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Author and Chicago Tribune journalist Howard Reich

Howard Reich


Howard Reich has covered the arts for the Tribune since 1978 and joined the staff in 1983. He has written five books: Portraits in Jazz, Let Freedom Swing, Jelly's Blues (with William Gaines), Van Cliburn and Prisoner of Her Past (originally published as "The First and Final Nightmare of Sonia Reich"). The latter inspired the PBS documentary film "Prisoner of Her Past," which Reich wrote, narrated and co-produced.

In Prisoner of Her Past, Howard Reich has written a moving memoir about growing up as the child of Holocaust survivors and finding refuge from silence and fear in the world of jazz. It is only when Sonia's memories overwhelm her and Howard begins to piece together her story that he comes to understand how his parents' lives shaped his own. By interviewing witnesses and gathering documents, he was able to piece together the past that Sonia Reich, Howard's mother, refused to discuss.

Come to the November 8, FAW meeting to hear this emotion charged story come to life.


2017 - 2018 Luncheon Programs

September 13, 2017
Award-winning author Luis Alberto Urrea

October 11, 2017
Actor and storyteller Megan Wells - Classic Ghost Stories

November 8, 2017
Author and Chicago Tribune journalist Howard Reich
Prisoner of Her Past: A Son's Memoir

December 13, 2017
Dramatist Betsy Means with pianist Karen Berk
Virtuoso: The Life of Clara Schumann

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

February 15, 2018 (Note this is a Thursday)
Author Sonali Dev - Bollywood Romance

March 14, 2018
Annette Baldwin - Literary Lovers

April 11, 2018
Playwright and song writer Katie Dahl
Stories and Songs from Door County

May 5, 2018
ANNUAL AWARDS LUNCHEON


2016 - 2017 Luncheon Programs

September 14, 2016
Ina Pinkney: Memories and Recipes from the Breakfast Queen

October 12, 2016
Mark Dvorak, Old Town School of Folk Music

November 9, 2016
Sara Paretsky - Chicago Mystery Writer, 1985 FAW Award Winner

December 14, 2016
Holiday Music - Sounds of Sweetness, Walter Payton College Prep High School A Cappella Choir

January 11, 2017
Stephen Kleinman - Inside Scoop on West Side Story

February 8, 2017
Dan Crawford - The Newberry Library

March 8, 2017
Betsy Means
Picasso, Picasso & Paris: A Salon with Gertrude Stein

April 12, 2017
Author Elizabeth Berg

May 12, 2017
ANNUAL AWARDS LUNCHEON

2015 - 2016 Luncheon Programs

September 9, 2015
Renee Rosen, author of What the Lady Wants

October 14, 2015
Author Joe Meno

November 11, 2015
Col. Jill Morganthaler

December 9, 2015
Holiday Music - Recording artist John Mahady

January 13, 2016
Author Rebecca Makkai

February 10, 2016
Putlitzer prize-winning journalist Mary Schmich

March 9, 2016
"Below Stairs" (Margaret Powell/Downton Abbey-related program), Dramatist Leslie Goddard

April 13, 2016
"Bringing Books to Life", Dramatist Jenny Riddle

May 13, 2016
ANNUAL AWARDS LUNCHEON

2014 - 2015 Luncheon Programs

September 10, 2014
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
Benjamin Busch, author
Television actor, visual artist, photographer and author of DUST TO DUST.

October 8, 2014
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
Attorney Paxton Williams
portraying George Washington Carver

November 12, 2014
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
Celebrity Chef Gale Gand
Nationally acclaimed pastry chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, television personality, teacher, entrepreneur, and mother.

December 10, 2014
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
Hermon Baptist Church Choir
December Tea with Music from the Hermon Baptist Church Choir

January 14, 2015
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
Melanie Benjamin, author
Historical fiction writer and author of THE AVIATOR'S WIFE.

February 11, 2015
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
An Evening with Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln
A one-act play Presented by Max and Donna Daniels

March 11, 2015
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
Betsey Means of WomanLore
A theatrical performance of the world-renowned "Queen of Crime" Author Agatha Christie

April 8, 2015
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
Kelly O’Connor McNees, author
Author of three novels: The Island of Doves, The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott, and In Need of a Good Wife,

May, 2015
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
ANNUAL AWARDS LUNCHEON

2013 - 2014 Luncheon Programs

September 18, 2013
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
A Visit with Dame Agatha Christie
Presented by actress Betsey Means

October 9, 2013
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
The Making of Downton Abbey: Setting the Scene
Barbara Geiger of IIT

November 13, 2013
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
Authors Tom Montgomery Fate and Jim Kokoris
Authors

December 19, 2013
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
The Sounds of Sweetness
from Walter Payton College Prep

January 8, 2014
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
Authors Amina Gautier and Tom Maltman
Authors

February 12, 2014
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
A Visit with Jane Austen
Presented by actress Leslie Goddard

March 12, 2014
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
Chicago Tribune Journalist Laura Washington
Laura Washington

April 9, 2014
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
Author Susan Hahn
Author

May 9, 2014
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
ANNUAL AWARDS LUNCHEON



2012 - 2013 Luncheon Programs

September 19, 2012
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
Barbara Rinella, book dramatist
Barbara as Catherine The Great

October 10, 2012
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
SOCIAL MEDIA: WHAT IT IS, HOW IT WORKS, WHAT IT CAN DO FOR YOU AND HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED
Rachel Taylor, Director of Convometrics

