Our name says it all: we are a group that befriends writers. That's why we've scheduled three programs this year featuring Midwestern writers who are well worth meeting, beginning with novelist Jim Kokoris and essayist Tom Montgomery Fate, both of whom will be joining us on November 13.
NOVEMBER 13th Program - Jim Kokoris and Tom Montgomery Fate, Chicago authors.
Join us for the FAW luncheon on November 13th, 12:00 AM at the Fortnightly Club of Chicago
Click here for a map to the Fortnightly Club
This month's reservation (and cancellations) must be made by Sun. November 10th before 6:00 pm. Call:
(Sorry - no reservations by email!)
Pat Adelberg - (847) 588-0911
Lorraine Campione - (773) 275-5118
Pay by check ($40) payable to FAW at the door.
Vegetarian meals may be requested at the time you make your reservation.
You must call to cancell your reservation, otherwise you will still be charged.
$15 parking is available two doors west of the Fortnightly at 100 Bellevue Place
The seating arrangements are on a first-come first-served basis. Tables are usually round, seating eight people. If you wish to sit with friends, please inform Pat or Lorraine. If you are reserving for a group, we ask that only one person make the group request to avoid confusion. Remember that there are lots of nice members at the meetings, and you should try and meet someone new each time.
Do you attend meetings regularly? Consider a Permanent Reservation. If you are interested in this plan, call Pat Adelberg at (847) 588-0911.
2013 - 2014 Literary Awards
FAW is reviewing books for the 2013 - 2014 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).
- The book must be published in the calendar year prior to the awards year. Currently we are evaluating books published during the 2013 year.
- Currently we are not accepting books which are only published in ebook format, or self-published books.
- Books nominated for the award must be submitted to the FAW Awards Committees by December 10, 2013.
- Christopher Hebert for The Boiling Season (Harper)
- Marjorie Celona for Y: A Novel (Free Press)
- Nick Healy It Takes You Over (New Rivers Press)
- W.H. Beck for Malcolm at Midnight (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
- Lutricia Clifton for Freaky Fast Frankie Joe (Holiday House)
See our Literary Awards page for additional information and listing of past award winners.
Are you looking for reading resources? Visit the The Dust Jacket for additional reading resources and bios of our literary winners.
FAW membership dues are currently forty
($40.00) dollars a year. For further information about membership in Friends of
American Writers, please contact Membership Chairman
Carol Eshaghy at email@example.com
Membership form (PDF file)
|Vice President||Corene Anderson|
|Awards Luncheon Chair||Linda Gustafson|
|Bulletin Editor||Shirley Baugher|
|Foundation Fund Trustees||Angeline Higginson,Lorraine Campione,Betty Angelos|
|Literary Awards Chair||Tammie Bob & April Nauman|
|Juvenile Literary Awards Chair||Tanya Klasser|
|Luncheon - Social Chair||Peggy Iska|
|Program Chair||Roberta Gates|
|Publicity - Historian||TBA|
|Revisions Chair||Edith Riley|
|Sustaining Clubs Chair||Roberta Schaffner|
|Yearbook - Awards Program||Pat Adelberg|
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.