FAW Chicago, IL Est. 1922
FAW Chicago


FAW January Meeting

Ring in the New Year

The temperatures may be plunging, but you won't want to miss the FAW meeting Wednesday January 10th, 2018. Come cozy up in The Fortnightly Club and listen to Britta Arendt, Senior Collection Manager at the Chicago History Museuem. Have you ever wondered about how a museum comes to acquire items, restore and preserve them and use them to create exhibits? These are the inner workings of a museum that the public usually does not see. Britta will share her passion for her work at the January FAW luncheon.

FAW JANUARY 2018 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. Monthly meetings features a you'll enjoy a three-course luncheon and an interesting program. We have a book group, Readers & Reviewers, which meets 2 or 3 times a year to discuss a selected novel. The Literary committees which select our award winning authors are always looking for new members to participate in the selection process. Membership for the full year is $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)

January 10th 2018 program
Chicago History Museum curator Britta Keller Arendt - Civil War Wear

Join us for the FAW luncheon on January 10th, 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 January 7.
(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.
--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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Love BooksThe Literary committees are digging into the book submissions for the 2017 FAW Literary Award. The adult committee, reports receiving a total of 63 books this year, and the young people's committee, is devouring 32 books. We can hardly wait to hear about the winners. Look for more news in April.

scholarship winners

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

FAW 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!


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.