Cleveland Public Library welcomes Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Woman’s Prison, as part of their Writers & Readers Series of Hope on Saturday, June 13th at 2:00 p.m. in the Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium on East 6th Street and Superior Avenue.
“Orange is the New Black is certainly a pop culture phenomenon, but the heart of Ms. Kerman’s memoir is a deep look at diverse women that are incarcerated in our country,” said Felton Thomas, director of CPL. “The topics that she addresses are not widely discussed, but they are issues that we want to bring to our community to learn about, debate, and discuss. That is really what the mission of the Writers & Readers Series of Hope is.”
In her memoir, Piper Kerman recounts the thirteen months she spent in the Danbury Correctional Facility for a crime committed ten years earlier during a very brief and careless dalliance in the world of drug trafficking. Compelling, moving, and often hilarious, the stories of the women she met while in prison raise issues of friendship and family, mental illness, odd cliques and codes of behavior, the role of religion, the uneasy relationship between prisoner and jailor and the almost complete lack of guidance for life after prison.
Her memoir was adapted into the award-winning original Netflix series Orange is the New Black, which premieres the third season on June 12th. The show has been lauded for its use of the prison setting to create one of TV’s most racially and sexually diverse dramas, examining issues of power and class dynamics inside the prison and the reflections of those same issues in society as a whole.
This event is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Books will be available for purchase from A Cultural Exchange, and a book signing will follow the program. For more information, visit cpl.org.