Yay, it’s Book Week in CLE!

I am like a child on Christmas Eve, anticipating what’s underneath the tree!

For the third year The Cleveland Foundation has expanded the annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards into a week of activities with books as the central theme.

If that isn’t enough, the events have been FREE! I’m giddy with joy. Tuesday I enjoyed the poetry of 2018 Anisfield-Wolf Poetry Prize winner Shane McCrae. I had never heard of this young man but he was awesome, laid back and just another guy who happens to teach at Columbia University and write great poetry.

Anisfield-Wolf Book Award winner Shane McCrae and local poet RA Washington field questions from the audience in the historic Jeliffe Theater at Karamu House.

McCrae’s reading was enlightening, humorous and thought provoking. A key component were the CMSD students in attendance. They had the opportunity to not only hear the poetry read by the poet, but also to ask questions and meet him afterward. Just priceless.

The week continues with the actual Anisfield-Wolf Award ceremony with the incomparable Prof. Henry Louis “Skip” Gates serving as jury chair and emcee for the evening.

What a wonderful evening to hear the authors read from their work. The readings were lyrical, thought provoking, timely and laced with humor.

On the big screen Henry Louis Gates at the Anisfield-Wolf Awards.

I was able to grab a shot of Poet and Juror Rita Dove during the book signing. See below.

The week will close out on Saturday as the first annual Great Lakes Book Expo is held at the East Cleveland Public Library on Saturday, September 29th. Details are on the flyer below. If you haven’t registered and you have a book waiting to be published this is the place to be.