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An author series featuring prominent voices from the worlds of literature, the arts, politics and journalism.

The Main Event Speaker Series is presented by the Akron-Summit County Public Library and Friends of Main Library. (Friends members receive preferred seating). Auditorium doors will open at 6:30 pm. Call 330-643-9015 for more information.

Speaker Schedule

Roz Chast photoRoz Chast - Acclaimed New Yorker Cartoonist

Thursday, October 12, 7 pm

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Roz Chast’s cartoons began appearing in the NEW YORKER in 1978, where she has since published more than one thousand. She wrote and illustrated the #1 New York Times bestseller Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? a National Book Critics Circle Award and Kirkus Prize winner and finalist for the National Book Award. Her other books include What I Hate: From A to Z, Theories of Everything, and her latest, Going into Town – A Love Letter To New York.

There will be a Q&A after Ms. Chast’s presentation, and a book signing. (Books will be available for purchase).

Matt Taibbi photoMatt Taibbi – Rolling Stone Political Correspondent and New York Times Bestselling Author

Thursday, November 9, 7 pm

One of the smartest—and funniest—chroniclers of the rise of Trump, growing inequality, and Wall Street excess, Matt Taibbi is also the author of four NYT bestsellers: The Great Derangement, Griftopia, The Divide, and Insane Clown President. In talks, as in his award-winning articles for Rolling Stone, Taibbi paints an alarming portrait of politics, media, and culture, providing a way forward against our most urgent crises.

This fall, Taibbi releases his fifth book, I Can’t Breathe: A Killing on Bay Street, described as “a work of riveting literary journalism that explores the roots and repercussions of the infamous killing of Eric Garner by the New York City police.”

Malu Halasa photoMalu Halasa - Novelist, Journalist

Wednesday, November 15, 7 pm

A regular contributor to the Guardian and the Huffington Post, Malu Halasa is a Jordanian Filipina American writer and editor based in London. Born in Oklahoma, she was raised in Ohio, graduated from Revere High School in Richfield, Ohio, and is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University. Her books include: Syria Speaks – Art and Culture from the Frontline (2014); The Secret Life of Syrian Lingerie: Intimacy and Design (2008); and Creating Spaces of Freedom: Culture in Defiance (2002). Her first novel Mother of All Pigs is being published this fall.


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Main Event flier Fall 2017