Published by the American Writers Museum         Volume 7, Number 2          March 29, 2016

How brilliant: An institution that will tell the stories of the people who tell us stories. The American Writers Museum promises narrative riches of every kind, in and well beyond its own walls. It is set to work some very powerful magic.

-Stacy Schiff, Author and New York Times Guest Columnist
  AWM Governance Changes
The AWM Board of Directors has elected Hill Hammock and Roberta Rubin as co-chairs. Former chairman Jerre Stead will continue serving on the board as one of the vice-chairs.
Edith Falk, formerly with Campbell and Company has also been elected as a member of the AWM Board of Directors.
AWM Board of Directors Profile: Roberta Rubin

Roberta Rubin, former owner of The Book Stall at Chestnut Court in Winnetk a, and newly elected co-chair of the AWM Board of Directors, was drawn to the  
AWM because of her love of books, authors, and because she wants to archive the great writers of our country, both those from the past and those in the prese nt. Roberta believes that authors do not get the recognition that they deserve and that the AWM will be a way for us to honor them and give them a home. " Having a place to c elebrate our American writers, authors, journalists- anyone who writes the written word is so important.  I am excited to see it happening in Chicago. Chicago is home to many great writers, and it is a tribute for the Midwest to be recognized."

Roberta has been a huge advocate for the Children's Room in
the new museum. Families who came into her store would go straight to the Children's Room, and she would like to see the same activity in the museum. "The Children's Room will also be a place for children to experiment with technology and the written word," she says.

Roberta feels that this idea has been a long time in coming, and she is anticipating a great deal of support for the Museum.
Edith Falk joins AWM's Board of Directors

Please join us in welcoming Edith Falk to the AWM Board of Directors! The former Chair, and co-founder of Campbell & Company has served as president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Chicago Chapter board, member of the National Board and dean for two years of the Executive Leadership Institute.  She is a past recipient of the AFP Chicago Chapter's President's Award for outstanding leadership and service to the chapter, and of the chapter's Benjamin Franklin Award for career achievements.  She earned her B.A. degree at Oberlin College in Ohio and her M.B.A. degree at Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, both with honors.  She is a frequent presenter on trends in philanthropy and fundraising practices and continues to provide capacity-building consulting services to nonprofit organizations in the Chicago area and beyond.
American Writers Museum to Host Event in New York City

The American Writers Museum is hosting a reception to introduce the museum and New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik to friends and supporters in the New York City area. The event will take place at a private home the evening of April 20th.
AWM Affiliate Spotlight
"If books are not good company, where will I find it?" 
- Mark Twain

We are spotlighting two Affiliates representing a great American writer and humorist: Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum in Hannibal, Missouri, and The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, Connecticut.

Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum

"To get the right word in the right place is a rare achievement. To condense the diffused light of a page of thought into the luminous flash of a single sentence, is worthy to rank as a prize composition just by itself...Anybody can have ideas-the difficulty is to express them without squandering a quire of paper on an idea that ought to be reduced to one glittering paragraph."

Visitors to the  Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum can see several properties, including the home in which Samuel Clemens grew up. Tours of the homes of Laura Hawkins and Tom Blankenship, who were the inspirations for Becky Thatcher and Huckleberry Finn, are available and visitors can also explore Twain's hometown of Hannibal, Missouri, which shaped his childhood and influenced the setting and themes of several of his works. In addition to historical buildings, exhibitions, and artifacts, the museum also has educational opportunities for teachers and students and hosts various events and programs.
Visit the museum's Facebook  page for more information.
The Mark Twain House & Museum

"Let us guess that whenever we read a sentence and like it, we unconsciously store it away in our model-chamber; and it goes with the myriad of its fellows to the building, brick by brick, of the eventual edifice we call our style."
At  The Mark Twain House & Museum  in Hartford, Connecticut, visitors can tour
the beautiful home where Samuel Clemens and his wife, Olivia, lived for many years. It  was here that he wrote some of his most famous novels, including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The museum houses various exhibits, a vast collection of artifacts, a research library, entertainment spaces, and a theater where visitors can view a mini-documentary on Twain. Each month, a variety of events are hosted, from lecture series to ghost tours to readings by major authors.

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

To learn more about Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain, visit the websites for The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum and The Mark Twain House & Museum. Look for the Affiliate  nearest you to check out their upcoming events!

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

How did L. Frank Baum come up with the name "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. 
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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