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Cleveland Public Library  (CPL) along with Radio One Cleveland’s own Basheer Jones is honored to host Sapphire, a performance poet and writer whose novel, Push, was made into the award-winning film, “Precious.”

On Sunday, October 10 at 2:00 p.m. as part of the Writers & Readers author series, Basheer will interview Sapphire live.

Sapphire self-published a book of poems in the late 1980s, and her first collection, American Dreams was published in 1994. Black Wings & Blind Angels followed in 2000. Push won the Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s First Novelist Award, as well as the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction.

The Cleveland Public Library’s Writers & Readers author series showcases the Library’s role in promoting books and reading to the Greater Cleveland Community. All Writers & Readers events are free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For more information call (216) 623-2869.

Cleveland Public Library is the place for all Clevelanders to dream, create and grow. CPL serves four million patrons annually at 28 branches across the city, lending more than 6.5 million from a collection of more than 10 million items. CPL library services are also available at the Public Administration Library in City Hall, “The People’s University on Wheels” Bookmobile, Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled, and the On the Road to Reading literacy van. CPL is the home for the Ohio Center for the Book, CLEVNET library cooperation, and KnowItNow24x7 virtual reference service.