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 litera

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 litera

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"It is foolish to be convinced without evidence, but it is equally foolish to refuse to be convinced by real evidence."H...
09/20/2021

"It is foolish to be convinced without evidence, but it is equally foolish to refuse to be convinced by real evidence."

Happy birthday Upton Sinclair! The muckraking journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Jungle," "The Brass Check," "Oil!" & more was born in 1878.

"It is foolish to be convinced without evidence, but it is equally foolish to refuse to be convinced by real evidence."

Happy birthday Upton Sinclair! The muckraking journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Jungle," "The Brass Check," "Oil!" & more was born in 1878.

"The job is to seek mystery, evoke mystery, plant a garden in which strange plants grow and mysteries bloom. The need fo...
09/17/2021

"The job is to seek mystery, evoke mystery, plant a garden in which strange plants grow and mysteries bloom. The need for mystery is greater than the need for an answer."

Happy birthday #KenKesey! The author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and more was born this day in 1935.

"The job is to seek mystery, evoke mystery, plant a garden in which strange plants grow and mysteries bloom. The need for mystery is greater than the need for an answer."

Happy birthday #KenKesey! The author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and more was born this day in 1935.

Do you remember...dancing in September? For the AWM Staff, we'll be dancing with these books! Check out our reading reco...
09/09/2021
Reading Recommendations: September 2021

Do you remember...dancing in September? For the AWM Staff, we'll be dancing with these books! Check out our reading recommendations here:

https://americanwritersmuseum.org/awm-staff-picks-september-2021/

See any of your favorites on the list? Let us know what you're reading in the comments! Here's our list:

📚 "Finna" by Nate Marshall

📚 "The Four Winds" by Kristin Hannah

📚 "Harlem Shuffle" by Colson Whitehead

📚 "The Last Thing He Told Me" by Laura Dave

📚 "Leaving Tabasco" by Carmen Boullosa, novelista y poeta

📚 "Never A City So Real" by Alex Kotlowitz

📚 "Out of the Silent Planet" by C. S. Lewis

📚 "Trini" by Estela Portillo Trambley

📚 "White Feminism: From the Suffragettes to Influencers and Who They Leave Behind" by Koa Beck

📚 "The Witch King" by H.E. Edgmon

📚 "2666" by Roberto Bolaño

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!

09/08/2021
Episode 63: Leonard S. Marcus & Meg Medina

This week on AWM Author Talks, writer Meg Medina and historian & critic Leonard S. Marcus discuss Marcus's new book of interviews "You Can't Say That!: Writers for Young People Talk About Censorship, Free Expression, and the Stories They Have To Tell." Medina is one of the writers featured in this stellar collection.

Listen at the link below or wherever you listen to podcasts!
https://americanwritersmuseum.org/podcast/episode-63-leonard-s-marcus/

09/02/2021
Episode 62: Elly Fishman

On the latest episode of the AWM Author Talks podcast, journalist Elly Fishman discusses her recent book "Refugee High: Coming of Age in America" with Alex Kotlowitz. Fishman takes us inside Chicago's Sullivan High School, a school with one of the highest proportions of refugees in the country, and tells the important stories of these students, parents, and teachers.

Listen here at the link here or wherever you listen to podcasts.

https://americanwritersmuseum.org/podcast/episode-62-elly-fishman/

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08/31/2021

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Registration is now open!See Colson Whitehead discuss his new book HARLEM SHUFFLE on September 12 at Printers Row Lit Fe...
08/27/2021
Colson Whitehead: Harlem Shuffle

Registration is now open!

See Colson Whitehead discuss his new book HARLEM SHUFFLE on September 12 at Printers Row Lit Fest. Sign up for free today and get a pre-signed advance copy of the book!

Proof of vaccination and a valid photo ID required to attend this event.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/colson-whitehead-harlem-shuffle-tickets-166213510083

Colson Whitehead discusses his new book "Harlem Shuffle", presented by the American Writers Museum at Printers Row Lit Fest.

