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Chicago Summer Books

By Christian Thorsberg The Chicago summer. She asks not for permission. She asks not for forgiveness. She arrives fashionably late, kicks up her feet, and dismissively yawns in triple digits on autumn’s expectant move-in day. She’ll go when she’s ready. She curates nostalgia. She pairs bare feet with pavement and popsicles with lips. She paints […]

Typewriter Tuesday: Mae West

For today’s Typewriter Tuesday we’re taking a closer look at Mae West’s 1959 Olympia SF, on loan from the collection of Steve Soboroff. You can see this machine and more on display in our special exhibit Tools of the Trade, open now. “I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it.” Mae West, a […]

We love books! National Book Lovers Day, August 9, AWM Staff Favorites

Book Lovers Day Staff Picks

In honor of National Book Lovers Day, celebrated annually on August 9, we present the books we absolutely love here at the American Writers Museum. This was no easy task, trust us. When you’re in this line of work, you have MANY books that you love and to narrow it down to one is nearly […]

In Their Own Words: Deborah Blum

In Their Own Words: Deborah Blum

Deborah Blum is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who currently serves as director of the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT, and publisher of the award-winning Undark magazine. Her most recent book, The Poison Squad, tells the dramatic true story of how food was made safe in the United States in the early 1900s, led by the single-minded […]

Close-up of typewriter keys

Typewriter Tuesday: Orson Welles

For today’s Typewriter Tuesday we’re taking a look at the 1926 Underwood 4-Bank and its creative dynamo of an owner, Orson Welles. This typewriter is one of many on loan from the collection of Steve Soboroff. You can see this machine and more on display in our special exhibit Tools of the Trade, open now. “Ask […]

A visitor typing on a large blue IBM typewriter at the American Writers Museum in Chicago, IL

AWM Story of the Week

“These words aren’t facts, but they are my truths. Truths I had to run after, cry over, laugh at, and love. Words can, and will, change the world.”
Read more poetry and stories in this week’s Story of the Week!

In Their Own Words: Karl Marlantes

In Their Own Words: Karl Marlantes

Karl Marlantes is the author of the Vietnam War novel Matterhorn, which has been hailed as a modern classic of war literature. His follow-up to that acclaimed debut novel is the family epic Deep River, from Grove Atlantic, which the Washington Post called, “an engrossing and commanding historical epic about one immigrant family’s shifting fortunes.” […]

Gore Vidal's typewriter now on display at the American Writers Museum in Chicago

Typewriter Tuesday: Gore Vidal

For today’s Typewriter Tuesday we’re taking a look at Gore Vidal’s 1978 Smith-Corona Classic 12, on loan from the collection of Steve Soboroff. You can see this typewriter on display in our special exhibit Tools of the Trade, open now. “How marvelous books are, crossing worlds and centuries, defeating ignorance and, finally, cruel time itself.” […]