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.

Saturdays:

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.

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August 27:

Norman Mailer and the Siege of Chicago

Monday, August 27, 6:30 p.m.

An event in honor of the publication of Norman Mailer’s Library of America volumes, with Mailer scholar J. Michael Lennon and NPR’s Maureen Corrigan in conversation.

Readers Hall. General public.

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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.

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September 6:

first books: 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.

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September 7:

Surprise Bookshelf Series: Jacqueline Woodson

Friday, September 7, 6:30 p.m.

The award-winning author, National Book Award winner and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Woodson presents her two newest books for young readers, Harbor Me and The Day You Begin.

Readers Hall. General public.

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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.

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September 20:

The Frederick Douglass Mixtape Workshop

Thursday, September 20, 6:30 p.m.

A one-night-only workshop & open mic with Young Chicago Authors’ Tim “Toaster” Henderson responding to AWM’s new exhibit, Frederick Douglas: Agitator. Tour the exhibit and write based on Douglass’s work, then read for the audience!

Readers Hall. General public.

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September 21:

Singers & Songwriters: Dessa

Friday, September 21, 6:30 p.m.

Rapper, singer and essayist Dessa talks poetry and lyrics and her new book, My Own Devices. A Billboard Top 200 artist who appeared on The Hamilton Mixtape, Dessa is a member of the Minneapolis hip-hop crew Doomtree.

Readers Hall. General public.

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September 24:

iwoc Workshop: life in the freelance lane

Monday, September 24, 6:30 p.m.

IWOC presents “Life in the Freelance Lane: Business Basics for Succeeding in the Gig Economy.” The presentation is filled with essential, common sense pointers that could provide a solid foundation for a successful career.

Readers Hall. General public.

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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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October 4:

James Mustich: 1,000 Books to read before you die

Thursday, October 4, 6:30 p.m.

Indie bookseller James Mustich offers a list of 1,000 great books to get lost in. This reading list will spark a vigorous discussion about any personal favorites! Mustich appears in conversation with Chicago Tribune literary editor Elizabeth Taylor.

Readers Hall. General public.

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October 6:

Singers & Songwriters: Ketch Secor

Saturday, October 6, 6:30 p.m.

Old Crow Medicine Show founder and Grammy award-winning musician Ketch Secor presents his new book Lorraine, with illustrator Higgins Bond. It’s a “sweeping, epic Americana story about the power of music and family.”

Readers Hall. General public.

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October 15:

Sara Paretsky: Shell Game

Monday, October 15, 6:30 p.m.

Sara Paretsky follows her instant New York Times bestseller Fallout—her most widely read novel in years—with an extraordinary adventure that pits her acclaimed detective, V.I. Warshawski, against some of today’s most powerful figures.

Readers Hall. General public.

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October 18:

Surprise bookshelf series: jonathan santlofer: The Widower’s notebook

Thursday, October 18, 6:30 p.m.

Bestselling novelist Jonathan Santlofer’s new memoir chronicles the death of his beloved wife and their happy marriage in a book Joyce Carol Oates called “deeply moving … beautifully written.”

Readers Hall. General public.

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October 24:

Walter Mosley: John Woman

Wednesday, October 24, 6:30 p.m.

From the award-winning Walter Mosley comes a dazzling novel of ideas about the sexual and intellectual coming-of-age of an unusual man who goes by the name Woman.

Readers Hall. General public.

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November 5:

first books: glory edim: well-read black girl

Monday, November 5, 6:30 p.m.

The founder of a Brooklyn book club celebrating black literature presents inspiring collection of essays by black women writers on the importance of recognizing ourselves in literature.

Readers Hall. General public.

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November 19:

Max Allan Collins & A. Brad Schwartz: Scarface and the untouchable

Monday, November 19, 6:30 p.m.

A Mystery Writers of America “Grand Master”—author of Road to Perdition, long-time Dick Tracy writer—teams with an acclaimed rising young historian, in this riveting, myth-shattering dual portrait of Al Capone and Eliot Ness.

Readers Hall. General public.

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November 27:

first books: nicole chung: all you can ever know

Tuesday, November 27, 6:30 p.m.

Journalist and essayist Nicole Chung presents her memoir of growing up adopted in a white family and searching for her roots. Nicole appears in conversation with Rebecca Makkai, author of The Great Believers.

Readers Hall. General public.

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December 1:

singers & Songwriters: Robbie Fulks

Saturday, December 1, 6:30 p.m.

Robbie Fulks is a singer, recording artist, instrumentalist, composer, and songwriter. His 2017 release, Upland Stories, earned year’s-best recognition from NPR and Rolling Stone among many others, as well as two Grammy nominations.

Readers Hall. General public.

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