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.

March 31:

Nerdologues Presents: Your Stories: Cast Away Edition

Saturday, March 31, 6:30 p.m.

Join us as the AWM teams up with The Nerdologues and International Tom Hanks Day for a live taping of a Cast Away themed Your Stories podcast. Enjoy food and drink, and listen to members of the community share their stories.

Reader’s Hall. General public.

April 5:

Surprise Bookshelf Series: Anne Trubek

Thursday, April 5, 6:30 p.m.

The founder of Belt Publishing presents an assortment of essays by writers who stand on various autobiographical elevations to view America’s Rust Belt, a region of declining industry in the Midwest and Northeast. The essays refute stereotypes through varied experiences.

Reader’s Hall. General public.

April 10:

Little Squirrels Storytime

Tuesday, April 10, 10:30 a.m.

On the second Tuesday of each month, 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.

April 11:

Surprise Bookshelf Series: Kathleen Rooney

Wednesday, April 11, 5:30 p.m.

A love letter to New York City in all its guts and grandeur, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk paints a portrait of a remarkable woman across the canvas of a changing America: from the Jazz Age to the onset of the AIDS epidemic; the Great Depression to the birth of hip-hop.

Reader’s Hall. General public.

April 17:

The thrill of the grass: celebrating baseball writing for the ages

Tuesday, April 17, 6:30 p.m.

Celebrate the start of a new baseball season with a night of baseball writing history! Hear from authors Dan Epstein, Josh Wilker, Joe Bonomo, and podcast host Ricky Cobb. Enjoy complimentary beer, peanuts and Crackerjack with your ticket!

Reader’s Hall. General public.

April 26:

Surprise Bookshelf Series: Nikki Giovanni

Thursday, April 26, 6:30 p.m.

Writer, poet, activist and educator Nikki Giovanni is one of America’s best-known African-American poets. She is the recipient of 7 NAACP image awards and has written more than 30 books. She will be reading from new and previous works.

Reader’s Hall. General public.

May 9:

Surprise Bookshelf Series: Viet Thanh Nguyen

Wednesday, May 9, 6:30 p.m.

2016 Pulitzer Prize Winner Viet Thanh Nguyen reads with contributors Kao Kalia Yang and Vu Tran from The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives. These writers explore and illuminate the refugee experience 

Reader’s Hall. General public.

May 17:

American Writers Museum First Birthday Party

Thursday, May 17, 6:30 p.m.

It’s our birthday! Come celebrate the AWM’s first year of operation on May 17, from 6:30-8:30 pm. Enjoy beer, wine or a Chicago World Fair themed specialty cocktail while exploring the Museum. Stay tuned for more details.

General public.

June 5:

Tuesday First Books: Ana Simo: Heartland

Tuesday, June 5, 6 p.m.

Playwright and essayist Ana Simo’s first novel 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 19:

Surprise Bookshelf Series: Jennifer 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.


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