Category Archives: Events

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 […]

In Their Own Words: Manisha Sinha

Manisha Sinha is professor and the James L. and Shirley A. Draper Chair in American History at the University of Connecticut. She was born in India and received her Ph.D from Columbia University where her dissertation was nominated for the Bancroft prize. She has received numerous awards, including the Chancellor’s Medal and the Frederick Douglass […]

Literary Libations at the AWM

Here at the American Writers Museum, three of our favorite activities are writing, reading, and drinking. Which is why we’ve decided to host a night that incorporates all three. If you get thirsty like us on Thursdays, then join us June 28 for our Literary Cocktail Tasting event. We’ll have four cocktails inspired by our […]

In Their Own Words: Ana Simo

Ana Simo is the author of a dozen plays, a short feature film, and countless articles. A New Yorker most of her life, she was born and raised in Cuba. Forced to leave the island during the political/homophobic witch-hunts of the late 1960s, she first immigrated to France, where she studied with Roland Barthes and participated […]

From Bullpens to Ink Pens: Baseball Players Who Write

Walt Whitman once said of baseball, “I see great things in baseball. It’s our game – the American game.” So true, so true. Here at the American Writers Museum, we love baseball too. We also love writing. And we especially love baseball writing! Which is why April 17 we are celebrating the beginning of baseball […]

Roger Angell: Baseball Writing for the Ages

Roger Angell is the greatest living baseball writer. He’s written about the game for The New Yorker since 1962, the year he visited the fledgling New York Mets at Spring Training in St. Petersburg, Florida. He was forty-one years old, dispatched there by his editor William Shawn, who was hopeful for more sports writing in the […]

In Their Own Words: Kathleen Rooney

Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press, a publisher of literary work in hybrid genres, and a founding member of Poems While You Wait, a team of poets and their typewriters who compose commissioned poetry on demand. She teaches English and Creative Writing at DePaul University and is the author of eight […]