Books and Bubbles! Authors Guild Holiday Reading and Reception

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Wednesday December 12

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6:30 PM  –  8:30 PM


Join the Authors Guild and Chicago Regional Chapter Ambassadors for a festive holiday reading and networking reception at the American Writers Museum. Internationally acclaimed authors Scott Turow, Rebecca Makkai, and James Finn Garner will read from their work, and co-ambassadors Arnie Bernstein and Alta Price will present the chapter’s activities. Books will be available for purchase and signing, so stop by to hear scintillating stories, raise a glass to Chicago’s literary scene, and wrap up some books to give as gifts this season!
Reader Bios
Scott Turow is the author of ten bestselling works of fiction, including IdenticalPresumed Innocent, and The Burden of Proof, and two nonfiction books, including One L, about his experience as a law student. His books have been translated into over 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, and have been adapted for film and television. He has contributed essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as The New York TimesWashington PostVanity FairThe New Yorker, and The Atlantic.
Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the novels The Great BelieversThe Hundred-Year House, and The Borrower, as well as the short story collection Music for Wartime. Her short fiction won a 2017 Pushcart Prize, and was chosen for The Best American Short Stories for four consecutive years (2008–2011). The recipient of a 2014 NEA fellowship, Makkai is on the MFA faculties of Sierra Nevada College and Northwestern University, and she is the Artistic Director of StoryStudio Chicago.


James Finn Garner's Politically Correct Bedtime Stories has been translated into 20 languages and spent 65 weeks on The New York Times Best Sellers list. Garner has been a contributing editor with Chicago Magazine, and his fiction and satire have also appeared in PlayboyThe New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalTV GuideThe Chicago Tribune MagazineUtne Reader, and other publications. His commentaries have been broadcast on NPR and his stories have aired on BBC Radio.

Books for sale: The Great Believers (Makkai), Testimony (Turow) and The Wet Nose of Danger (Garner).

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