The 2017-2018 William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series kicks off on Wednesday, Sept. 6, with an appearance by best-selling author Colson Whitehead.

Colson Whitehead is the author of six novels, including the No. 1 New York Times best-seller The Underground Railroad, for which he received the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction; John Henry Days, for which he received the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award; and Apex Hides the Hurt, for which he received the PEN/Oakland Award. His reviews, essays and fiction have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The New YorkerNew York MagazineHarper’s and Granta. Whitehead is a past recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship.

Whitehead will speak Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at The Temple – Tifereth Israel. A free shuttle will be available to transport ticketed guests to the Maltz Performing Arts Center, departing from the Linsalata entrance of the Tinkham Veale University Center.

A limited number of free student tickets will be available in person beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Students can show their Case Western Reserve ID at the Tinkham Veale University Center’s first floor information desk to obtain a ticket to that evening’s event.

In addition, a few student seats remain for a special conversation with the author from 4 to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Laura Klingler, assistant director of University Events, at 216.368.2229 or

The 2017-2018 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 series are available online.