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ABOUT writers center stage

The William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series is the Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation's signature fundraising event. Since the 2014 — 2015 season, Writers Center Stage has been brought to you by the Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation and its academic partner Case Western Reserve University. The funds raised by the series helps support critical programs for children and adults. Thank you for supporting reading and sharing in the joy of books.

Since its inception, Writers Center Stage has brought the literary world's best authors, journalists and storytellers to Cleveland for evenings of fascinating insight and discussion. 

PAST SPEAKERS

2004

SEAMUS HEANEY

 

2004 — 2005

CALVIN TRILLIN
SUZAN-LORI PARKS
FRANCES MAYES
E.L. DOCTOROW

 

2005 — 2006

PAT CONROY
ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH
JANE SMILEY
ANNA QUINDLEN

 

2006 — 2007

FRANK MCCOURT
AMY TAN
JIM LEHRER
TONY KUSHNER & GEORGE C. WOLFE

 

2007 — 2008

IRA GLASS & DAVID
RAKOFF
RUSSELL BANKS &
RICHARD RUSSO
JOYCE CAROL OATES
AZAR NAFISI

 

2008 — 2009

DAVID MCCULLOUGH
JANE & MICHAEL STERN
MYLA GOLDBERG, JONATHAN LETHEM & COLSON WHITEHEAD WITH NANCY PEARL
JOAN DIDION

 

2009 — 2010

GARRY TRUDEAU
CHRISTOPHER BUCKLEY
MARY OLIVER
JHUMPA LAHIRI

 

2010 — 2011

DR. NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
JEANNETTE WALLS
DAVE EGGERS
PETE HAMILL

 

2011 — 2012

ELIZABETH STROUT
MICHAEL POLLAN
BILLY COLLINS
DR. ABRAHAM VERGHESE
ANNE LAMOTT
COLM TÓIBÍN

 

2012 — 2013

EMMA DONOGHUE
TRACY KIDDER
GERALDINE BROOKS & TONY HORWITZ
ANN PATCHETT
RITA DOVE
ERIK LARSON

 

2013 — 2014

MICHAEL CHABON & AYELET WALDMAN
STEPHEN L. CARTER
CHERYL STRAYED
ANDREW SOLOMON
ROBERT PINSKY
KATHERINE BOO

 

2014 — 2015

ZADIE SMITH
DENNIS LEHANE
ELIZABETH GILBERT
KHALED HOSSEINI
CHANG-RAE LEE
MARY ROACH

 

2015 — 2016

SARAH KOENIG & JULIE SNYDER
NEIL GAIMAN
GILLIAN FLYNN
EDWIDGE DANTICAT
ROZ CHAST
RICK BRAGG

 

2016 — 2017

DON DELILLO
LAWRENCE WRIGHT
ROXANE GAY
COLUM MCCANN & EDNA O’BRIEN
ALISON BECHDEL
JOHN GREEN

 

2017 — 2018

COLSON WHITEHEAD
PATTI SMITH
MARGARET ATWOOD
MARIA SEMPLE
DAVID GRANN
JOHN IRVING

 

2018 — 2019 

JUDY BLUME WITH DANIEL HANDLER (A.K.A. LEMONY SNICKET) 
JOHN GRISHAM
JESMYN WARD WITH AYANA MATHIS
TIMOTHY EGAN 
LYNDA BARRY & MATT GROENING
JENNIFER EGAN 

 

2019 — 2020 

JANE MAYER & FRANK RICH 
RACHEL KUSHNER & PIPER KERMAN
MICHAEL ONDAATJE 
ANDREW SEAN GREER
LUÍS ALBERTO URREA & JULIA ALVAREZ 
CARL HIASSEN & DAVE BARRY