Volume 5, Number 3 

 

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"Until you've lost your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was or what freedom really is."

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"Chicago, my home and birthplace, nurtured many of America's greatest writers of the past:  Dreiser, Hemingway, Farrell, Sandburg, Algren, Bellow, Brooks and Terkel, to name a few.  With so much of America's literary heritage rooted here, it would be an ideal site for the American Writers Museum." 

- Scott Turow, Author and Time magazine Best Fiction Novel of the Year Winner (1999)

 
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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Jim Leach, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, are cited in an op-ed about the American Writers Museum recently appearing in Crain's Chicago Business. The article referred to their testimonials and stated that the American Writers Museum will improve Chicago's already well-established reputation "as a destination city for cultural tourism" and further "position Chicago as the nexus of the literary world". The article also highlighted the importance of establishing such a museum, both as a celebration of America's historical literary heritage, and to inspire future generations of writers.

 

The complete article can be read online here

 

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Jerre Stead named new Chairman of American Writers Museum Foundation

 

The American Writers Museum recently issued a news release announcing Jerre Stead's election as the new Board Chairman of the AWM Foundation. Following the announcement, Stead released his first quarterly message to the supporters of the museum, outlining his goals as Chairman. His message reiterated current plans to open the First Edition museum on Chicago's Michigan Avenue corridor in 2016, building to a long-term goal of a permanent museum occupying 60,000 square feet of space.

 
The news release can be read here
 
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AWM at John Hancock Center and DuSable Museum of African American History

 

Stop by the John Hancock Center, where the American Writers Museum's first travelling exhibit, From Our Neighborhoods: Four Chicago Writers Who Changed America, will be setting up shop for two weeks beginning August 18. The From Our Neighborhoods exhibit, which invites visitors to consider the impact of four great Chicago writers - Gwendolyn Brooks, Lorraine Hansberry, Louis "Studs" Terkel, and Richard Wright - has previously been housed in the Hall Branch of the Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, South Shore Cultural Center, and the Edgewater Branch of the Chicago Public Library, where it has been well received by readers curious to learn more about the city's literary heritage.

 

At its temporary new home, the exhibit will stand in a prime location in the Lower Concourse of the John Hancock Center, making it an attraction for both tourists and locals alike.

 

On September 3 the exhibit will be heading south, to the DuSable Museum of African American History, where it will remain until the end of the month.

 

The exhibit is funded through the generous support of The Chicago Community Trust and the S&C Electric Company, and is co-sponsored by the Chicago History Museum. The exhibit was developed by the American Writers Museum in partnership with the Chicago Literary Council, Chicago Public Library, Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, Guild Literary Complex, American Library Association, Third World Press, DuSable Museum of African American History, and Chicago Park District Department of Cultural & Natural Resources.

 

Find more information on the From Our Neighborhoods exhibit's touring and programming schedule here.

 
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Hansen and Rubin Join the American Writers Museum Founders Council


 

James Hansen and Roberta Rubin are the newest additions to the American Writers Museum's Founders Council.

 

James Hansen is the retired Co-founder, CEO, President, and Chairman of Source/Inc, a Chicago-based marketing and branding firm. He is a double-graduate of the University of Illinois, having earned both his BFA and MFA at the institution, and continues to promote cultural events and education in the local community, both as campaign co-chairman for the Winnetka Historical Society and now as a Founders Council member for the American Writers Museum.

 

Roberta Rubin is well-known within Chicago literary circles for her thirty year ownership and management of The Book Stall at Chestnut Court, one of the most celebrated independent bookstores in the country. In addition to receiving a 1993 Haslam Award for Excellence in Independent Bookselling and a 2012 'Bookstore of the Year' honor from Publishers Weekly, Rubin has also been elected to the Board of Directors for the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression.

 
Asked recently about the importance of books in an interview, Rubin answered "Books substantiate life. They make life valid; they make living valid." 
 
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2014 Rutledge Student Writing Awards Deadline Extended

 

The American Writers Museum is sponsoring its first writing competition. The competition is open to all students enrolled in Chicago public, charter, or parochial high schools, including both those entering in 2014 and those who graduated in 2014. Entrants are encouraged to submit writings on the theme of 'neighborhood' in a style of their choosing: poetry, memoir, fiction, oral history, or a personal essay reflecting on works by local writers featured in the exhibit.

 

Five cash prizes will be awarded in each category ('poetry' and 'prose') and the submission deadline has been extended to October 31,2014. Every entrant will receive expert feedback, as well as a certificate of achievement, and the overall winners in each category will have their work published in Great Lakes Cultural Review and be honored at an awards ceremony on December 6, 2014.

 

Full competition details can be found here, and for some helpful writing tips click here.

 

Good luck!

 
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Thoreau, Emerson, O'Connor, Kerouac and London Expand the AWM Affiliates Network


The American Writers Museum has recently added a new crop of four museums and author homes from a notably diverse group of geographical regions to its Affiliates program. From Massachusetts, we are pleased to welcome the Concord Museum, which houses a large collection of artifacts from the lives of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson; and from Georgia, Andalusia Farm, the home in which Flannery O'Connor penned both of her classic Southern Gothic novels.


On the other side of the country, two new affiliates have joined from California. The Beat Museum in San Francisco celebrates the urban poetics of the legendary Beat Generation, and in particular the works of Jack Kerouac; while the Jack London State Historic Park encompasses London's love of nature through the preservation of his 1400 acre "Beauty Ranch".


These recent additions bring the total number of affiliates to 36, allowing the group to continue to strengthen ties and facilitate cooperative programming within the literary community. See a complete list with photographs and contact information here.

 

There is no cost to become an AWM affiliate. More information on the program including the Affiliate mission statement, membership criteria, and details on how to join can be found here

 
 
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Affiliate Spotlight: Margaret Mitchell House and Museum

 

God has a way of shielding the pure of heart - at least He did in my book.


 
- Margaret Mitchell, in response to a letter from a fan


 

The Margaret Mitchell House and Museum in Atlanta, Georgia, an AWM affiliate, celebrates the life and writings of Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Margaret Mitchell. The museum, which is operated by the Atlanta History Center, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and preserves the apartment in which Mitchell wrote her classic novel Gone With the Wind. The building also houses exhibits on Mitchell's career as a reporter and a room dedicated to the Academy Award-winning film adaptation of her only novel. The museum is currently celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Gone With the Wind motion picture premiere with a special exhibit titled Stars Fall on Atlanta. For more information please visit the museum's website here.

 
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From Our Neighborhoods survey winner

 

Many thanks to everyone so far who has visited AWM's From Our Neighborhoods exhibit and offered their feedback by completing one of our survey forms. Congratulations to Laura Partington, who is the winner of the $50 Barnes & Noble gift certificate drawing among survey respondents.  

 
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This image is featured on the first edition cover of which 20th century American novel, which was later adapted into an Academy Award-winning film in the debut of one of Hollywood's most notable directors?

 

Submit your answer here for the chance to win a $25 gift certificate.

 
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