Category Archives: Events

Q&A with Jasmine Guillory, author of The Wedding Party

In Their Own Words: Jasmine Guillory

Jasmine Guillory is the bestselling author of The Wedding Date and The Proposal and her newest novel The Wedding Party is available now. She will be right here in Chicago at the American Writers Museum July 24 to chat about the new book, which Bustle called “the perfect summer book.” Real Simple also says, “If you want a juicy, modern […]

Elliot Ackerman: Places and Names

In Their Own Words: Elliot Ackerman

Join us this July 17 in welcoming Marine veteran and accomplished writer Elliot Ackerman to the American Writers Museum. Ackerman served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart. Following that, he has gone on to have a stellar writing […]

Never A Lovely So Real by Colin Asher

In Their Own Words: Colin Asher

“Yet once you’ve come to be part of this particular patch, you’ll never love another. Like loving a woman with a broken nose, you may well find lovelier lovelies. But never a lovely so real.” —Nelson Algren, “Chicago: City on the Make” The above quote from Nelson Algren’s classic “Chicago: City on the Make” is […]

Tanaya Winder at the American Writers Museum on May 9

Tanaya’s Writing Tips

Tanaya Winder is an author, singer/songwriter, poet, motivational speaker and educator who comes from an intertribal lineage of Southern Ute, Pyramid Lake Paiute, Diné, and Duckwater Shoshone Nations where she is an enrolled citizen. She blends storytelling, singing, and spoken word to teach about different expressions of love (self love, intimate love, social love, community […]

Frank Waln

In Their Own Words: Frank Waln

Thursday, May 9, we welcome Lakota hip-hop artist/producer/audio engineer Frank Waln as part of our Singers & Songwriters series. He’ll be joined by poet/songwriter/spoken word artist Tanaya Winder, who comes from an intertribal lineage of Southern Ute, Pyramid Lake Paiute, Diné, and Duckwater Shoshone Nations where she is an enrolled citizen. The two will perform […]

Robbie Fulks performs at the American Writers Museum

Singers & Songwriters

Combining musical performance with literary discussion, our Singers & Songwriters series takes visitors to the intersection of music, poetry, prose, lyrics, and beyond. This series started in September 2018 and has been presented in conjunction with our special exhibit Bob Dylan: Electric, which examines the literary aspects of Dylan’s songwriting and his enduring legacy on […]

Sloane Crosley at the American Writers Museum on April 30.

In Their Own Words: Sloane Crosley

Tuesday, April 30, bestselling writer Sloane Crosley stops by to talk her latest release Look Alive Out There, a collection of essays that is full of the hilarity and heartfelt observations you’ve come to expect from Crosley. She’ll be joined by writer and Newcity Lit Editor Toni Nealie for a chat that is sure to […]

Photo collage of Frederick Douglass

Past Imperfect: Lives in the Biographer’s Mirror

Author, historian, and journalist Tom Chaffin joins us Wednesday, March 13 to discuss his recent book Giant’s Causeway: Frederick Douglass’s Irish Odyssey and the Making of an American Visionary, which tells the tale of Douglass’s 1845-47 lecture tour of the British Isles, a journey that would prove pivotal to the growth of Douglass as an […]

#BobDylanElectric What are your favorite Dylan lyrics? Use the hashtag to share with us on social media

In Their Own Words: Eric Hoffman

This Thursday, March 7, editor and writer Eric Hoffman joins us at the American Writers Museum to discuss the essay collection Tearing the World Apart: Bob Dylan and the Twenty-First Century, which he co-edited with Nina Goss. These essays illuminate Dylan in a new light from a variety of cultural and critical contexts. Hoffman shared […]

Squirrels Who Read

March 2 is Read Across America Day, and to celebrate our book-loving squirrels wanted to share their favorite story books for kids! You can find these squirrels reading their books in the Negaunee Foundation Children’s Literature Gallery, a room full of wonder and imagination where we host Little Squirrels Storytime, a weekly storytime for families […]