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Writer’s Center Stage hosts cartoonist Roz Chast

Ellie Rambo, Arts & Entertainment Editor

April 7, 2016

The William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series, a collaboration between the Cuyahoga County Public Library and Case Western Reserve University, has hosted unusual speakers this year. The schedule has included two journalists known for their true-crime podcast (Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder, of “Serial”),...

Haitian-American poet discusses migration

Nardine Taleb, Copy Editor

March 31, 2016

Haitian-American poet and writer Edwidge Danticat led a discussion on March 21 as part of Cleveland Cuyahoga Public Library’s Writer Center Stage Series, which invites several highly acclaimed authors to speak at Case Western Reserve University’s Tinkham Veale University Center. Danticat’s insights...

Creators of “Serial” speak at this year’s first Writers Center Stage event

Winston Eng, Staff Reporter

September 17, 2015

For host Sarah Koenig and senior producer Julie Snyder, the success of their podcast is shocking. They predicted that “Serial,” an offshoot of Ira Glass’ “This American Life”, would have an audience of about 300,000 listeners. Instead it has been downloaded almost 100 million times and...

“Be the lobster”

Nardine Taleb, Contributing Reporter

November 26, 2014

Do you have the courage? This is the question Elizabeth Gilbert, author of "Eat, Pray, Love" and "The Signature of All Things" asked her audience on Monday, Nov. 17 at the Writers Center Stage program, hosted at Tinkham Veale Center. The program invites remarkable authors, poets and journalists...

Dennis Lehane’s tips for writing success

Anne Nickoloff, Arts & Entertainment Editor

October 24, 2014

“I have a theory that you have 1,000 pages of crap in you,” said author Dennis Lehane, sitting at a table surrounded by students, “and you basically just write the crap out of you.” Before speaking at the second Writer’s Center Stage event of the year, Lehane met with a group of over 20 Cas...

Reasons to write

Jessica Yang, Social Media Editor

October 2, 2014

Attendees of novelist Zadie Smith’s Sept. 30 lecture as part of Writer’s Center Stage series weren’t surprised at the mix of topics featured in her talk: racism, creativity and being provocative, though they may be surprised to learn that she’s guilty of watching “New Girl” and “Key and...

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