The next 2020-21 William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series will feature authors Tara Westover and Terry Tempest Williams in a discussion May 6 at 7 p.m.
Tara Westover’s 2018 memoir, Educated, debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times bestseller list and remained there for more than a year. The book explores Westover’s struggle to reconcile her desire for education and autonomy with her desire to be loyal to her family. To date, Educated has sold more than 3 million copies and has been translated into 36 languages. For the book’s staggering impact, Time magazine named Westover one of the 100 most influential people of 2018.
Writer/naturalist/activist Terry Tempest Williams is known for her fierce advocacy and impassioned, lyrical prose. She is the author of the environmental literature classic, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place; Finding Beauty in a Broken World; and the bestseller, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks. In 2019, Williams was given The Robert Kirsch Award, a lifetime achievement prize given to a writer with a substantial connection to the American West. Her latest book is Erosion: Essays of Undoing.
The 2020-21 William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series is presented by the Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation and academic partner, Case Western Reserve University. CWRU students are able to attend these virtual events for free. Get more details.