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Adult: $12
Senior/Student: $8
Children (under 12): Free
The American Library Association Hosts Annual Benefit at the AWM

Photo credit: American Library Association

Hundreds of librarians gathered at the Museum on June 23 for the annual ALA Benefit supporting the Cultural Communities Fund. Poet Nikki Giovanni surprised attendees with special advance copies of her upcoming book
A Good Cry: What We Learn From Tears and Laughter (Morrow, scheduled for release October 2017), which she then signed. To read more about this exciting event, see Library Journal's excellent article.

 The AWM would like to thank Ms. Giovanni for visiting the Museum and making one of our first hosted events such a success.   Click here to learn how to host your next event at the Museum.

Writers Museum July Events

Tuesday, July 11, 10:30 a.m.
Children's Author Storytime: Ilene Cooper
Preschool-age children w/ caregiver. Free (museum admission not included). 

Thursday, July 13, 6 p.m.
University of Chicago Writer's Studio Master Series: Searching for It in Jack Kerouac's 
On the Road
$100 per participant. Learn more.
Reserve your space with the Writer's Studio.

Friday, July 21, 4 p.m.
Ernest Hemingway Party
Hubbard Inn
50% of proceeds donated to AWM. Buy tickets.

Saturday, July 22, 2 p.m.
Immigrant Writing in America
Free with museum admission.  Learn more.
Wednesday, July 12, 5:30 p.m.
Reading/Signing: Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists
$5 suggested donation. Learn more .

Thursday, July 20, 7 p.m.
Workshop: Publishing
$50 per participant.  Learn more .

Friday, July 21, 5:30 p.m.
Friday Night Fight: Hemingway vs. Fitzgerald
Chicago Athletic Association,
Drawing Room Library
Free and open to the public. Learn more.

Saturday, July 27, 5 p.m.
The Swiss Army Knife of Plants: 
A History of the Palm
$5 suggested donation.  Learn more

See more upcoming events
American Writers Museum 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. 

The Washington Post  visited the Museum in June!

O Magazine, Leisure Group Travel,  and others  also included us in their publications!
Calling All Book Clubs!

Is your book club looking for their next read? The American Writers Museum suggests The Readymade Thief by Augustus Rose. Read the book together and then come hear the author at our Tuesday First Book series.

September 5: Tuesday First Books: Augustus Rose: The Readymade Thief
The American Writers Museum celebrates the past, promotes the present and inspires the future of writing in the United States. We are proud to welcome these authors to our new monthly Tuesday First Books series, which highlights the first books of promising emerging and established writers.

Lee Cuddy is seventeen years old and on the run. Betrayed by her family after taking the fall for a friend, Lee finds refuge in a cooperative of runaways holed up in an abandoned building they call the Crystal Castle. But the façade of the Castle conceals a far more sinister agenda, one hatched by a society of fanatical men set on decoding a series of powerful secrets hidden in plain sight. And they believe Lee holds the key to it all.
A novel of puzzles, conspiracies, secret societies, urban exploration, art history, and a singular, indomitable heroine, The Readymade Thief heralds the arrival of a spellbinding and original new talent in fiction.
Copies of the book will be sold at AWM before and after the reading.

September 5, 5 p.m. Readers Hall. General Public. Free with museum admission or $5 suggested donation for event only .

AWM Partners with Story Street Labs

We are excited to announce that the AWM has partnered with  Story Street Labs to capture and publish stories written by museum visitors in our  Story of the Day exhibit.  In this interactive space, visitors can try their hand at writing, after being inspired by our nation's great writers and their works. Visitors can write on laptops, vintage typewriters, or with pencil and paper. The online Story of the Day allows visitors to create a collaborative story based on different prompts. The daily story is written and expanded on by visitors who choose to add to it throughout the day. Stories are compiled and published daily by Story Street Labs at  awm.storystreetlabs.com .

Plan a visit to add your voice to the story today!

Join the AWM Family

Join the AWM today as a Member or a donor!

Members enjoy free admission to the museum, 15% off at the museum shop, invitations to members-only events, and more! Find the membership level that suits you best, and 
become a  member today.

You can also join the AWM as a Donor Society for special benefits such as: family membership, free admission, recognition in the Annual Report, special event invitations, and more! 
Join a Giving Society today.

The American Writers Museum Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (Federal Tax ID Number 27-1822749). All donations made to the Museum are fully tax deductible.

Upcoming Events with American Writers Museum Affiliates

Heading out on a trip this summer? Be sure to check out events at our Affiliated author homes and museums across the country. 
AWM has over 65  Affiliates throughout the United States. Click here to see some of the exciting events they have coming up in July.
AWM Welcomes 5 New Affiliates!

Paul Laurence Dunbar House - Dayton, OH
Paul Laurence Dunbar, the first internationally acclaimed African American poet, was born in 1872 to former slaves.  He published over 400 poems, several full-length novels, plays, short stories, and lyrics for musicals.  Dunbar purchased the house for his mother in 1904 and completed his last works there before dying at age 33.   The House looks much as it did when he lived there. Learn more.

Hamlin Garland Homestead - West Salem, WI
Hamlin Garland purchased this house for his parents and spent four or five months a year in the house. His life in the Wisconsin frontier influenced his writings which described the hardships and difficulties of pioneer life as well as the social practices of rural Wisconsin.  Garland was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for best biography in 1921. Learn more.

Laura (Riding) Jackson House - Vero Beach, FL
The home was constructed around 1910, when Indian River County was a wilderness.  Laura Riding  was a widely noted poet of the 20th century, was educated at Cornell University and became the only female member of the southern literary group, "The Fugitives."  She received the prestigious Bollingen Prize for her poetry in 1991.  With her husband, Schuyler Jackson, she settled in Florida where they raised citrus organically. Learn more.

Harriet Beecher Stowe House - Cincinnati, OH
Harriet Beecher Stowe lived in this house from 1832-36 with her family until her marriage to Calvin Stowe. Because the Beecher family assisted freedom seekers while living here, the house is also a recognized site on the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.  After moving back east, Stowe wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin based on her experiences in Cincinnati . Learn more

The John Updike Childhood Home - Shillington, PA
John Updike was born in 1932 and lived in this house with his parents and maternal grandparents until 1945.  The house has been undergoing extensive restoration under the auspices of the John Updike Society and will at the completion of the work be opened to the public as a museum.  Learn more.

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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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