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Reading Cleveland: Fact and Fiction

Explore and discuss Cleveland's history through Langston Hughes' The Big Sea, Mark Winegardner's Crooked River Burning, and Celeste Ng's Little Fires Everywhere, three books that take place here. Using historical information to inform our discussion, this class will discuss Cleveland’s past, present and future in ways that challenge how we think about the city.

TextsThe Big Sea by Langston Hughes, Crooked River Burning by Mark Winegardner, and Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Instructor: Lee Chilcote is the author of the poetry chapbooks The Shape of Home and How to Live in Ruins. His writing has been published by Vanity FairNext CityBelt and many literary journals as well as in The Cleveland Neighborhood GuidebookThe Cleveland Anthology and A Race Anthology: Dispatches and Artifacts from a Segregated City. He is a founder and former executive director of Literary Cleveland. He lives in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood of Cleveland with his family.

Reading Cleveland: Fact and Fiction with Lee Chilcote takes place Wednesdays, March 4, 11, 18  from 6:00-8:00pm at The Bookshop in Lakewood (15230 Madison Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107). 

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