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, northwest of the Kelvin Smith Library.

Our next exciting 2016 events will feature...

author biographyEdwidge Danticat

Monday, March 21, 2016

Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat’s writing focuses on themes of national identity, mother-daughter relationships and politics. Her works include the novel The Farming of Bones, for which she received the American Book Award; The Dew Breaker, for which she received a 2005 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award; and the memoir, Brother, I’m Dying; a 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award winner. Danticat's recent novel, Claire of the Sea Light, was an Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction finalist. Her latest is her firs novel for teens, Untwine, a haunting and mesmerizing story about sisterhood, family, love, and loss.

Lehane websiteRick Bragg

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Pulitzer Prize winning writer Rick Bragg has published eight acclaimed works of nonfiction, including a trio of bestselling memoirs about his family in Alabama –  All Over But the Shoutin’, Ava’s Man and The Prince of Frogtown. As a journalist, he has covered everything from the Oklahoma City bombing to the national controversy surrounding the immigration of Elian Gonzalez. Bragg teaches writing in the University of Alabama’s Department of Journalism.  The Chicago Tribune called his latest biography, Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story, “epic southern storytelling at its most gripping.”

author photo by Elena Seiber; link to author websiteRoz Chast

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Roz Chasts brilliant cartoons have graced the pages of The New Yorker, Harvard Business Review, and Mother Jones for more than 30 years. To date she has published nine compilations of her work, including the retrospective Theories of Everything: Selected, Collected and Health-Inspected Cartoons; bestselling children’s books, including The Alphabet from A to Y with Bonus Letter Z (with comedian Steve Martin); and the acclaimed memoir Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?, which was a National Book Award finalist and the first graphic novel to win the National Book Critics Circle Award.


2015-16 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 – $150.00

  • PREFERRED seating at all 6 shows
We encourage SUBSCRIBERS to increase their support to the BENEFACTOR level. The BENEFACTOR subscription package offers the best value for customers who plan to attend every show.
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The 2015-16 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 six 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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