FAW Welcomes Author Melanie Benjamin
Chicago writer Melanie Benjamin will be presenting the January 14th program. Melanie has written three excellent historical fiction books, the most recent being The Aviator's Wife, a novel about Anne Morrow Lindbergh, released in January 2013. Her two earlier novels, Alice I Have Been and The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb, were read and enjoyed by the FAW awards committee, which found much to admire in Benjamin’s work—particularly her graceful blending of history with imaginative storytelling. Join FAW in January and bring your questions for Ms. Benjamin.
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- Some proposed changes to the FAW Bylaws
- Homage to author P.D. James
January 14th Program -Author Melanie Benjamin.
Join us for the FAW luncheon on January 14th, 12:00 noon at the Fortnightly Club of Chicago
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This month's reservation (and cancellations) must be made by Sun. January 10th before 6:00 pm. Call:
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• Vivian Mortenson - (847) 827-8339 or
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• Pay by cash or check ($40) payable to FAW at the door.
• Vegetarian meals may be requested at the time you make your reservation.
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About the FAW Awards
Friends of American Writers has been awarding prizes to new and promising authors from the Midwest since 1928. Winners have included: Carl Sandburg, William Maxwell, John Gardner, Toni Morrison, John Casey, Jane Smiley, Mona Simpson, Deborah Eisenberg, Larry Watson, Richard Yates, Sara Gruen, Gillian Flynn and Chad Harbach. The juvenile awards were initiated in 1960, and have grown exponentially in popularity.
FAW Literature Awards Committees are reviewing books for the 2014 - 2015 Literary Awards. Books are eligible for review based on the following criteria.
- The author must be a resident (or previously have been a resident for approximately five years) of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota or Wisconsin; or the locale of the book must be in a region identified above.
- The books can be fiction or non-fiction of literary quality (not poetry).
- FAW is not considering Self-published and e-Books currently.
- The book must be published in the calendar year prior to the awards year. Currently we are evaluating books published during the 2014 year.
- The author must not have published more than three books under his/her own pen name, the third book being eligible for consideration. If an author has more than one book published during that year, we will consider all of them.
- Books nominated for the award must be submitted to the FAW Awards Committees by December 10, 2014.
2013 - 2014 Literary Awards
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|Vice President||Roberta Gates|
|Awards Luncheon Chair||Marion Sherlock|
|Bulletin Editor||Shirley Baugher|
|Foundation Fund Trustees||Corene Anderson|
|Literary Awards Chair||Tammie Bob & April Nauman|
|Juvenile Literary Awards Chair||Tanya Klasser|
|Luncheon - Social Chair||Carol Eshaghy|
|Program Chair||Roberta Gates|
|Publicity - Historian||TBA|
|Revisions Chair||Edith Riley|
|Sustaining Clubs Chair||Angie Higginson|
|Yearbook - Awards Program||Pat Adelberg|
|Website Manager||Karen Baker|
Board meetings are held at the Fortnightly at 10:30 a.m. the mornings of the luncheons.
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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 and Chad Harbach won awards for the 2011 year.
In 1960, FAW introduced awards for Juvenile Literary 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.
Dorothy Gwynn has published a short booklet, "Friends of American Writers: Encouraging Writing and Thoughtful Reading", which describes in more detail the formation and proceedings of FAW.