Author Archives: American Writers Museum

Let Them Inform Each Other

Keah Brown on Activism and the Writing Process By Keah Brown Writing is my first love. Long before I was ever sure I could make a career out of it; I could be found on my bedroom floor writing out bad songs and poetry that felt like strokes of genius at the time but read […]

AWM Staff Reads: August 2019

It should come as no surprise, but all of us here at the American Writers Museum are avid readers. We enjoy sharing what we’ve been reading recently with you, so here is our list of books we read this past August. We’re especially excited because today is #NationalReadABookDay! What are you reading on this special […]

Interview with typewriter collector Steve Soboroff

In Their Own Words: Steve Soboroff

Steve Soboroff is the President of the Los Angeles Police Commission and has long been known as a business leader and public servant who brings people together to get positive results. He also loves typewriters! He collects typewriters used by well-known writers and currently has more than 30 machines in his collection, some of which […]

5 Reasons to Become an AWM Member

Do you love reading? Do you love writing? Do you enjoy sharing your love of literature with fellow like-minded people? Then the American Writers Museum is the place for you! Become a member today and join our thriving community of book lovers and talented writers. Here are five reasons why you should become a member […]

Chicago Summer Books

By Christian Thorsberg The Chicago summer. She asks not for permission. She asks not for forgiveness. She arrives fashionably late, kicks up her feet, and dismissively yawns in triple digits on autumn’s expectant move-in day. She’ll go when she’s ready. She curates nostalgia. She pairs bare feet with pavement and popsicles with lips. She paints […]

Typewriter Tuesday: Mae West

For today’s Typewriter Tuesday we’re taking a closer look at Mae West’s 1959 Olympia SF, on loan from the collection of Steve Soboroff. You can see this machine and more on display in our special exhibit Tools of the Trade, open now. “I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it.” Mae West, a […]

We love books! National Book Lovers Day, August 9, AWM Staff Favorites

National Book Lovers Day Staff Picks

National Book Lovers Day Staff Picks In honor of National Book Lovers Day, celebrated annually on August 9, we present the books we absolutely love here at the American Writers Museum. This was no easy task, trust us. When you’re in this line of work, you have MANY books that you love and to narrow […]

In Their Own Words: Deborah Blum

In Their Own Words: Deborah Blum

Deborah Blum is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who currently serves as director of the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT, and publisher of the award-winning Undark magazine. Her most recent book, The Poison Squad, tells the dramatic true story of how food was made safe in the United States in the early 1900s, led by the single-minded […]

Close-up of typewriter keys

Typewriter Tuesday: Orson Welles

For today’s Typewriter Tuesday we’re taking a look at the 1926 Underwood 4-Bank and its creative dynamo of an owner, Orson Welles. This typewriter is one of many on loan from the collection of Steve Soboroff. You can see this machine and more on display in our special exhibit Tools of the Trade, open now. “Ask […]

In Their Own Words: Karl Marlantes

In Their Own Words: Karl Marlantes

Karl Marlantes is the author of the Vietnam War novel Matterhorn, which has been hailed as a modern classic of war literature. His follow-up to that acclaimed debut novel is the family epic Deep River, from Grove Atlantic, which the Washington Post called, “an engrossing and commanding historical epic about one immigrant family’s shifting fortunes.” […]