What Elizabeth Blackwell is Reading

A special treat this week, as one of our panelists, Elizabeth Blackwell, author of While Beauty Slept, shows us what she’s reading. Enjoy: Here are three books I’ve been reading: The Son, by Philipp Meyer: This was the September pick for my book club; I probably never would have chosen to read it otherwise. But(…)

Show Us What You’re Reading!

“Praying for Strangers by River Jordan is packed in my suitcase for a beach camping trip. It’s one of the books in the reading program of United Methodist Women, but so far it’s been a delightful read.” –Submitted by blog reader Sue Merrell. Thanks, Sue!

Labor Day Weekend Reads that aren’t Studs Terkel’s “Working”

…not that we have anything against Working, hell, we loved it. But when you think of a book about work, the first one that usually comes to mind is Working. We polled our friends and facebook fans and got some really great suggestions of books related to (or about) work. Enjoy. And then We Came to(…)

Stories, Shakespeare, and Supporting our Scholarships

Our second annual Party with a Purpose, held August 12, was a huge success! We reached our fundraising goal, and we’re proud to announce we’ll be awarding 20 scholarships this year to deserving tutors! Thanks to everyone who joined us, supported, or donated. Enjoy some highlights from the evening:  

Meet Elysabeth Alfano, our Emcee with a Purpose!

On August 12, we host the Second Annual Party with a Purpose to support our scholarships for writing and literacy tutors. During our first two years, we offered 10 scholarships; this year, we’re doubling our efforts to offer 20 scholarships to deserving tutors in Chicago! We sat down for a chat with our Emcee for(…)

Three Questions for Christine Sneed

Award-winning writer Christine Sneed is the author of Portraits of a Few of the People I’ve Made Cry and Little Known Facts. Christine will give a talk called “Finding Your Voice” at this year’s Chicago Writers Conference. Here, she gives us a sneak peek on this important aspect of writing. What is voice? In my(…)

Show Us What You’re Reading: Brendon Zatirka

Welcome to our first installment of Show Us What You’re Reading! We’ll feature readers’ books and their thoughts on a semi-regular basis. Want to share? Click here for instructions. Allegiant, by Veronica Roth – I was told to read this series immediately by a friend of mine and I’m almost near the end of this(…)

Volunteer Spotlight: Shanti and Dominic on Open Books and CWC

As many of you know, we’re gearing up for our Second Annual Party With a Purpose. The fundraiser allows us to provide CWC scholarships to literacy tutors in Chicago via our partners, Open Books and 826CHI. Your support will help us send twenty volunteers to this year’s conference. We caught up with two of last(…)

Why Indie Bookstores Rule

It’s summer in Chicago, which means that there are so many exciting events around the corner! For example, Pitchfork Music Festival is coming up on July 18th and tickets are selling out quickly ! Want to go? CWC can help! Everyone who purchases a ticket to Party With a Purpose or makes a donation before(…)

Get Ready to Party With a Purpose!

  It’s time for Chicago Writers Conference annual fundraiser, Party With a Purpose! CWC and fellow literary lovers are taking over Mary’s Attic on August 12 for a festive evening. Each ticket includes: One drink Appetizers Silent auction Live entertainment Enjoy readings from 2014 CWC speakers Christine Sneed and Eric Charles May. The Q Brothers(…)