Tag Archives: Jennifer Draper

After Clinking Champagne Glasses

You’ve counted down the clock and sang “Auld Lang Syne” at midnight, so now it’s time for the annual rite of self-reflection and exploration of the new year’s potential. If you’re coming up blank, heed the goals and advice of some of the greatest American writers. Take the pressure out of your list making by […]

Things to Do in Chicago in Winter

AWM Offers Things to Do in Chicago in Winter (plus Twelve Odd Tales for Christmas) We know… it’s hard to find things to do in Chicago in winter (especially over winter break). You may not realize it, but the American Writers Museum is a great destination to get you out of the house AND out […]

Drawing of Joan of Arc

Mr. Snodgrass and the Maid of Orléans

Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass was one alias of a man who used many names (like W. Epaminondas Adrastus Blab, for example). Born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in 1835, the American writer is best known as Mark Twain—the nom de plume attributed to his renowned novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Yet […]

The Box-Car Children by Gertrude C. Warner

Get to Know Gertrude

Half a century before beat writer Jack Kerouac touted the appeal of freight hopping, Gertrude Chandler Warner dreamed up The Boxcar Children while sick at home with bronchitis. The American first-grade teacher wrote a book series about four orphaned siblings—Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny Alden—who made their home in an abandoned railroad car. Warner fed […]