Writers Center Stage Series Returns for Ninth Season: Acclaimed Authors Headline Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation’s Signature Fundraiser

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The William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series presented by the Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation in partnership with Cleveland State University returns for its ninth season in September. The program is the signature fundraiser for the Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation. The funds raised by this series help support Cuyahoga County Public Library, the top-rated large library system in Library Journal’s annual Index of Public Library Services for three consecutive years.

The program is the signature fundraiser for the Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation. The funds raised by this series help support Cuyahoga County Public Library, the top-rated large library system in Library Journal’s annual Index of Public Library Services for three consecutive years.

Ticket packages start at $100. Single author program tickets will go on sale August 6th for $30 each. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.playhousesquare.org/writerscenterstage or call 216.664.6051.

The 2012-2013 William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Program

Emma Donoghue – Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ohio Theatre at PlayhouseSquare
Irish author Emma Donoghue has made her living as a writer since the age of 23. She writes in numerous genres, but is best known for her fiction. Donoghue’s latest novel Room, an international bestseller narrated by a 5-year-old named Jack, has won numerous awards including the Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year, the Canadian Booksellers’ Association Libris Awards for Fiction Book and Author of the Year and the Forest of Reading Evergreen Award. Donoghue’s 1995 novel Hood won the Stonewall Book Award and her 2000 novel Slammerkin won the Ferro-Grumley Award for Lesbian Fiction.

Tracy Kidder – Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ohio Theatre at PlayhouseSquare
Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner Tracy Kidder’s works include The Soul of a New Machine – celebrated for its insight into the world of high-tech corporate America – and Mountains Beyond Mountains, an influential book capturing two global health crises, tuberculosis and AIDS. His latest, Strength in What Remains, won the Christopher Award, the Books for a Better Life Award and was a Finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award. An inspiring account of one immigrant’s remarkable American journey, Strength in What Remains has been cited as a brilliant testament to the power of second chances.

In conjunction with Kidder’s Writers Center Stage appearance, his book Home Town – a moving behind-the-scenes look at the prototypical American town Northampton, Massachusetts – has been selected by the Shaker Heights Centennial Education and Learning Committee for its “Shaker Reads: One Community, One Book” project. Leading up to Kidder’s October 9th visit, the Committee invites the Shaker Heights community to read Home Town and participate in book discussions that will be held at several locations leading up to the October 9th event:

Tuesday, May 8th, 10:00 a.m. at Shakers Heights Public Library, Main Library (16500 Van Aken Blvd.)
Tuesday, June 19th, 7:00 p.m. at Shaker Heights Public Library, Bertram Woods Library (20600 Fayette Road)
Wednesday, July 18th, 7:00 p.m. at Academy Tavern (12800 Larchmere Blvd.)
Thursday, August 16th, 7:00 p.m. at Pearl of the Orient (20121 Van Aken Blvd.)
Wednesday, September 19th, 7:00 p.m. at Loganberry Books (13015 Larchmere)

Geraldine Brooks & Tony Horwitz – Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ohio Theatre at PlayhouseSquare
The Pulitzer Prize-winning husband and wife duo of Geraldine Brooks and Tony Horwitz will take the stage in November. Brooks was a correspondent for The Wall Street Journal for 11 years before making her fiction debut with the international bestseller Year of Wonders, the story of a young woman’s battle to save her village from the bubonic plague in the year 1666. Her second novel, entitled March, won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in fiction and ended up on numerous critics’ “best of the year” lists. Her 2008 fictional account of the history of the Sarajevo Haggadah, entitled People of the Book, was an international bestseller and has been translated into 20 languages. Brooks’ most recent novel, Caleb’s Crossing, was published in 2011.

Tony Horwitz honed his signature blend of humor, history and hard-nosed journalism during a decade spent overseas covering war and conflict as a correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. His work abroad earned him a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 1995. Following a stint as a staff writer for The New Yorker, Horwitz published his first book, a work of nonfiction entitled Baghdad without a Map, which became a New York Times bestseller. He has since gone on to produce a handful of critically-acclaimed bestsellers, including Blue Latitudes, a travel book that examines the unusual life of explorer James Cook, and his latest, Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War, a poignant examination of the American South and the lingering ghosts of the Civil War.

Ann Patchett – Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ohio Theatre at PlayhouseSquare
Prolific author Ann Patchett has penned six novels, two works of nonfiction and has written for such noted publications as The Washington Post, The New York Times Magazine and GQ. She took the literary world by storm with her debut novel, The Patron Saint of Liars, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Patchett is perhaps best known for the acclaimed novel Bel Canto, the story of an unlikely romance set amidst a hostage crisis in a South American embassy. On its way to becoming a national bestseller, Bel Canto won the PEN/Faulkner Award, the prestigious Orange Prize and was named a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Critics are calling Patchett’s most recent novel, 2011’s State of Wonder, her best work yet.

Rita Dove – Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ohio Theatre at PlayhouseSquare
Akron, Ohio native Rita Dove is one of America’s most celebrated writers. In 1987, she became the second African-American ever to receive a Pulitzer Prize in poetry, garnering the prestigious award for her book Thomas and Beulah, a masterful collection of interrelated poems loosely based on her grandparents. In 1993, Dove became the first, and to date the only, African-American to hold the position of Poet Laureate of the United States. Throughout her distinguished career she has received numerous accolades, including the Charles Frankel Prize/National Humanities Medal, the country’s highest honor for writers and scholars, and most recently the National Medal of Arts, which was presented to her by President Barack Obama in 2011.

Dove currently serves on the jury of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, the prestigious book prize established in 1935 by Cleveland poet and philanthropist Edith Anisfield Wolf, which is devoted to recognizing books that have made an important contribution to society’s understanding of racism and diversity. Among Dove’s many notable works of poetry are the books American Smooth and On the Bus with Rosa Parks. Her most recent collection of poetry is entitled Sonata Mulattica.

Erik Larson – Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ohio Theatre at PlayhouseSquare
Erik Larson is the author of three bestsellers, including the book The Devil in the White City, an Edgar Award-winning account of the brilliant architect who led the construction of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and the serial killer who built a house of horrors just blocks away from the fairgrounds. The Devil in the White City spent more than 3 years on the New York Times bestsellers list and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Larson’s most recent book, In the Garden of Beasts, offers a chilling look at Adolph Hitler’s first year in power. It was an instant bestseller and has remained atop the New York Times list of bestselling nonfiction since it was published in May 2011. Larson has also written for The Wall Street Journal, Harper’ and The New Yorker, among many other distinguished publications.

About the Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation
The Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation exists solely to support and strengthen the services of Cuyahoga County Public Library, and is committed to ensuring the Library’s vitality and excellence for current and future generations.

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