Early September was a great time for readers and writers in Northeast Ohio, as the second-ever Cleveland Book Week invited the literary community to explore and discuss works by Anisfield-Wolf Book Award winners as well as celebrated the city's young writing talent.
Hosted by The Cleveland Foundation, this year's Cleveland Book Week featured a series of special events, including the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, a free Art Book & Zine Fair, and readings from internationally recognized authors Isabel Allende, Karan Mahajan, Tyehimba Jess (see photo above), and others. Check out a portion of Tyehimba Jess' reading here.
August was an exciting time for Literary Cleveland as well. As part of our monthly Between the Lines series spotlighting local authors, we hosted celebrated writer Thrity Umrigar and novelist Sarah Willis at the east-side Happy Dog. The event featured Thrity reading from her newly published novel Everybody's Son before chatting with Sarah and the audience about her approach to writing fiction. In late August, Lit Cleveland also hosted a workshop titled Freelance Writing: Crafting the Perfect Pitch with freelance writer and journalist Annie Zaleski. We were delighted to hear that a participant submitted a successful pitch to a magazine soon after attending the class!
The past couple weeks reminded us of the breadth of talent and diversity in Cleveland's literary community. We're excited to build on this momentum by offering quality programs, highlighting talented local authors, and encouraging aspiring writers to continue developing their craft.
To create a strong community of readers and writers in Cleveland, Ohio through workshops, classes, readings and other events.