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.

In case you missed us on WGN TV yesterday, check it out here!We were honored to host writer and immigration lawyer Fiona...
02/24/2020
American immigrant stories of past and present on display at American Writers Museum

In case you missed us on WGN TV yesterday, check it out here!

We were honored to host writer and immigration lawyer Fiona McEntee yesterday, for a reading and discussion of her children's book "Our American Dream," which aims to explain the importance of creating a welcoming and supportive country for immigrant families.

CHICAGO — At the American Writers Museum Sunday, author and attorney Fiona McEntee sat down with many kids to read her book “Our American Dream,” and explore the story of immigration in America. “Everyone has a dream,” McEntee said. “An American dream. And I believe that we are more alik...

Happy Friday y'all!Today's edition of the AWM Story of the Week features three great pieces written by museum visitors o...
02/21/2020
AWM Story of the Week 2/21 | The American Writers Museum

Happy Friday y'all!

Today's edition of the AWM Story of the Week features three great pieces written by museum visitors on our vintage typewriters. Stop by and try your hand at writing a story on these timeless machines...we just might feature it here!
https://americanwritersmuseum.org/awm-story-of-the-week-91/

Every week, the AWM is excited to bring you stories written by our visitors in our Story of the Day exhibit. This week features poetry and prose.

"Start from the unknown and when you write you get to know a little bit better, just getting closer, but never there."Th...
02/20/2020
My America: Yiyun Li

"Start from the unknown and when you write you get to know a little bit better, just getting closer, but never there."

The latest in our #MyAmericaWriters series features #YiyunLi. Check out the blog, then explore the exhibit in person to hear even more!
https://americanwritersmuseum.org/my-america-yiyun-li/

Award-winning writer Yiyun Li discusses her writing process, upbringing in China, and experiences as an immigrant in the US, part of the My America exhibit.

"We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.""Your silence will n...
02/18/2020

"We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives."

"Your silence will not protect you."

Happy birthday to both Toni Morrison (b. 1931) and Audre Lorde (b. 1934)! Thank you for having the courage to write and speak your truths.

CHICAGO! TONIGHT!The #MyAmericaWriters program series continues with National Book Award finalist David Treuer, author o...
02/14/2020
My America: David Treuer | Reading & Signing

CHICAGO! TONIGHT!

The #MyAmericaWriters program series continues with National Book Award finalist David Treuer, author of "The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee," which tells the full and honest history of Native American life from the 1890s to today.

Treuer brings his unique perspective as an Ojibwe Indian and the son of a Holocaust survivor to this engaging and popular program series.

RSVP here 👇
https://americanwritersmuseum.org/program-calendar/my-america-david-treuer/

Author David Treuer, an Ojibwe Indian from Minnesota, discusses his life, writing, and work, including his acclaimed "The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee."

We're so excited to be partnering with Booklist to bring you exclusive content from My America: Immigrant and Refugee Wr...
02/14/2020

We're so excited to be partnering with Booklist to bring you exclusive content from My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today!

🚨ATTN!🚨 From today through May 2021, Booklist
will be partnering with the American Writers Museum
to bring readers exclusive content from the My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today exhibit!! Get all the details about this wonderful program here: https://wp.me/p6FSeA-hXj

Happy #ValentinesDay! We're celebrating by showing the immigrant community our endless love and support.The #ToImmigrant...
02/14/2020
To Immigrants With Love

Happy #ValentinesDay! We're celebrating by showing the immigrant community our endless love and support.

The #ToImmigrantsWithLove campaign honors each of our families’ sacrifices, struggles, and successes because America’s strength is reflected in our diversity built over generations. #ToImmigrantsWithLove is an online and in-person letter-writing campaign to show positivity and support for all immigrants across the United States.

Beginning today, we have cards available for you to write notes of solidarity and appreciation and we encourage you to share your messages on social media with the hashtag #ToImmigrantsWithLove. Spread the love and show the immigrant community that we see them, we hear them, and we care about them.

Learn more here 👇
https://www.toimmigrantswithlove.com/

Support #ToImmigrantsWithLove and help people renew their DACA as soon as possible.

