American Writers Museum

American Writers Museum American Writers Museum's mission is to engage the public in celebrating American writers and exploring their influence on our history, our identity, our culture, and our daily lives.. http://www.americanwritersmuseum.org/
There are more than 17,500 museums in the United States. Among these are museums that focus on art, history, sports, pop culture, science, technology, race and ethnicity. Although there are many wonderful small museums that commemorate the lives of individual writers, almost unbelievably, there is not a single museum dedicated to the history of American literature and to American writers. Today, the American Writers Museum Foundation is addressing this profound omission through its commitment to establishing The American Writers Museum™
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The American Writers Museum: - Educates the public about American writers – past and present - Engages visitors to the Museum in exploring the many exciting worlds created by the spoken and written word - Enriches and deepens appreciation for good writing in all its forms - Inspires people of all ages and from all walks of life to discover, or rediscover, a love of reading and writing -Through innovative and dynamic state-of- the-art exhibitions, as well as compelling programming, The American Writers Museum educates, enriches, provokes and inspires the public. We invite you to visit us, and experience American literature in a new, unique way!

Mission: The mission of the American Writers Museum Foundation is to establish the first national museum in the United States dedicated to engaging the public in celebrating American writers and exploring their influence on our history, our identity, our culture and our daily lives.

Check out what the AWM Staff has been reading recently! There's something for everyone on this list: poetry, nonfiction,...
07/08/2020
AWM Staff Picks: July 2020

Check out what the AWM Staff has been reading recently! There's something for everyone on this list: poetry, nonfiction, essay collections, novels, memoirs and lots of dystopian fiction, perhaps an unhealthy amount...

Anyways, click through to see what we are reading and let us know what you are reading in the comments!

Reading recommendations from the staff at the American Writers Museum. Find out what we've been reading and see if any of your favorites are on the list!

TONIGHT!Join us for a live discussion with screenwriter Sarah Gubbins, who adapted the screenplay for the new film SHIRL...
07/06/2020
SHIRLEY: Live Q&A with Screenwriter & Playwright Sarah Gubbins

TONIGHT!

Join us for a live discussion with screenwriter Sarah Gubbins, who adapted the screenplay for the new film SHIRLEY, starring Elisabeth Moss as Shirley Jackson. Learn more about how a book gets made into a movie!

The fun starts at 6:30 pm Central
https://americanwritersmuseum.org/program-calendar/shirley-live-qa-with-screenwriter-playwright-sarah-gubbins/

A conversation with Chicago playwright and screewnwriter Sarah Gubbins about her new film "Shirley," starring Elisabeth Moss as novelist Shirley Jackson.

Ahead of our program tonight with SHIRLEY screenwriter Sarah Gubbins, take a look at some other Shirley Jackson stories ...
07/06/2020
Shirley Jackson at the Movies!

Ahead of our program tonight with SHIRLEY screenwriter Sarah Gubbins, take a look at some other Shirley Jackson stories that have been been adapted to the big screen!

Then be sure to register for tonight's talk here: https://bit.ly/ShirleyAWM

In celebration of the new film SHIRLEY starring Elisabeth Moss as Shirley Jackson we rounded up some of our favorite film adaptations of Jackson's work.

"For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder."On this #FourthofJuly, learn mo...
07/04/2020
'What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?': The History of Frederick Douglass' Searing Independence Day Oration

"For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder."

On this #FourthofJuly, learn more about Frederick Douglass' rousing 1852 speech "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?"
https://time.com/5614930/frederick-douglass-fourth-of-july/

"What the speech is saying is you must destroy first what you created and remake it, or it will be destroyed — and you with it"

07/04/2020
“What to the Slave is 4th of July?”: James Earl Jones Reads Frederick Douglass’s Historic Speech

"What to the American slave is your 4th of July? I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim."

James Earl Jones reads part of Frederick Douglass' 1852 speech
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0baE_CtU08

In a Fourth of July holiday special, we hear the words of Frederick Douglass. Born into slavery around 1818, Douglass became a key leader of the abolitionist...

"O! had I the ability, and could I reach the nation’s ear, I would, to-day, pour out a fiery stream of biting ridicule, ...
07/04/2020
"What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?" - Teaching American History

"O! had I the ability, and could I reach the nation’s ear, I would, to-day, pour out a fiery stream of biting ridicule, blasting reproach, withering sarcasm, and stern rebuke."

Read Frederick Douglass' 1852 speech in its entirety today. #FourthofJuly
https://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/document/what-to-the-slave-is-the-fourth-of-july/

Frederick Douglass delivers a stirring speech about America's celebration and the hypocrisy of Independence Day.

We are open today!Now through the end of July, we have pledged to donate $1 of every admission ticket sold to our friend...
07/03/2020

We are open today!

