Nelson Algren Society
of Miller Beach

Thank you to everyone who attended the 107th Birthday Party of Nelson Algren at the Aquatorium Sunday!  We'll be posting photos of the event as soon as they are available.  Special thanks to Roy Gillis, who read one of Nelson's first published short stories, "Forgive Them, Lord."  

Copyright Art Shay1953-2016
Save the dates for our next event:  the first annual Nelson Algren Festival in Miller Beach. In collaboration with the Miller Beach Arts & Creative District, all events will take place at the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts at 540 S. Lake Street, Miller Beach, Indiana. Tentative schedule is:

Friday, June 24, 2016 7:00 pm:  The first screening in Miller of "The End Is Nothing, The Road Is All" by co-directors Mark Blottner and Denis Mueller, who will answer questions after the film.  Tickets are $10 at the door.  Cash bar.

Saturday, June 25, 2016:  
Noon:  Opening of Art Shay photography exhibit
1:00:   Speeches by Bettina Drew, Algren biographer; Peter Alter of Chicago History Museum; and Hugh Iglarsh of the Nelson Algren Committee of Chicago.  Algren readings will occur between speeches.
3:30:   Panel discussion with questions from the audience.
4:00:   Dedication of Nelson Algren pocket park followed by Treasure Hunt on Lake Street. Chance to win a Nelson Algren Reading Kit.
6:00:   Music by Frankie Machine Blues Band.  Tickets are $20 which includes entrance to all Saturday events.  Cash bar.

Copyright Art Shay

Nelson Algren lived in Miller Beach throughout the 1950's.  He is best known for his novels, "Man with the Golden Arm" and "A Walk on the Wild Side."

One of the most prolific but most neglected American writers, Nelson Algren broke convention in every area of his life.  HIs writings speak to today, with recurring themes of brutality, poverty, melancholy and loss.  His turbulent decades-long relationship with the founder of the feminist movement, Simone de Beauvoir, intrigues people to this day.

The Nelson Algren Society of Miller Beach celebrates the life and writings of Nelson Algren.


Susan Rutsen & George Rogge, Founders
Nelson Algren Society of Miller Beach

Susan Rutsen
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