Tara Pringle Jefferson and Karen R. Long of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards will host "An American Conversation," the subtitle of "Just Us," in advance of Claudia Rankine's keynote for Inkubator. Guests will read, hear and discuss excerpts from Rankine's 2020 book. Participants will use the author's insights to consider what whiteness means in Cleveland.
Established by Cleveland poet and philanthropist Edith Anisfield Wolf in 1935, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards recognize books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures. Today, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards remain the only American book prize focusing on works that address racism and diversity.
The Inkubator, hosted this year from July 11th to 25th, is Literary Cleveland's free annual festival for writers and readers, featuring public events including workshops, readings, panel discussions, and a keynote address. The conference is a celebration of writing in Cleveland that advances writers’ individual abilities, furthers artistic dialogue, fosters a more connected literary community, and invites more people to write.