Saturday, December 2, 2023
Beat Kitchen in Roscoe Village
2100 West Belmont Avenue
The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame will again host its end-of-the-year Fundraiser Party on Saturday, December 2, from 1:30-3:30 p.m., at Roscoe Village’s Beat Kitchen, “home to every genre of music, hosting some of the biggest names in live music & comedy.” Registration is NOW OPEN.
The Fundraiser Party is a perfect opportunity to celebrate the season while supporting an organization that organizes events and programming to honor, preserve, and celebrate Chicago's great literary heritage, as well as to help foster new voices.
There will be light appetizers, a cash bar, lots of mingling and throughout the afternoon, as well as many chances to win prizes. The event will culminate with a LIVE AUCTION. There is a $20 admission fee.
Thursday, October 5, 2023
Harold Washington Public Library
Cindy Pritzker Auditorium
400 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60606
Scott Turow, the acclaimed author of 15 books, received CLHOF's highest honor for living writers, the Fuller Award. The ceremony took place at the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, and was a signature event in the Chicago Public Library's 150th Anniversary Celebration. A reception at the Plymouth Restaurant & Rooftop Bar followed the ceremony. The event was free and open to the public.
The Chicago born and bred bestselling author rocketed onto the literary scene with his debut novel, the New York Times #1 Best Seller Presumed Innocent (1986) and has sustained his early, volcanic success these past 37 years, up to and including Suspect (2022). Presumed Innocent is the first in a series of twelve novels set in fictional Kindle County, which bears resemblance to Cook County. In addition he has written two nonfiction books, including One L about his experiences at Harvard Law School. One L remains a "must-read" for law students. His books have been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, and have been adapted into movies and television projects. He has frequently contributed essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic. He also edited the two-volume Guilty As Charged: A Mystery Writers of America Anthology (1996, 1997), which was reissued as a single volume in 2017.
Turow was born in Chicago in 1949 and attended New Trier High School. He graduated with honors from Amherst College and received an Edith Mirrielees Fellowship to the Stanford University Creative Writing Center. He earned his law degree (J.D.) with honors from Harvard University in 1978. While serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Chicago he prosecuted several high profile cases including as lead counsel in Operation Greylord, the investigation into judicial corruption in Cook County. He continues to practice law, focusing on white collar criminal litigation, and resides in the Chicago area.
Bill Kurtis and Donna LaPietra emceed an event that included comments and readings by Aaron Freeman, Cornelia Grumman, Richard Guzman, Jane Hamilton, and Christie Hefner. Elizabeth Taylor led a conversation with Scott after he accepted the award. Partners for the evening included CPL, the Poetry Foundation, the Authors Guild, Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc, Dentons, Smith Gambrell Russell, Clifford Law Offices, Chicago Writers Association, Grand Central Publishing, Eli's Cheesecake and the American Writers Museum.
Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10
9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Dearborn between Ida B. Wells and Polk
Printers Row Lit Fest returns for its 38th year. The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame will again be active throughout the weekend under our tent and as part of the programming. More details to come.
Sunday, August 6, 2023
Oak Park, IL
The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame survives and thrives because of our wonderful army of supporters, including volunteers, board members, associate board members, our advisory council, and donors. Throughout the year, speakers and writers and educators and administrators lend their time to our various programs. Our regular independent contractors, such as printers and designers, go above and beyond the call of duty. We are only here because of the enormous generosity and talent of these people. Least we could do was throw them a party. We gathered in an Oak Park backyard in a few gracious hours between one rainstorm and another. Other than a light drizzle and lots of clouds, it was a fine summer day. We ate, drank, and listened to Anne-Marie Akin's superb music, including her original, "What Do You Do with a Drunken Writer?" and a duet with Ugochi Nwaogwugwu of Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds."
Tuesday, July 11, 2023
1543 W. Division Street
Chicago, IL 60642
The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame’s 14th class officially joined the canon of our city’s all-time literary greats at an induction ceremony and reception hosted by the stupendous Chopin Theatre. Nella Larsen, Bette Howland, and Finley Peter Dunne were honored and celebrated for their important literary contributions to Chicago and beyond. Larsen, born in the Levee District in 1868, published just two novels in her lifetime, but regard for her work has only increased over the decades. A librarian and active part of Harlem’s interracial arts scene, Larsen received critical acclaim for both novels, in particular the bold, important Quicksand (1928), an exploration of cross-cultural and interracial themes set partly in Chicago. A MacArthur Fellowship recipient, Howland’s relatively small output, like Larsen’s, made a vital, lasting impact, as her reputation only increased over time. Her debut effort, the memoir W-3 (1974), details her experiences as a patient in a Chicago hospital's psychiatric wing. Dunne, a celebrated Chicago newspaper columnist, won over legions of fans with his creation Martin Dooley, a South Side, Irish saloonkeeper who espouses wisdom and wit on any variety of current events and socially significant themes. Eight volumes of Dunne’s Dooley sketches were reprinted in book form.
