Cleveland Public Library Announces 2018 Writers & Readers Lineup

Cleveland Public Library will host four award-winning authors through its 2018 Writers & Readers series: Benjamin Percy, Paul Beatty, José Antonio Vargas, and Susan Orlean. The series, which is presented in partnership with Literary Cleveland, will also engage the community through book discussions, writing workshops, and more.

“Fostering a love of reading and an appreciation of literature is central to our work here at Cleveland Public Library,” says Felton Thomas Jr., Executive Director and CEO. “Through our revamped Writers & Readers series, we’re excited to bring world-class authors to Cleveland while creating workshops and discussions related to the writers’ work.”

The 2018 Writers & Readers series launches in August with novelist and comics author Benjamin Percy, who headlines Literary Cleveland’s Inkubator literary conference. On August 3, Percy will offer a fiction craft talk, “How Do You Create Suspense? I’ll Tell You Later,” as well as the August 4 Inkubator keynote. The remainder of the Writers & Readers series features Beatty’s appearance on September 22, Vargas on October 13, and Orlean on November 10.

“We sought a diverse set of contemporary authors whose work is socially engaged and cutting-edge, yet also accessible,” says Lee Chilcote, Director of Literary Cleveland. “We’re looking to engage the community with the authors’ work—to encourage people to read the books in advance, join book discussions, or attend a writing workshop. We also hope to involve some Northeast Ohio writers to spotlight the talent we have here.”

Cleveland Public Library and Literary Cleveland collaborated to select the authors for the 2018 Writers & Readers series. The schedule is as follows:

Benjamin Percy

Percy is the author of the novels The Dark Net, The Dead Lands, Red Moon, and The Wilding, as well as Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction and the story collections Refresh, Refresh and The Language of Elk. His comics work includes DC Comics’ Nightwing, Green Arrow, Teen Titans, and Batman Detective Comics #35 and #36.
Fiction Craft Talk: Friday, August 3 at 7pm
Louis Stokes Wing, 525 Superior Avenue
Inkubator Keynote: Saturday, August 4 at 3pm
Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium, 525 Superior Avenue

Paul Beatty

Beatty is the author of The White Boy Shuffle, Tuff, Slumberland, The Sellout, and two books of poetry. The Sellout, which won the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction and the Man Booker Prize in Fiction, tells the story of a modern-day farmer who reinstates slavery in a scathing satire. Beatty was the first American author to win the Man Booker Prize.
Saturday, September 22 at 2pm
Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium, 525 Superior Avenue

José Antonio Vargas

Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, revealed his status as an undocumented immigrant in a 2011 essay published in The New York Times Magazine. He has since written, produced, and directed the autobiographical feature film Documented as well as the MTV film White People. His forthcoming memoir, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen (September 2018), addresses the larger conversation about immigration and American identity.
Saturday, October 13 at 2pm
Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium, 525 Superior Avenue

Susan Orlean

Susan Orlean is the author of Saturday Night, The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup, Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend, and The Orchid Thief (which became an Academy Award-winning film), among other works. Her newest title, The Library Book (October 2018), reopens the unsolved mystery of America’s most catastrophic library fire, underscoring and exploring the treasured place that libraries hold in our culture.
Saturday, November 10 at 2pm
Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium, 525 Superior Avenue

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