Published by the American Writers Museum      Volume 7, Number 8          October 28, 2016

"This is such a great idea. Museums make history three dimensional, and museums bring people together into that three-dimensional space to learn about and celebrate that history. This is needed for American literary history -- a communal space to celebrate our rich legacy of prose and poetry. And maybe I'm biased, but I think Chicago, home of Bellow, Brooks and Terkel, is the perfect place for such a museum."

-Dave Eggers, American writer, editor, and publisher

Exhibit Spotlight: A Nation of Writers

Utilizing state-of-the-art projection mapping technology, A Nation of Writers introductory film traces the emergence of a distinct "American" form of writing that spans the breadth of the country and the range of writing types. 

This innovative film format will invite visitors to learn what they will discover at AWM, including what defines "American" writing, where this writing comes from, and how it is exemplified.
Caught Reading Banned Books!

Alison Hanold, Partnerships Director at the Chicago Literary Alliance, was one of those found reading banned books
Even AWM President Carey Cranston was caught with a commonly banned book
Banned Books Week was September 25-October 1, and the AWM apprehended several offenders at Chicago's Literacenter. These books, written by many amazing authors, deserve to be read! See more mugshots on our Facebook page, and tell us which banned books are your favorites. 

The AWM firmly supports the right to read, and hopes to encourage reading and writing when we open next Spring.
Giving Tuesday is Almost Here

Mark your calendars, Giving Tuesday is only a few weeks away!

While our crowdfunding campaign will be running from mid-November into December, we encourage giving especially on Giving Tuesday, November 29. 

We are grateful for any support, and hope you enjoy our campaign rewards, announced soon!
Executive Offices Relocated

AWM has moved its executive offices into the future site of the museum. We will be close at hand to supervise the construction of exhibits and meet our visitors in the Spring. 

Our new mailing address for correspondence will be:

The American Writers Museum
180 N. Michigan Ave.
Suite 505
Chicago, IL  60601

Until further notice, our phone number will remain the same at (312) 346-9018.
AWM Affiliate Spotlight

"Taking the way that opens, even if it seems hardly more than a footpath, not infrequently leads to the highways of heart's desire, if not to fame and fortune."
- Frances Parkinson Keyes  

The Beauregard-Keyes House and Garden Museum

Located in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Beauregard-Keyes House and Garden Museum honors author Frances Parkinson Keyes' mission to preserve the historic site. Keyes first moved into the house in 1944 to do research for a novel. While living in the second story, Keyes restored  th house to its former glory. Keyes later went on to write some of her most famous novels including, Dinner at Antoine's and Madame Castel's Lodger  after 
quickly becoming a permanen t resident of the home.

Through her numerous parties at the house, she befriended General Pierre Gustav Beauregard's granddaughter, Laure Larendon. The friendship returned many Beauregard heirlooms back to the home, moving the constant renovations of the home forward. The Keyes Foundation has maintained the House as a museum since Keyes' death in 1970

Visitors to the home today can expect to time travel back to the 1800's during a tour lasting approximately 45 minutes. The history of the House and its many residents are evident in the decor, art and preservation of the House and its gardens. Find yourself immersed in another time right in the heart of New Orleans.

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

To learn more about this American writer, please visit the website for the Beauregard-Keyes House and Garden Museum . Be sure to find the  Affiliate   nearest you and check out their upcoming events.
Affiliate Honors

Steepletop, Edna St. Vincent Millay's Home in Austerlitz, New York, was named a Literary Landmark on Sunday, October 23 in honor of the Pulitzer Prize centennial.

The Empire State Center for the Book and United for Libraries has partnered with the Edna St. Millay Society and Friends of Chatham Public Library to honor Millay's work, for which she was named a Pulitzer Prize Laureate in 1923.

United for Libraries is working to recognize past winners in letters and drama with Literary Landmarks. Steepletop has been chosen as New York State's Pulitzer Prize Centennial Recognition.

Learn more and plan your visit here. Congratulations Steepletop!
Upcoming Events with AWM Affiliates

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

Discounts at the Gene Siskel Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center is proud to announce MAYA ANGELOU: AND STILL I RISE  November 11-17 and the narrative feature COMING THROUGH THE RYE  November 25-December 1

We are happy to provide a $4 discount on admission to any show for  our newsletter subscribers  with the code "AWM".  The code must be redeemed in-person at the box office and note that as soon as the offers go into effect, they can be used (in other words, it is not a day-of discount only).

The Gene Siskel Film Center is located at:
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
164 N. State St.
Chicago, IL  60601

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.
  • Broadway World announced the appointment of inaugural President, Carey Cranston. Read the full announcement here.
  • Daily Southtown announced the appointment of inaugural President Carey Cranston, Beverly native. Read more news here.

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

Which American ghost story was written for Harry Houdini, and by whom?

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.
American Writers Museum
Executive Offices
180 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 505
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 346 - 9018
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