Now through the end of July, we have pledged to donate $1 of every admission ticket sold to our friends at Young, Black & Lit. and Bernie's Book Bank. Come visit us and support these two organizations who work to put books in the hands of underserved children.

Buying tickets online ahead of time is strongly encouraged:
https://americanwritersmuseum.org/visit/tickets-hours/

07/03/2020
We're open!

What to expect when you visit the American Writers Museum.

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07/02/2020
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When you first walk into the American Writers Museum, you walk right into a timeline of American writers that spans more than 400 years. The museum has been quick to adapt to our new distanced reality, implementing new versions of exhibits and adding virtual events.

Our summer intern Abeje put together a list of Black writers, both past and present, she's been reading. But this list i...
07/01/2020
Black Writers, Their Stories & Ways to Get Involved

Our summer intern Abeje put together a list of Black writers, both past and present, she's been reading. But this list is more than just books, as we've also included info and links to organizations actively fighting to bring an end to systemic racism and police brutality.

Read, learn, take action.

Our summer intern Abeje put together a list of Black writers, their stories and ways you can get involved today to support the struggle for Black liberation.

Rest easy, Carl Reiner. Thank you for making us laugh and smile all these years.#RIPCarlReiner #CarlReiner
06/30/2020

Rest easy, Carl Reiner. Thank you for making us laugh and smile all these years.

#RIPCarlReiner #CarlReiner

We are saddened to hear that comedy legend Carl Reiner has passed away, but we are bolstered by this interview he did a ...
06/30/2020
Carl Reiner on writing a children’s book, tweeting, and joking around with Mel Brooks

We are saddened to hear that comedy legend Carl Reiner has passed away, but we are bolstered by this interview he did a few years back with The A.V. Club about his approach to writing, the pleasures of writing, and how he has used every medium from typewriter to twitter.

"Writing is the basis of it all because creating something that didn’t even exist before is like taking an empty canvass. It is a wonderful thing to make something out of nothing."

Rest easy, Carl Reiner, and thanks for making us smile all these years.

At 93, there isn’t much comedy legend Carl Reiner hasn’t done. Over a rich career he’s tried his hand at stand-up comedy, acting, directing, producing, writing, and even singing. He is best known as the straight man to his longtime friend Mel Brooks in 2000 Year Old Man, for his role on Sid Ca...

UPDATE: We're back.We are excited to open our doors to the public July 3, and to members-only July 1 & 2.The health of v...
06/25/2020
Operation Updates | The American Writers Museum

UPDATE: We're back.

We are excited to open our doors to the public July 3, and to members-only July 1 & 2.

The health of visitors and AWM staff is of the utmost importance to us, so here's what we are doing to create a safe space to celebrate writing.

Updated June 24, 2020. The AWM will be reopening in Phase 4. Visit site for the latest updates on online and in-person offerings during the COVID-19 crisis.

Join our friends at the Yiddish Book Center for a discussion with author Ilan Stavans on Jewish immigration to America, ...
06/24/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: MULTI-MEDIA TALK | "What Remains: The Suitcases of Charles F. at Willard State Hospital," with Ilan Stavans. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Join our friends at the Yiddish Book Center for a discussion with author Ilan Stavans on Jewish immigration to America, memory, and mental illness July 2, 7pm EDT.

It is in connection with Stavans' new book "What Remains: The Suitcases of Charles F. at Willard State Hospital" (SUNY Press, 2020), done in collaboration with photographer Jon Crispin.

"What Remains: The Suitcases of Charles F. at Willard State Hospital" (SUNY, 2020) is about a poor, Yiddish-speaking, Russian-Jewish immigrant tailor who, in 1946, was institutionalized at Willard, the famous psychiatric hospital in Upstate New York. Charles F. spoke Yiddish with his doctors and tal...

06/23/2020
Let's Talk Typewriters!

Happy Typewriter Day!

June 23 marks the day American inventor Christopher Latham Sholes was granted a patent for his typewriter in 1868. They've changed a lot since then. Check out our virtual Typewriter Talk to learn more!

Join the AWM's resident typewriter expert Christopher on a virtual tour of our special exhibit Tools of the Trade. Go behind the glass with Christopher and l...

Episode 4 of the American Writers Museum Podcast is now available!Listen now to a conversation with graphic novelist NGO...
06/22/2020
Episode 4: Ngozi Ukazu

Episode 4 of the American Writers Museum Podcast is now available!

Listen now to a conversation with graphic novelist NGOZI UKAZU about her hit comic series "Check, Please!"

This week, we are pleased to present a discussion between AWM Program Director Allison Sansone and graphic novelist Ngozi Ukazu about the latest installment in her popular Check Please! series. We hope you enjoy entering the mind of a writer.

