KITCHEN FIRE AT CLIFF DWELLERS CLUB SLAMS DOOR ON SMA PROGRAMS
The February program featuring Al Gini and his new book, My Job, My Self: Work and
the Creation of the Modern Individual, had to be relocated at the last minute to the Chicago Athletic
Assn. because of a fire at the Cliff Dwellers Club.
The fire started in the kitchen and resulted in major damage that will take many
weeks to repair. The club hopes the dining room can be re-opened in time for the SMA annual awards banquet on May 8.
Meanwhile, SMA programs in March and April will be held at the CAA, 12 S. Michigan
Ave., just a
few blocks north of the Cliff Dwellers.
Ursula Bielski, author of Chicago Haunts, will discuss spooky places and writing about the
Where: Chicago Athletic Assn., 12 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago
Knights Room on third floor)
When : 6 p.m. social
hour, 7 p. m. program, Tuesday,
Reservations NOT needed. Public invited. Hors d'oeuvres, wine and soft drinks,
reception and presentation:
for members, $15 for non-members.
For information, call Matt Smolek at C.A.A., 312/236-7500, Ext. 2113
March 17, 3 p.m. (Barnes & Noble/SMA series at Barnes & Noble
Webster Place store)--Pat Monaghan, a
member of the interdisciplinary faculty of DePaul University and the author of two books
of poetry and several
nonfiction books on mythology, will read from her forthcoming book: The Red-Haired Girl on
the Bog: A Celtic
Spiritual Geography (New World Library). The book poetically evokes the myth-saturated
Irish landscape and the
author's experiences there. She will read from the title chapter, which describes the
haunted bogs of Connemara
and the leanan sidhe, the fairy lover, who lives there.
April 10 (SMA program at C.A.A.)--Dick
Simpson, political science professor at the University of Illinois at
Chicago and former Chicago alderman, will review Chicago political history as described in
his new book,
Rogues, Rebels and Rubber Stamps: The Politics of the Chicago City Council from 1863 to
the Present (Westview Press). Chicago Sun-Times political editor Steve Neal has called it
"the best and most authoritative book that has ever been written on the subject." Simpson, he added, "has done a
public service in writing it."
8--Annual Awards Dinner, with Clifton Truman Daniel as featured speaker. He'll
talk about growing up in
a family where everyone is an author. His own book is Growing Up with My Grandfather:
Memories of Harry S
Truman, with a foreword by his parents. His mother, Margaret Truman, is still writing
mystery novels. His father, Clifton Daniel, is retired managing editor of the New York Times, and author or editor of
a number of books,
including a memoir.
LITERARY AWARDS DEADLINE MARCH 1
Deadline for submissions to the SMA literary awards covering books
published during 2000 is March 1.
Books must be sent directly to each judge by category.
SMA MEMBERS INVITED TO SELL OWN BOOKS AT PRINTERS ROW BOOK FAIR
Encouraged by good response last year, SMA has signed up again
for a table at the Printers Row
Book Fair in Chicago June 2 and 3.
For $25, to help defray the cost of the table, members can use
the table to sell their own books to the thousands of book-lovers who flock each year to the fair.
SMA will try to accommodate all members who wish to participate.
You must choose either Saturday or Sunday. Hours will be assigned according to how many authors sign up.
Other rules: You must bring at least 10 books and be
prepared to make change. You must remain
at the booth throughout your assigned time.
Plans are afoot to make this year's fair more festive with perhaps a
literary quiz in the program, aliterary game show, authors in period costumes, talks on writing opportunities or other
Volunteers with ideas are welcome.
For more information, contact Mary Edsey, 2153 W. Cullom,
Chicago, IL 60618.
Phone: 773/404-9402. E-mail: email@example.com.
Or visit the SMA website: midlandauthors.com.
NEW BOARD MEMBER
Arthur Dahl, writer and photographer, has joined the SMA board of
A former teacher in Chicago public schools and the City College system,
he is the author of Making
Peace: Photographs and Interviews with Peacemakers in the United States with foreword by
Dahl says his current project is building a new darkroom.
Please write in the following corrections to the membership
roster in the issue of the SMA
Yearbook you recently received:
Edward W. Baumann, phone 262/654-1261; E-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Edsey, E-mail, email@example.com
Carol Felsenthal, firstname.lastname@example.org
George McDaniel, E-mail, email@example.com
Gerry and Janet Souter, phone (D & N) 847/398-3074. Fax,
Bob Skilnik, whose History of Beer and Brewing in Chicago Part II will
be published this summer,
does not need any research assistants -- alas -- but he would appreciate the help of the
membership in locating the following:
Angelo Geocaris, former Schlitz distributor in Chicago.
Keith and Steve Dinehart, former owners of Chicago Brewing Co.
Ken Pavichevich, former owner of Pavichevich (Baderbrau) Brewery
Bob's History of Beer and Brewing in Chicago Part I won the Quill and
Tankard Gold Medal Award
from the North American Guild of Beer Writers for the best beer book of 2000.
