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Spectacular lineup - 2014 Fall Authors! Authors! Series

The Blade and the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library are proud to announce the 20th season of its Authors! Authors! series with a power-packed lineup of authors. 

Tickets are available at all Library locations during normal hours of operation. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students.

Fall 2014 lineup:

Wednesday, October 22 at 7 p.m.

Marjane Satrapi
(McMaster Center, Main Library)

This Iranian-born, internationally acclaimed graphic novelist, children’s book author, and filmmaker based her modern classic Persepolis on her childhood and early adult years in Iran during and after the Islamic revolution and their war with Iraq. She is scheduled to discuss her experience and inspiration, as well as her upcoming career turn as the writer/director of the upcoming film The Voices, starring Ryan Reynolds and Anna Kendrick.

Wednesday, November 19 at 7 p.m.
Elizabeth Gilbert

(Stranahan Theater)

The New York Times mega-bestselling author is best known for her work Eat, Pray, Love which spent over 200 weeks on the bestseller list and was made into the equally popular film starring Julia Roberts. Her additional works further confirm her status as a literary powerhouse. Her short story collection Pilgrims won the Pushcart Prize, the biography The Last American Man was a finalist for the National Book Award and National Book Critic’s Circle Award, and her most recent book The Signature of All Things has received rave reviews as it continues to hold forth on the bestsellers list.

The Blade and the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library are proud to announce the 20th season of its Authors! Authors! series with a power-packed Spring 2015 lineup of authors. The Spring series kicks off with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson (March 18), inspiringly follows with award-winning novelist Sandra Cisneros (April 22), and tastefully closes with master chef, author, and educator Chef Jacques Pepin (May 13) who is scheduled to appear with his daughter Claudine.

Spring 2015 lineup:


Wednesday, March 18 at 7 p.m.
Isabel Wilkerson

(Main Library, McMaster Center)

Pulitzer Prize-winner Isabel Wilkerson devoted 15 years to the research and writing of The Warmth of Other Suns. She interviewed more than 1,200 people, unearthed archival works and gathered the voices of the famous and the unknown to tell the epic story of the Great Migration, one of the biggest underreported stories of the 20th Century and one of the largest migrations in American history.

Wilkerson won the Pulitzer Prize for her work as Chicago Bureau Chief of The New York Times, making her one of the first black women in journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize and the first African-American to win for individual reporting. She has appeared on national programs such as CBS' "60 Minutes," NPR's "Fresh Air" and PBS' "NewsHour" and "Charlie Rose Show." She taught at Princeton University, Emory University and Boston University and has spoken at more than 100 universities in the United States and in Europe.



Wednesday, April 22 at 7 p.m.
Sandra Cisneros

(Stranahan Theater)

Sandra Cisneros is the internationally renowned author of several books including The House on Mango Street, Caramelo, Loose Woman, and, most recently, Have You Seen Marie? (a picture book for adults). A winner of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, she subsequently founded the Latino MacArthur Fellows (Los MacArturos). Additionally, she is the founder of two organizations that serve writers, the Macondo Foundation (now administered by the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center) and the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation. Her distinguished books have won innumerable awards and have been translated into more than 20 languages and published internationally.

Perhaps no truer testament to this renown, The House on Mango Street, a perennial must-read on countless syllabi, is made up of lyrical passages, interconnected vignettes, and meditations and observations that resemble prose poems. It has been compared (notably by the critic Harold Bloom) to the works of James Joyce and Virginia Woolf. This structurally and thematically bold work explores the often-violent coming of age of a young Mexican-American woman.


Wednesday, May 13 at 7 p.m.
Chef Jacques Pépin with daughter Claudine
(Stranahan Theater)

It’s debatable whether world renowned Master Chef Jacques Pépin has garnished more plates or awards. Among his cooking laurels, including numerous James Beard Awards, he can boast an Emmy and France’s highest civilian decoration Légion d'honneur. One of the original celebrity chefs, Pépin has long appeared on TV cooking shows such as Top Chef and countless Food Network programs - most notably the pioneering and much beloved PBS show Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home with dear friend Julia Child. He has hosted numerous cooking shows since 1997 – many featuring his daughter Claudine – and currently appears in Essential Pépin.

A long time columnist for the The New York Times and Food & Wine, Pépin is the author of 27 bestselling cookbooks. Anthony Bourdain, echoing colleagues and culinary institutes, has called La Technique the Bible of the fundamentals of French Cuisine, while his Fast Food My Way series has converted former fast food junkies into do-it-yourself foodies.

This very special evening will feature Jacques with his daughter Claudine, in what may be called an encore of their Jacques Pépin's Kitchen series. Their unique (and endearingly funny) father/daughter dynamic paired with invaluable cooking instruction from the master will make this a night to remember.

Tickets are available at all Library locations during normal hours of operation. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students. 

At each program, authors will speak for about an hour, followed by a short question and answer session. Following the program, the featured author will be available to sign copies of their works. Books will be available for purchase at the program from Barnes & Noble Booksellers.

