Below is a list of our upcoming programs. New programs are added regularly, so come back often to check for updates, or click here to sign up for program updates. Please remember to confirm your email address.

RSVP if you are interested in a program, as space is often limited, and some programs will have costs. AWM Members receive advanced information on public events, invitations to members-only events, and more.


Little Squirrels Storytime

Every Saturday, 10:30 a.m.

The AWM is excited to welcome preschool-age children in its Children’s Literature Gallery every Saturday. Read books, play with other children, and hear a story from the museum’s dedicated volunteers. 

Children’s Literature Gallery. Preschool-age children w/ caregiver.

June 3:

Continuing literary legacies with goodman theatre

Sunday, June 3, 4 p.m.

Join Goodman Theatre and featured guest writer Megan Stielsra at the AWM for a celebration of iconic Chicago voices. The event will include selected readings from works by Gwendolyn Brooks, Lorraine Hansberry, Richard Wright and Sandra Cisneros. 

Reader’s Hall. General public.

June 5:

Tuesday First Books: Ana Simo: Heartland

Tuesday, June 5, 6 p.m.

Playwright and essayist Ana Simo’s first novel, Heartland, is the uproarious story of a thwarted writer’s elaborate revenge on the woman who stole her lover, blending elements of telenovela, pulp noir, and dystopian satire.

Readers Hall. General public.

June 7:

Chicago Council for the AWM Fundraiser: Fiction and Foreign Policy

Thursday, June 7, 6 p.m.

Join the Chicago Council for the AWM and Shermin Kruse for a reading from her novel, Butterfly Stitching, and a discussion of foreign policy issues. All proceeds from this event will support the AWM’s education programs.

Readers Hall. General public.

June 9:

Writing the Blues: Herbert Quelle and renee rosen

Saturday, June 9, 3 p.m.

Herbert Quelle, German Consul General and author of Monika’s Blues: On the Trail of the German Harmonica and African-American Blues Culture, and Renee Rosen, author of Windy City Blues, talk music and writing during Blues Fest.

Readers Hall. General public.

June 19:

Surprise Bookshelf Series: Jennifer KEISHIN Armstrong

Tuesday, June 19, 6:30 p.m.

A cultural historian and NYT bestselling author of Seinfeldia, Armstrong takes on the iconic HBO series about sex and the single woman and explores the show’s impact on our culture in her new book Sex and the City and Us.

Readers Hall. General public.

June 25:

Writopia Lab Creative Writing Camps

Weeks of June 25, July 9, July 16, and July 23

Campers will spend the first day of their week-long workshops at the AWM, exploring the history of American writing and Chicago’s literary figures. Registrants receive a free year-long AWM Family membership.

AWM & Writopia’s West Loop Lab. Ages 7 & older.

July 12:

Screening and Talk: Rita Coburn whack on Maya Angelou

Thursday, July 12, 6:30 p.m.

The Peabody-award winning director presents and discusses her documentary about Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, airing in the American Masters series. The film traces Dr. Angelou’s incredible journey, shedding light on the untold aspects of her life.

Readers Hall. General public.

July 19:

Surprise Bookshelf Series: Tayari Jones

Thursday, July 19, 6:30 p.m.

Tayari Jones is an award-winning author whose new novel An American Marriage is a national bestseller — and latest pick for Oprah’s Book Club — that focuses on a newlywed couple and their reckoning with race, gender roles, and forces beyond their control. 

Readers Hall. General public.

August 8:

Kenneth B. Morris: The Legacy of Frederick Douglass

Wednesday, August 8, 6:30 p.m.

Morris, a descendant of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington and founder of the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives discusses Douglass’s influence in the past, present and future.

Readers Hall. General public.

September 4:

Surprise Bookshelf Series: Fearless Women in Science Fiction

Tuesday, September 4, 6:30 p.m.

Multi-talented authors Mary Robinette Kowal (The Fated Sky), Sue Burke (Semiosis) and Tessa Gratton (The Queens of Innis Lear) read from their novels and talk sci-fi writing as women in the contemporary era.

Readers Hall. General public.

September 6:

David L. Carlson: The Hunting Accident

Thursday, September 6, 6:30 p.m.

Written by Carlson and illustrated by Landis Blair, The Hunting Accident is a graphic novel telling the true story of Charlie Rizzo and his father Matt, who was blinded during an armed robbery.

Readers Hall. General public.

September 11:

Surprise Bookshelf Series: Nnedi Okorafor

Tuesday, September 11, 6:30 p.m.

An evening with the international award-winning and national bestselling author of Who Fears Death (A World Fantasy Award winner) and Black Panther: Long Live the King among many other works.  

Readers Hall. General public.

September 27:

Surprise Bookshelf Series: Ken Krimstein: The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt

Thursday, September 27, 6:30 p.m.

The New Yorker cartoonist’s page-turning graphic biography of the fascinating Hannah Arendt, the most prominent philosopher of the twentieth century.

Readers Hall. General public.


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