DNA Will Out
In The Rule of Justice: The People of Chicago versus Zephyr Davis
(Ohio State University Press),
Elizabeth Dale, daughter of SMA member Alzina Stone Dale, examines an 1888 Chicago case in
an African American was accused of murdering his Irish-American co-worker.
Elizabeth Dale is an assistant professor of U. S. legal history at the
University of Florida.
Long Run on the Charts
Congratulations to Kent Haruf, whose trade paperback Plainsong
(Vintage) remains on Publishers
Weekly's list of trade paperback bestsellers, number 11 in the latest issue at press time.
moving up for 18 weeks.
Lynn Lawson's Staying Well in a Toxic World: Understanding
Environmental Illness, Multiple Chemical
Sensitivity, Chemical Injuries and Sick Building Syndrome has gone into its fourth
It was first published in 1994. She has updated the new edition for the
new millennium to provide
up-to-date resources on health and environment.
It's published by Lynwood Press, P.O. Box 1732, Evanston, IL
Free Kids Workshop
Joanne Koch, SMA past president, is coordinating a workshop on writing
children's books for
National-Louis University on Wed., Feb. 28.
She will be joined by SMA colleagues Laurie Lawlor, author of
George on His Own and the Addie
books, and Esther Herschenhorn, author of There Goes Lowell's Party! and regional advisor
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
Although it's free, reservations are a must. Phone to save a space.
Registration is at 6 p.m. and the
workshop begins at 6:30 p.m. at NLU's downtown location, Room 5006, 122 S. Michigan Ave.,
Other participants include Junko Yokota, author of a textbook on
children's literature; Jan Spivey,
who has written and illustrated 34 children's books; Judy O'Malley, editor of nonfiction
and books; W. Nikola-Lisa, author of young children's books; and Nathaniel Talking, who
Coretta Scott King Award for his work.
The workshop is sponsored by NLU's M.S. in Written Communication
OTHER MEMBER NEWS
SMA members who know Scott Turow will not be surprised to learn that he
will receive a Writers for
Writers Award sponsored by Barnes & Noble.
The award honors writers who have "made lasting contributions to
the well-being of their fellow
writers," according Poets & Writers Inc., a nonprofit organization that
established the award in 1996.
The award will be presented at a ceremony in New York on March 20.
Turow has been in the news also for a column he wrote in the Chicago
Tribune defending Illinois
Gov. George Ryan, who has been under attack because of a bribery scandal in the Secretary
driver's license operation.
Turow, as a former federal prosecutor and proven foe of corruption in
government, pointed to the
lack of any evidence of wrongdoing by Ryan.
Although Turow is a lifelong Democrat, he praised the Republican
governor for getting things done
that benefit the people of the state, and in particular for ordering a death penalty
Illinois after it turned out that half the prisoners on Death Row were in fact innocent.
Turow wrote: "Given the strong pro-death penalty majority in this
state, the decision wasn't good politics (which is why it hasn't been repeated anywhere else). It was just plain decency.
Gov. Ryan has been celebrated around the world for his courage. In Illinois, citizens barely seems
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Charlene Baumbich launched her sixth book, 365 Ways to Connect With
Your Kids - No Matter What
Their Age (or Yours) (Career Press), with a book signing at The Book Store in Glen Ellyn,
Ill., on Feb.
The book contains 365 mini stories of connectedness. She writes,
"I love this book, and believe it can truly impact the parent-child relationship, infusing it with layers deeper than
communication--which don't always equal connecting.
"The parent-child relationship is a two-way street...
parents are not only the givers; they are
much-blessed recipients as well."
Robert McClory's latest book continues to pile up good reviews. Praise
from Publishers Weekly for
Faithful Dissenters: Stories of Men and Women Who Loved and Changed the Church (Orbis) was
previously quoted in this space.
Now comes Commonweal to say: "McClory, a frequent contributor to
the Catholic press, teaches
journalism at Northwestern University. One expects him to write clearly and persuasively;
expectation is met.
"Though not a professional theologian, he is quite capable of
writing about theology and does so
lucidly. In the contemporary climate of theological debate it is good to remind ourselves
of what Cardinal Newman wrote to a potential convert worrying about papal infallibility.
from Rome [said Newman] must be interpreted by the theologian and must be received by the
"That process of reception, as this readable book makes clear, is
not always immediate or gracious."
Big in Bengali
Jim Schwab is making an international splash with an article in a
United Nations publication,
Industry and Environment. His topic is "Using Planning to Enhance the Urban
He has been informed that his article has already been translated into
Holli a Hit in Helsinki
Literary License has received a photo from a Finnish news
magazine informing readers that Melvin
Holli is sitting on the steps of the National Cathedral in Helsinki while in town to speak
about "USA:n presidentit."
Holli, a history professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago,
was co-director of a widely
publicized conference at UIC last fall that ranked U.S. presidents.
So it's not surprising that scholars from all the Scandinavian
countries wanted to hear about the
"konferenssi perjantaina ja lauantaina Chicagossa."
Also, Holli has been appointed to a committee of the Organization of
American Historians that will
award the Hawley Book Prize for the best book on political history published in 2001.
If you want to know more, he'll be listed in the new editions of
Who's Who in America and Who's
Who in the World.