Author Archives: American Writers Museum

Close-up of Hemingway's Underwood typewriter platen

Typewriter Tuesday: Ernest Hemingway

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 […]

Summer reading recommendations

Spooky Summer Reads

By Frankie Paar The days are sunny and the air is warm. It’s that time of the year: summer! And nothing says summer like secrets and suspense, mysteries and murder. Take some time to cool off this summer with these 10 chilling tales. And visit our Book Club Reading Recommendations page for more recommended summer […]

Elliot Ackerman: Places and Names

In Their Own Words: Elliot Ackerman

On July 17, 2019 we welcomed Marine veteran and accomplished writer Elliot Ackerman at the American Writers Museum. Ackerman served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart. Following that, he has gone on to have a stellar writing career, […]

Mildred Benson, the author of Nancy Drew, has her typewriter on display at the American Writers Museum in Chicago

Typewriter Tuesday: Mildred Benson

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 […]

Jack London's typewriter on display at the American Writers Museum

Typewriter Tuesday: Jack London

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 […]

Panorama of the Tools of the Trade exhibit now on display at the American Writers in Chicago this summer

Typewriter Tuesday: Tools of the Trade

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 […]

Never A Lovely So Real by Colin Asher

In Their Own Words: Colin Asher

“Yet once you’ve come to be part of this particular patch, you’ll never love another. Like loving a woman with a broken nose, you may well find lovelier lovelies. But never a lovely so real.” —Nelson Algren, “Chicago: City on the Make” The above quote from Nelson Algren’s classic “Chicago: City on the Make” is […]

Gwendolyn Brooks typewriter featured at the American Writers Museum

Typewriter Tuesday: Gwendolyn Brooks

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 next special exhibit Tools of the Trade, opening […]

John Lennon's typewriter on display at the American Writers Museum

Typewriter Tuesday: From One Writer to Another

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 next special exhibit Tools of the Trade, opening […]

LGBT+ reading recommendations

LGBT+ Books to Read

By Frankie Paar Each year, the month of June is designated as Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall Riots of 1969 and celebrate the LGBT+ community. On June 28, 1969, a series of violent altercations erupted among police and frequenters of the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City. This had not been […]