Writers Center Stage

The 2022-2023 William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series

The William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series brings the literary world's best writers to Greater Cleveland. The 2022-2023 series is presented by the Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation and Case Western Reserve University. Funds raised by this series help support Cuyahoga County Public Library, the nation's top-rated library system for twelve consecutive years.

All shows in the 2022-2023 series will be held in the Maltz Performing Arts Center. Virtual subscription options are also available. Series subscription packages and single event tickets are on sale now.

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Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Tuesday, March 14, 2023
7:30 PM

Silvia Moreno-Garcia, the author of several critically acclaimed novels, is Mexican by birth and Canadian by inclination. Her novel, Gods of Jade and Shadow, won the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic and the Ignyte Award. The New York Times bestseller, Mexican Gothic, published in 2020, was named "One of the Best Books of the Year" by The New Yorker, NPR and The Washington Post. Mexican Gothic also won the 2020 Goodreads Award, Locus Award and the British Fantasy Award. Her latest novel, The Daughter of Doctor Moreau, will be released in July 2022.

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Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen

Tuesday, April 11, 2023
7:30 PM

Jonathan Franzen was originally known for writing nonfiction, but when The Corrections was published in 2001, it became an international bestseller and won the National Book Award for fiction. His next novel, Freedom, was featured on the cover of Time magazine; the New York Times called it "a masterpiece of American fiction," and Oprah chose it as her book club pick. Crossroads: A Novel, is a national bestseller and was named Best Book of the Year by former President Barack Obama, Newsweek, NPR and The Washington Post. It was also named one of the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2021.

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Elif Batuman & Gary Shteyngart

Elif Batuman & Gary Shteyngart

Tuesday, May 9, 2023
7:30 PM

Elif Batuman’s writing has been described as witty and concise. Her critically acclaimed collection, The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. The New York Times praised the book as “hilarious, wide-ranging, erudite and memorable.” Either/Or, the much-anticipated sequel to Elif’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated book, The Idiot, was released in March 2022.

The New York Times bestselling author, Gary Shteyngart, is known for writing satire. His first novel, The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, published in 2002, received the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and the National Jewish Book Award. Shteyngart’s second novel, Absurdistan, was named one best books of the year by Time, The Washington Post and The Chicago Tribune. His most recent novel, Our Country Friends, was released in November 2021.

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Jon Meacham

Jon Meacham

Monday, November 7, 2022
7:30 PM

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Presidential historian Jon Meacham is one of America's most prominent public intellectuals. With a depth of knowledge about politics, history, religion, and current affairs, Meacham has the unique ability to bring historical context to issues and events that impact our daily lives. As the author of several #1 New York Times bestsellers, Meacham has written acclaimed books about Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, George H.W. Bush and civil rights icon John Lewis. His latest book, And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle, will be published in the fall of 2022.

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Barbara Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver

Tuesday, October 25, 2022
7:30 PM

An American novelist, essayist, and poet, Barbara Kingsolver is known for writing novels focusing on social justice, biodiversity, and the interaction between humans and their communities and environments. In 1988, Kingsolver published her first novel, The Bean Trees, and in 1993, she published her first national bestseller, Pigs in Heaven. Since then, each of her books has been on The New York Times bestseller list. Former President Bill Clinton awarded Kingsolver the National Humanities Medal after publishing her most famous novel, The Poisonwood Bible in 1998. She also won the U.K.'s Orange Prize for Fiction in 2010 and was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, Demon Copperhead, will be released in October 2022.

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Marlon James

Marlon James

Tuesday, September 20, 2022
7:30 PM

Marlon James is known for writing novels that explore Jamaican history through the perspectives of multiple narrators and genres. In 2015, he won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction for A Brief History of Seven Killings, making him the first Jamaican author to take home the U.K.'s most prestigious literary award. His second novel, The Book of the Night Woman, won the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize and was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in fiction and an NAACP Image Award. Black Leopard, Red Wolf, a bestseller and the first book in Dark Star Trilogy, received the Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, the 2020 Locus Award for Horror, and the Washington Post named it 10 Best Books in 2019. The much anticipated second book in the series, Moon Witch, Spider King, was released in February 2022.

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Ticket Information

All tickets are delivered via email. No tickets will be mailed.

Guests with questions may contact the Maltz Performing Arts Center Information Desk at 216.368.6062.

Series Subscriptions

Benefactor Level: $275

  • One (1) ticket for all six (6) author events with flexibility to come in-person or live stream from home.

  • Admission to an exclusive 2023-2024 season announcement party.

  • Invitation to a preshow Benefactor Reception with one author (pending state and local health guidelines).

  • Hardcover copy of Barbara Kingsolver's new novel, Demon Copperhead.

  • Hardcover copy of Jon Meacham's new biography, And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle.

  • Advance access to PREMIUM seating.

  • Free parking at the Maltz Performing Arts Center.

Subscriber Level: $175

  • One (1) ticket for all six (6) author events with flexibility to come in-person or live stream from home.

  • Hardcover copy of Barbara Kingsolver's new novel, Demon Copperhead.

  • Hardcover copy of Jon Meacham's new biography, And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle.

  • Advance access to PREFERRED seating.

Virtual Subscription: $75

  • Live stream all six (6) events from home. This does not include physical seats in the Maltz Performing Arts Center or physical books.

Single Event Tickets

Single event tickets go on sale August 15, 2022.

Single Event — In-Person: $35

  • One (1) ticket to one (1) event in the Maltz Performing Arts Center.

Single Event — In-Person (Book Option): $40

  • This option is available for the Barbara Kingsolver and Jon Meacham events only.
  • One (1) ticket to one (1) event in the Maltz Performing Arts Center.
  • Hardcover copy of Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver or And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle by Jon Meacham.

Single Event — Virtual: $20

  • One (1) ticket to live stream one (1) event from home. Virtual tickets do not come with a physical seat at the Maltz Performing Arts Center, you will be emailed a link to stream before the event.

About Writers Center Stage

The 2022-2023 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 12 consecutive years.

For questions regarding Writers Center Stage, please contact Hillary Walker, Special Event Coordinator via email at hwalker@cuyahogalibrary.org or by phone at 216.749.9491.

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