Highlights from Cleveland Book Week 2023

Photos of Lan Samantha Chang, Matthew Demont, Saeed Jones, Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Geraldine Brooks

Hundreds of book lovers gathered to celebrate Cleveland Book Week this fall with a series of events taking place Sept. 22-30 celebrating 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 2023 poetry winner Saeed Jones, 2023 fiction winners Geraldine Brooks and Lan Samantha Chang, 2023 nonfiction winner Matthew Delmont, and 2023 lifetime achievement honoree Charlayne Hunter-Gault, as well as the full recording of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards ceremony held on Sept. 28 at the Maltz Performing Arts Center.  

Check out highlights from the 2023 ceremony here


An Evening with Saeed Jones  

2023 Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards poetry winner Saeed Jones discussed his winning collection “Alive at the End of the World” at Karamu House on Sept. 25.

Watch the recording here.  


Geraldine Brooks and “Horse” 

2023 fiction winner Geraldine Brooks discussed the inspiration for her Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards-winning novel “Horse” at the Dunham Tavern Museum & Gardens on Sept. 26.

Watch the recording here.  


2023 Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards Ceremony 

Watch the full recording of the awards ceremony honoring the 2023 class here



Charlayne Hunter-Gault at The City Club

Award-winning journalist and civil rights icon Charlayne Hunter-Gault chronicled her lifelong commitment to reporting on Black people in their totality, from the Civil Rights Movement to the election of Barack Obama, and beyond at The City Club of Cleveland on Sept. 29.

Watch the recording here.  


Lan Samantha Chang and “The Family Chao”

2023 fiction winner Lan Samantha Chang discussed her novel “The Family Chao” at Cleveland’s Asia Plaza on Sept. 29. 

Watch the recording here.  


Matthew Delmont & “Half American”

Historian Matthew Delmont discussed his 2023 Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards nonfiction winning book “Half American: The Epic Story of African Americans Fighting World War II at Home and Abroad” at East Technical High School on Sept. 30.

Watch the recording here.

Want more of the 2023 Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards winners? Mark your calendars! The documentary celebrating them will air on Ideastream Public Media PBS early next year! You can also catch up on seasons 1-3 of the Anisfield-Wolf podcast, The Asterisk* here.