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Schedule unveiled for virtual Cleveland Book Week 2021

The Cleveland Foundation has announced the schedule for the sixth annual Cleveland Book Week. This year’s showcase celebrates present and past Anisfield-Wolf Book Award (AWBA) winners over the distinguished 86-year history of the award. The week’s far-ranging programs will all have virtual options and nearly all are free to the community.

Anchoring the events is “The 86th Annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards,” a crisp, beautiful documentary hosted by AWBA Chair Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. It debuts at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021 on WVIZ/PBS and throughout Ohio’s public television network. The book awards remain the only national juried prize for literature that confronts racism and explores human diversity. The 2021 honorees are:

·         Vincent Brown, Tacky’s RevoltThe Story of An Atlantic Slave War,” co-winner, Nonfiction

·         Victoria Chang, “Obit,” Poetry

·         Samuel R. Delany, Lifetime Achievement

·         James McBride, “Deacon King Kong,” Fiction

·         Natasha Trethewey, “Memorial Drive,” co-winner, Nonfiction

“We are thrilled to renew our partnership with Ideastream Public Media to give lovers of the written word this fresh and timely documentary,” said Karen R. Long, who manages the awards for the Cleveland Foundation. “It gives viewers entree into the insights of five unparalleled writers, who, in this era of global racial awakening, can spark our humanity and help reforge our civic purpose.”

The Cleveland Foundation and Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards are presenting Cleveland Book Week in partnership with the Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF), Cleveland Public Library, the Cleveland State University Poetry Center, The City Club of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County Public Library, the Great Lakes African American Writers Conference and Ursuline College.

For more information on Cleveland Book Week (#CBW2021) and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards (#AWBA2021), visit anisfield-wolf.org.

 

 

CLEVELAND PUBLIC LIBRARY CELEBRATES CLEVELAND BOOK WEEK

WHAT In celebration of Cleveland Book Week, Cleveland Public Library presents author Ayana Gray for a book discussion about her much-anticipated series, Beasts of Prey.

Gray is a lover of monsters, mythos, and #MelaninMagic. Her debut novel, Beasts of Prey, is about the fate that binds two Black teenagers together as they strike a dangerous alliance to hunt down an ancient creature menacing their home- and discover much more than they bargained for.

Registration is now open for the Ayana Gray event. Unable to attend in person? Video streaming access is also available. Each attendee will receive one free copy of Beasts of Prey.

For more information about Cleveland Book Week and other book discussions at Cleveland Public Library, visit cpl.org.

WHERE Cleveland Metroparks Zoo – Rainforest 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland, OH 44109

WHEN Wednesday, September 29 6:30 p.m.

 
 

 

 
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