The Society of Midland Authors announces its fall 2014 events. Admission is free to all of these programs, which are open to the public, and no reservations are required.
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, 6 p.m., at Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St., Chicago: Cristina Henríquez and Rebecca Makkai: Two Chicago novelists in conversation.
Henríquez’s new novel, The Book of Unknown Americans, was chosen by Amazon as the best novel from the first half of 2014, and it was a recent “Book of the Week” selection at Oprah Winfrey’s O Magazine website. Henríquez’s previous books are The World in Half and Come Together, Fall Apart: A Novella and Stories, which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection. Her stories have been published in The New Yorker and The Atlantic.
Makkai’s second novel, The Hundred-Year House, is set on Chicago’s North Shore. A Boston Globe critic called the book, which was published this summer, “an entertaining, ambitious saga.” Makkai’s first novel, The Borrower, was a Booklist Top Ten Debut, an Indie Next pick, an O Magazine selection, and one of Chicago magazine's choices for best fiction of 2011. Her short fiction was chosen for The Best American Short Stories for four consecutive years.
The discussion begins at 6 p.m. sharp, followed by a book signing.
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 6 p.m. social hour, 7 p.m. talk, at Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22nd floor, Chicago: Scott Turow discusses authors’ rights in the digital age.
Turow is not only the author of nine best-selling works of fiction, including Presumed Innocent and 2013’s Identical — he’s also an outspoken advocate for the rights of authors in the digital age, at a time when Amazon dominates book sales and Google pursues the scanning of copyrighted materials. Turow, a north suburban resident who recently served as president of the Authors Guild, wrote a New York Times op-ed under the headline “The Slow Death of the American Author.” Turow is also a partner in the Chicago office of the law firm Dentons. When Newcity put Turow No. 1 on its 2013 “Lit 50” list, the alternative newspaper said that he “is using his lofty profile to wage war on issues more important to the culture at large than to his personal wellbeing.”
The discussion will begin at 7 p.m. A social hour, with complimentary snacks and a cash bar, begins at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 6 p.m. social hour, 7 p.m. talk, at Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22nd floor, Chicago: Stuart Dybek.
Dybek, one of Chicago’s most acclaimed writers, has won the Society of Midland Authors’ award for adult fiction two times — for his 2003 book I Sailed With Magellan and his 1980 book Chicago and Other Neighborhoods. This spring, Farrar, Straus and Giroux published Dybek’s first books in 11 years: Ecstatic Cahoots, which includes 50 micro-stories, and Paper Lantern, a set of love stories. Booklist critic Donna Seaman called them “two virtuoso story collections.” Dybek is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at Northwestern University.
The talk will begin at 7 p.m. A social hour, with complimentary snacks and a cash bar, begins at 6 p.m.