Thursday, August 10, 2017

Reading and Signing for Algren a Life at American Writer's Museum August 24th

Thursday, August 24, 5 p.m., Readers Hall. General public. Free with museum admission or $5 suggested donation for the event. Books will be sold at AWM by after-words bookstore before and after the event

Most today know Algren as the radical, womanizing writer of The Man with the Golden Arm, which won the first National Book Award, in 1950, but award-winning reporter Mary Wisniewski offers a deeper portrait. Starting with his childhood in the City of Big Shoulders, Wisniewski sheds new light on the writer’s most momentous periods, from his on-again-off-again work for the WPA to his stint as an uninspired soldier in World War II to his long-distance affair with his most famous lover, Simone de Beauvoir, to the sense of community and acceptance Algren found in the artist colony of Sag Harbor before his death in 1981.
Presented by the Society of Midland Authors.

Algren a Life by Mary Wisnewski Hardback $33.00

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Publishing Workshop with David W. Berner at American Writers Museum

Thursday, July 20, Readers Hall, American Writer's Museum 7 p.m. Cost: $50 per participant

Workshop: Publishing
In today’s crowded media landscape, how do you sell your book or short story? How do you make your mark with your writing? In this one-day workshop author David W. Berner (October Song: A Memoir of Music and the Journey of Time, Roundfire Press 2017) teaches you how to find your way through the complicated process of getting your words out.

Book: October Song by David W. Berner $16.95 (paperback)

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The day we unite for the open web

On July 12, 2017, websites, Internet users, and online communities will come together to sound the alarm about the FCC’s attack on net neutrality. Learn how you can join the protest and spread the word at

Right now, new FCC Chairman and former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai has a plan to destroy net neutrality and give big cable companies immense control over what we see and do online. If they get their way, the FCC will give companies like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T control over what we can see and do on the Internet, with the power to slow down or block websites and charge apps and sites extra fees to reach an audience.

If we lose net neutrality, we could soon face an Internet where some of your favorite websites are forced into a slow lane online, while deep-pocketed companies who can afford expensive new “prioritization” fees have special fast lane access to Internet users – tilting the playing field in their favor.

But on July 12th, the Internet will come together to stop them. Websites, Internet users, and online communities will stand tall, and sound the alarm about the FCC’s attack on net neutrality.

The Battle for the Net campaign will provide tools for everyone to make it super easy for your friends, family, followers to take action. From the SOPA blackout to the Internet Slowdown, we've shown time and time again that when the Internet comes together, we can stop censorship and corruption. Now, we have to do it again!

Learn more and join the action here:

Monday, July 3, 2017

Children's Author Story Time with Ilene Cooper July 11th 10:30 AM at 180 N. Michigan

Presented in partnership with the Society of Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators.
July 11: Ilene Cooper, author of A Woman in the House (and Senate): How Women Came to the United States Congress, Broke Down Barriers, and Changed the Country, the Absolutely Lucy series, and Jake’s Best Thumb, among other books.

On the second Tuesday of each month, American Writer's Museum (180 N. Michigan Ave. 2nd Floor) welcomes a new children’s author in its Children’s Literature Gallery. Meet your favorite books’ creators and illustrators, get your book signed and hear a story from some of the most inspiring and creative children’s authors writing today. 

Tuesday, July 11, Children’s Literature Gallery, 10:30 a.m. Preschool-age children with a caregiver. Free. Museum admission not included

Books: A Woman in the House (and Senate): How Women Came to the United States Congress, Broke Down Barriers, and Changed the Country $24.95 (hardback) and  Absolutely Lucy $4.99 (paperback) by Ilene Cooper

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Poetry Among the Palms: Readings

Ed Roberson and other poets read W.S. Merwin and others inspired by nature and the outdoors among the exhibits at the Garfield Park Conservatory, along with kids’ activities. Presented in partnership with the Poetry Center of Chicago, the Chicago Park District, and the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance.

after-words will be on hand to sell copies of Closest Pronunciation by Ed Roberson $9.95
Thursday, June 29, Garfield Park Conservatory Palm House, 6 p.m. General public. $5 suggested donation.  

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Harry Potter now available through after-words and

This announcement marks the first time independent bookstores in the United States have been able to offer Wizarding World digital audiobooks to their customers.

The Wizarding World digital audiobooks include all seven novels in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series as well as the indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the Wizarding World, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It is narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Eddie Redmayne who starred as Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the 2016 film inspired by the Hogwarts Library book.

About is the independent store for digital audiobooks. An independent company
based in Seattle, WA, offers tens of thousands of DRM-free digital audiobooks, available for download and through its free iOS and Android apps. A partner of the American Booksellers Association (ABA), works with independent bookstores to create co-branded audiobook storefronts.

About Pottermore:
Pottermore, the digital publishing, e-commerce, entertainment and news company from J.K. Rowling, is the global digital publisher of Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. As the digital heart of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, is dedicated to unlocking the power of imagination. It offers news, features, and articles as well as new and previously unreleased writing by J.K. Rowling.