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Inside For Indies

Thursday, May 28, 2020

By Donald G. Evans

When you hear the phrase, “How the sausage is made,” it’s usually in the vicinity of another phrase: “You don’t want to know.” The insinuation is that it’s messy, unsanitary, and the organs that get ground together would appall us.

With books, it’s the opposite: we do, exactly, want to know. Jim Garner is spearheading Inside For Indies, a video…

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Friday, May 1, 2020

By Donald G. Evans

Literary prizes mean something only when they come from a place of absolute integrity. The Pulitzer Prize started to mean something 70 years ago today when Gwendolyn Brooks became the first Black author to capture the prize. This was 1950 and the collection was Annie Allen. It catapulted Brooks into the upper stratospheres of important poets and helped…

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Our Independent Bookstores Are in Trouble

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

By Donald G. Evans

It’s HARD to make a living selling books. The behemoth companies like Amazon do what they do based on volume, millions and millions and millions of little profits that add up to a lot. It’s a nameless, faceless, bottom-line approach that results, for us, in cheaper books but almost nothing else.

Luckily, Chicago doesn’t need Amazon. We have The Book…

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Tribute to Herman “Hache” (H.G.) Carrillo

Friday, April 24, 2020

by Anne Calcagno

Herman “Hache” (H.G.) Carrillo lived and worked throughout the eighties and nineties in Chicago. His multiply-awarded, thematically ambitious and linguistically inventive novel Loosing My Espanish, published in 2004 (Pantheon Books), is pinioned in a Chicago Cuban-American community. His years of AIDS activism in our city (a disease to which he lost his beloved partner that was also a subject of…

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Frank London Brown, Jeannette Howard Foster, Gene Wolfe, and Carlos Cortez To Be Inducted into CLHOF

Thursday, April 16, 2020

by Donald G. Evans

The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame’s 2019 class is now official, and Gene Wolfe, Frank London Brown, Carlos Cortez, and Jeannette Howard Foster have been selected to join the ranks of our city’s finest writers. This will be the 10th CLHOF class. The induction ceremony is set to take place at City Lit Theater on Thursday,…

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Supporting Independent Bookstores in Chicago

Thursday, April 2, 2020

By Allison Manley

The Chicago literary community thrives on its independent bookstores. At independent bookstores, you can attend readings and events featuring Chicago authors as well as authors from around the world. You can meet other book lovers and make lifelong friends. You can discover your new favorite books.

If you’re like us and you want to support these institutions despite our homebound…

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What Do You Mean There’s Nothing to Do?

Monday, March 23, 2020

By Donald G. Evans

Chicago’s literary community stands as one of the most productive and supportive in the entire world, and they prove it each and every day, including and maybe most importantly during times of crisis. Here is quick rundown of a few initiatives I’ve stumbled across as I join you all in a period of staying productive while staying put. Send me…

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Program Set for CLHOF’s 5th Annual Induction Ceremony

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Scholars, Artists and Family to be Present

What: CLHOF's 5th Annual Induction Ceremony

When: Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, 7–9 p.m.

Where: Roosevelt University's Ganz Hall, 430 S. Michigan Ave., 7th Floor

How: Register to Ensure Your Seating


  • Rick Kogan — Opening Remarks
  • Herbert K. Russell — Presenting for Edgar Lee Masters
  • Nellie Ognacevic — Reading Lydia Puckett, Pauline Barrett and Lucinda Matlock from Spoon…

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2014 CLHOF Nominees Named

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The official list is now complete: a total of 42 authors, including 12 first-timers, will be considered for induction later this year. Top candidates for the Class of 2014 include Edgar Lee Masters, Shel

Shel Silverstein

Silverstein and David Hernandez, all of whom were named on three separate ballots. Margaret Anderson and Floyd Dell were named on two ballots each. Other candidates, such as Edgar…

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Event: AWM Celebrates Chicago Authors with Brooks Readings

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The American Writers Museum's new exhibit From Our Neighborhoods: Four Chicago Writers Who Changed America features two-thirds of the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame's inaugural inductee class. The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame has contributed to the curation of the exhibit and is a co-sponsor of the youth writing contest being administered as part of the programming. More information about the Rutledge Writing Award and a…

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