It’s Cleveland Book Week (CBW), which means there’s a great lineup of literary and literacy-focused events happening now through Saturday! CBW events celebrate Anisfield-Wolf Book Award winners past and present, and many programs are free to attend. You can find the full line-up of #CBW2017 events here. If you haven’t already made plans to attend CBW, we have a few suggestions for you:
INTER|URBAN: Public Transit Meets Public Art
Tuesday, Sept. 5 – Friday, Sept. 8
Selected RTA Rapid Stations
In conjunction with LAND studio and Twelve Literary and Performative Arts, local artists will perform Anisfield-Wolf-inspired poetry and spoken word pieces at RTA stations throughout Cleveland. Performances will take place each day during the morning and evening rush at the following locations:
- 9/6, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.: Windermere, Tower City, W. 98th
- 9/7, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.: Windermere, Little Italy, W. 25th
- 9/7, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.: Shaker Square, E. 55th, Airport
- 9/8, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.: E. 55th
- 9/8, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.: Shaker Square, Cedar, Tower City
Wednesday, Sept. 6 | 4:30 p.m.
Baker-Nord Center, Case Western Reserve University
Join 2017 Anisfield-Wolf fiction winner Peter Ho Davies, in conversation with Case Western Reserve University’s Thrity Umrigar and Anisfield-Wolf Scholar Lisa Nielson, for a discussion about Davie’s ground-breaking work The Fortunes, a novel “examining the burdens, limitations and absurdity of Asian stereotypes.” This event is FREE, but registration is recommended. Register here.
Thursday, Sept. 7 | 6 p.m.
State Theatre, Playhouse Square
Don’t have tickets to this year’s sold-out Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards ceremony? Watch the entire ceremony live 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. Learn more about this year’s winners:
- Isabel Allende, Lifetime Achievement
- Peter Ho Davies, The Fortunes, Fiction
- Tyehimba Jess, Olio, Poetry
- Karan Mahajan, The Association of Small Bombs, Fiction
- Margot Lee Shetterly, Hidden Figures, Nonfiction
Friday, Sept. 8 | 1 p.m.
Cuyahoga County Public Library South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch
Join a live audience and bring your questions for breakout novelist Karan Mahajan as he discusses his incendiary second book, 2017 Anisfield-Wolf fiction winner The Association of Small Bombs, with Professional Book Nerds podcast hosts and OverDrive staff librarians Jill Grunenwald and Adam Sockel. The New York Times named The Association of Small Bombs one of the ten best books of 2016. This event is FREE, but registration is recommended. Register here.
Friday, Sept. 8 | 5-10 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 9 | Noon – 5 p.m.
Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland
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 such as DIY demos, readings and book signings, as well as live music and DJ sets. This event is FREE and registration is not required. Learn more here.
Saturday, Sept. 9 | 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 always free.
This September, the Flea goes literary in support of Cleveland Book Week. Look for a 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 and mingling with some of Cleveland’s authors. Learn more here.
We hope you’ll join us at one of these exciting CBW events! Be the first to know about next year’s Cleveland Book Week line-up (and reserve tickets in advance) by subscribing to our monthly e-newsletter here.