Emcee J-L Deher-Lesaint led a speaking lineup that included Brad Armacost, Martha Bayne, Chaz Ebert, Mike Houlihan, Jennifer Smith, James R. Sullivan, and Rachel Swearingen as well as Howland’s sons Jacob and Frank Howland.
2022 Chicago Literary Hall of Fame Inductees: Finley Peter Dunne, Bette Howland, and Nella Larsen
Saturday, May 13, 2023
Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State Street
Reception Hall (lower level)
In keeping with our commitment to encouraging and promoting young writers in and around the city, the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame hosted an awards ceremony honoring the winners of the Randall Albers Young Writers Award. The event was held at the Harold Washington Library Center and featured a presentation of awards along with readings from our winners. A reception followed.
Professor and Chair Emeritus of Fiction Writing at Columbia College Chicago, Randall Albers was founding Producer of the long-running Story Week Festival of Writers, received the Columbia College Teaching Excellence Award, and, as chair of the Fiction Writing Department, fostered innovative interdisciplinary and community-based arts work in Chicago, and led development of abroad programs in Moscow, Prague, Florence, Bath, and Rome. A Story Workshop® Master Teacher, he has been a visiting professor at England’s Bath Spa University, has lectured at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and has presented at numerous national and international conferences on the teaching of creative writing. His fiction, creative nonfiction, and scholarly work have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Chicago Review, TriQuarterly, Writers Digest, Writing in Education, Brevity, F Magazine, and Briefly Knocked Unconscious by a Low-Flying Duck, among others. With Steve May, he authored the lead article in Creative Writing and Education, edited by Graeme Harper; and two chapters from his novel-in-progress, All the World Before Them, have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
As an educator, volunteer, advocate, and mentor, Randall has long supported helping young writers find, develop, and amplify their voices, finding ways for their words and voices to gain a wider audience and full inclusion into local arts and letters.
Randall’s tireless efforts to enhance the city’s literary profile and honor the great diversity and legacy of Chicago writers through encouragement, education, and philanthropy has earned him a cherished place in the hearts and minds of Chicago Literati.
Please consider supporting Chicago’s young writers by making a tax-deductible donation here, or by sending a check to: Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, 4043 N. Ravenswood Ave., #222, Chicago, IL 60613. (Please note your preference to designate your donation to the Randall Albers Young Writers Award.)
Saturday, April 29, 2023
Harold Washington Public Library
400 S. State Street
After Hours Press, co-publisher of Wherever I’m At: An Anthology of Chicago Poetry, hosted a one-hour reading at the Harold Washington Library Poetry Festival on Saturday, April 29. The reading also celebrated the release of the new issue of After Hours magazine, Issue #45. Featured poets were Marvin Tate, Viola Lee, Nina Corwin, and Patrick Reardon. All were included in either the anthology or the magazine. The event was free and open to the public.
Thursday, April 27, 2023
Oak Park Public Library
834 Lake Street
Oak Park, IL 60301
Wherever I'm At: An Anthology of Chicago Poetry features a large variety of artists from throughout the Chicago area. The poems move around, from Hyde Park to the West Side to the Gold Coast to Evanston, etc. Perhaps no neighborhood, or adjacent suburb, boasts better representation than Oak Park. The village boasts an enormously talented artistic community and heritage, some transplants, some natives. On Thursday, April 27, we celebrated Poetry Month at the Oak Park Public Library's main branch with a discussion about Oak Park and the poetic arts. Al DeGenova, Patricia McMillen, Rebecca Morgan Frank and Samina Hadi-Tabassum each read some poems before joining anthology editor Donald G. Evans in a discussion.
Thursday, April 20, 2023
Chicago Public Library
4024 N. Elston Avenue
Chicago, IL 60618
Carlos Cumpian emceed a reading centered around our Chicago poetry anthology, Wherever I’m At. Cynthia Gallaher, Ruben Quesada, Raúl Niño, Paul Martínez Pompa, Mike Puican and Vincent Romero each read a selection of poems. All of the participants contributed poems to the anthology. There was also a short open mic that included a reading by Mary Hawley.
Thursday, April 13, 2023
200 S. Michigan Ave.
Penthouse (22nd Floor)
For more than a century, the Cliff Dwellers Club has promoted and celebrated fine arts in Chicago. It's fitting that the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame partnered with the Cliff Dwellers to put on a special celebration in honor of Poetry Month. Several contributors to Wherever I'm At: An Anthology of Chicago Poetry, including Naoko Fujimoto, Elise Paschen and Kathleen Rooney read poems and discussed their art. In addition, the Club mounted a modest exhibit of Wherever I’m At visual artists that included works by Mary Livoni and Chuck Walker.