The American Writers Museum administrative offices will be closed today in observance of Juneteenth, the holiday that co...
06/19/2020
Here’s A List Of Juneteenth Celebrations In Chicago To Lift Your Spirits

The American Writers Museum administrative offices will be closed today in observance of Juneteenth, the holiday that commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States.

Below is a list of Juneteenth celebrations in Chicago (thanks Block Club Chicago!) We encourage you to find, join and support celebrations in your local area, or celebrate online by learning more about the writing and activism of Frederick Douglass at www.FD-Agitator.org

There will be car caravans, rallies, giveaways, online concerts and more to mark this Juneteenth.

"They got money for wars, but can't feed the poor."Happy birthday Tupac! Born on this day in 1971, the legendary rapper ...
06/16/2020

"They got money for wars, but can't feed the poor."

Happy birthday Tupac! Born on this day in 1971, the legendary rapper and staunch advocate for racial justice would have turned 49 today. And yet, his words still resonate. We gotta make a change...

#HappyBirthdayTupac #TupacShakur #Tupac

Ahead of our program TONIGHT at 6:30 pm Central with writers Joe Bonomo and Rick Telander, check out Bonomo's thoughts o...
06/16/2020
Roger Angell: Baseball Writing for the Ages | The American Writers Museum

Ahead of our program TONIGHT at 6:30 pm Central with writers Joe Bonomo and Rick Telander, check out Bonomo's thoughts on legendary baseball writer Roger Angell on our blog!

Then be sure to register for tonight's program about baseball writing here: https://bit.ly/BaseballWriting

Roger Angell is the greatest living baseball writer. He’s written about the game for The New Yorker since 1962, the year he visited the fledgling New York Mets at Spring Training in St. Petersburg, Florida. He was forty-one years old, dispatched there by his editor William Shawn, who was hopeful f...

The brand new American Writers Museum Podcast continues with Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist Laila Lalam...
06/15/2020
Episode 3: Laila Lalami

The brand new American Writers Museum Podcast continues with Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist Laila Lalami, author of the forthcoming book "Conditional Citizens." This highly anticipated memoir recounts her unlikely journey from Moroccan immigrant to U.S. citizen, using it as a starting point for her exploration of the rights, liberties, and protections that are traditionally associated with American citizenship.

#MyAmericaWriters #ImmigrantHeritageMonth #CelebrateImmigrants #IHM2020

This week we are pleased to present Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist Laila Lalami, who chats with American Writers Museum President Carey Cranston about her forthcoming book Conditional Citizens. We hope you enjoy entering the mind of a writer.

06/12/2020
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"In the death of Medger Evers, America has lost one of those pure patriots whose most passionate desire was to be an American, and to be acknowledged as an American."

On this day in 1963 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered this stirring address following the killing of Medgar Evers. Read these powerful words and see how they still resonate 57 years later. Then read up on Medgar Evers and his story.

http://digital-archives.ccny.cuny.edu/archival-collections/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/1963_MLK_Speech.pdf

06/11/2020
The Agitator Broadcast Part 2

In 1845, Frederick Douglass published his memoir "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave." Sadly, 175 years later, his words remain all too relevant today.

To remind us of the depth of the pain and cruelty upon which our country was built, and how far we have yet to go to meet the true hope of equality that Douglass spent his life fighting and writing for, we present a reading of his memoir in its entirety featuring contemporary writers, scholars, and activists reading his work. We hope that you will hear the demands for dignity today echoing the words of history, and take up the cause of dismantling white supremacy, for which Douglass had a simple command: “Agitate! Agitate! Agitate!”

This is Part 2 of "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass." If you missed Part 1 it is available on our page. For a full list of readers visit: https://bit.ly/TheAgitatorBroadcast

Frederick Douglass was both a writer and a man of action. Here are just some of the many organizations you can support to combat systemic racism, institutional violence, and police brutality. We also urge you to do additional research on your own and find organizations that speak to you most. Then take action.

Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives: https://fdfi.org/
Black Lives Matter: https://blacklivesmatter.com/
The Bail Project: https://bailproject.org/
Assata's Daughters: https://assatasdaughters.org/
Color Of Change: https://colorofchange.org/
We Need Diverse Books: https://diversebooks.org/
The Hurston/Wright Foundation: https://www.hurstonwright.org/
The Conscious Kid: https://theconsciouskid.org/

06/11/2020
The Agitator Broadcast Part 1

In 1845, Frederick Douglass published his memoir "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave." Sadly, 175 years later, his words remain all too relevant today.

