent novel, NW, was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist.

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October 23, 2014

Boston-based writer Dennis Lehane has published a collection of short stories and 10 critically acclaimed works, four of which have been adapted into award-winning films: Mystic RiverShutter Island,  Live by Night, and Gone, Baby, Gone. Lehane earned the Edgar Award and Writers Guild of America Award for his work as a writer for the hit HBO television series The Wire.  His latest novel, The Drop, based on his short story Animal Rescue, was made into a 2014 film.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Korean-American novelist Chang-rae Lee has published five critically acclaimed novels, including Native Speaker, for which he won the PEN/Hemingway Award for first fiction; A Gesture Life, for which he won a 2000 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award; Aloft; and The Surrendered, which won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Lee is the director of the creative writing program at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts. His latest novel is On Such a Full Sea.

author photo by David Morris; link to author facebook pageMARY ROACH

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Best-selling journalist and author Mary Roach is known for writing humorous, insightful explorations of science and the human body. She has published five works of nonfiction including Packing for MarsStiff: The Curious Lives of Human CadaversBonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex; and Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, a New York Times Notable book. Roach’s work has been published in National GeographicNew Scientist, and Wired. Her latest is Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal


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November 18, 2014

Elizabeth Gilbert is best known for her memoir Eat, Pray, Love, which sold more than 10 million copies worldwide and became so popular that Time magazine named Gilbert one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Her works include  the short story collection Pilgrims, the memoir Committed: A Love Story, an international bestseller,a Pushcart Prize winner, and the biography The Last American Man, a National Book Award finalist. In 2013 Gilbert published The Signature of All Things, named one of the Best Books of the Year by The New York Times and NPR.  




2014-15 William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series Subscription Packages

Benefactor Level Subscription – $250.00

  • PREMIUM seating at all 6 shows
  • Free parking in the CWRU Campus Center Garage Lot S-29 adjacent to Severance Hall with direct, weather-protected access to the Tinkham Veale University Center
  • Admission to an exclusive event during the season

Subscriber Level – $130.00

  • PREFERRED seating at all 6 shows
  • Free parking in the CWRU Campus Center Garage Lot S-29 adjacent to Severance Hall garage with direct, weather-protected access to the Tinkham Veale University Center, for the 2014-15 season only
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The 2014-15 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 five consecutive years.

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