Christina Baker Kline, author of the bestselling novel Orphan Train, will be the keynote speaker for the inaugural Northcoast Writers’ Showcase on Saturday, April 28, at Lake Erie College in Painesville.
Kline’s keynote will cap a day in which readers and aspiring writers can interact with several published authors, ask them questions about their writing journey, and attend workshops about the craft of writing.
Participating authors include Funky Winkerbean creator Tom Batiuk, local newscaster Romona Robinson, detective-novel writer Les Roberts, Dead Key and Unclaimed Victim author D.M. Pulley, and more.
The showcase begins at 11 a.m. at Lake Erie College’s Arthur S. Holden Center. Authors will have their books available for sale and signing. Throughout the afternoon, people can join workshops led by Batiuk, Roberts and other authors in attendance.
Kline’s talk will begin at 3 p.m. in the college’s Morley Music Hall. She will be available for book signing and photo opportunities following her presentation.
The showcase is open to all and free to attend. However, due to space limitations, those who wish to attend Kline’s talk are required to register beforehand.
2018 Northcoast Writers’ Showcase Author / Artist lineup
- Tom Batiuk, creator of Funky Winkerbean
- Romona Robinson, television news anchor and author of A Dirt Road to Somewhere
- Les Roberts, author of 23 novels, including his Slovenian detective series featuring Milan Jacovich.
- D.M. Pulley, author of The Dead Key, The Buried Book, and The Unclaimed Victim
- Mike and Janice Olszewski, authors of Cleveland Radio Tales and Cleveland TV Tales
- Cleveland Landmark Publishing, publisher of Bernie Kosar’s Learning to Scramble
- Jonathan Knight, author of The Making of Major League and other books on Cleveland sports
- Literary Cleveland
- Rust Belt Publishing
- Carlo Wolff, author of Cleveland Rock and Roll Memories
- Barbara Hacha, author of Line by Line
- Marty Gitlin, author of The Great American Cereal: How Breakfast Got its Crunch, A Celebration of Animation and more
The Northcoast Writers’ Showcase is hosted by the Lake-Geauga League of Libraries, a group of ten public libraries in Lake and Geauga that have combined resources to provide access to the arts and education in the region.
The Lake-Geauga League of Libraries includes Burton, Fairport Harbor, Geauga County, Kirtland, Madison, Mentor, Morley, Perry, Wickliffe and Willoughby-Eastlake Public Libraries.
The showcase is funded by the collective generosity of the library’s foundations, friends groups, Lake Erie College, and the Lubrizol Foundation.