Category Archives: Recommendations

Native American Heritage Month reading recommendations

Native American Heritage Month Book Recommendations

Happy Native American Heritage Month! Every November we recognize and celebrate the people who inhabited this land for many years, long before the United States of America even existed, long before European settlers even knew this continent existed. To honor this legacy, this month, for our monthly reading recommendations, we present books by indigenous writers, […]

Young Adult reading recommendations

Young Adult Reading Recommendations

As the days get shorter, the cold gets colder, and the leaves fall faster, take some time to relax, stave off the impending doom of winter, and embrace your inner child with these young adult reading recommendations. Or, if you have young readers of your own, get them back in the swing of reading and […]

AWM Staff Reads: August 2019

It should come as no surprise, but all of us here at the American Writers Museum are avid readers. We enjoy sharing what we’ve been reading recently with you, so here is our list of books we read this past August. We’re especially excited because today is #NationalReadABookDay! What are you reading on this special […]

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 […]

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National Book Lovers Day Staff Picks

National 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 […]

Summer reading recommendations

Spooky Summer Reads

By Frankie Paar The days are sunny and the air is warm. It’s that time of the year: summer! And nothing says summer like secrets and suspense, mysteries and murder. Take some time to cool off this summer with these 10 chilling tales. And visit our Book Club Reading Recommendations page for more recommended summer […]

LGBT+ reading recommendations

LGBT+ Books to Read

By Frankie Paar Each year, the month of June is designated as Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall Riots of 1969 and celebrate the LGBT+ community. On June 28, 1969, a series of violent altercations erupted among police and frequenters of the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City. This had not been […]

Five Under-read World War I Works

In early 1918, the first U.S. soldiers arrived in France to join the Allied forces in the Great War (as it was then known). Many future American writers would take part in the war efforts in one way or another, and some of the most famous works of American Modernism reflect those experiences and the […]

The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi

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 […]

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AWM Staff Recommendations from The Great American Read

Here at the AWM, we LOVE to read. That’s why we are so excited to co-sponsor the Great American Read on our local PBS station, WTTW. If you don’t know, the Great American Read is a national contest to find America’s most-loved book. I decided to make a round of the office, determining our staff’s […]