The 2018-19 William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series continues with an appearance by cartoonist and commentator Lynda Barry in conversation with Matt Groening, creator and executive producer of The Simpsons.

The sold-out event will take place Tuesday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at The Temple–Tifereth Israel. Free shuttle service is available.

A limited number of free student tickets will be available in person today (April 9) beginning at 9 a.m. Students can show their Case Western Reserve ID at the Tinkham Veale University Center’s first-floor information desk to obtain a ticket to the event.

Students also can participate in a personal dialogue with Barry April 16 at 4 p.m. Students are asked to RSVP on CampusGroups.

About Lynda Barry and Matt Groening

In a career spanning more than three decades, Barry has authored 17 books, worked as a commentator for National Public Radio, had regular monthly features in Esquire and delighted readers with her seminal syndicated comic strip, Ernie Pook’s Comeek.

Her books include:

  • The illustrated novel The Good Times Are Killing Me (1988);
  • One! Hundred! Demons! (2002), a collection of serialized comics; and
  • What It Is (2008), her best-selling creative writing how-to graphic novel.

Barry teaches a popular writing workshop called “Writing the Unthinkable” all around the country and is known for her lively teaching style.

Barry will be interviewed onstage by her longtime friend Groening, creator and executive producer of The Simpsons, the longest-running scripted show in TV history, winner of multiple Emmy Awards and voted the “Best Show of the 20th Century” by Time magazine. His weekly comic strip, Life in Hell, was syndicated to more than 250 weekly newspapers throughout the country and is collected in dozens of books and calendars.

Series details

The 2018-19 William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series is presented by the Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation and academic partner, Case Western Reserve University. Funds raised by this series help support Cuyahoga County Public Library, the nation’s top-rated library system for eight consecutive years.

Details about the other speakers in the William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series are available online.