Published by the American Writers Museum      Volume 7, Number 7      September 23, 2016

"Establishing a national institution that will celebrate American writing is an inspired idea. The American Writers Museum will honor the achievements of more than 300 years of American writing. Through its programs, exhibitions, public readings, and film presentations, the museum will kindle a new appreciation of our literature and deepen our understanding of American writers."

-Thomas F. Staley, former Director, Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin

AWM Welcomes Its Inaugural President 
Carey Cranston

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Carey Cranston as the Inaugural President of the American Writers Museum effective  October 3, 2016

Carey has been serving for 12 years as President of Fox College, a private career college in Chicago. Prior to that he was a Vice President at Hill & Knowlton, a global PR firm, where he led digital and web services with several major clients. He also served as Director of Technology and E-commerce at Kemper Lesnik Communications, a local PR firm in Chicago.  Early in his career, Carey worked at both the DePaul University Library and at Kroch's & Brentano's Bookstore. 

Carey earned a B.A. in English from DePaul University summa cum laude, a M.A in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a M.S. in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Illinois in Champaign Urbana. 

His track record of success in complementary assignments, as well as his passion for literature, provides Carey with the credentials ideal for a strong leader of the AWM. 

With Carey's appointment, Malcolm O'Hagan, will relinquish the title of President and assume the mantle of Founder of the American Writers Museum. Malcolm will continue to be actively engaged with the AWM board and the upcoming launch. Also, the President's Challenge Campaign, which Malcolm began earlier this year, will become the Founder's Challenge Campaign. To learn more about that campaign and to help make it a success, please click here.
Museum Build-Out Begins!

AWM is thrilled to announce that construction of the space at 180 N. Michigan began September 1.

The design team is hard at work fabricating exhibits and will begin moving them into place as soon as construction is finished. Stay tuned for exciting information on which exhibits will be included, as well as renderings of what will fill the space such as what you see below! 

We can't wait to see you in March!
AWM Hosts Jennifer Keishin Armstrong at the Orland Park Public Library

Audience members listen to and ask questions of AWM Program Director Allison Sansone and guest author Jennifer Keishin Armstrong. Photo courtesy of the Orland Park Public Library.

AWM and the Orland Park Public Library hosted the bestselling author of Seinfeldia Friday, Sept. 9 for a free event. The standing-room-only crowd enjoyed refreshments from Rock Bottom Brewery and Rocco Vino's Italian before a talk about how the landmark TV show's writing influenced American culture.
Fall is in the Air

As it becomes cooler, the AWM is really turning up the heat in preparation for our opening in March. This includes an exhibit spotlight which will be in the newsletter starting next month, we would love to hear your thoughts!

We are also busy planning the launch of a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign mid-November to expand our national following five months before the opening of the museum.  Prominent authors will participate in the campaign.  Please stay tuned and follow us for details on social media in the weeks leading to the launch.

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AWM Affiliate Spotlight

"True originality consists not in a new manner but in a new vision." 

- Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton's 'The Mount'

Fall is the perfect time to visit The Mount, a National Historic Landmark, and the impressive home of Edith Wharton.  She was the first woman awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction as well as an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Yale University. Wharton wrote over 40 books in 40 years including  Ethan Frome and The House of Mirth, in addition to works on architecture, gardens, interior design and travel. 

In 1902 Wharton designed and built The Mount and the surrounding gardens which include an Italian walled garden, a formal French flower garden, and terraced lawns.  A recent restoration has returned the property to Wharton's original vision. 

Knowledgeable docents give tours of the house and entertain with facts about Wharton's colorful life.  After your tour, you can enjoy a lunch on the terrace and relax while viewing the enchanting grounds. The Mount has an extensive program of literary events, and partners with local cultural organizations for sculpture exhibits, theatrical plays and musical offerings which reflect Wharton's love of culture and the arts.

For news and updates from The Mount, visit their Facebook page.

To learn more about this American writer, please visit the website for The Mount. Be sure to find the Affiliate nearest you and check out their upcoming events.
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 October:

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

Submitted by Jerry Yanoff of Chicago: " Who has written "The Great American Novel"?"

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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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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