Authors’ Night: Celebrating Great Books about Cleveland History


Free Admission – No Cover Charge
3-Course Prix Fixe Dinner Menu for only $20

  • Venue:Supper Club
  • Showtime:7:00 pm
  • Doors open:5:00 pm
  • All Ages, Free Admission, Dining Reservations Required


  • Prix Fixe 3-course dinner option just $20
  • This week’s menu:
    • Pierogi Soup
    • Chicken Paprikash
    • Napoleon Pastry


    Author’s Night is one of 30 unique events being celebrated during Cleveland History Days

    Cleveland’s history is America’s history. Predicted for greatness by George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. A city founded on the shores of Lake Erie. Shaped by a crooked Cuyahoga River that defined its identity and grew its wealth. A wealth fueled by the many immigrant groups who settled here. It is a city that emerged from the Gilded Age as a leader in policy and programs, building not only a great city but a greater civilization. This same river would catch fire on a hot summer day in June of 1969. It became a poster child of a national movement to save the environment. Today, industrial freighters share a clean Cuyahoga River with wildlife and recreational watercraft. Cleveland is writing a new chapter in its comeback story.

    James Badal

    Author of In the Wake of the Butcher & more
    JamesBadalJames Jessen Badal is an American true crime writer. His works include In the Wake of the Butcher (about the Kingsbury Run Torso Murders), Though Murder Has No Tongue (about the only person arrested as the Butcher—who, by the way, Jim exonerates in this book), and Twilight of Innocence (about the Beverly Potts disappearance in 1951). Jim is considered an expert in unsolved true crimes that occurred in Cleveland.

    Laura DeMarco

    Author of Lost Cleveland & more
    LauraDeMarcoLaura DeMarco is the author of the books Cleveland Then and Now and Lost Cleveland, a trip back in time to Cleveland’s glorious and gritty past with more than 200 photos over 144 pages, and entries on 65 lost landmarks. Laura is an arts and culture reporter for the Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland. She specializes in local history and lost landmarks. She covers historical preservation, cultural institutions, immigrant groups, neighborhoods and the forgotten stories of Cleveland’s most interesting characters. Laura has also written for the Cleveland Free Times, Cleveland Scene, Alternative Press, Magnet magazine and publications of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. A third-generation Clevelander, she grew up listening to her grandmother’s and parents’ stories of Euclid Beach Park, Municipal Stadium and downtown department stores and loves to share these with new generations.

    John Grabowski

    Author of Cleveland A to Z & more
    JohnGrabowskiJohn J. Grabowski holds a joint position as the Krieger-Mueller Associate Professor of Applied History at Case Western Reserve University and the Krieger-Mueller Historian and Senior Vice President for Research and Publications at the Western Reserve Historical Society. He also serves as the editor of The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History and The Dictionary of Cleveland Biography, both of which are available online. His research interests center on American immigration, public history, and the disjuncture between “academic” and “popular” history. John has twice served as a Fulbright Scholar at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. His most recent book is a history of Bilkent, Turkey’s first private, foundation-funded university.

    Lauren Pacini

    Author of Shattered Dreams Revisited & more
    LaurenPaciniLauren R. Pacini is a Cleveland-based architectural photographer and author, specializing in documenting the transformation of Cleveland’s historic properties. Publications include Shattered Dreams Revisited, the story of the death and rebirth of the Midwest industrial city; The Ever-Whirling Winds of Change, the story of Saint Luke’s Hospital, 1904-2014 (For which he was a co-recipient of the National Trust/HUD Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation); Renaissance on East 9th Street: From Cleveland Trust to the 9; Preserving the Shaker Parklands: The Story of the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes; and in collaboration with John J. Grabowski, Cleveland A to Z. His next book, Honoring their Memory: Levi T. Scofield, Cleveland’s Monumental Architect and Sculptor, in celebration of the 125th Anniversary of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, which will launch on July 4, 2019. Other projects have included the transformation of Cleveland’s Public Square and the former Cleveland Board of Education Administration Building.


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