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Chicago Writers Association’s 10th Annual Book of the Year Awards

Sunday, January 10, 2021

By Randy Richardson

On January 16th the Chicago Writers Association will host its 10th annual Book of the Year Awards. This year the celebration will be virtual.

For the past nine years CWA’s book awards were held at The Book Cellar, the charming little bookstore in the heart of Lincoln Square. It has always been a joyous and warm celebration, with standing-room-only crowds…

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Patricia McNair’s Responsible Adults Launches Sunday, Jan. 3

Sunday, January 3, 2021

By Donald G. Evans

Life is hard in author Patricia Ann McNair’s new collection,Responsible Adults. It is hard in ways inherited, and hard in ways self-inflicted, and hard in ways merely unlucky. But what’s telling about these uncommonly good stories is that that difficulty is assumed, never spoken of or lamented so much as dealt with. Life is like that in the world of…

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Man, What a Year!

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

By Donald G. Evans

Every year of every life takes on its own texture. Even in the most routine of years, there is crazy. Even in the most crazy of years, there is routine. Sometimes, our meticulous plans just don’t work out at all; other times, our half-baked ideas come to fruition. We try to control our destiny, but our destiny always has the final…

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Lake Geneva Getaway Package Being Auctioned Off on Thursday, Dec. 11

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

by Ana Carolina Jorge

According to the Lake Geneva Visitor Center, other than the requirement to wear masks, it is basically business as usual around town. That’s great news for those of us tempted to bid on the Lake Geneva Getaway that will be auctioned off live at the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame’s Virtual Fundraiser Auction this Thursday, Dec. 10, from 7-8…

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Online Auction Set for Thursday, Dec. 10

Thursday, November 12, 2020

by Donald G. Evans

On Thursday, Dec. 10 of this year, the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame will host a virtual auction—our only major fundraiser of 2020. It is, at once, a tried-and-true little road trip, and a drive into completely unknown terrain. Since 2010, our first year, CLHOF has hosted six or seven silent auctions, depending on how you do the math. This will…

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Chris Green and Other Chicago Poets Celebrate and Discuss American Gun on Friday, November 20th, at 6:00 P.M.

Saturday, October 31, 2020

By Kelci Dean

Friday, November 20 at 6:30 p.m. Big Shoulders Books will be hosting an official launch party for their recently published poem American Gun. No registration is necessary; the event will be held online over Zoom meetings. The Zoom link and meeting ID can be found at the bottom of the blog, and more specific details on the party will be discussed…

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Free Stream Goodman Theatre’s Death of a Salesman (1999) Oct. 21-25

Monday, October 19, 2020

By Donald G. Evans

It was in March that the emails starting trickling in: from Shakespeare Theatre Company, Oak Park Festival Theatre, First Folio, and others from whom I’d purchased tickets and eagerly awaited the scheduled live performances. The news was bad: there would be no live performances for the foreseeable future. I most regretted that some of the performances, such as Emma, would not…

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Dance, Romance, Culture: Women Writers on the Essay’s Power

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
6-7 p.m.

Via YouTube Live
Sponsored by the Chicago Public Library

Chicago author Michele Morano, whose new "memoir in essays" Like Love was recently released, will join a discussion on the essay via the Chicago Public Library's YouTube Live channel. Moderator Karen Babine (Assay Journal editor) will faciliate a conversation about the storytelling form…

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Help Keep the Hemingway Birthplace Open to the Public

Monday, October 12, 2020

The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park has started a fundraiser to help keep the famous author's Oak Park birthplace open to the public.

By Donald G. Evans

By the time Ernest Hemingway killed himself in Ketcham, Idaho on July 2, 1961, he had secured his legacy as one of the 20th century's best and most fascinating…

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Persistence at the 3rd Annual StoryStudio Chicago Writers Festival

Monday, October 12, 2020

By Della Leavitt

StoryStudio Chicago's three-day Writers Festival moved this year to a covid-necessary virtual format. I was pleased to participate Oct. 1-4 as a guest of the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame. While “In-a-Year” StoryStudio students had the opportunity to meet individually with editors and agents, there were many interesting options for a general attendee like me.

I must confess I am…

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