Mary Wisniewski: Algren: A Life

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Thursday August 24

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5:00 PM  –  6:00 PM

Most today know Algren as the radical, womanizing writer of The Man with the Golden Arm, which won the first National Book Award, in 1950, but award-winning reporter Mary Wisniewski offers a deeper portrait. Starting with his childhood in the City of Big Shoulders, Algren sheds new light on the writer’s most momentous periods, from his on-again-off-again work for the WPA to his stint as an uninspired soldier in World War II to his long-distance affair with his most famous lover, Simone de Beauvoir, to the sense of community and acceptance Algren found in the artist colony of Sag Harbor before his death in 1981.

Presented by the Society of Midland Authors.

5 p.m. Readers Hall. General public. Free with museum admission or $5 suggested donation for the event. Books will be sold at AWM before and after the event.