FAW Chicago, IL Est. 1922
FAW Chicago


Meetings

FAW December Meeting

Come celebrate the Holidays with FAW

Our meeting Wednesday December 13th, 2017 features dramatist Betsey Means with pianist Karen Berk. Drama and music go hand in hand, and Betsey Means is sure to please with a portrayal of musician Clara Schumann accompanied by pianist Karen Berk. Mark your calendars now for a holiday treat that includes a festive menu and The Fortnightly's own beautiful decorations.


FAW DECEMBER 2017 Newsletter

Do you enjoy reading, writing, or supporting new writers who are starting their career? Join Friends of American Writers for one of our excellent programs at The Fortnightly Club. Membership is an excellent price at only $50.00 . Download the membership application and send it in today. Our programs are open to members and their guests, but if you don't know know a member and would enjoy trying a meeting, call Pat or Lorraine below, and we can arrange for you to attend a meeting.

Membership form (PDF file)



December 13th program
Dramatist Betsey Means with pianist Karen Berk

Join us for the FAW luncheon on December 13th, 12:00 noon at the Fortnightly Club of Chicago
Click here for a map to the Fortnightly ClubMaps to Places

Luncheon reservations and cancellations are due no later than 6:00 PM Sunday December 10.
Call:
(Sorry - no reservations by email!)
• Pat Adelberg - (847) 588-0911 or
Lorraine Campione - (773) 275-5118

• $45.00 Pay by check(preferred) payable to FAW at the door. Cash is accepted also.
• Vegetarian meals may be requested at the time you make your reservation.
• You must call to cancel your reservation, otherwise you will still be charged.
• Discounted parking is available two doors west of the Fortnightly at 100 Bellevue Place
• Group reservations - please only have one person make the group request to avoid confusion.

Seating Arrangements

Please mention any special seating arrangements when you make your reservation.
--Guests
--Seated with a Friend or group
--Disability seating
Every effort will be made to honor your request.

Do you have trouble climbing stairs? For a stair less entrance to the Fortnightly call in advance to the Fortnightly (312-944-1330) and staff will give you instructions.



FAW Literature Awards 2016
Lisa Fenn for CARRY ON, (nonfiction)
Nathan Hill for THE NIX, (novel)
Michelle Pretorius for THE MONSTER'S DAUGHTER, (novel)

Young People's Literature Awards
Kate Hoefler for REAL COWBOYS, (picture book)
Ruta Sepetys for SALT TO THE SEA, (YA)
Sharon Biggs Waller for THE FORBIDDEN ORCHID, (YA)





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  FAW NEWS

scholarship winners

Read more about the FAW Scholarship & Foundation Fund and how to contribute.

FAW Award Luncheon pictures.


Visit the Dust Jacket to read about our new Literature Award Winners.


Looking for something new to read? Check out these new books by past FAW Literature Award Winners. New Books!


Membership

FAW membership
Do you enjoy reading, writing, or supporting new writers who are starting their career? Join Friends of American Writers for one of our monthly meetings at The Fortnightly of Chicago where you'll enjoy a three-course luncheon and an excellent program. Membership for the full year is $50.00 . Download the membership application and send it in today.

For further information about membership in Friends of American Writers, please contact Membership Chairman
Ida Hagman at info@fawchicago.org

Membership form (PDF file)
Membership PDF file



FAW Officers

2017 - 2018 Officers

PresidentRoberta Gates
Vice PresidentChristine Spatara
SecretaryKaren Burnett
TreasurerVivian Mortensen

Committee Chairs

Newsletter EditorShirley Baugher
Foundation FundLinda Gustafson
Literature AwardsTammie Bob
Young People's AwardsAngela Gall
Luncheon - SocialCarol Eshaghy
MembershipIda Hagman
ProgramsKaren Pulver
RevisionsDiana Martin
Sustaining ClubsJane Foster
Yearbook - Awards ProgramPat Adelberg
Website ManagerKaren Baker

Board meetings are held at The Fortnightly at 10:30 a.m. the mornings of the luncheons.


Sustaining Clubs

Flossmoor Book Club
The Woman's Reading Club of Riverside
The Renaissance Art Club
The Bad Dog Book Club



FAW History

Our mission shall be to study American literature, to encourage high standards and to promote literary ideals among American writers.

Friends of American Writers (FAW) was established in 1922 to study American literature, to encourage high standards, and to promote literary ideals among American writers. Members are invited to attend the luncheons, serve on committees that help run the organization or participate in the selection of the award-winning authors.

Over the years, after an annual lengthy screening process, FAW has honored Midwestern authors or those whose novels or non-fiction are set in the Midwest, by recognition and monetary awards. Those honored are invited to address the FAW membership at the Awards Luncheon.

Among the many emerging adult authors recognized over the years are Sara Paretsky, Jane Smiley, Toni Morrison, Harry Mark Petrakis and Carl Sandburg, Kevin Fenton, Chad Harbach, Gillian Flynn, and Sara Gruen. 2014-2015 award winners include Celeste Ng, Stuart Rojstaczer and Rebecca Rotert.

In 1960, FAW introduced awards for Juvenile Literature authors. Clifford Hicks won the first award for "First Boy on the Moon". Recent winners include Brynne Barnes delightful picture book and Delia Ray's book for young readers.

Additionally, through the FAW Foundation Fund, students at local universities, recommended by their writing professors, are given recognition and cash awards to offset tuition.