Author J. Everett Prewitt Did Booksigning at the East Cleveland Public Library

Submitted by Charles on Sun, 04/09/2006 - 23:57.


Everett Prewitt spoke in the 240 seat recital hall, the same room where live jazz often featured. Library Director Gregory Reese, the person responsible for bringing this dream to fruition, told me that portions of the Tri-C Jazz fest will be held at the library. For a listing of future concerts, check out the library's website.

Although I've heard Everett speak before, each time I hear him, I learn something new.  He focused this time on his life and the experiences that shaped his both his voice as an author and Snake Walkers, his first book. Snake Walkers tells the story of the first black reporter at a southern newspaper, who traumatized as a child after witnessing a tragic event, attempts to solve the mysterious disappearance of 14 townspeople and an abandoned town. You can learn more about the book by visiting here.

In describing his motivation for writing, he closed with an African Proverb: until the lions have their own historian, the tales of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.

I must say a few words about the East Cleveland Public Library.The newly remodeled facility is fantastic.

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East Cleveland library very special

Gregory Reese has brought lots of great people together to support the East Cleveland Public Library, making it a regonal asset that greatly benefits the community. As you mention, it was just expanded... philanthropist Mort November and the foundations made that possible, and it is now one of the finest venues around featuring world-class jazz. Let's make sure we highlight any events held there - I don't want to miss anything else - thanks for posting on this, Charles!!


Debra Ann November Learning Center

In August 2005, the Debra Ann November Learning Center, opened its doors at the East Cleveland Public Library. This new wing of is part of the 18,000-square-foot, $3.8-million library additions.

Funds for the library expansion were provided by a $1 million start-up grant from Cleveland Foundation. Other supporting organizations included: The Fred A. Lennon Charitable Trust, the McGregor Foundation, the George Gund Foundation, the Abington Foundation, and the Eva L. and Joseph M. Bruening Foundation. The project’s sole individual donor was Mort November.

The library is key to the residents of East Cleveland and works more like a community center. Because many residents in poorer communities like East Cleveland don’t own computers. Libraries in this urban setting need more than ever to be technologically well equipped. More Information

Mort November and
Greg Reese,
Library director

Photo by Betsy Molnar


Community REPORTERS are great!


Thanks for a visual eye opener for someone (me) who hasn't yet visited the East Cleveland Public Library.   I'll get there. 


You show how the community gets itself tied together through such excellent community based individually critiqued reporting.