Cleveland Public Library
is welcoming critically acclaimed author and writer Ta-Nehisi
Coates to its Writers & Readers stage on Saturday,
February 22, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. in the Louis Stokes Wing
Auditorium on East 6th Street and Superior Avenue.
Joanna Connors, book editor from The Plain Dealer, will
moderate the discussion.
“Ta-Nehisi Coates is a fantastic example of the caliber of
writers CPL brings to Cleveland as part of our Writers & Readers
series,” said Felton Thomas, Director of CPL. “His
remarkable writing, and social commentary fits perfectly with
our celebration of African American History Month.”
Ta-Nehisi Coates is a former writer for The Village Voice,
senior editor of the Atlantic, and the author of a lively
blog on culture, politics, and social issues. He is also the
author of The Beautiful Struggle, a tough and touching
memoir of growing up in Baltimore during the crack epidemic.
The Beautiful Struggle also provides a vivid portrait of
Coates’ father, a Vietnam veteran and Black Panther who started
his own underground black press and dedicated his life to
carrying his sons across the shoals of inner city adolescence.
This event is free and open to the public. Seating is available
on a first-come, first-served basis. Books will be available for
purchase from A Cultural Exchange. For more information, visit