Published by the American Writers Museum         Volume 7, Number 6         August 26, 2016

"Words have always had the power to change minds, to shape opinions, to move mountains. At a time when words are cheaper than ever, when they are spewed out randomly and digitally, the words of the greatest American writers are more important than ever and sharing them with the public is essential to America's well-being. That's why the American Writers Museum is so important."

-George Gibson, Publisher, Bloomsbury USA

AWM Board Members Host Cocktail Party in Castle Park, MI

From left: AWM Board Member and co-host Leigh Conant, AWM President Malcolm O'Hagan, AWM Executive Director Nike Whitcomb, and AWM Board Co-Chair and co-host Roberta Rubin

Board  Member Leigh Conant and Board  Co-Chair  Roberta Rubin hosted a party for  friends and neighbors at the Castle Park home of Leigh and Doug Conant. In a ttendance were AWM President Malcolm O'Hagan, Executive Director Nike Whitcomb, and Bridget Piekarz representing Penguin Random House .

Literary themed appetizers and special beverages highlighted the event.

Meet New Board Members Marion Cameron and Chase Levey

AWM supporters Marion Cameron and Chase Levey have joined the AWM Board of Directors! 

Marion Cameron is president and CEO of Sipi Metals Corp., a 109-year-old Chicago based manufacturer of copper alloys and recycler of precious metals. Sipi Metals has more than 400 employees worldwide in operations and affiliate offices in Singapore, Scotland, Colombia, Mexico, and Vietnam. Ms. Cameron is a member of the Board and Executive Committee of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Chair of the Investment Committee, and a member of the board of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She is also a member of the Economic Club, C200, the Chicago Network, and the International Women's Forum Chicago.  An Irish native, Ms. Cameron was educated at Trinity College Dublin and Pace University New York.

Chase Levey is a founding board member of the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.  She has served in developing the board throughout its 30 year history, encouraged the educational outreach of Team Shakespeare, the cultivation of individual donors, and planning for the rosy future of a fine theater and its audiences. Chase is also the author of two non-fiction books. 
AWM Board of Directors Profile: Tom Staley
Tom Staley, AWM Board Member and past Director of  the  renowned Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, is eagerly awaiting the opening of the American Writers Museum.

Tom believes "the museum will bring a wider audience to American literature and will encourage people to read more widely. The exhibitions will bring a new attention to American literature." Equally pleasing for Tom is the museum's location in Chicago. He says, "This is the ideal location because of Chicago's many contributions to American culture. The museum will bring a broader national focus to American writing and there is no other museum like it."
Tom has written five books on James Joyce alone, as well as books on Jean Rhys, Dorothy Richardson, and the Italian novelist Italo Svevo. Tom also enjoys many other modern authors, and has read widely on the subject.

AWM Affiliate Spotlight
AWM is proud to have several Affiliates that are part of the National Park Service , which is celebrating its 100th birthday this month. Happy Birthday to the National Park Service! Please visit AWM's e-Newsletter Archives to read spotlights on all our NPS Affiliates.

Alex Haley Museum and Interpretive Center 

"In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future".

- Alex Haley

In celebration of Alex Haley's 95th birthday, AWM is highlighting his boyhood home turned museum honoring the "Roots" author. Located in Henning, Tennessee, the Alex Haley Museum houses collections representing the life and achievements of Haley. Visitors can also explore the award-winning Interpretive Center to further understand Haley's legacy. You can view a short documentary about the life of Alex Haley before viewing the center's gallery which includes a life-size slave ship replica.
Expand your personal library with the gift shop's complete array of Haley's works. Visitors can attend the Museum's regular Genealogy sessions to track their family tree and bridge their past to the present. You're sure to connect to Haley, his writing and your own family history throughout your time at the Museum and Interpretive Center.

For news and updates from the Site, visit their Facebook page.

To learn more about these American writers, please visit the website for the Alex Haley Museum and Interpretive Center Be sure to find the Affiliate nearest you and check out their upcoming events.
From Our Neighborhoods

Our traveling exhibit, From Our Neighborhoods: Four Chicago Writers Who Changed America, will be at the following Chicago Public Library (CPL) locations over the next several months:
From Our Neighborhoods  at the Lincoln Belmont Chicago Public Library Branch in August
Be sure to visit the exhibit at the location nearest you! For more information about the exhibit, visit our site.
Upcoming Events

The America Writers Museum is hosting  Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, bestselling author of "Seinfeldia" at the Orland Park Public Library Friday, September 9 from 7-8:30 pm. This event is FREE and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

AWM has over 50 Affiliates throughout the United States. Here are some of the exciting events they have coming up in September:
AWM in the News

The American Writers Museum thanks those who feature us in their publications. This month, we are happy to share this recent coverage.
  • The Sunday Times in Dublin, Ireland published a spotlight on Chicago's literary offerings, with special mention of AWM and Founder Malcolm O'Hagan. Read the full story here.

AWM Trivia Contest- Enter to Win a $25 Gift Card or an AWM Poster

Where did L. Fr ank Baum write his famous novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz?

Submit your answer here for a chance to win.  A winner will be drawn randomly from the correct respondents to receive the $25 gift card, and the runners-up will each receive an AWM poster featuring American Writers on the topic of writing. 

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Thanks to all our donors, patrons, affiliates, and friends for your ongoing support!


The mission of the American Writers Museum is to engage the public in celebrating American writers and exploring their influence on our history, our identity, our culture, and our daily lives.
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