CHICAGO! TONIGHT!Join us for a special program with writer Nicholas Buccola and photographer Steve Schapiro who'll discu...
02/13/2020
Nicholas Buccola: The Fire Is Upon Us | Reading & Signing

CHICAGO! TONIGHT!

Join us for a special program with writer Nicholas Buccola and photographer Steve Schapiro who'll discuss Buccola's book THE FIRE IS UPON US, about the iconic debate between James Baldwin and William F. Buckley Jr.

Learn more & RSVP 👇
https://americanwritersmuseum.org/program-calendar/nicholas-buccola-the-fire-is-upon-us/

Nicholas Buccola presents his book that shows how the clash between James Baldwin and William F. Buckley, Jr. continues to illuminate the racial divide.

"The economic, educational, and health disparities across the color line happen because all of us allow them to happen, ...
02/12/2020
The Famous Baldwin-Buckley Debate Still Matters Today

"The economic, educational, and health disparities across the color line happen because all of us allow them to happen, and until we summon the will to recognize this fact and do something about it, the American dream will remain a nightmare for many."

In 1965, James Baldwin and William F. Buckley engaged in an iconic debate that still illuminates this country's racial divide. For the first time, writer Nicholas Buccola tells the full story of this debate in his book THE FIRE IS UPON US. Check out The Atlantic's review of the book below.

Join us TOMORROW at 6:30 to discuss this moment in history and how it reflects our current time with Buccola himself and legendary photographer Steve Schapiro, who documented the Civil Rights Movement. Learn more and RSVP here: http://bit.ly/BuccolaAWM

In 1965, two American titans faced off on the subject of the country’s racial divides. Nearly 55 years later, the event has lost none of its relevance, as a recent book attests.

"Language is also connected to power—the ability to speak, the ability to narrate, the ability to sort of control the st...
02/12/2020
My America: Laila Lalami

"Language is also connected to power—the ability to speak, the ability to narrate, the ability to sort of control the story, right? If you control the story, you control the world…"

Check out our latest "My America" blog to read more of Laila Lalami's thoughts on controlling her narrative, writing about outsiders, and her lifelong love of books.

Explore the exhibit in person to hear Lalami and others expand on these themes and more! www.my-america.org

#MyAmericaWriters

Award-winning writer Laila Lalami shares insights into her work and experiences as a Moroccan-born immigrant living in the U.S., part of My America exhibit.

CHICAGO! TONIGHT!Poets Danez Smith and Britteney Black Rose Kapri stop by to read and discuss their work. Smith's new co...
02/11/2020
Danez Smith: Homie | Book reading & signing

CHICAGO! TONIGHT!

Poets Danez Smith and Britteney Black Rose Kapri stop by to read and discuss their work. Smith's new collection "Homie" is out now and The New York Times said "this is a book full of the turbulence of thought and desire, piloted by a writer who never loses their way.”

We agree. See you at 6:30! http://bit.ly/SmithAWM

Poet DANEZ SMITH presents their new collection "Homie" a magnificent anthem about the saving grace of friendship. Reading followed by book signing.

"I really found Baldwin to be an extraordinarily powerful lens through which to view the world.”We spoke to writer and p...
02/10/2020
In Their Own Words: Nicholas Buccola | Q&A

"I really found Baldwin to be an extraordinarily powerful lens through which to view the world.”

We spoke to writer and political theorist Nicholas Buccola about his book "The Fire Is Upon Us," which tells the story of the iconic debate between the "poet of the Civil Rights Revolution" James Baldwin and the "father of modern conservatism" William F. Buckley, Jr.

Follow the link to read more about this hugely significant historical moment, and join us this Thursday, February 13 at 6:30 pm for a public program with Buccola and photographer Steve Schapiro, who actually lived through and documented the civil rights movement. RSVP here: http://bit.ly/BuccolaAWM

Nicholas Buccola discusses his book The Fire Is Upon Us, about racial tensions in the country & the iconic 1965 debate with James Baldwin & William Buckley.

"If I had a bar of magic soap, I would use it to wash my hands of every man who ever broke my heart..."It's time for the...
02/07/2020
AWM Story of the Week 1/24 | The American Writers Museum

"If I had a bar of magic soap, I would use it to wash my hands of every man who ever broke my heart..."

