AMERICAN WRITERS MUSEUM EXTENDS LAURA INGALLS WILDER EXHIBIT & OFFERS FREE ADMISSION ON FEB. 7
To mark the 151st birthday of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the American Writers Museum, 180 N. Michigan Avenue, will offer free admission on Wednesday, February 7 to those who share her same birthday or first name. Must present a valid ID. The celebrated writer is featured in the temporary exhibit Laura Ingalls Wilder: From Prairie to Page, which was set to close February 1, but has been extended through April 1.
The Roberta Rubin Writer’s Room will next spotlight Frederick Douglass, coinciding with his 200th birthday, and include related education and public programs to enhance the exhibit experience.
- Friday, February 9, 6 p.m. Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart: Screening & Discussion The life and work of playwright Lorraine Hansberry is explored in this documentary from filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain. Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart tells the dramatic story of the young, gifted and black woman who chose words to fight injustice—on stage and off. Free with museum admission or a suggested $5 donation.
- Sunday, February 11, 2 p.m. Surprise Bookshelf Series: Becoming Madeleine, A Biography of the Author of A Wrinkle in Time by Her Granddaughters This middle-grade biography explores the life and works of Madeleine L’Engle –written by her granddaughters Charlotte Jones Voiklis and Léna Roy–using never-before-seen archival materials from throughout the writer’s life. Books will be sold before and after the event. Free with museum admission or a suggested $5 donation.
- Sunday, February 11, 3:30 p.m. Exclusive Member Event: Wrinkle in (an Hour’s) Time Attend a private workshop for ages 10 and up with Léna Roy, one of the authors of Becoming Madeleine, following the February 11 reading and signing. Léna will be joined by her Chicago Writopia colleague, Michael Alessi. Free with museum membership.
- Tuesday, February 13, 10:30 a.m. Little Squirrels Storytime A special children’s storytime with Barb Rosenstock, author of Vincent Can’t Sleep, Ben Franklin’s Big Splash, and many more books. For preschool-age children with a caregiver. Free. Museum admission not included.
- Tuesday, February 13, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday First Books Series: Eve Ewing, Electric Arches Electric Arches is an imaginative exploration of Black girlhood and womanhood through poetry, visual art, and narrative prose. Eve Ewing will appear in conversation with José Olivarez, a poet whose first collection will be released in fall of 2018. Books will be sold before and after the event. Free with museum admission or a suggested $5 donation.
- Thursday, February 15, 6:30 p.m. Special Event: Read Dating at the American Writers Museum Read Dating is like speed dating, but with books! Come with your favorite book and meet other book lovers at the American Writers Museum. Mingle, talk books and maybe even find love. Bring a copy of your favorite book so you can swap it with your next date. RSVP required. $20 admission, includes complimentary drink ticket.
- Tuesday, February 20, 6:30 p.m. André Aciman, Call Me By Your Name The author of the book that inspired the film sensation discusses the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliff-side mansion on the Italian Riviera. Books will be sold before and after the event. Free with museum admission or a suggested $5 donation.
- Tuesday, March 13, 10:30 a.m. Little Squirrels Storytime Bring your little book lover to our children’s storytime on the second Tuesday of each month. For preschool-age children with a caregiver. Free. Museum admission not included.
- Tuesday, March 13, 6 p.m. Tuesday First Books Series: Erin Banco, Pipe Dreams Pipe Dreams is a cautionary tale that reveals how the dream on an oil-financed, American-style democracy in Iraqi Kurdistan now looks like a completely unrealistic fantasy. Books will be sold before and after the event. Free with museum admission or a suggested $5 donation.
- Sunday, March 18, 5:30 p.m. Surprise Bookshelf Series: Kate Moore, The Radium Girls A dark story about the “shining girls” who worked with a new substance called radium. The Radium Girls explores the strength of extraordinary women in the face of almost impossible circumstances and the astonishing legacy they left behind. Books will be sold before and after the event. Free with museum admission or a suggested $5 donation.
Museum admission includes special exhibits and programs. For tickets and more information, please visit americanwritersmuseum.org.