Chicago – Home to the new American Writer’s Museum
From Gwendolyn Brooks, to Ernest Hemingway, to Shel Silverstein.
Chicago is known for producing notable writers and has now become home to the American Writer’s Museum, which opened in May this year.
This National Museum tells the stories of American writers and their influence on the history, identity and culture of the US. Nearly 400 years of writing is celebrated using lots of interactive exhibits, film and changing display spaces. There are special author events, children’s story-time and specialist talks on an almost daily basis, which can be booked online through the Museum’s web site americanwritersmuseum.org
One of the many permanent exhibits is called “The Mind of The Writer”. This Writer’s Room features two touch screen tables, that display book titles which visitors can open to show edits on famous manuscripts, learn more about the author’s work, and explore it’s historical and literary context. You can get a new insight into an old favourite or discover something new and unfamiliar.
This room also features “Story of the Day”. Every morning staff choose an opening line from an American book, poem, essay or short story and visitors are encouraged to add a line so that the story can spin off in any direction, maybe rewriting an American classic.
Carey Cranston, President of the Museum, told Mariella Frostrup on BBC radio 4 that, “it’s not meant to be a Hall of Fame or a best of, instead it’s meant to be a dialogue, where people ask, how do these writers come together?”
The Museum is open from Tuesday – Sunday and also some holiday Mondays, check web site for details. If you live in Chicago and have visited or plan to visit we’d love to hear what you think and see your pictures.
The Duke of Devonshire had decided the house needed a certain amount of care and attention, and the installation of WIFI, if it is to be financially viable in the future. It is said to be the most costly and time-consuming renovation for nearly 200 years.
The room was dismantled in 1974 and stored in a depot. In 1986 it was moved to Birmingham Polytechnic (now BCU) but it was rarely open to the public. Read More
The authors include the likes of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Mark Haddon, and author of The Essex Serpent, Sarah Perry. Each author was given an historic site, and challenged with writing a ghost story set within the walls of said site. Locations include York Cold War Bunker, Dover Castle and Housesteads Roman Fort on Hadrian’s Wall. Read More
“Most visitors will be divided into young children and those who remember the books from when they were young. There’s something for both.” The Times Read More
Gregg LeFevre designed 48 unique images, duplicated to make 96 plaques, to be placed along both sides of the street so everyone has a chance to see them.
Wall Street Journal: “The quotes were selected during the 1990s by a panel that included representatives from the library; the Grand Central Partnership, which manages the Grand Central Business Improvement District; and the New Yorker magazine.”
Out of the 48 designs we chose 21 to show you here. Enjoy!