To remind us of the depth of the pain and cruelty upon which our country was built, and how far we have yet to go to meet the true hope of equality that Douglass spent his life fighting and writing for, we present a reading of his memoir in its entirety featuring contemporary writers, scholars, and activists reading his work. We hope that you will hear the demands for dignity today echoing the words of history, and take up the cause of dismantling white supremacy, for which Douglass had a simple command: “Agitate! Agitate! Agitate!”

This is Part 1 of "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass." Part 2 will air on Facebook June 11, 2020 at 2:00 pm Central. For a full list of readers visit: https://bit.ly/TheAgitatorBroadcast

Frederick Douglass was both a writer and a man of action. Here are just some of the many organizations you can support to combat systemic racism, institutional violence, and police brutality. We also urge you to do additional research on your own and find organizations that speak to you most. Then take action.

Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives: https://fdfi.org/
@BlackLivesMatter: https://blacklivesmatter.com/
The Bail Project: https://bailproject.org/
Assata's Daughters: https://assatasdaughters.org/
Color Of Change: https://colorofchange.org/
We Need Diverse Books: https://diversebooks.org/
The Hurston/Wright Foundation: https://www.hurstonwright.org/
The Conscious Kid: https://theconsciouskid.org/

Premiering in 30 minutes!Tune in to The Agitator Broadcast right here on Facebook or on YouTube at 12:00 pm Central. Lea...
06/11/2020
The Agitator Broadcast

Premiering in 30 minutes!

Tune in to The Agitator Broadcast right here on Facebook or on YouTube at 12:00 pm Central. Leading writers, scholars, and activists read "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave" in its entirety.

Follow the link to see how and where to watch! https://bit.ly/TheAgitatorBroadcast

Leading contemporary writers, scholars, and activists read the "Narrative of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave" in its entirety.

06/11/2020

In 1845, Frederick Douglass published his memoir "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave." Sadly, 175 years later, his words remain all too relevant today.

To remind us of the depth of the pain and cruelty upon which our country was built, and how far we have yet to go to meet the true hope of equality that Douglass spent his life fighting and writing for, we present a reading of his memoir in its entirety featuring contemporary writers, scholars, and activists reading his work. We hope that you will hear the demands for dignity today echoing the words of history, and take up the cause of dismantling white supremacy, for which Douglass had a simple command: “Agitate! Agitate! Agitate!”

This is Part 2 of "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass." If you missed Part 1 it is available on our page. For a full list of readers visit: https://bit.ly/TheAgitatorBroadcast

Frederick Douglass was both a writer and a man of action. Here are just some of the many organizations you can support to combat systemic racism, institutional violence, and police brutality. We also urge you to do additional research on your own and find organizations that speak to you most. Then take action.

Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives: https://fdfi.org/
Black Lives Matter: https://blacklivesmatter.com/
The Bail Project: https://bailproject.org/
Assata's Daughters: https://assatasdaughters.org/
Color Of Change: https://colorofchange.org/
We Need Diverse Books: https://diversebooks.org/
The Hurston/Wright Foundation: https://www.hurstonwright.org/
The Conscious Kid: https://theconsciouskid.org/

06/11/2020

In 1845, Frederick Douglass published his memoir "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave." Sadly, 175 years later, his words remain all too relevant today.

To remind us of the depth of the pain and cruelty upon which our country was built, and how far we have yet to go to meet the true hope of equality that Douglass spent his life fighting and writing for, we present a reading of his memoir in its entirety featuring contemporary writers, scholars, and activists reading his work. We hope that you will hear the demands for dignity today echoing the words of history, and take up the cause of dismantling white supremacy, for which Douglass had a simple command: “Agitate! Agitate! Agitate!”

This is Part 1 of "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass." Part 2 will air on Facebook June 11, 2020 at 2:00 pm Central. For a full list of readers visit: https://bit.ly/TheAgitatorBroadcast

Frederick Douglass was both a writer and a man of action. Here are just some of the many organizations you can support to combat systemic racism, institutional violence, and police brutality. We also urge you to do additional research on your own and find organizations that speak to you most. Then take action.

Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives: https://fdfi.org/
Black Lives Matter: https://blacklivesmatter.com/
The Bail Project: https://bailproject.org/
Assata's Daughters: https://assatasdaughters.org/
Color Of Change: https://colorofchange.org/
We Need Diverse Books: https://diversebooks.org/
The Hurston/Wright Foundation: https://www.hurstonwright.org/
The Conscious Kid: https://theconsciouskid.org/

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The American Writers Museum is the first museum of its kind in the nation, dedicated the writers who have shaped the course of history with their words. With interactive, hands-on exhibits, the AWM is a literature-lover’s playground and an educational experience unlike any other. Here at the AWM we celebrate past writers, promote current writers, and inspire the next generation of writers. Plan your visit today!

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