"As a fiction writer you train yourself to think about situations subjectively. I don't really care for narratives that ...
08/24/2021

"As a fiction writer you train yourself to think about situations subjectively. I don't really care for narratives that are just A, B, C, D, and then E. I like the aura that fiction has, how it can conjure up dream imagery. It's a sort of emotional speculation that you can shape and work with."

Happy birthday to Oscar Hijuelos, born on this day in 1951. The son of Cuban immigrants, he wrote movingly about the bittersweet struggle to assimilate into American culture. His memoir and seven novels meditate on the meaning of identity, family, and the American definition of success. As a storyteller, he blended myth and history, satire and lyricism, the romantic and the gritty.

"The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love" (1989), for which Hijuelos won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, making him the first Latino to do so, tells the story of two Cuban musicians who move to New York City in pursuit of fame and fortune. New York Times reviewer Michiko Kakutani called the novel "another kind of American story--an immigrant story of lost opportunities and squandered hopes."

"As a fiction writer you train yourself to think about situations subjectively. I don't really care for narratives that are just A, B, C, D, and then E. I like the aura that fiction has, how it can conjure up dream imagery. It's a sort of emotional speculation that you can shape and work with."

Happy birthday to Oscar Hijuelos, born on this day in 1951. The son of Cuban immigrants, he wrote movingly about the bittersweet struggle to assimilate into American culture. His memoir and seven novels meditate on the meaning of identity, family, and the American definition of success. As a storyteller, he blended myth and history, satire and lyricism, the romantic and the gritty.

"The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love" (1989), for which Hijuelos won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, making him the first Latino to do so, tells the story of two Cuban musicians who move to New York City in pursuit of fame and fortune. New York Times reviewer Michiko Kakutani called the novel "another kind of American story--an immigrant story of lost opportunities and squandered hopes."

We had a blast celebrating Ray Bradbury's birthday yesterday at #SundaysOnState with The Chicago Loop Alliance!Bradbury'...
08/23/2021

We had a blast celebrating Ray Bradbury's birthday yesterday at #SundaysOnState with The Chicago Loop Alliance!

Bradbury's authorized biographer and friend Sam Weller stopped by to share stories and answer questions. Plus we had a real fire truck! But don't worry, these firemen aren't the book-burning type you'll find in Bradbury's stories. Instead, we gave away more than 600 copies of "Fahrenheit 451" to visitors.

Give books, don't burn them. Happy birthday Ray!

This week on AWM Author Talks we chat with Charles Ardai, editor of the short story collection "Killer, Come Back to Me:...
08/23/2021
Ep. 61: Charles Ardai | AWM Author Talks Podcast

This week on AWM Author Talks we chat with Charles Ardai, editor of the short story collection "Killer, Come Back to Me: The Crime Stories of Ray Bradbury. Check it out to learn more about this lesser known aspect of Bradbury's writing.

Listen at the link or wherever you get podcasts!

https://americanwritersmuseum.org/podcast/episode-61-charles-ardai/

This week, we chat with Charles Ardai, editor of the short story anthology "Killer, Come Back to Me: The Crime Stories of Ray Bradbury."

08/22/2021

We're all set up for #SundaysonState! We've got a fire truck, fun activities, and FREE BOOKS to give away to celebrate Ray Bradbury's birthday. We'll be on State Street until 4 PM today. See you soon!

Only 75 days until Halloween! But who's counting?Get in the mood for spooky season with these Spooky Summer Reads: https...
08/17/2021
Spooky Summer Reads

Only 75 days until Halloween! But who's counting?
Get in the mood for spooky season with these Spooky Summer Reads: https://bit.ly/SpookySummerReads

These are not your typical summer book recommendations...beat the heat this summer with these chilling tales.

Our monthly staff picks are in! Check out our blog to see what we recommend. What are you reading these days?Read it her...
08/12/2021
Reading Recommendations: August 2021

Our monthly staff picks are in! Check out our blog to see what we recommend. What are you reading these days?

