Category Archives: Recommendations

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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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

The Slave's Cause by Manisha Sinha

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 […]

Heartland by Ana Simo

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 […]