Writers Center Stage 14th Season announced

Writers Center Stage 14th Season announced

Release date: 5/8/2017

The William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series 14th season announced
2016 National Book Award winner Colson Whitehead, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Patti Smith and acclaimed novelist John Irving 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, returns for its 14th 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 consecutive years.

2017-2018 William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series

All events in the 2017-2018 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.

Colson Whitehead
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Colson Whitehead is the author of six novels, including the number one New York Times best-seller The Underground Railroad, for which he received the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction; John Henry Days, for which he received the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award; and Apex Hides the Hurt, for which he received the PEN/Oakland Award. His reviews, essays, and fiction have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Harper’s, and Granta. Whitehead is also a past recipient of the MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship. This event coincides with 2017 Cleveland Book Week. 

Patti Smith
In conversation with Maureen Corrigan
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Patti Smith is a legendary American writer, performer, and visual artist. She first gained recognition in the 1970s for her revolutionary mergence of poetry and rock music. Her seminal album Horses has been hailed as one of the top 100 albums of all time. In 2010, Smith won the National Book Award for her memoir, Just Kids, the moving story of her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Smith was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Her latest book is the memoir M Train.
Patti Smith will be interviewed onstage by Maureen Corrigan, one of America’s most distinguished book critics. For more than 20 years, Corrigan has been the book critic for National Public Radio’s Fresh Air. Her reviews have been published in The Washington Post, The Village Voice, The New York Times, and The Boston Globe, among other publications. Corrigan has authored two nonfiction books, Leave Me Alone, I’m Reading and So We Read On: How the Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures, which was named one of the 10 best books of the year by Library Journal.  
Margaret Atwood 
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Canadian writer Margaret Atwood is the author of more than 40 books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. She is best known for her novels, including The Handmaid’s Tale, winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the Governor General’s Award; Cat’s Eye; Oryx and Crake; and The Blind Assassin, for which she received the Booker Prize. In 2001, Atwood was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame. Atwood received the 2017 Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Book Critics Circle. Her latest novel is Hag-Seed.
Maria Semple
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Best-selling author Maria Semple has written three novels, including Where’d You Go, Bernadette, which spent a year on The New York Times best-sellers list and won the American Library Association’s Alex Award. She began her career as a screenwriter for such successful television shows as Beverly Hills, 90210; Saturday Night Live; and Ellen. She was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for her work on the series Mad About You, and for a Writers Guild of America Award for her work on Arrested Development. Her latest novel is Today Will Be Different.

David Grann
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

David Grann is a number one New York Times best-selling author and an award-winning staff writer for The New Yorker magazine. His first book, The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and named one of the best books of 2009. The film adaptation released in 2017, was written and directed by James Gray and stars Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, and Sienna Miller. Grann’s writing has appeared in such notable publications as The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. His latest book is Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.

John Irving
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

John Irving is one of the literary world’s most popular and respected writers. He is the author of 14 novels, including the international best-seller The World According to Garp, for which he won the National Book Award; A Prayer for Owen Meany; A Son of the Circus; and The Cider House Rules, which was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film. In 2001, Irving was elected into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His latest novel, Avenue of Mysteries, is a New York Times best-seller.

Ticket Information

Series subscriptions to the 2017-2018 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 tickets online at www.writerscenterstage.org. Call 216.368.6062 to purchase tickets by phone.

BENEFACTOR PLUS Subscription Package – $350

  • PREMIUM seating at all six shows
  • Admission to an exclusive preshow author event with Patti Smith
  • Free parking at the Maltz Peforming Arts Center
  • Admission to an exclusive 2018-19 season announcement party

BENEFACTOR Subscription Package – $250 

  • PREMIUM seating at all 6 shows.
  • Admission to an exclusive preshow author event with Patti Smith
  • Free parking at the Maltz Performing Arts Center.

SUBSCRIBER Subscription Package – $150 

  • PREFERRED seating at all 6 shows.

About the Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation
The mission of the Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation 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 vital 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 case.edu to see how Case Western Reserve thinks beyond the possible.

About Cuyahoga County Public Library
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