Writers Center Stage Sixteenth Season


The William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series brings the literary world’s best writers to Cleveland. All shows start at 7:30 p.m. in The Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at Case Western Reserve University. Series subscription packages are on sale now. Single event tickets go on sale August 12, 2019. 

Purchase your tickets online or by calling 216.368.6062.

 
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JANE MAYER & FRANK RICH 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2019 

Jane Mayer  Dark Money by Jane Mayer
Trailblazing investigative journalist Jane Mayer is Chief Washington Correspondent for The New Yorker, where she covers politics, culture, national security and the #MeToo movement. Previously, she worked at the Wall Street Journal, where she covered the bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, the Gulf War, and the fall of the Berlin Wall. In 1984, she became the WSJ’s first female White House correspondent. She is the author of the acclaimed best-seller Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right which was published to acclaim in 2016.

Frank Rich  VEEP the Complete First Season
Award-winning journalist Frank Rich writes on politics and culture for New York Magazine, where he is Writer-at-Large. Since 2008, Rich has been a creative consultant at HBO. He was the executive producer of Veep, the long-running Emmy and Peabody Award-winning comedy starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

RACHEL KUSHNER & PIPER KERMAN 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2019 

Rachel Kushner  The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner
Rachel Kushner is the best-selling author of The Flamethrowers, a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times Top Ten Book of 2013; Telex from Cuba (2008), a finalist for the National Book Award; and The Mars Room (2018), which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

Piper Kerman  Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
Soon after graduating from college, Piper Kerman got mixed up in a drug trafficking and money laundering operation. In 1998, she was brought up on charges related to her involvement in the drug operation. Kerman was later sentenced to 15 months in prison. Her experiences behind bars inspired the 2010 best-selling memoir Orange Is the New Black, which was later turned into an Emmy Award-winning Netflix series of the same name.

MICHAEL ONDAATJE 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2019 

Michael Ondaatje  The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
Michael Ondaatje is one of the world’s foremost writers whose artistry and aesthetic have influenced an entire generation of writers and readers. Although he is best known as a novelist, Ondaatje’s work also encompasses poetry, memoir and film. His transcendent novel The English Patient explores the intersection of four diverse lives at the end of World War II. This best-selling novel was later made into an Academy Award-winning film. In 2018, The English Patient was named the best winner of the Booker prize of the last 50 years, in a public vote. Ondaatje’s latest novel is Warlight (2018).

ANDREW SEAN GREER 

THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020 

Andrew Sean Greer  Less by Andrew Sean Greer
Andrew Sean Greer is the author of six works of fiction, including the best-sellers The Confessions of Max Tivoli (2004), for which he received the California Book Award; The Story of a Marriage (2008), which was chosen by The Washington Post as a book of the year; and, Less (2017), for which he earned the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Less also made best-books-of-the-year lists in The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle and The Paris Review.

LUÍS ALBERTO URREA & JULIA ALVAREZ 

THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2020 

Luis Alberto Urrea  The Devils Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea
Mexican-American author Luís Alberto Urrea has written sixteen books, including the acclaimed novels The Hummingbird’s Daughter (2004), Into the Beautiful North (2009) and Queen of America (2011). His 2004 book, The Devil’s Highway (2004) – a nonfiction account of a group of Mexican immigrants lost in the Arizona desert – won the Lannan Literary Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Urrea’s latest book is the novel The House of Broken Angels (2018).

Julia Alvarez  In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
Dominican-American author Julia Alvarez is regarded as one of the most critically and commercially successful Latina writers of her time. Her novels include How the García Girls Lost Their Accents (1991), In the Time of Butterflies (1994), for which she was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award; and In the Name of Salomé, which Publishers Weekly called “one of the most politically moving novels of the past half century.” In 2013, Alvarez received a National Medal of Arts.

CARL HIAASEN & DAVE BARRY 

THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2020 

Carl Hiaasen  Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen
We’ll conclude the 2019-2020 season with two of Florida’s favorite sons, Miami Herald columnists and best-selling authors Carl Hiaasen and Dave Barry. Hiaasen has written more than 20 novels set in his native state of Florida, including the national best-sellers Strip Tease (1993), which was adapted into a film starring Demi Moore; Sick Puppy (2000), Nature Girl (2006), Bad Monkey (2013) and Razor Girl (2016). He is also author of several popular novels for young readers, including Hoot (2002) – for which he received a Newbery Honor – Flush (2005), Scat (2009) and Squirm (2018).

Dave Barry  Dave Barry's Greatest Hits by Dave Barry
Pulitzer Prize and Walter Cronkite Award-winning columnist Dave Barry’s work has appeared in more than 500 newspapers in the U.S. and abroad. He is the author of more than 30 books, including Dave Barry Turns 40 and Dave Barry’s Greatest Hits, which inspired the CBS sitcom “Dave’s World” (1993-1997), starring the late Harry Anderson. When he’s not writing, Dave plays lead guitar for the Rock Bottom Remainders, a literary rock band whose members include Stephen King, Amy Tan and Mitch Albom. Barry’s latest book is Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer Is Much Faster): Life Lessons and Other Ravings from Dave Barry by Dave Barry (2015).

SERIES SUBSCRIPTION PACKAGES 

BENEFACTOR PLUS — $350

Premium seating at all 6 shows 
Admission to a pre-show reception with Rachel Kushner and Piper Kerman
Admission to an exclusive 2020 — 2021 season announcement party
Free parking at the Maltz Performing Arts Center

BENEFACTOR — $250

Premium seating at all 6 shows 
Admission to a pre-show reception with Rachel Kushner and Piper Kerman
Free parking at the Maltz Performing Arts Center

SUBSCRIBER — $150

Preferred seating at all 6 shows 

SINGLE EVENT TICKETS — $30

Single event tickets go on sale August 12, 2019 
 

The 2019-2020 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 nine consecutive years. 


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