Cleveland Transforms Into A Literary Destination
Cleveland continues to transform by becoming more deeply versed in a wide range of art and culture. These experiences help us to better connect, articulate, and expand our understanding of ourselves, the world and the people around us. One of the richest ways to tap into the diversity the world has to offer is through picking up a good book!
At Night Market Cleveland, we encourage the exploration of culture and creativity through shared experiences and continue to be fiercely passionate about creating a space where diversity and equity can flourish. Therefore, we are extremely excited to have our presenting sponsor, the Cleveland Foundation, reprising Cleveland Book Week again in 2017!
This year’s showcase, which runs from Sept. 5-9, celebrates present and past Anisfield-Wolf Book Award winners and offers a variety of free literary and literacy themed events for the community.
Since its inception in 1935, the Anisfield-Wolf prize has celebrated Edith Anisfield-Wolf’s fervent passion for social justice, remaining the only American book prize focusing on works that address racism and diversity. Since 1965, the Cleveland Foundation has administered the prize and in 2016, created the inaugural season of Cleveland Book Week.
“Last year’s inaugural Cleveland Book Week proved to be a wonderful addition to the region’s cultural calendar and we’re pleased to provide an expanded schedule for 2017,” says Karen Long, Anisfield-Wolf Book Award Manager with the Cleveland Foundation.
For more information on Cleveland Book Week (#CBW2017) and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards (#AWBA2017), visit https://www.clevelandfoundation.org/news/book-week/
Events scheduled for Cleveland Book Week include:
Tuesday, Sept. 5
Cleveland Book Week Launch Celebration
11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Public Square, Downtown Cleveland
FREE EVENT – Registration not required
Gather on Cleveland Foundation Centennial Plaza in Public Square for an afternoon of entertainment in honor of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards and Cleveland Book Week. Free books for youth and adults will be available from the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards and the Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank until quantities run out. Connect with local reading and literacy-focused nonprofit organizations, and enjoy your new book alongside live music from the Roots of American Music. Mitchell’s Ice Cream will be on the plaza to give away free scoops to the first 500 people who present their library card. If attendees don’t have a library card, several local library systems will be registering for new cards on-site.
Free Admission at Great Lakes Science Center
10 a.m. – 5 p.m., North Coast Harbor
FREE EVENT: Registration not required (http://greatscience.com/)
Great Lakes Science Center – home of the NASA Glenn Visitor Center – makes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) come alive! Enjoy it for FREE in honor of Cleveland Book Week and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award 2017 Non-Fiction Winner Margot Lee Shetterly’s bestseller Hidden Figures.
“See Me”: A Zine Fest at MetroHealth
2:30 – 5:30 p.m., MetroHealth Main Campus; Rammelkamp R170
FREE EVENT: Registration not required (https://www.metrohealth.org/)
“See Me” is a cultural competency event about expressing who you are and understanding others; especially those who seem different to you. Through an artistic lens and with the help of local artists, participants will come together to create alternative, one-of-a-kind artistic publications that incorporate words, found objects, photos and drawings into MetroHealth’s first cultural competency zine.
Wednesday, Sept. 6
Peter Ho Davies (2017 Fiction Winner, The Fortunes)
4:30 p.m., Baker-Nord Center, Case Western Reserve University
FREE EVENT: Registration recommended (http://humanities.case.edu/events)
The Fortunes is a novel “examining the burdens, limitations and absurdity of Asian stereotypes.” CWRU’s Thrity Umrigar and Anisfield-Wolf Scholar Lisa Nielson will be in conversation with Davies about his ground-breaking book.
Colson Whitehead: Writers Center Stage (2002 Fiction Winner, John Henry Days)
7:30 p.m., Maltz Performing Arts Center
TICKETS: $30 (https://case.edu/maltzcenter/wcs/)
Whitehead, who wrote last year’s blistering, Pulitzer Prize-winning and New York Times best-selling novel The Underground Railroad, returns to Cleveland to kick off the new season of the William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage. He is the author of six remarkably distinct books, including John Henry Days, for which he received the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in 2002.
Thursday, Sept. 7
Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards (SOLD OUT)
6 p.m., State Theatre, Playhouse Square
Watch the ceremony live via webstream at www.anisfield-wolf.org.
The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards recognize books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures. For more than 80 years, the distinguished books earning Anisfield-Wolf prizes have opened and challenged our minds.
Friday, Sept. 8
Margot Lee Shetterly (2017 Nonfiction Winner, Hidden Figures) (SOLD OUT)
10 a.m., Waetjen Auditorium, Cleveland State University
FREE EVENT: Registration required (https://cbw2017margotleeshetterly.eventbrite.com)
This student-focused event partners with Cleveland Metropolitan School District to present Shetterly in conversation with students, discussing how her 11 years of research into this “unseen” story became a juggernaut, riding atop the bestseller and box-office lists across the nation. The event will feature a performance of Hidden by the Tri-C Creative Arts Dance Academy. As a part of this special event, 750 participating CMSD students received copies of Shetterly’s book courtesy of the Cleveland Foundation.
Isabel Allende (2017 Lifetime Achievement Winner) (SOLD OUT)
The City Club of Cleveland Friday Forum
Noon, The City Club of Cleveland
Isabel Allende – novelist, feminist and philanthropist – is considered the most widely read writer working in Spanish, having sold more than 67 million books. She will talk about life, work and politics and take questions in the traditional City Club of Cleveland style.
Karan Mahajan (2017 Fiction Winner, The Association of Small Bombs)
The Professional Book Nerds Podcast by OverDrive
1 p.m., Cuyahoga County Public Library, South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch
FREE EVENT: Registration recommended (https://www.cuyahogalibrary.org/Events)
Join a live audience and bring your questions for breakout novelist Karan Mahajan as he discusses his incendiary second book with Professional Book Nerds podcast hosts and OverDrive librarians Jill Grunenwald and Adam Sockel.. The New York Times named The Association of Small Bombs one of the ten best books of 2016.
Clapback: The poetry of Tyehimba Jess unplugged (2017 Poetry Winner, Olio)
5:30 p.m., Karamu House
FREE EVENT: Registration required (https://cbw2017tyehimbajess.eventbrite.com)
“Using primary documents really helps tell a story in a better way than I could imagine,” Tyehimba Jess said in a 2017 LitHub interview. “I tend to comb through these records and historical documents and start to see a side of the history that needs to have alternating voices, a callback. As one would say a ‘clapback.'” This evening of music, poetry and history is presented in partnership with Karamu House, Brews + Prose and Twelve Literary and Performative Arts.
MOCA presents BOUND: Art Book + Zine Fair – Friday & Saturday
5 – 10 p.m. Fri., Noon – 5 p.m. Sat., Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland
FREE EVENT – Registration not required (http://mocacleveland.org/programs)
BOUND unites artists and indie publishers whose work is a platform for wide ranging topics from pop culture, poetry, and politics to the stories of traditionally marginalized voices. BOUND will include pop-up programs like DIY demos, readings and book signings, as well as live music and DJ sets.
Saturday, Sept. 9
The Cleveland Flea: #CBW2017 Edition
Saturday, Sept 9th, 2017
9 a.m. – 4 p.m., 3615 Superior Ave.
ADMISSION: $1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., free after 3 p.m. Kids under 17 are free.
This September, the Flea goes literary in support of Cleveland Book Week. Look for our pop-up bookshop and literary cafe featuring local authors and book sellers, where you can sample coffee and cocktails while browsing rare books and first editions while mingling with some of Cleveland’s authors.