Published by the American Writers Museum         Volume 6, Number 6   November 20, 2015

There is no better place than Chicago and no better time than now to bring to life the lives of the people who create magic and reality with words. The writers are the ones who help us laugh when we want to cry, think when we want to laugh. They are the keepers of our past, present and futures.  Onward to the next page! Always to the next page!
-Jim Lehrer, American Journalist and Novelist
AWM Press Coverage
Top row left to right: Alderman Ed Burke, AWM Vice-Chairman Hill Hammock, AWM Founding President Malcolm O'Hagan, Amaze Design's Andy Anway
Bottom row left to right: AWM Executive Director Nike Whitcomb, AWM Board Member S. Leigh Pierson Conant, wife of AWM Chairman Mary Joy Stead, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle


As a result of the October 27th press conference, the AWM received over half a billion views! 

Did you see any of our press coverage? Email us at and let us know what you saw!
Giving Tuesday

On Giving Tuesday - December 1, 2015 - the American Writers Museum hopes to attract contributions from as many of our followers, friends and donors as possible to help us build out our space with eight exciting and unique exhibits.

Our goal for Giving Tuesday: raise at least $100,000 from donors of every part of the United States and the world.

Thanks to a generous pledge from our Chairman, we will receive $1 for every $2 we raise through December 31, 2015, INCLUDING the funds raised on GIVING TUESDAY.  Gifts of EVERY size are welcome and important.

Americans are the most giving people on earth... last year nearly half of us made a charitable contribution collectively totaling more than $358 Billion. Your participation in Giving Tuesday is one small way you can help the American Writers Museum achieve its reality and open in March 2017 in Chicago.

On Tuesday December 1, visit our website, and click on the "Donate" button, and follow the instructions to make your gift. If you would like to contribute SOONER, your gift is welcome anytime. And you can also send a check to 205 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 620, Chicago, IL 60606 if you prefer.

Many thanks for your support!

American Writers Museum Attends Erik Larson Luncheon
From left to right: AWM Administrative Assistant Catherine Ryan, AWM Executive Director Nike Whitcomb, Erik Larson, and Winnetka- Northfield Public Library District Library Director Rebecca Wolf

In honor of his new book Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania , Erik Larson spoke at a luncheon hosted by the Winnetka-Northfield Public Library's One Book Two Villages on September 25th.
Mr. Larson spoke about his writing process, his new novel, and answered questions from the audience.

To
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania , click here.

All Women's Author Event
From left to right: Award-winning author Mary Morris, Literary Editor of the Chicago Tribune Liz Taylor, Award-winning author Rebecca Makkai, AWM Executive Director Nike Whitcomb, and Award-winning author Jamie Freveletti

Liz Taylor, Literary Editor of the Chicago Tribune, led a lively discussion among award-winning female writers - each of whom has a strong Chicago background - at a private club in downtown Chicago in late October. Guest writers included Jamie Freveletti, author of the Emma Caldridge series, who also writes for Robert Lu dlum's Covert One series (her latest is The Geneva Strategy); Rebecca Makkai, Chicago-based author of the story collection Music for Wartime, as well as Hundred- Year House (winner of the Chicago Writers Association Award), and The Borrower (a Book list Top Ten Debut); and Chicago native Mary Morris, author of 15 books and winner of the Rome Prize in Literature, whose works include Nothing to Declare: Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone, and her latest, The Jazz Palace.
AWM Performed at Chicago Culture Mile Association's first Halloween Festival
AWM volunteer Mare Swallow reading to a captivated audience

The Chicago Cultural Mile Association hosted their first ever Halloween Festival on October 24th. The AWM got into the Halloween spirit, reading spooky stories from some of the great American writers, dressing up, and passing out candy.

AWM Affiliate Spotlight: The Willa Cather Foundation and Will Rogers Memorial Museum

The Willa Cather Foundation
"There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before."
- Willa Cather, O Pioneers!

At the Willa Cather Foundation in Red Cloud, Nebraska, visitors can tour Cather's childhood home, as well as other historic sites important in her life. Current and upcoming  events  include the Hastings Area Artist Exhibition  and the monthly   Cather Book Club , which will be discussing Cather's 1920 short story collection, Youth and Bright Medusa, on January 21, 2016 . The Foundation's activities include giving out scholarships to aspiring writers, holding exhibits in their  art gallery , and organizing workshops, annual conferences, and seminars. Their 2016 Spring Conference, "Both Bitter and Sweet," will focus on Cather's writing during World War I. The Foundation's  gift shop f eatures Cather's books, new jewelry, apparel, and holiday products.  
Will Rogers Memorial Museums
"Some people spend a lifetime juggling with words, with not an idea in a carload."  
- Will Rogers

Will Rogers Memorial Museums welcome your visit to a museum in Claremore, Oklahoma and Will Rogers' Birthplace Ranch in Oologah, Oklahoma. The Memorial Museum honors the legacy of the famous humorist and philosopher. In addition to art, artifacts, and even a collection of Rogers' saddles, the museum includes the Rogers Family Tomb, an interactive Children's Museum, and a research library  available to students, scholars, authors, and journalists . Visitors to the Birthplace Ranch can see Rogers' former home, including the room where he was born, watch longhorn cattle roam the property, and take in the beautiful view of Lake Oologah. Upcoming events include the Milam Lecture Series at the museum and "Will's Country Christmas," a fun holiday event at the ranch. The museum store features books, clothing, and CDs and DVDs of Rogers' radio broadcasts and silent films.

To learn more about these American writers, please visit the websites for The Willa Cather Foundation and Will Rogers Memorial Museums .

Holidays With the Affiliates

These are just some wonderful holiday events at the AWM Affiliate homes and museums this year. Be sure to find the Affiliate nearest you and check out their upcoming events!

AWM Welcomes Two New Affiliates

We would like to welcome our newest AWM Affiliates - Robert Frost Farm in Derry, New Hampshire, and Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Washington, DC.  

AWM Survey

Have you seen our new survey? Click here to take the survey and for a chance to win a signed first edition of an american novel!

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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