Chicago By The Book: How Literature Changed Chicago

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Monday February 25

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6:30 PM  –  8:00 PM

American writing's diversity of form is one of its greatest strengths. This series celebrates journalism, poetry, history, biography, graphic art and all forms of American Writing.

Join Susan F. Rossen, Liesl Olson, and Dominic A. Pacyga, some of the editors and contributors behind Chicago by the Book: 101 Publications That Shaped the City and Its Image, as they talk about the iconic authors, artists, and activists who influenced the city.

Susan F. Rossen directed the Publications Department at the Art Institute of Chicago for twenty-eight years. Previously, she was an educator, curator, and publisher at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Currently a museum-publishing consultant and freelance editor, she is cochair of the Caxton Club’s Publications Committee. She is the editor-in-chief of Chicago by the Book.


Liesl Olson is director of Chicago Studies at the Newberry Library. Her entry is on Margaret Anderson’s My Thirty Years’ War: An Autobiography. Her most recent book is Chicago Renaissance: Literature and Art in the Midwest Metropolis.


Dominic A. Pacyga was a Professor of History in the Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences at Columbia College, Chicago, where he taught for thirty-seven years before retiring in 2017. He has authored and/or coauthored six books concerning Chicago's history. His entry is on Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle.


Please note, this program was originally scheduled for January 30, but has been rescheduled due to inclement weather. All reservations will be honored.


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