Writers Center Stage

The 2024-2025 William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series

At this time, subscriptions are available exclusively for renewing benefactors, subscribers and past ticketholders who are considering subscription purchases.

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The first two events of our 21st season have yet to be announced. When you book your subscription, you will receive tickets dated for the first of the month for that event. THIS IS NOT THE DATE OF THE EVENT. When the September and October events are announced, you will receive the announced date and updated tickets.

September 2024

September 2024

Please stay tuned. Event details to come.

October 2024

October 2024

Please stay tuned. Event details to come.

Abraham Verghese

Abraham Verghese

Wednesday, November 13, 2024
7:30 PM

Physician Abraham Verghese is the author of two acclaimed memoirs and the bestselling novel Cutting for Stone (2010), which spent more than two years on the New York Times bestsellers list. In 2015, Verghese received the National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama for deepening our understanding of the human condition and reminding us that the patient is the center of the medical enterprise. His latest novel is The Covenant of Water (2023).

Shelby Van Pelt

Shelby Van Pelt

Thursday, March 6, 2025
7:30 PM

Shelby Van Pelt is the author of Remarkably Bright Creatures(2022), one of the most popular debut novels in recent memory. This story about a widow’s unlikely friendship with a giant Pacific octopus has resonated with readers all over the world and established Shelby as one of the literary world’s rising stars. To date, Remarkably Bright Creatures has sold more than 1.4 million copies worldwide.

Kaveh Akbar & Tommy Orange

Kaveh Akbar & Tommy Orange

Thursday, April 10, 2025
7:30 PM

Iranian American writer Kaveh Akbar is a recipient of multiple Pushcart Prizes and the author of two acclaimed poetry collections including Calling a Wolf a Wolf (2017) and Pilgrim Bell (2021). In 2016, he published the chapbook Portrait of the Alcoholic about his ongoing struggles with addiction, a theme that he continued in his stellar first novel, Martyr!, published in 2024.

Cheyenne and Arapaho author Tommy Orange has been heralded for giving voice to Native Americans living in urban spaces. His astonishing 2018 debut novel, There There, won the National Book Critics Circle Award's John Leonard Prize for the first book by a new voice, and the 2019 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. Orange’s much anticipated second novel is Wandering Stars (2024).

Erik Larson

Erik Larson

Wednesday, May 7, 2025
7:30 PM

Bestselling author Erik Larson’s critically acclaimed book, The Devil in the White City, intertwines the stories of the Chicago 1893 World’s Fair and one of America’s worst serial killers. It remained on the New York Times bestseller lists for a combined total of over six years, won an Edgar Award for nonfiction crime writing and was nominated for the National Book Award. His latest book, Demon of Unrest, offers a gripping account of the chaotic months between Abraham Lincoln’s election and the Confederacy’s shelling of Fort Sumter.

Ticket options

    • One (1) ticket to all six (6) shows with the flexibility to come in-person or live stream from home

    • Admission to an exclusive 2025-2026 season announcement party

    • Advanced access to PREMIUM seating in sections EE-KK

    • Invitation to a preshow Benefactor Reception with one author

    • Free Parking at the Maltz Performing Arts Center

    • A post-event video link will be sent via email shortly after each event

    • Please note that the first two events of the season have yet to be announced. When you book your subscription, you will receive tickets dated for the first of the month for that event. THIS IS NOT THE DATE OF THE EVENT. When the September and October events are announced, you will receive the announced date and updated tickets.

    • One (1) ticket to all six (6) shows with the flexibility to come in-person or live stream from home
    • Advanced access to PREFERRED seating in sections A-N
    • A post-event video link will be sent via email shortly after each event
    • Parking passes not included
    • Please note that the first two events of the season have yet to be announced. When you book your subscription, you will receive tickets dated for the first of the month for that event. THIS IS NOT THE DATE OF THE EVENT. When the September and October events are announced, you will receive the announced date and updated tickets.
    • A ticket to live stream all six (6) events
    • A livestream link will be sent via email approximately 1 hour before each event
    • A post-event video link will be sent via email shortly after each event
    • Please note that the first two events of the season have yet to be announced. When you book your subscription, you will receive tickets dated for the first of the month for that event. THIS IS NOT THE DATE OF THE EVENT. When the September and October events are announced, you will receive the announced date and updated tickets.

    Virtual subscriptions do not include physical seats at the Maltz Performing Arts Center.

  • Single event tickets will become available in late summer
    • One (1) ticket to attend a Writers Center Stage event in-person at the Maltz Performing Arts Center
    • Parking pass not included
  • Single event tickets will become available in late summer

    • One (1) ticket to livestream one (1) event
    • Virtual ticket purchasers will receive their livestream link via email prior to the event
    • Virtual tickets do not include physical seats at the Maltz Performing Arts Center.

Access your eTickets

All Writers Center Stage event tickets are issued via email by Case Western Reserve University's Maltz Performing Arts Center (MPAC). Customers who have purchased Writers Center Stage tickets may view and print their tickets at anytime by logging into their MPAC account and clicking the View Orders / Print Available Tickets link.

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Parking passes

All Writers Center Stage event parking passes are issued upon purchase via email by Case Western Reserve University's Maltz Performing Arts Center (MPAC).

  • Premium parking in lot 82 at MPAC for all six Writers Center Stage events is included with Series Benefactor level subscriptions. As a courtesy, the library will provide a copy of Benefactor parking pass prior to each show.
  • Series Subscribers and Single Ticket holders may purchase parking passes from MPAC. Writers Center Stage 2024-2025 Parking Pass Bundles are available.
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Contact

For questions regarding ticket sales, refunds, seating or parking, please contact the Maltz Performing Arts Center Information Desk at 216.368.6062. For general questions, please contact the CCPL Foundation via email or by phone at 216.749.9491.

About Writers Center Stage

The 2024-2025 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, one of the nation's best and busiest library systems.

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