It's time for the AWM's Story of the Week. Check out these fantastic stories written by talented visitors & visit us today to write your own story!
https://americanwritersmuseum.org/awm-story-of-the-week-88/

Every week, the AWM is excited to bring you stories written by our visitors in our Story of the Day exhibit. This week features stories of memories.

Looking for something fun to do this month? Come see Moby Dick - A Musical, at The Edge Theater!As part of The Chicago M...
02/07/2020
Moby Dick - A Musical

Looking for something fun to do this month? Come see Moby Dick - A Musical, at The Edge Theater!

As part of The Chicago Musical Theatre Festival, Melville’s epic adventure is brought to life in an unforgettable musical tale. The shows opens tonight at 7 pm...we hope to see you there!

Snag your tickets at:
https://www.figarotunes.com/moby-dick.html

CHICAGO! TONIGHT!We're screening and discussing the documentary "Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask" with filmmaker F...
02/06/2020
Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond The Mask | Film Screening & Discussion

CHICAGO! TONIGHT!

We're screening and discussing the documentary "Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask" with filmmaker Frederick Lewis. Learn more about Dunbar, the man Frederick Douglass once called "the most promising young colored man in America."
https://americanwritersmuseum.org/program-calendar/paul-laurence-dunbar-beyond-the-mask/

Join us for a screening of the documentary "Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond The Mask" followed by a discussion led by the filmmaker Frederick Lewis.

"I just love writing. I love it so much."The latest in our weekly "My America" series features R.O. Kwon, whose debut no...
02/06/2020
My America: R.O. Kwon

"I just love writing. I love it so much."

The latest in our weekly "My America" series features R.O. Kwon, whose debut novel The Incendiaries is a national bestseller! Check out the blog to read Kwon's thoughts on writing, her Korean American heritage and more.

Explore the exhibit in person to hear Kwon expand on these themes and more! www.my-america.org

#MyAmericaWriters

R.O. Kwon discusses her Korean American heritage, her writing, and the impetus behind her debut novel The Incendiaries, part of the AWM's My America exhibit

Thanks to The Guardian for putting this list together!We're pleased to see some familiar faces making these picks: Viet ...
02/06/2020
'They honor immigrants': writers pick the greatest migration stories you should read

Thanks to The Guardian for putting this list together!

We're pleased to see some familiar faces making these picks: Viet Thanh Nguyen, Dina Nayeri (page), and Luis Alberto Urrea are all featured in our exhibit "My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today" in which they share their immigration stories and how it has affected their writing. Learn more here: www.my-america.org

A very big thank you to these writers and others who have shared their truths with us and reminded us that every voice and every story matters.

Amid the American Dirt controversy, we asked authors of our favorite books about migration for their recommendations

CHICAGO! TONIGHT!Do your part in confronting white privilege with LAYLA SAAD and her book #MeAndWhiteSupremacy. Layla wi...
02/05/2020
My America: Layla Saad | Reading and Signing

CHICAGO! TONIGHT!

Do your part in confronting white privilege with LAYLA SAAD and her book #MeAndWhiteSupremacy. Layla will be here to discuss her book and the ways we can recognize white supremacy and the actions we can take to dismantle it.
https://americanwritersmuseum.org/program-calendar/my-america-layla-saad/

Layla Saad expands on her workbook "Me and White Supremacy," teaching people how to dismantle their privilege, part of the "My America" program series.

January has come and gone so it's time for us to share our AWM Staff Reads! Follow the link to find out what we read thi...
02/05/2020
AWM Staff Reads: January 2020

January has come and gone so it's time for us to share our AWM Staff Reads! Follow the link to find out what we read this past month, and let us know what you've been reading recently in the comments!

Reading recommendations from the staff at the American Writers Museum. Find out what they read in January and see if any of your favorites are on the list!

Over the weekend we were saddened to learn about the passing of Mary Higgins Clark, the "Queen of Suspense."-92 years ol...
02/03/2020
Mary Higgins Clark, 'Queen Of Suspense,' Dies At 92

Over the weekend we were saddened to learn about the passing of Mary Higgins Clark, the "Queen of Suspense."