November 14, 2012
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
THE CHICAGO MUSIC SCENE, 1960’S AND 70’S
Dean Milano, Author

December 12, 2012
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
LARGER THAN LIFE: AN INTERVIEW
Dennis Manarchy, internationally renowned photographer whose latest project, Vanishing Cultures, pays tribute to our disappearing cultures.
Note: Program starts at Noon, followed by a Holiday Tea

January 9, 2013
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
THE CHICAGO THEATRE SCENE FROM THE EXPERIENCES OF TWO YOUNG ACTORS. THEY WILL ALSO PRESENT A SCENE FROM "INHERIT THE WIND".
John Blick and Charley Jordan, Presenters

February 13, 2013
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
YOU OUGHTA' BE IN PICTURES
Kay Smith, Artist Laureate of Illinois
Visit Kay Smith's website

March 13, 2013
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY: A MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR. A VISUAL TOUR OF PARTS OF THE CITY MADE FAMOUS BY THE COLUMBIAN EXHIBITION AND THE BOOK, DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY.
Diane Gonzalez, Prominent Chicago Historian and tour guide

April 10, 2013
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF CHICAGO’S OLD TOWN
Rick Kogan Chicago journalist and raconteur

May 10, 2013
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
ANNUAL AWARDS LUNCHEON

2011 - 2012 Luncheon Programs

September 14, 2011
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
Current Events
Laura Washington, Political Journalist

October 12, 2011
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
The Literary Scene Today
Author Panel: Tom Montgomery Fate, Adam Schuitema, Zoe Zolbrod

November 9, 2011
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
Flamingoes & Famous Men: The Story of Chicago's Public Sculpture
Bill Hinchliff

December 14, 2011
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
The Thorne Rooms
Lindsey Morgan
A Holiday Tea follows the program

January 11, 2012
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
Elizabeth Taylor
Literary Editor of the Chicago Tribune on Richard J. Daley

February 8, 2012
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
Hollywood in the 1940's
Richard Klein

March 14, 2012
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
Bridgeport Author Billy Lombardo
Billy Lombardo, Chicago Author

April 11, 2012
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
Hat and Coat
Jerry Tomaselli, Photo Journalist

May 11, 2012
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
ANNUAL AWARDS LUNCHEON



2010 - 2011 Luncheon Programs

September 8, 2010
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
Great Houses of Chicago, 1871-1921
Susan Benjamin and Stuart Cohen, authors

October 13, 2010
The Casino Club
The Real Al Capone
Jonathan Eig, author of GET CAPONE

November 10, 2010
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
Chicago's Underground Railroad
Bruce Moffat, author of THE CHICAGO TUNNEL STORY

December 8, 2010
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
Chicago and the Big Screen
Carson Cunningham, DePaul University

January 12, 2011
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
The Dark Side of Fiction
Gillian Flynn, author of DARK PLACES and 2007 FAW Literary Prize winner, SHARP OBJECTS

February 9, 2011
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
The Creation of Millennium Park
Timothy Gilfoyle, author of MILLENNIUM PARK: CREATING A CHICAGO LANDMARK

March 9, 2011
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
America Goes Dry
John Russick, Curator at the Chicago History Museum

April 13, 2011
The Casino Club
Annual Awards Luncheon

May 18, 2011
The Casino Club
Book Review
Barbara Rinella, Book Reviewer and Dramatist

June 8, 2011
The Fortnightly Club of Chicago
Featuring The Fortnightly

2009 - 2010 Luncheon Programs

September 9, 2009
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
A Million Girls Would Die For This Job
Amalie Drury, CS Editor-At-Large

October 14, 2009
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
Poetry Today In and Around Chicago
Susan Moss, President of the Illinois State Poetry Society, Northern Chapter

November 11, 2009
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
Thank My Lucky Stars: Memoirs of Stanley Paul
Stanley Paul, Society Orchestra Leader and Author

December 9, 2009
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
Victory Gardens: A Chicago Sucess Story
Jan Kallish, Executive Director, Victory Gardens Biograph Theater
Visit The Victory Gardns Theater Online

January 13, 2010
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
Calligraphy in Chicago Design
Paul F. Gehl, Curator at the Newberry Library
Newberry Library

February 10, 2010
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
Chicago Mystery Writer
Marcus Sakey

March 10, 2010
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
Chicago Author
Sherrill Bodine
Read more about Sherrill Bodine

April 21, 2010
Union League Club
Annual Awards Luncheon

May 12, 2010
Fortnightly Club of Chicago at 11:00
Book Review
Barbara Rinella, Book Reviewer and Dramatist

2008 - 2009 Luncheon Programs

September 10, 2008
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
Desert Rose: The Gertrude Bell Story
Betsey Means, Dramatist and Historian

October 8, 2008
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
Artifacts of Childhood: 700 Years of Children's Books
Jenny Schwartzberg, Newberry Library

November 12, 2008
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
A Visit with Daniel Burnham
R.J. Lindsey, Chicago Actor

December 10, 2008
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
History of the Holidays in Chicago
Anna Carey, Chicago History Museum

January 14, 2009
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
Theater in Chicago
Michael Halberstam, Artistic Director and co-founder of the Chicago Writers' Theatre

February 11, 2009
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
Keeping the House
Ellen Baker, Author

March 11, 2009
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
Meet Eleanor Roosevelt
Roberta Randall, Dramatist

April 15, 2009
Union League Club
Annual Awards Luncheon

May 13, 2009
Fortnightly Club of Chicago
Book Review
Barbara Rinella, Book Reviewer and Dramatist