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Melissa Sweet on Writing, Ideas, and Creative Conviction 

When Melissa Sweet accepted the 2018 Sugarman Award at a special ceremony at Cleveland Public Library on September 20, she held it up and said, “This award reminds me of icicles coming off my house in Maine.” It was just the sort of image one might expect from the author of a children’s biography about E.B. White—it celebrates the beauty of language while conjuring a specific place.     Prior to the ceremony, Sweet, who received the Norman A. Sugarman Children’s Biography Award for Some…

Vargas on Immigration, Citizenship, and American Identity

“The last time I was in Cleveland, I was scared,” José Antonio Vargas admitted during his October 13 appearance at Cleveland Public Library. He was referring to his previous visit to the city a decade ago, when he was covering Hillary Clinton’s campaign—and worried that her secret service agents would discover he was an undocumented immigrant. “Now, my name is…

Experiencing Renaissance Splendor

Mascarade à l’éléphant (Elephant). Brusselstapestry, unidentified atelier, c. 1575. Wool, silk, gold, and silver, 387 χ 670 cm. Photo: Scala/Art Resource from JSTOR Cleveland Public Library is an excellent resource for those who enjoy keeping up with all that is happening in the wonderful galleries of Cleveland Museum of Art. Take advantage of books in the Fine Arts collection to…

Writers & Readers: Susan Orlean

Susan Orlean 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), describes her Cleveland childhood as “happy and uneventful…back when the Indians were still a lousy team.” Studying literature and history, she dreamt of writing long stories about interesting things but…