An anticipated treat for the community, Authors! Authors! has welcomed some of the biggest names, straight off the bestsellers lists, for an evening of discussion, Q&A and book signings. Some of the exciting names from past series appearances include David McCullough, Anna Quindlen, Isabel Allende, Neil Gaiman, Sebastian Junger, Nicholas Sparks, Bob Woodward, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Nikki Giovanni, John Updike, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., P.J. O’Rourke, Donna Brazil, and Sue Grafton to name a few.

For media inquiries please contact Ben Malczewski, Library Humanities Coordinator, and Authors! Authors!/Open Book series Coordinator at Benjamin.Malczewski@toledolibrary.org or 419.259.5193.

For information on tickets, please contact Patti Meyer in Library Marketing at 419.259.5266.


Check out past Authors

Cokie Roberts
September 2014

Henry Winkler
May 2014

Rick Atkinson
May 2014

Zadie Smith
March 2014

Jeff Greenfield
November 2013

Jimmy Santiago Baca
October 2013

Sherman Alexie
September 2013

Anna Quindlen
May 2013


Richard Norton Smith
April 2013

Jamaica Kincaid
March 2013

John Grogan
November 2013

Hill Harper
October 2013

Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
May 2012

Judy Collins
April 2012

Edmund Morris
March 2012

Lisa See
November 2011

Steve Pollick
November 2011

Rudy Maxa
September 2011

Sebastian Junger
May 2011

Byron Pitts
April 2011

Dick Cavett
March 2011

Geraldine Brooks
November 2010


Alexander McCall Smith
October 2010

Jack Hanna
September 2010


Lisa Scottoline
May 2010

Carl Weber
April 2010

Mike Farrell
March 2010

Christopher Buckley
November 2009

Neil Gaiman
October 2009

Clarence Page
May 2009

Isabel Allende
April 2009

Douglas Brinkley
March 2009

Rick Steves
November 2008
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Donna Brazile
September 2008

Meg Cabot
June 2008


Kathy Reichs
May 2008

Marian Wright Edelman
April 2008

David Yonke
February 2008

Jim Trelease
November 2007


Joe Klein
October 2007


Susan Taylor
September 2007

Daisy Martinez
May 2007

Matthew Bogdanos
April 2007


Jodi Picoult
March 2007

David Gergen
November 2006


Mercedes Lackey
October 2006

Walter Mosley

Mike Sallah
May 2006

Mitch Weiss
May 2006


April 2006

Jeff Smith
March 2006

Jon Meacham
November 2005

Sue Monk Kidd
October 2005

Karen Harper
September 2005

Debbie Travis
May 2005

Thomas Cahill
April 2005

Edward P.

March 2005

Nicholas Sparks
November 2004

Mick Foley
October 2004




Jonathan Kellerman
September 2004

Jane Smiley
May 2004

Eric Jerome Dickey
April 2004

Scott Turow
March 2004

Jane Brody
November 2003

John C. Moore
October 2003


Po Bronson

Arthur Frommer
May 2003


Rachel Naomi

April 2003

Sara Paretsky
March 2003


Kerry Kennedy Cuomo
November 2002

Bob Woodward
October 2002


Sue Grafton

Bebe Moore Campbell
May 2002

Jonathan Kozol
April 2002


Michael Medved
March 2002


John Updike
November 2001



October 2001

Clifton Taulbert
October 2001


Carol Higgins Clark
May 2001

Frank Brady
April 2001

Mark Shields
March 2001


David McCullough
November 2000

Chris Woodyard
October 2000

Terry McMillan
September 2000

Lynn Johnston
May 2000


Cassandra Danz
April 2000


Helen Thomas
March 2000


Dr. Bertice

November 1999

Harold Evans
October 1999


P.J. O’Rourke
September 1999


Jerry Mathers
May 1999


Carole Nelson Douglas
April 1999

Joyce Carol Oates
March 1999

Robert Ballard
November 1998


Robert Massie
October 1998


Peter Bogdanovich
September 1998

Marcy Kaptur
May 1998


Chaim Potok
April 1998


Roger Caras
March 1998


Mary Schiavo
November 1997


Judith Viorst
October 1997


Barbara Taylor Bradford
September 1997

John Berendt
May 1997


Jack Torry
April 1997


Nikki Giovanni
March 1997


Ray Bradbury
November 1996


Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels
October 1996

Bil Keane
September 1996


Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
May 1996


Christine Brennan
April 1996

Michael Beschloss
March 1996


Jim Rogers
November 1995


Henry Haller
October 1995



September 1995

Mary Alice Powell
May 1995


Julie & David Eisenhower
April 1995

James Lovell
March 1995


Steve Pollick
February 1995


Juan Williams
October 1994


Bob Arnot
September 1994

Bob Greene
May 1994

James Humes
April 1994

Mary Higgins Clark
March 1994

Doris Kearns Goodwin
February 1994