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Getting Closer To A New Home For Cleveland’s Anisfield-Wolf Book Collection

Design concept courtesy of SO-IL + Kurtz Works by Langston Hughes, Zadie Smith and Toni Morrison will soon have a new place to call home. All three authors have books housed in the Anisfield-Wolf collection at the downtown branch of the Cleveland Public Library, tucked away in the recesses of the second-floor special collections room. Now the collection, the only complete assemblage of all 83 years of Anisfield-Wolf-winning books, will be a showpiece of the new $10 million Martin Luther King Jr branch in University Circle. The canon contains almost 200 books and grows each year. The New York-based firm SO-IL + Kurtz won the months-long design competition, funded by the Cleveland Foundation, to create a stylish, culturally significant proposal for a 21st-century branch of the Cleveland... Read More →

Join Us At The Cleveland Public Library For A Summer Of Reading Anisfield-Wolf

The annual Anisfield-Wolf brown bag lunch series at the Cleveland Public Library takes a twist this year with a deep dive into the Anisfield-Wolf catalog.   Doctoral student Valentino Zullo of Kent State University will introduce Cleveland to Anisfield-Wolf Book Award winners, both past and present. Zullo credits his mentor, Dr. Vera J. Camden, a professor of English at Kent State University, for teaching him the importance of conversation in literature. "It is through the sharing of stories that we are able to find relief from the outside world and learn to reimagine our role within it."   Beginning Wednesday, June 10, an in-depth discussion of each book will occur over the summer. The Anisfield-Wolf Book Award book discussions will take place at the Main Library, in the... Read More →

Explore 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Award Winning Titles At Cleveland Public Library’s Brown Bag Book Club

On the cusp of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards ceremony, join awards manager Karen R. Long for a personal introduction to the titles being honored this year. Long will offer a speed date with each book, and an introduction to the Lifetime Achievement winners on Wednesday, September 3 at noon. Her presentation will kick off this fall’s Brown Bag Book Club at the Cleveland Public Library downtown. In subsequent weeks, the series will then break out to examine each of the 2014 award-winning books in turn. Beginning Wednesday, September 10, readers will gather at noon with expert librarians to consider the poetry, novel and nonfiction works in the spotlight this year:   The Big Smoke by Adrian Matejka Wednesday, September 10 A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra... Read More →

Inspiration On The Page: Norman A. Sugarman Award Honors Outstanding Children’s Literature

A standard picture book contains 36 unnumbered pages. “Monsieur Marceau” follows the pattern, but manages a wondrous, supple depiction of the legendary mime Marcel Marceau. Thanks to the lyrical writing of author Leda Schubert and the evocative paintings of illustrator Gérard DuBois, “Monsieur Marceau” has won the Norman A. Sugarman Children’s Biography Award, a biennial prize conferred by the Cleveland Public Library. During a ceremony in late May, two Sugarman honor books were recognized along with “Monsieur Marceau”: “Face Book,” by Chuck Close, and “Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows and Embraced Autism Changed the World,” by Sy Montgomery. Schubert’s book dwells on Marceau’s art but also touches upon his heroism. She notes that during the Nazi... Read More →

Cleveland Public Library’s Brown Bag Book Club Features Anisfield-Wolf Authors

Meet our esteemed manager, Karen R. Long, at the Cleveland Public Library's Brown Bag Book Club on Wednesday, August 21 at noon. Long, the former Plain Dealer book editor, will introduce Cleveland to the four 2013 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award winners. Beginning Wednesday, September 4, a more in-depth discussion of each book will occur weekly:  Eugene Gloria, My Favorite Warlord, September. 4 Laird Hunt, Kind One, September 18 Kevin Powers, The Yellow Birds, September 25 Andrew Solomon, Far From The Tree, October 2 Tickets to the Sept. 12 awards ceremony are sold out, but Long will raffle off six at her library talk.  Karen R. Long served as book editor of The Plain Dealer for eight years before becoming the manager of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards. Long is a vice... Read More →
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