Read it here: https://americanwritersmuseum.org/awm-staff-picks-august-2/

Here's our list:

"Brazil" by John Updike

"Dark Black" by Sam Weller

"Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch" by Rivka Galchen

"Firefly Lane" by Kristin Hannah

"How Much of These Hills Is Gold" by C Pam Zhang

"Killer, Come Back to Me: The Crime Stories of Ray Bradbury" edited by Charles Ardai

"Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly" by Anthony Bourdain

"The Girls Who Stepped Out of Line" by Mari K. Eder

"You Can’t Say That!: Writers for Young People Talk About Censorship, Free Expression, and the Stories They Have To Tell" edited by Leonard S. Marcus

"Zen in the Art of Writing" by Ray Bradbury

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!

Add theatre to your reopening mix and get Hot Tix!Hot Tix is a service of the non-profit League of Chicago Theatres offe...
08/11/2021

Add theatre to your reopening mix and get Hot Tix!

Hot Tix is a service of the non-profit League of Chicago Theatres offering half-price theatre tickets to shows across Chicago. We are excited to welcome them back to the Loop today! They will be open Tuesday through Saturday each week.

Not able to make it downtown? Half-price theatre tickets are also available online at HotTix.org.

Add theatre to your reopening mix and get Hot Tix!

Hot Tix is a service of the non-profit League of Chicago Theatres offering half-price theatre tickets to shows across Chicago. We are excited to welcome them back to the Loop today! They will be open Tuesday through Saturday each week.

Not able to make it downtown? Half-price theatre tickets are also available online at HotTix.org.

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08/10/2021

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"The American sense of reality is dictated by what Americans are trying to avoid. And if you're trying to avoid reality,...
08/02/2021
American Voices: James Baldwin

"The American sense of reality is dictated by what Americans are trying to avoid. And if you're trying to avoid reality, how can you face it?"

Happy birthday to the legend James Baldwin, born on this day in 1924. Read about him at the link.

#JamesBaldwin
https://americanwritersmuseum.org/american-voices-james-baldwin/

Learn more about iconic essayist and novelist James Baldwin as part of the American Writers Museum's "American Voices" exhibit.

“American violence is public life. It’s a public way of life; it became a form, a detective story form...So I haven’t cr...
07/29/2021

“American violence is public life. It’s a public way of life; it became a form, a detective story form...So I haven’t created anything whatsoever; I just made the faces black, that’s all.”

Happy birthday to Chester Himes! Born on this day in 1909, Himes was well-known for his Harlem detective novels featuring the duo of Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones.

Learn more about Himes and other influential writers of his era in our American Voices virtual exhibit here: https://nationofwriters.org/exhibit/modernism/

“American violence is public life. It’s a public way of life; it became a form, a detective story form...So I haven’t created anything whatsoever; I just made the faces black, that’s all.”

Happy birthday to Chester Himes! Born on this day in 1909, Himes was well-known for his Harlem detective novels featuring the duo of Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones.

Learn more about Himes and other influential writers of his era in our American Voices virtual exhibit here: https://nationofwriters.org/exhibit/modernism/

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07/26/2021

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Come find us State Street today with the The Chicago Loop Alliance!In addition to typewriters and interactive exhibits, ...
07/25/2021
July 25 Sundays On State lineup details announced

Come find us State Street today with the The Chicago Loop Alliance!

In addition to typewriters and interactive exhibits, we'll be joined by award-winning storyteller Nestor "The Boss" Gomez, who will share immigration stories for all ages.

#SundaysOnState
https://loopchicago.com/in-the-loop/july-25-sundays-on-state-lineup-details-announced/

8 MIN READ —Chicago Loop Alliance is announcing the lineup for the July 25 Sundays on State event, taking place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on State Street from Lake to Madison. Sundays on State is an ambitious open streets project that is free and open to the public.

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Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm

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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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