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

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.

Every Saturday, AWM welcomes preschool-age children in its Children’s Literature Gallery. 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.

TICKETS
June 13:

Surprise bookshelf series

Julien Gorbach: The Notorious Ben Hecht

Thursday, June 13

6:30 p.m.

Author, historian, and professor Julien Gorbach presents his new book The Notorious Ben Hecht, a biography of Hollywood’s most legendary screenwriter.

Readers Hall. General public.

TICKETS
June 25:

Surprise bookshelf series

Colin Asher: Never a lovely so real

Tuesday, June 25

6:30 p.m.

Colin Asher presents this definitive biography of Nelson Algren that reclaims him as a towering literary figure and finally unravels the enigma of his disappearance from American letters.

Readers Hall. General public.

TICKETS
June 27:

Drinks of the Trade

Thursday, June 27

6:00 p.m.

Join us for a fun night of literary libations inspired by our upcoming exhibit Tools of the TradeExplore the museum with drinks in hand and our friends at Poems While You Wait will write a poem for you on their typewriters. Cheers!

Readers Hall. General public.

TICKETS
July 17:

Surprise Bookshelf Series

Elliot Ackerman: Names and Places

Wednesday, July 17

6:30 p.m.

From a Marine war veteran and National Book Award finalist comes this astonishing reckoning with the nature of combat and the human cost of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria.

Readers Hall. General Public.

TICKETS
July 24:

Surprise Bookshelf Series

Jasmine Guillory: The Wedding Party

Wednesday, July 24

6:30 p.m.

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Proposal, comes this new exhilarating romance which has been selected by the Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club.

Readers Hall. General Public.

TICKETS
July 31:

First Books

R.o. Kwon: The Incendiaries

Wednesday, July 31

6:30 p.m.

In this acclaimed debut novel R.O. Kwon explores violence, love, faith, and loss, as a young woman at an elite American university is drawn into a cult’s acts of terrorism.

Readers Hall. General Public.

TICKETS
August 1:

Surprise Bookshelf Series

J. Michael Straczynski: Becoming Superman

Thursday, August 1

6:30 p.m.

The Hugo-award-winning television, comics and screen writer of Sense8, Babylon 5, Changeling, Superman: Earth One, and more shares his new memoir examining family, writing, and hope in the face of incredible odds.

Readers Hall. General Public.

TICKETS
August 7:

Surprise Bookshelf Series

Karl Marlantes: Deep River

Wednesday, August 7

6:30 p.m.

The bestselling author presents his new book, an epic family story about Finnish immigrants who settle and tame the Pacific Northwest, set against the first labor movements, World War I, and the upheaval of early twentieth-century America.

Readers Hall. General Public.

TICKETS
August 15:

Surprise Bookshelf Series

Deborah Blum: The Poison Squad

Thursday, August 15

6:30 p.m.

Pulitzer Prize-winner Deborah Blum tells the dramatic true story of how food was made safe in the United States and the heroes, led by the inimitable Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley, who fought for change.

Readers Hall. General Public.

TICKETS
September 25:

First Books

Keah Brown: The Pretty One

Wednesday, September 25

6:30 p.m.

A celebration of the debut essay collection by Keah Brown, the creator of #DisabledAndCute, whose book explores what it means to be black and disabled in a mostly able-bodied white America.

Readers Hall. General Public.

TICKETS

Have a suggestion for programming?

Email:
programs@
americanwritersmuseum.org

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

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.

Every Saturday, AWM welcomes preschool-age children in its Children’s Literature Gallery. 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.

TICKETS
May 21:

Chicago coalition for the homeless

Tuesday, May 21

6:00 p.m.

Poets and writers from family homeless shelters throughout Chicago present work developed through the Horizons Creative Writing Program, an outreach initiative of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.

Readers Hall. General public.

TICKETS
May 22:

Reading Circle

William Carlos Williams & Sterling A. Brown

Wednesday, May 22

6:30 p.m.

Poet and Northwestern University professor Reginald Gibbons leads discussion on the works of William Carlos Williams and Sterling A. Brown.

Readers Hall. AWM Members.

TICKETS
June 8:

Printers Row Lit Fest

Bridgett M. Davis: The World According to Fannie Davis

Saturday, June 8

11:00 a.m.

A singular memoir that highlights “the outstanding humanity of black America” and tells the story of one unforgettable mother, her devoted daughter, and the life they lead in the Detroit numbers of the 1960s and 1970s.

This program is part of Printers Row Lit Fest.

TICKETS
June 9:

Printers Row Lit Fest

Eve L. Ewing & Carey Cranston

Sunday, June 9

12:00 p.m.