-92 years old
-56 bestselling books
-more than 100 million copies in print worldwide
-5 children, 6 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren

We'd say that's a life well lived. Rest easy, Mary Higgins Clark, and thank you for writing. ❤️

Beloved suspense writer Mary Higgins Clark died Friday at age 92. Under her longtime publisher Simon & Schuster, Higgins Clark authored more than 50 bestselling novels.

We’re honored to share more stories left from recent visitors at our exhibit “My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers ...
01/31/2020

We’re honored to share more stories left from recent visitors at our exhibit “My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today.”

In “My America” we ask visitors to share their family’s immigration story — how did you or your ancestors come to this country? Was it for freedom or opportunity? Or was it by force? Or, have your ancestors always lived on this land but were made to feel like refugees in their own home?

The stories vary, yet have many similarities. And everyone’s story matters. Visit us, explore “My America” and our other exhibits, and share your own family’s story. Read our visitors' stories here: https://americanwritersmuseum.org/awm-story-of-the-week-87/

Happy Friday! Today we're honored to share immigration stories from our "My America" exhibit. Thank you to everyone who ...
01/31/2020
AWM Story of the Week 1/17 | The American Writers Museum

Happy Friday! Today we're honored to share immigration stories from our "My America" exhibit. Thank you to everyone who has shared their family's immigration story with us. These are real stories left by real visitors, share yours today.

#MyAmericaWriters
https://americanwritersmuseum.org/awm-story-of-the-week-87/

Every week the AWM shares stories written by Museum visitors. This week features four immigrant stories from the newest temporary exhibit, My America.

01/31/2020
www.booklistonline.com

"The exhibit, 'My America,' is a celebration of this grand, full-throated nation we have become."

Check out Booklist's featured article with Marie Arana, who participated in and helped curate our exhibit "My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today." www.my-america.org

Thank you Marie and Booklist for all of the work you do! #MyAmericaWriters

A week from today, we welcome filmmaker Frederick Lewis to screen and discuss his documentary "Paul Laurence Dunbar: Bey...
01/31/2020
Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask

A week from today, we welcome filmmaker Frederick Lewis to screen and discuss his documentary "Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask."

Learn more about Dunbar on our blog, then reserve your spot for next Friday's screening here: http://bit.ly/DunbarAWM

https://americanwritersmuseum.org/paul-laurence-dunbar-beyond-the-mask/

Filmmaker Frederick Lewis explores the life &legacy of Paul Laurence Dunbar in his documentary. Attend a screening & discussion with Lewis Feb 6 at the AWM.

"I hope [visitors] see themselves in it...that there are versions of this experience in everyone's life." --Vu Tran, fea...
01/30/2020
American Writers Museum exhibit dives into the modern immigrant and refugee experience in America

"I hope [visitors] see themselves in it...that there are versions of this experience in everyone's life." --Vu Tran, featured writer in "My America"

Learn more about our newest exhibit "My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today" in the Chicago Tribune! Then explore more in person: www.my-america.org

My America demonstrates through the experiences of each person that there is no singular answer to the question 'What does it mean to be American?'

"There is an American way to treat people, and it has to do with kindness and patience and acceptance."Read more on our ...
01/29/2020
My America: Joe Ide

"There is an American way to treat people, and it has to do with kindness and patience and acceptance."

Read more on our blog from Joe Ide, featured in our "My America" exhibit. Explore the exhibit in person to hear even more!

#MyAmericaWriters

Joe Ide shares insights into his experience growing up in South Central Los Angeles as a young boy with Japanese heritage, featured in "My America" exhibit.

“White supremacy is the dominant paradigm that forms the foundation from which norms, rules, and laws are created. Every...
01/28/2020
In Their Own Words: Layla Saad | Q&A

“White supremacy is the dominant paradigm that forms the foundation from which norms, rules, and laws are created. Everyone with white privilege benefits from it, and everyone with white privilege has the responsibility to help dismantle it.”

Check out our Q&A with Layla Saad, whose new book ME AND WHITE SUPREMACY helps readers recognize and dismantle the ways in which they benefit from and contribute to white privilege.

Layla will be here at the AWM February 5 at 6:30 pm to read from and discuss her book. Learn more and RSVP here: http://bit.ly/SaadAWM

Layla Saad discusses her book "Me and White Supremacy," recognizing and dismantling white privilege, and the responsibility of writers to change the world.

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Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
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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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