Chicago – The American Writers Museum today announced its full lineup for the 2022 American Writers Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, May 15 at the Chicago Cultural Center and American Writers Museum. The free, one-day event will coincide with the museum’s fifth anniversary and will feature more than 70 contemporary authors, poets and playwrights coming together to celebrate the written word.
The program includes panel discussions and author signings with leading contemporary writers in various genres, including children’s and young adult fiction, science fiction, history, biographies, poetry and satire, who will share their ideas about their profession. Highlights will include works by National Student Poets 2021, a Chicago Humanities Festival co-sponsored conversation with Kelly Lytle Hernández about her book, Bad Mexicans: Race, Empire, and Revolution in the Borderlandsand Sara Paretsky discussing her latest book, At the sea with literary critic Donna Seaman.
“The premier American Writers’ Festival is a reflection of American writing that the nation can be proud of,” said Carey Cranston, president of the American Writers Museum. “Our diverse program showcases the wide range of written works that have shaped our history and culture and allows for a variety of in-depth discussions and topics for visitors of all ages.”
Programming inside the American Writer Museum’s S. Leigh Pierson and Douglas R. Conant Readers’ Room includes Schele Williams’ “Your Legacy,” Archie Bongiovanni’s “History Comics: The Stonewall Riots,” a live recording of the American Writers Museum podcast Dead Writer Drama by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong and Zakiya Dalila Harris, and more. The Chicago Cultural Center stages will also feature exciting conversations with Jacqueline Woodson, NPR’s Peter Sagal Wait, wait… Don’t tell me anythingJocelyn Nicole Johnson, and more, plus Q&A opportunities during select sessions.
The American Writers Festival will also feature unique programming from the American Library Association, Chicago Public Library, Newberry Library, Black Arts Consortium and Poetry Foundation.
As an added bonus, the AWM will waive museum admission fees on Sunday, May 15 and Monday, May 16—the AWM’s fifth anniversary—to encourage more people to experience the works of America’s greatest writers. You can also purchase authored books on-site through the Seminary Co-op Bookstore.
The festival will also feature two virtual programs: a conversation between acclaimed writers Maxine Hong Kingston and Viet Thanh Nguyen, and an interview with Kim Michele Richardson, author of The Woman of Troublesome Creek Book and The Book Woman’s Daughter.
The full schedule of events is available here.