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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.

December 12:

Books & Bubbles! Author’s Guild Holiday Reading and Reception

Wednesday, December 12, 6:30 p.m.

Join the Authors Guild and Chicago Regional Chapter Ambassadors for a festive holiday reading and networking reception at the American Writers Museum. Authors Scott Turow, Rebecca Makkai, and James Finn Garner will read from their work.

Readers Hall. General public.

January 8:

First Books: Samira Ahmed: Love, Hate & Other Filters

Tuesday, January 8, 6:30 p.m.

In Samira Ahmed’s critically-acclaimed YA debut, a Muslim teen copes with Islamophobia, cultural divides among peers and parents, and the perceptions of American identity. Love, Hate, & Other Filters was an instant bestseller & an IndieNext “Top Pick.”

Readers Hall. General public.

January 10:

Ronald Cohen: Bob Dylan & American Folk Music

Thursday, January 10, 6:30 p.m.

Folk music scholar and historian Ronald Cohen places Bob Dylan in the context of American and British folk music in the 1950s and discusses the culture from which Dylan emerged.

Readers Hall. General public.

January 29:

Dave Eggers: The Monk of Mokha

Tuesday, January 29, 6:30 p.m.

An evening at The Standard Club with bestselling author Dave Eggers and Mokhtar Alkhanshali, the subject of Eggers’ book The Monk of Mokha, a heart-pounding true story of a young man’s courageous journey following the American dream.

This event takes place at The Standard Club, 320 S. Plymouth Ct. 

January 30:

Surprise bookshelf series: Chicago By the book: how literature changed chicago

Wednesday, January 30, 6:30 p.m.

Join some of the editors and contributors behind Chicago by the Book: 101 Publications That Shaped the City and Its Image as they talk about the iconic authors, artists, and activists who influenced the city.

Readers Hall. General public.

February 19:

Surprise bookshelf series: Ross Gay: the book of delights

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

The winner of the NBCC Award for Poetry offers up a spirited collection of short lyric essays, written daily over a tumultuous year, reminding us of the purpose and pleasure of praising, extolling, and celebrating ordinary wonders.

Readers Hall. General public.

February 21:

Daryl Sanders: That Thin, Wild Mercury SOund

Thursday, February 21, 6:30 p.m.

That Thin, Wild Mercury Sound is the definitive treatment of Bob Dylan’s magnum opus, Blonde on Blonde, not only providing the most extensive account of the sessions that produced the trailblazing album, but also setting the record straight.

Readers Hall. General public.

March 13:

Tom Chaffin: Frederick Douglass in ireland

Wednesday, March 13, 6:30 p.m.

In the first major narrative account of a transformational episode in the life of this extraordinary American, Tom Chaffin chronicles Douglass’s 1845-47 lecture tour of Ireland, Scotland, and England.

Readers Hall. General public.


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