Tag Archives: AWM Events

#BobDylanElectric What are your favorite Dylan lyrics? Use the hashtag to interact with the special exhibit Bob Dylan: Electric at the American Writers Museum in Chicago.

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 […]

Frederick Douglass portrait collage at the American Writers Museum

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

The American Writers Museum: A Home for Writers and Their Readers

Fatimah Al-Sharif is an AWM member who lives in Saudi Arabia. While spending the winter in Chicago, she discovered the museum by chance. This is her story. In my travels through America, I have noticed and appreciated how this country celebrates its heroes and keeps their legacies alive. The idea of “the only major museum […]

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 […]