Library to unveil Literary Landmark plaque for local author Earl Derr Biggers during Warren Homecoming festivities


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WARREN, OH – The Warren-Trumbull County Public Library will recognize former Warren resident and mystery author Earl Derr Biggers during Warren’s Homecoming weekend festivities with a free lecture about the “Charlie Chan” creator, showings of movies based on his books, and unveiling of a Literary Landmark plaque in his honor.

Earl Derr Biggers (1884-1933) was a novelist and playwright born and raised in Warren, Ohio. He graduated from Warren High School in 1903 and in 1907 from Harvard University. While in high school, he founded “The Cauldron,” a monthly school literary magazine.

Biggers worked as a journalist in Cleveland and Boston before pursuing fiction writing and relocating to New York and eventually California. He is best known for his mystery novels featuring fictional Chinese-Hawaiian detective Charlie Chan. Biggers presented Chan as an intelligent, heroic character at a time when popular literature negatively stereotyped Asians.

The Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, in partnership with the Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County and the Friends of the Warren Library, applied for and received a “Literary Landmark” designation in honor of Biggers through the American Library Association’s “United For Libraries” division. The Literary Landmarks program was established to encourage the dedication of historic literary sites.

The public is invited to the Main Library, 444 Mahoning Ave. NW in Warren, for the following Warren Homecoming events:

Saturday, Sept. 23 at 11 a.m. – Unveiling of the bronze Literary Landmark plaque and a lecture about Biggers’ life and works presented by Jan Vaughn, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library assistant director.

Sunday, Sept. 4 at 1:30 p.m. – Movie showing of a Charlie Chan film starring Warner Oland.

Sunday, Sept. 24 at 3 p.m. – Movie showing of a 1929 film based on Biggers’ acclaimed first novel, “Seven Keys to Baldpate.”

All library events are free; no reservations required.

For more information, contact the library Public Relations Department at (330) 399-8807 ext. 128 or visit

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