Emma Donoghue's novel ROOM (2010) is an international bestseller narrated by a five-year-old named Jack that 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. She has also published works in Drama, Radio and Screen genres.
A Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner, Tracy Kidder's books include The Soul of New Machine, celebrated for its insight into the world of high-tech corporate America, and Mountains Beyond Mountains, which captures the global health crises of tuberculosis and AIDS. His latest book, Strength in What Remains, is a brilliant testament to the power of second chances and an inspiring account of one immigrant's remarkable American journey.
Geraldine Brooks was a Wall Street Journal correspondent until making her fiction debut with her novel, Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague – an international bestseller. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her second novel, March. Her newest novel is Caleb's Crossing, also a Pulitzer Prize winner. Tony Horwitz worked as a correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and as a staff writer for The New Yorker before becoming a New York Times bestselling author. His work includes Mississippi Wood, a PBS documentary about Southern loggers, and The Devil May Care, a collection of tales about intrepid Americans.
Ann Patchett won the PEN/Faulkner Award for her novel, Bel Canto, and has also written for numerous publications, including the New York Times Magazine, Harper's Magazine, and Vogue. State of Wonder, her eagerly anticipated sixth novel, was published to exceptional reviews in 2011.
Rita Dove served as Poet Laureate of the U.S. from 1993-95. Born in Akron, she has won the Pulitzer Prize in poetry. As a poet and short story author, her works encompass a wide range of topics, from historical to political events. Her books of poetry include Sonata Mulattica, American Smooth, and On the Bus with Rosa Parks, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.
Best-selling author Erik Larson's works include the award-winning book, The Devil in the White City, which remained on Time's bestselling lists for over three years. He has worked as a staff writer for The Wall Street Journal, a contributing writer for Time Magazine, and also writes articles for The Atlantic, Harper's, and The New Yorker.
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A limited number of free tickets are available to CSU students, faculty and staff. All CSU alumni are entitled to a $5 discount off individual tickets or $30 off season tickets.
Cleveland State University continues its innovative partnership with the William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Program that allows CSU students unusual access to work and interact with renowned writers throughout the year.
Presented by the Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation, this year's series includes programs with Emma Donoghue, Tracy Kidder, Geraldine Brooks, Tony Horwitz, Ann Patchett, Rita Dove, and Erik Larson. Before their scheduled programs in the Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square, each author will interact with students on CSU's campus.
"We are very proud to offer our students this kind of personal access to nationally recognized writers," said Kay Shames, director of CSU's Center of Arts and Innovation. "This is the type of hands-on engaged learning that has become a CSU signature."
As part of the arrangement, CSU will sponsor various special events surrounding the Writers Center Stage series. For example, students, faculty and alumni will have the opportunity to participate in online book discussions led by the Cuyahoga County Library staff and attend a special presentation by the author in a class or before an audience on campus. Alumni also have the opportunity to buy discounted tickets to the series.
CSU faculty members whose courses include Writers Center Stage authors will incorporate supporting materials from Cuyahoga County Public Library into lectures, coursework and other assignments.
Now in its ninth season, the Writers Center Stage public programs begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Ohio Theatre at PlayhouseSquare at 1511 Euclid Ave. Each program will be followed by a question-and-answer period and a book signing.
The Writers Center Stage Program is the Cuyahoga Public Library Foundation's signature fundraising event. Funds raised enable the library system to develop programs that reconnect the community to reading, empower children to reach their maximum potential, and connect with new Americans. Subscribing to the program is a great way to support the community.
For more information, please contact the Center for Arts and Innovation at 216-687-5022 or 216-687-5018.