Toledo Library Announces the 23rd Season of Authors! Authors!

Daily Dose  |  08/07/2017 10:00 am

The Toledo Lucas County Public Library and the Toledo Blade are pleased to announce the complete Authors! Authors! 2017-18  season lineup. Simply stated, the goal is to inspire the community by hosting exciting, internationally acclaimed, and talented individuals - and this season does not disappoint.
Authors! Authors! 2017-18
Alan Alda
October 5, 7:00 p.m. @ Stranahan Theater
Tickets: $20 (all tickets include a copy of his new book)
Alan Alda has earned international recognition as an actor, writer, and director. He has won seven Emmy Awards, has received three Tony nominations, is an inductee of the Television Hall of Fame, and was nominated for an Academy Award. He is an active member of the science community, having hosted the PBS award-winning series Scientific American Frontiers for eleven years and founded the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University. He is the author of multiple best-selling books including Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I’ve Learned, Things I Overheard While Talking To Myself, and his latest, If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?: My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating.
Wil Haygood
November 1, 7:00 p.m. @ McMaster Center, Main Library
Tickets: $15
Wil Haygood is the Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist and award-winning, Ohio-native author of The Butler: A Witness to History (which became the basis for the award-winning film). His newest book, Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination that Changed America, is a sweeping epic about the real-life events surrounding the heated appointment of Thurgood Marshall, the first African American Supreme Court justice.
W. Kamau Bell
November 16, 7:00 p.m. @ Stranahan Theater
Tickets: $15
W. Kamau Bell is a critically acclaimed sociopolitical comedian, host of the Emmy Award nominated hit CNN show United Shades of America, and author of The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian. Kamau is also the host of three podcasts: Denzel Washington is The Greatest Actor of All Time Period, Politically Re-Active, and Kamau Right Now!
Michael Pollan
March 27, 2018, 7:00 p.m. @ Stranahan Theater
Tickets: $15
Michael Pollan is the critically acclaimed author of multiple award-winning and best-selling books on food and agriculture, including Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation (which in 2017, has become a Netflix Documentary Series), Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals,  and The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World.
Natalie Morales
April 19, 2018, 7:00 p.m. @ Stranahan Theater
Tickets: $20 (all tickets include a copy of her new book)
Natalie Morales has won multiple Emmy Awards, reported for all NBC News platforms including NBC Nightly News, Dateline NBC, MSNBC, and is currently the West Coast anchor of the TODAY Show. Her new book explores her multicultural roots and how she has learned to juggle being a busy working mom while keeping her family’s well-being and nutrition in the forefront.
Piper Kerman
May 9, 2018, 7:00 p.m. @ Stranahan Theater
Tickets: $15
Piper Kerman is the best-selling, critically acclaimed author of Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, which has been adapted into the Emmy Award-winning Netflix series. She is a nationally recognized witness, educator, and advocate for justice reform, having spoken at the White House, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights to testify on solitary confinement and women prisoners, and the U.S. Senate Governmental Affairs and Homeland Security Committee to testify about the federal Bureau of Prisons.
NOTE: TICKETS will be available August 15!
All tickets are either $15 for standard events or $20 for events where a book is included in the price of the ticket, and are available at any Library location and online by visiting the Library’s website:

At each program, authors speak for about an hour, followed by a short question and answer session.  Following the program, the featured author is typically available to sign copies of their works and restrictions for signing are subject to the authors, their management, or event circumstances.  Additional books will be available for purchase at the program from the Friends of the Library (subject to availability).