Hiram College

Chicagoan Les Roberts has written 30 mystery novels, a dozen short stories, eight screenplays and countless newspaper articles and book and movie reviews. He is best-loved in Greater Cleveland for the creation of his Slovenian detective, Milan Jacovich. Moving from Chicago to New York, he wrote for such TV classics as “Candid Camera” and “The Jackie Gleason Show.” His next stomping grounds was Hollywood, where he wrote and/or produced more than 2,500 half hours of network and syndicated TV, including “The Hollywood Squares,” “The Lucy Show,” “The Andy Griffith Show” and “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” to name just a few. Falling in love with Cleveland while creating the “Cash Explosion” game show for the Ohio Lottery, he relocated in 1990 and says that his 23 years in Greater Cleveland have been his best years, ever. He’s been twice nominated for both the Shamus and the Anthony awards, has several times been voted Cleveland’s favorite author, won the Cleveland Arts Prize for Literature in 1992 and the Sherwood Anderson Literary Award in 2003. In 2012 his novella, “A Carol for Cleveland,” was presented as a play (by Eric Coble) at the Cleveland Play House.