Writer, poet, and sociologist of education Eve L. Ewing appears in conversation with Carey Cranston, president of the American Writers Museum, in anticipation of Ewing’s latest poetry collection, 1919.

This program is part of Printers Row Lit Fest.

TICKETS
June 9:

Printers Row Lit Fest

Biography: Telling THeir Stories

Sunday, June 9

3:30 p.m.

Acclaimed biographers Ron Rapoport, A. Brad Schwartz, Yuval Taylor and Sanford Horwitt share insights into researching and writing biographies. Panel moderated by Mary Wisniewski.

This program is part of Printers Row Lit Fest.

TICKETS
June 10:

SOLD OUT

Eve L. Ewing, 1919 Launch Party

Monday, June 10

6:00 p.m.

The official launch of Eve L. Ewing’s new poetry collection 1919, which tells the story of the race riots that rocked Chicago 100 years ago. Featuring readings from Fatimah Asghar, Safia Elhillo and Nate Marshall.

Readers Hall. General Public.

TICKETS
June 12:

Reading Circle

Gwendolyn Brooks & James Welch

Wednesday, June 12

6:30 p.m.

Poet and Northwestern University professor Reginald Gibbons leads discussion on the works of Gwendolyn Brooks and James Welch.

Readers Hall. AWM Members.

TICKETS
June 13:

Surprise bookshelf series

Julien Gorbach: The Notorious Ben Hecht

Thursday, June 13

6:30 p.m.

Author, historian, and professor Julien Gorbach presents his new book The Notorious Ben Hecht, a biography of Hollywood’s most legendary screenwriter.

Readers Hall. General public.

TICKETS
June 25:

Surprise bookshelf series

Colin Asher: Never a lovely so real

Tuesday, June 25

6:30 p.m.

Colin Asher presents this definitive biography of Nelson Algren that reclaims him as a towering literary figure and finally unravels the enigma of his disappearance from American letters.

Readers Hall. General public.

TICKETS
June 27:

Drinks of the Trade

Thursday, June 27

6:00 p.m.

Join us for a fun night of literary libations inspired by our upcoming exhibit Tools of the TradeExplore the museum with drinks in hand and our friends at Poems While You Wait will write a poem for you on their typewriters. Cheers!

Readers Hall. General public.

TICKETS
July 10:

Reading Circle

Robert Frost & Elizabeth Bishop

Wednesday, July 10

6:30 p.m.

Poet and Northwestern University professor Reginald Gibbons leads discussion on the works of Robert Frost and Elizabeth Bishop.

Readers Hall. AWM Members.

TICKETS
July 24:

Surprise Bookshelf Series

Jasmine Guillory: The Wedding Party

Wednesday, July 24

6:30 p.m.

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Proposal, comes this new exhilarating romance which has been selected by the Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club.

Readers Hall. AWM Members.

TICKETS
July 31:

First Books

R.o. Kwon: The Incendiaries

Wednesday, July 31

6:30 p.m.

In this acclaimed debut novel R.O. Kwon explores violence, love, faith, and loss, as a young woman at an elite American university is drawn into a cult’s acts of terrorism.

Readers Hall. General Public.

TICKETS
August 1:

Surprise Bookshelf Series

J. Michael Straczynski: Becoming Superman

Thursday, August 1

6:30 p.m.

The Hugo-award-winning television, comics and screen writer of Sense8, Babylon 5, Changeling, Superman: Earth One, and more shares his new memoir examining family, writing, and hope in the face of incredible odds.

Readers Hall. General Public.

TICKETS
August 7:

Surprise Bookshelf Series

Karl Marlantes: Deep River

Wednesday, August 7

6:30 p.m.

The bestselling author presents his new book, an epic family story about Finnish immigrants who settle and tame the Pacific Northwest, set against the first labor movements, World War I, and the upheaval of early twentieth-century America.

Readers Hall. General Public.

TICKETS
August 15:

Surprise Bookshelf Series

Deborah Blum: The Poison Squad

Thursday, August 15

6:30 p.m.

Pulitzer Prize-winner Deborah Blum tells the dramatic true story of how food was made safe in the United States and the heroes, led by the inimitable Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley, who fought for change.

Readers Hall. General Public.

TICKETS
September 25:

First Books

Keah Brown: The Pretty One

Wednesday, September 25

6:30 p.m.

A celebration of the debut essay collection by Keah Brown, the creator of #DisabledAndCute, whose book explores what it means to be black and disabled in a mostly able-bodied white America.

Readers Hall. General Public.

TICKETS

Have a suggestion for programming?

Email:
programs@
americanwritersmuseum.org