Category Archives: Events

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 […]

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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 children’s literature books! 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 every […]

Frederick Douglass Tours

Throughout February, we are offering Frederick Douglass and abolitionist-themed tours in honor of his birthday and Black History Month. These tours happen twice daily at 12:30 and 3:00 pm, and tour-goers will explore the whole museum while also gaining insight into Douglass and other abolitionists. Tours are included with museum admission, so there’s no extra cost. […]

Introducing the American Writers Museum Reading Circle: Poetry Edition

The American Writers Museum Reading Circle is a new members-only program that allows fans to get up close and personal with their favorite writers. Members will have the chance to deeply read their favorite works with the guidance of an expert, explore their influence on the American voice, and discuss their thoughts with peers in […]

Tour group at the Featured Works tables

Edgar Allan Poe-Themed Tour!

Since October 16, we’ve been giving two Edgar Allan Poe themed tours a day at the American Writers Museum. They end today, so just in case you missed them, we thought we would share the experience with our fans nationwide! Follow along as we go on a tour of the Museum, focused on the king […]

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor holding her book Turning Pages

Turning Pages: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

When Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was young, she turned to literature to help her deal with the problems she faced. “I learned how to make books my friends,” she told an audience of more than 700 people at an event hosted by the American Writers Museum and the Chicago Public Library. At the event, […]

In Their Own Words: John Scalzi

John Scalzi is an American science fiction author and former president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He is best known for his Old Man’s War series, three novels of which have been nominated for the Hugo Award, and for his blog Whatever, where he has written on a number of topics since 1998. He won the Hugo Award for Best Fan […]

Science Writing to Humble and Inspire

The best science writing leaves us humbled and inspired. Humbled by the vastness, strangeness, and wondrousness of the natural world, and inspired by the ingenuity and passion with which scientists (and citizen citizens) have tried to understand and protect it. David Quammen and Sy Montgomery’s writing does this. And that’s why I’m thrilled to be […]