Welcome to Friends of American Writers 94th year.
Winter is here, the holiday celebrations are wrapping up and the New Year is on the horizon. Whether you are curled up in a cozy chair or basking in some southern sunshine, it is the perfect time to escape into the depths of a new good book.
The FAW Literature committees are busy meeting on the third Wednesday of each month to discuss their many submissions. The process of reading and sorting through these books will take the committee members through the winter months and into the Spring. The winnowing process may seem callous as various merits are discussed and the list of potential winners narrows, but it should be remembered that the books we receive are already winners by virtue of already having been published.
Meeting January 11th, 2017.
Who can resist the romantic story of the musical, West Side Story and the memorable score by Leonard Bernstein. Come to the January 11, 2017 meeting of FAW as Stephen Kleiman, a multi-talented musician, conductor, composer and professor details the development and production of Bernstein's "West Side Story" from its inception to production on the Broadway stage. His insights into this timeless musical are profound and fascinating. We are privileged that he has agreed to share them with us.
More info on Readers & Reviewers meeting Feb. 8 2017!
January 11th program
Stephen Kleiman, Inside Scoop on "West Side Story"
Join us for the FAW luncheon on January 11th, 12:00 noon at the Fortnightly Club of Chicago
Click here for a map to the Fortnightly Club
Luncheon reservations and cancellations are due no later than 6:00 PM Sunday January 8.
(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.
Please mention any special seating arrangements when you make your reservation.
--Seated with a Friend or group
Every effort will be made to honor your request.
George Hodgman for BETTYVILLE: A Memoir, (Viking, 2015)
Tie 2nd$1000 ea
Andrew Malan Milward for I WAS A REVOLUTIONARY, (Harper Collins, 2015)
Judith Claire Mitchell for A REUNION OF GHOSTS: A Novel, (Harper, 2015)
Young People's Literature Awards
David Arnold for MOSQUITOLAND, (Viking/Penguin, 2015), $1300
Christine Hayes for MOTHMAN'S CURSE, (Roaring Brook Press, 2015), $1300
Aimée Bissonette for NORTH WOODS GIRL, (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2015), $1300
About the Awards
Friends of American Writers has been awarding prizes to new and promising authors from the Midwest since 1928. Each year the Literature Awards Committee reads and reviews dozens of books to pick the current year award winners. 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 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 creative non-fiction.
- Self-published and e-Books are not eligible.
- The book must be published in the calendar year prior to the awards year. Currently we are evaluating books published during the 2016 year.
- The author must not have published more than three books under his/her own pen name. Books one, two and three are 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, 2016.
Visit the Dust Jacket to read about our new Literature Award Winners.
Congratulation to our FAW Scholarship winner, Jonathan Riesbeck from National Louis University. Each year we award a scholarship to a creative writing student who shows particular promise. To read more about Johathan click here.
FAW is proud to announce that member and award winning author, Dr. Amina Gautier, has a new short story collection released. The Loss of All Lost Things won the Elixir Press 2014 Fiction Award. It is a short story collection with complex themes illuminating how differently each of the central characters experience and deal with events of tragic loss. You will want to read it in one sitting.
Looking for something new to read? Check out these new books by past FAW Literature Award Winners. New Books!
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 $45.00 . 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 email@example.com
Membership form (PDF file)
|Vice President||Christine Spatara|
|Newsletter Editor||Shirley Baugher|
|Foundation Fund||Linda Gustafson|
|Literature Awards||Tammie Bob|
|Young People's Awards||Marti Daniel|
|Luncheon - Social||Carol Eshaghy|
|Sustaining Clubs||Jane Foster|
|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, Carl Sandburg, Kevin Fenton, Kalisha Buckhanon, Chad Harbach, Gillian Flynn, and Sara Gruen. Recent award winners include Ethan Rutherford, Celeste Ng and George Hodgman.
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.
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.