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Celebrate Literary Lorain: April 17 - 20


Mark your calendars for our 2nd Annual Literary Lorain Celebration!  All events will be held at the Carnegie Center, located at 329 W. 10th St., Lorain, from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm.

As a bonus each night, books by local authors will be on sale!

Tues., April 17: Writing The Edge of Innocence by David Miraldi

In 2017, David Miraldi published his first book, titled The Edge of Innocence: The Trial of Casper Bennett.

This book tells the story of the 1964 murder trial of Casper Bennett, a man accused of drowning his wife in a bathtub of scalding water in their home in Lorain. When Miraldi was just ten years old, he answered his family’s phone – and it was Casper Bennett wanting the services of his father, civil attorney Ray Miraldi. As an adult, David uncovered shocking facts about this long-forgotten drama, and the story he knew as a child disappeared, replaced by one far different.

Join us on April 17 to hear David Miraldi’s motivation for writing the book, information about the type of book it is, how he researched and wrote it, and more. A book signing will be held after the talk. Free and open to the public, light refreshments provided. 

Wed., April 18: Bound Together: One Great Bundle of Humanity

In Kelly Boyer Sagert’s latest play, she tells the story of Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, a poet, abolitionist, essayist, public speaker, journalist, suffragist and published fiction writer. This “extraordinary person of color” was born in 1825 in the United States while much of her race was enslaved, and she lived part of her life right here in Ohio. Bound Together: One Great Bundle of Humanity looks at her life, revealed when she and Hannah, a fictional white nurse with a history of her own, get snowed in. Beautifully portrayed by Debra Rose (Frances) and Judy MacKeigan (Hannah), and directed by Dave MacKeigan. This thought-provoking performance is open to the public. Admission: $5 per person, light refreshments provided.

Thurs., April 19: Literary Lorain’s Open Mic Night

Everyone is welcome to participate in Literary Lorain’s Open Mic Night. Bring poetry or short prose that you’ve written or read someone else’s work that you admire – or just come to enjoy an evening of creative fun. The event will be MC’d by Indi Wright, a multi-passionate author. To date, she has authored and published seven books that have uplifted and continue to uplift hundreds of people worldwide. Currently, Indi is working on book number eight, which will debut in 2018. The event is free and open to the public, light refreshments provided. No hate speech permitted.

Fri., April 20: Bruce Weigl: Why So Many Writers Are from Lorain

Join us as Pulitzer Prize finalist Bruce Weigl – born and raised in Lorain – shares insights into why so many writers have come from Lorain. What inspires them and nourishes their creativity?

Weigl attended Lorain County Community College and earned his BA at Oberlin College, his MA at the University of New Hampshire and his PhD at the University of Utah. He taught at Penn State for many years before becoming Lorain County Community College’s first distinguished professor. There, he started a student veterans group and an online literary journal, the North Coast Review. He has published more than a dozen books of poetry, receiving more than one Pulitzer nomination, along with multiple other books and in anthologies. He has won the Robert Creeley Award, the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, the Patterson Poetry Prize, the Poet’s Prize from the Academy of American Poets, the Cleveland Arts Prize, and two Pushcart Prizes. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Yaddo Foundation. And, remember, he was born and raised in Lorain! Join us for his special presentation. Admission: $5 per person, light refreshments provided.