Author Archives: American Writers Museum

Veterans On War and Writing

Veterans On War and Writing

In honor of veterans and active duty military members across the country, on this Veterans Day we’d like to share some thoughts on war and writing from a few veterans of both war and writing. Tim O’Brien, Karl Marlantes and Elliot Ackerman all visited us this past year as part of our robust lineup of […]

Native American Heritage Month Book Recommendations

Happy Native American Heritage Month! Every November we recognize and celebrate the people who inhabited this land for many years, long before the United States of America even existed, long before European settlers even knew this continent existed. To honor this legacy, this month, for our monthly reading recommendations, we present books by indigenous writers, […]

My America: Julissa Arce

Julissa Arce Each week, the My America blog series will introduce you to one of the writers featured in our new exhibit My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today, opening November 21, 2019. The exhibit is designed to elicit thoughtful dialogue on a wide array of issues with contemporary immigrant and refugee writers delving into questions about writing […]

My America: Marie Arana

My America: Marie Arana

Marie Arana Each week, the My America blog series will introduce you to one of the writers featured in our new exhibit My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today, opening November 21, 2019. The exhibit is designed to elicit thoughtful dialogue on a wide array of issues with contemporary immigrant and refugee writers delving into questions about […]

American Writers Museum Q&A with Tim O'Brien

In Their Own Words: Tim O’Brien

In his classic book The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien writes, “Stories are for joining the past to the future. Stories are for those late hours in the night when you can’t remember how you got from where you were to where you are. Stories are for eternity, when memory is erased, when there is nothing […]

The Vampire's Ball fundraiser at the American Writers Museum on October 19 at 7:30 pm

Next Chapter: The Vampire’s Ball

The list of prominent American authors of Gothic vampire fiction is a long one. Anne Rice, Scott Snyder, and Stephenie Meyer to name a few. So, when it came time for the American Writers Museum’s Chicago Council to choose a theme for its annual soiree on October 19th to benefit the Museum’s educational initiatives, the […]

In Their Own Words: Annalee Newitz

Annalee Newitz is a journalist, editor, podcast host, and author of both fiction and nonfiction…so it is safe to say managing time is crucial to them. Time plays a major role in their new novel, The Future of Another Timeline, specifically time travel and history revision. In the novel, two lives from different eras cross. […]

Young Adult reading recommendations

Young Adult Reading Recommendations

As the days get shorter, the cold gets colder, and the leaves fall faster, take some time to relax, stave off the impending doom of winter, and embrace your inner child with these young adult reading recommendations. Or, if you have young readers of your own, get them back in the swing of reading and […]

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 […]