Yesterday I visited the soon-to-open American Writers Museum with my friend, Christine Maul Rice, whose 2016 novel Swarm Theory has received numerous awards. It was an incredible experience for me as a writer and as a reader. I go to art museums and galleries wherever I am, whenever I can. Ditto, historical museums dedicated to diverse place and times. Clubs and auditoriums devoted to music. But when had I ever been in a space where so many writers and their work were honored? Well . . . never. Before yesterday.
And the American Writers Museum lived up to any expectations I may have had—it’s a beautiful, meaningful space, right there on Michigan Avenue off Lake Street in the city I most love. Each exhibit was thoughtfully constructed, engaging and informative–a treasure trove of information for readers of all ages.
If I’d been able to visit this place as a young reader and writer, I probably would have had that “gone to heaven” feeling. As it is, as an old(er) reader and writer I pretty much felt that way. The museum officially opens on May 16th. Get thee there, friends, and bring your loved ones of all ages. It’s a visual, intellectual, and creative feast.
Also: the program director has already started setting up events for the coming months, and guess what? I’ll be giving a reading of Broken Ground at the American Writers Museum on the evening of Thursday, June 8th, right as Printer’s Row Lit Fest kicks off! I am beyond honored and excited about this. More details to come, but please know I would love to see you there.