Cleveland New Yorker Writers
Cleveland is home to more writers on The New Yorker staff than almost any other city in the country. In this panel discussion with New Yorker writers and Cleveland natives Andy Borowitz, Mary Norris, and Kathryn Schulz, we will explore their backgrounds, their magazine writing, what influence Cleveland had or has on their work, and what makes Northeast Ohio such fertile ground for writers.
Andy Borowitz is a New York Times best-selling author and a comedian who has written for The New Yorker since 1998. In 2001, he created the Borowitz Report, a satirical news column that has millions of readers around the world, for which he won the first-ever National Press Club award for humor. The Borowitz Report was acquired by The New Yorker in 2012. His two most recent books were both best-sellers: “The 50 Funniest American Writers,” which became the first title in the history of the Library of America to make the Times best-seller list; and a memoir, “An Unexpected Twist,” a No. 1 best-seller, which Amazon named the Best Kindle Single of 2012. As a comedian, he has performed around the world and made countless television and radio appearances, including on National Public Radio, VH1, and Comedy Central. His solo comedy show, “Make America Not Embarrassing Again,” played to sold-out theaters across the U.S. from 2018 to 2020. He has been called a “Swiftian satirist” (the Wall Street Journal), “America’s satire king” (the Daily Beast), “America's finest fake-news creator and sharpest political satirist” (the Washington Post), “one of the country’s finest satirists” (the Times), and “one of the funniest people in America” (CBS News “Sunday Morning”).
Mary Norris is a writer who worked as a copy editor at The New Yorker for more than thirty years. Her first book, Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen (Norton, 2015), was a New York Times best-seller. Her most recent book, Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen (Norton, 2019), has been described as “a delicious intersection of personal essays, etymology, and travel writing” (Booklist). Norris has written for The New Yorker, the New York Times Book Review, Self, the Wall Street Journal, and the Times Literary Supplement. Originally from Cleveland, she lives in New York.
Kathryn Schulz is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of a new book, Lost & Found, forthcoming from Random House in January of 2022. She won a National Magazine Award and a Pulitzer Prize in 2015 for “The Really Big One,” an article about seismic risk in the Pacific Northwest. Lost & Found grew out of “Losing Streak,” which was originally published in The New Yorker and later anthologized in The Best American Essays. Her other essays and reporting have appeared in The Best American Science and Nature Writing, The Best American Travel Writing, and The Best American Food Writing. A native of Ohio, she lives with her family on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
Details: Cleveland New Yorker Writers takes place Saturday, July 17 from 7-8:30pm remotely through Zoom.
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