FAW Chicago, IL Est. 1922
FAW Chicago


FAW November Meeting

Welcome to Friends of American Writers 95th year.

November is the eleventh month of our calendar. It conjures images of brisk winds, cozy fires, and enticing foods. Some years it wraps up political campaigns and we honor our war veterans with Armistice or Veterans Day. We gather with friends and family to share our gratitude and reflect on the gifts that populate our lives, or give from our hearts and hands to those less fortunate.

During our November FAW meetings we award a scholarship to a deserving M.F. A. (Master of Fine Arts in writing) student. This year we will be presenting $1,200 scholarships to two Chicago area students. One scholarship will go to Candace Nzingha Smith from National Louis University and the other to Jessica Love of Columbia University Chicago.

Our meeting Wednesday November 8th, 2017 features Howard Reich, long-time Chicago Tribune jazz critic, regular contributor to NBC's Nightline and a frequent NPR commentator. Howard is also an accomplished author and recently wrote, produced, and narrated a documentary film about his mother's unspoken Holocaust childhood, Prisoner of Her Past, as well as a book by the same title. Reich (who is incidentally a charismatic and entertaining speaker) will talk about the project, showing parts of the documentary, which was filmed across the United States and Eastern Europe. Mark your calendars for this remarkable event.

The Readers and Reviewers discussion of Amor Towle's A Gentleman in Moscow will take place in the boardroom, beginning as soon as the board meeting ends, which will be at approximately 10:30a.m. The discussion will be facilitated by Shirley Baugher. Contact Shirley with questions or to attend the event.

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.

Membership form (PDF file)

FAW NOVEMBER 2017 Newsletter

November 8th program
Howard Reich - Author and Chicago Tribune journalist

Join us for the FAW luncheon on November 8th, 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 November 5.
(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 Award

Literature Awards
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)

FAW is now accepting submissions for the 2017 Literature Awards. Click HERE for the submission rules and address.

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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!


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 excellent programs at The Fortnightly Club. Membership is an excellent price at only $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
Ogden Dunes 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.

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.