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Cleveland Foundation announces 5th annual Cleveland Book Week schedule; hour-long Anisfield-Wolf Book Award to on WVIZ/PBS

The showcase will run from September 29 through October 4.
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CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Foundation has announced the schedule for their 5th annual Cleveland Book Week. 

Taking place from September 29 through October 4, the showcase will celebrate past and present Anisfield-Wolf Book Award winners, in addition to offering a variety of free, virtual literary events for the community. 

Unique to this year's event lineup is a brand new Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards documentary, which will air at 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 1 on WVIZ/PBS and throughout Ohio's public television network. 

Anisfield-Wolf is the only American book prize that focuses on works that confront racism and equity. 

“In this historic year, heightened by the global Black Lives Matter movement, there’s never been a more important time to lift up a canon of literature that unapologetically and directly confronts racism,” said Karen R. Long, who oversees the awards for the Cleveland Foundation, in a press release. 

Cleveland Book Week is presented by The Cleveland Foundation and Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards in partnership with The City Club of Cleveland, Cleveland International Film Festival, Global Cleveland, the Great Lakes African American Writers Conference and the Western Reserve Historical Society.

The Week of celebration will kick off with the feature film, 'DOPE IS DEATH', directed by Mia Donovan, which tells the story of how the Young Lords and Black Panther Party created the first acupuncture detoxification program in America.

A number of additional screenings and conversations with local professors will be taking place throughout the week. 

For more information on Cleveland Book Week and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, click here