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For the inaugural 2010 Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, we will be honoring with induction only six writers who are no longer with us. In coming years, we expect to open up the Hall of Fame to living writers as well. But with this first induction class, we want to recognize and celebrate those whose words paved the literary road for us today and for future generations.
distinguished for their work in the Chicago literary committee chose the 2010 Hall of Fame nominees. The panel includes leaders in literary publishing, editing, broadcasting, criticism, writing, and whose specialties range from poetry to drama to short fiction to the novel. Each member was asked to assemble a ballot with six nominees, along with rationale for inclusion. There were, then, 78 total, including 27 unique, nominations.
are now under consideration by a separate panel consisting of five of our best and brightest writers and scholars. They will debate the merits of all nominees and eventually vote upon the six most deserving inductees.
Selection to the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame is expected to be an evolving process with criteria that will develop and change with time. In this, the first year, we gave it a broad scope – opening up nominations to those writers who best represent Chicago’s rich and proud literary heritage.
The hope is that, through the rigorous nominating and selecting process, the criteria will arise organically. In the end, it’s important that the literary community, which includes all champions and readers of the art, give voice to what constitutes a Chicago Literary Hall of Fame inductee.
In the future, the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame will add categories to honor deserving literary writers, popular writers, editors and more. But for now, it is in the hands of the five esteemed selectors to weight the criteria and elect six writers to comprise the initial induction class, and set the highest standards for the people who will ultimately represent the Hall of Fame.
CLHOF to Launch New Website
Monday, May 01, 2017
Thanks to a generous grant from Illinois Humanities, the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame is in the process of building a new website, with an expansive literary map as its centerpiece.
Great Chicago Books Club Hits Re-set
Thursday, March 23, 2017
The Great Chicago Books Club relaunches with Scott Turow’s Presumed Innocent, his debut novel about assistant prosecuting attorney Rusty Sabich’s murder defense.
Scott Turow at Cliff Dwellers: Limited Tickets Available
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Cliff Dwellers welcomes CLHOF supporters for The Stories We Tell Ourselves: A Salon with Scott Turow. The $45 registration fee includes the program, plus a generous buffet dinner.
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