Author Archives: American Writers Museum

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.” […]

Gore Vidal's typewriter now on display at the American Writers Museum in Chicago

Typewriter Tuesday: Gore Vidal

For today’s Typewriter Tuesday we’re taking a look at Gore Vidal’s 1978 Smith-Corona Classic 12, on loan from the collection of Steve Soboroff. You can see this typewriter on display in our special exhibit Tools of the Trade, open now. “How marvelous books are, crossing worlds and centuries, defeating ignorance and, finally, cruel time itself.” […]

J. Michael Straczynski: How to Have a Career in Writing

For four decades, J. Michael Straczynski has been telling stories in a variety of formats — from television to comics to film and more. But there is one story he has never told — until now: his own life story. In his new memoir, Becoming Superman, Straczynski does just that, detailing how the power of […]

In Their Own Words: R.O. Kwon

R.O. Kwon’s debut novel The Incendiaries was named one of the best books of the year by more than 40 publications including NPR, The Atlantic, LitHub, PBS Books, and more. The Incendiaries is a powerful, darkly glittering novel about violence, love, faith, and loss, as a young Korean American woman at an elite American university is […]

Typewriter Tuesday: Helen Keller

Welcome to Typewriter Tuesday, a series from the American Writers Museum that aims to shed light on the typewriters and other tools behind some of your favorite works of literature. Check back every Tuesday to learn more about these trusty machines and the writers who used them. Our newest special exhibit Tools of the Trade opened June […]

Q&A with Jasmine Guillory, author of The Wedding Party

In Their Own Words: Jasmine Guillory

Jasmine Guillory is the bestselling author of The Wedding Date and The Proposal and her newest novel The Wedding Party is available now. She will be right here in Chicago at the American Writers Museum July 24 to chat about the new book, which Bustle called “the perfect summer book.” Real Simple also says, “If you want a juicy, modern […]