Authors to share their thoughts on living and working in the Heights at Oct. 5 event

Three Heights civic organizations will host Welcome Home: Heights Authors, the second in a series celebrating some of the amazing people who call the Heights home, on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2–4 p.m., at Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Road.

The free event will feature a panel discussion by Heights authors about why they like living and working in Cleveland Heights and University Heights.

Panelists include novelist Thrity Umrigar, whose latest book, The Story Hour: A Novel, is a LibraryReads pick; children’s book author Tricia Springstubb, whose What Happened on Fox Street was an Indie 2010 Pick of the Year; James Henke, a former writer and editor for Rolling Stone magazine and author of several books, including biographies of Jim Morrison, John Lennon and Bob Marley; and poet George Bilgere, winner of a 2003 Cleveland Arts Prize and 2014 Creative Workforce Fellowship, whose work has been frequently featured on Garrison Keillor’s “Prairie Home Companion” on National Public Radio.

“This is a great opportunity for both longtime residents and newcomers to meet some of our outstanding authors and find out what attracts them to the Heights,” said Clare Taft, board president of FutureHeights, one of the presenting organizations. “They can also learn about the two cities’ civic and cultural assets, meet neighbors and feel at home.”

Participants can enjoy complimentary nibbles and a cash bar. Longtime residents are encouraged to bring a new neighbor. Door prizes donated by Mac's Backs and Appletree Books will be given out to new residents. Appletree will also offer works by Heights authors for sale during the event.

Civic leaders, including city and school officials, will be on hand to welcome residents and provide information. Heights schools, businesses, cultural institutions and other organizations will also have materials available.

The event is presented by the Friends of the Heights Libraries, FutureHeights and Reaching Heights. It is sponsored by Simply Charming, Motorcars, realtor Susan Delaney of Howard Hanna, DVUV, and Keller National. 

To RSVP, visit, send an e-mail to or call one of the three presenting organizations.

Deanna Bremer Fisher

Deanna Bremer Fisher is executive director of FutureHeights and publisher of the Heights Observer.

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