Highlights from Cleveland Book Week

Photo of the 2022 Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards winners

Book lovers gathered in person for the first time since 2019 to celebrate Cleveland Book Week this fall, with a variety of events taking place Sept. 9-16 featuring past and present Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards winners.  

In case you missed them, or would just like to enjoy again, you can watch recordings of author events showcasing 2022 poetry winner Donika Kelly, 2022 fiction winner Percival Everett, 2022 nonfiction winner George Makari and 2021 poetry winner Victoria Chang, as well as the full recording of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards ceremony held on Sept. 15 at the Maltz Performing Arts Center.  

Check out highlights from the awards ceremony here


 

Donika Kelly & “The Renunciations”  

2022 Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards poetry winner Donika Kelly discussed the healing power of poetry and her award-winning work “The Renunciations” at the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland on Sept. 14.  

Watch the recording here.  

 

A Reckoning with Shared History: Lynching and Percival Everett’s “The Trees” 

2022 fiction winner Percival Everett joined Black Environmental Leaders at St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic Parish to discuss his novel “The Trees” at a community event commemorating the 1911 lynching of John Jordon.  

Watch the recording here.  

 

2022 Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards Ceremony 

Watch the full recording of the awards ceremony honoring the 2022 class: poetry winner Donika Kelly, nonfiction winners George Makari and Tiya Miles, fiction winner Percival Everett and lifetime achievement winner Ishmael Reed.  

Watch the recording here.  

 

George Makari at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens 

Nonfiction winner George Makari discussed the roots of xenophobia with Case Western Reserve University Department of History Chair and Theodore J. Castele Professor Dr. Jonathan Sadowsky at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens.  

Watch the recording here.  

 

An Evening with Victoria Chang 

2021 poetry winner Victoria Chang shared readings from her book “Obit” in Lake View Cemetery’s Community Mausoleum.  

Watch the recording here.  

 

Want more of the 2022 Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards winners? Mark your calendars! The documentary celebrating them airs on Ideastream Public Media PBS on Nov. 3 at 9 p.m.! You can also catch up on seasons 1 & 2 of the Anisfield-Wolf podcast, The Asterisk* here.  


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