announced for 2013-2014 Authors! Authors!
Toledo, August 21, 2013: Question: What has two American
Book Awards, one National Book Award, three Pulitzer Prizes,
eight Emmy Awards, one leather jacket on display at the
Smithsonian, one Hispanic Heritage Award for Literature, two
Golden Globes, one Sundance Film Festival Audience Favorite
Award, one Pushcart Prize, one PEN/Faulkner Award, and one
listing on Time Magazine’s All-Time 100 Novels?
The Fall 2013-2014 season of Authors! Authors!
The Authors! Authors! series, as presented by The
Blade and arranged by the Toledo-Lucas County Public
Library, has announced a list of authors who are scheduled
to appear in Toledo this fall/winter season. Tickets are
available for purchase at all Toledo-Lucas County Public Library
locations beginning on Friday, August 30. Tickets, $10 for
adults, are limited in quantity and student discounts are
available. Authors will speak at either the Stranahan Theater,
4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., or in the McMaster Center of Main
Library, 325 Michigan St.
The exciting series, now in its 19th year, kicks off
at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at the Stranhan
Theater with noted American-Indian poet, author, and
filmmaker Sherman Alexie, author of his most recent
War Dances, (2010) and well-known for his 2007 young
people’s literature The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time
The lineup also includes:
Wednesday, October 2: Jimmy Santiago Baca (McMaster Center,
Main Library): An author of Chicano and Apache descent, Baca
experienced an amazing transformation of self. A runaway at age
13, it was after Baca was sentenced to five years in a maximum
security prison that he began to turn his life around: he
learned to read and write and unearthed a voracious passion for
poetry. He is the winner of the Pushcart Prize, the American
Book Award, the International Hispanic Heritage Award and the
prestigious International Award for his memoir A Place to
• Thursday, November 7:
Jeff Greenfield (McMaster Center, Main Library): Five-time
Emmy winner, CNN, CBS and PBS involvement, and new book If
Kennedy Lived: The First and Second Terms of President John F.
Kennedy: An Alternate History, is scheduled to be released
in October 2013. Greenfield’s appearance is scheduled some two
weeks before the anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s
assassination (November 22, 1963).
Wednesday, March 5,
2014: Zadie Smith (Stranahan Theater): Internationally
celebrated British novelist, whose grew up in working class
London, the daughter of a Jamaican mother and white English
father. Smith’s acclaimed novel White Teeth was included
in Time Magazine's ALL-TIME 100 Best English-language
Novels, On Beauty was shortlisted for the Man Booker
Prize, and won the 2006 Orange Prize for Fiction, and NW
(2012) has been highly acclaimed, starred, and nominated for the
2013 Women's Prize for Fiction.
• Thursday, May 1:
Rick Atkinson (McMaster Center, Main Library): Born in
Munich, and raised in the United States, Atkinson has won
Pulitzer Prizes in history and journalism. He formally wrote for
the Washington Post before turning to writing on military
history. His books include narrative accounts of American wars.
In 2010 he received the $100,000 Pritzker Military Library
Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing.
His Liberation Trilogy, with the third book being published this
year, The Guns at Last Night: The War in Western Europe,
1944-1945, is on the history of the American role in the
liberation of Europe in World War II.
• Wednesday, May 14:
Henry Winkler (Stranahan Theater): Cultural icon, actor
champion and advocate for literacy (has managed Dyslexia
throughout his life), Winkler reinvented himself for every
generation (as of late his acting appearances include
Arrested Development, Children’s Hospital, and Royal
Pains,). Winkler, known by many for his fictional character
Fonzie or The Fonz on the TV sitcom Happy Days
(1974-1984), is also a children’s book series author, Emmy award
winner and known as an all-around nice guy.
At each program, authors will speak for about an hour, followed
by a short question and answer session. Following the program,
they will be available to sign copies of their works. Books will
be available for purchase at the program from Barnes & Noble
For additional information visit toledolibrary.org, or call