FAW Chicago, IL Est. 1922
FAW Chicago


FAW September Meeting

Welcome to Friends of American Writers 94th year.

Our first meeting this year is September 14th, 2016.
Friends of American Writers has a tasty treat for our first meeting this year with the Breakfast Queen, Ina Pinkney. Ina's credentials range from chef, restaurant entrepreneur, author, television and media personality, cooking judge, keynote speaker and health food champion. Come enjoy the morsels of wit Ina will be sure to dish out.

Our board members have been very busy again this Summer completing a new and exciting line up of programs. The Literary committees are gearing up for another outstanding year of book submissions to consider for the FAW Literary Awards.

Each year in November, FAW awards a deserving M.F.A. (Master of Fine Arts in writing) student with a scholarship. Help grow our scholarship fund by making a contribution of $100 or more. In return, your name will be listed in our yearbook for as long as FAW is in existence. Donating to the Foundation is easy. Read more about the Foundation Fund and how to contribute.

Do you enjoy reading, writing, or supporting new writers who are starting their career? Join Friends of American Writers for one of our excellent programs at The Fortnightly Club. Membership is an excellent price at only $45.00 . Download the membership application and send it in today.

Membership form (PDF file)

September 14th program
Ina's Kitchen: Memories and Recipes from The Breakfast Queen.

Join us for the FAW luncheon on September 14th, 12:00 noon at the Fortnightly Club of Chicago
Click here for a map to the Fortnightly ClubMaps to Places

Luncheon reservations and cancellations are due no later than 6:00 PM Sunday October 11.
(Sorry - no reservations by email!)
• Pat Adelberg - (847) 588-0911 or
Lorraine Campione - (773) 275-5118

• Pay by cash or check ($40) payable to FAW at the door.
• Vegetarian meals may be requested at the time you make your reservation.
• You must call to cancel your reservation, otherwise you will still be charged.
• Discounted parking is available two doors west of the Fortnightly at 100 Bellevue Place
• Group reservations - please only have one person make the group request to avoid confusion.

Seating Arrangements

Please mention any special seating arrangements when you make your reservation.
--Seated with a Friend or group
--Disability seating
Every effort will be made to honor your request.

FAW Literature Award

Literature Awards
George Hodgman for BETTYVILLE: A Memoir, (Viking, 2015)
Tie 2nd$1000 ea
Andrew Malan Milward for I WAS A REVOLUTIONARY, (Harper Collins, 2015)
Judith Claire Mitchell for A REUNION OF GHOSTS: A Novel, (Harper, 2015)

Young People's Literature Awards
David Arnold for MOSQUITOLAND, (Viking/Penguin, 2015), $1300
Christine Hayes for MOTHMAN'S CURSE, (Roaring Brook Press, 2015), $1300
Aimée Bissonette for NORTH WOODS GIRL, (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2015), $1300

About the Awards

Friends of American Writers has been awarding prizes to new and promising authors from the Midwest since 1928. Each year the Literature Awards Committee reads and reviews dozens of books to pick the current year award winners. Books are eligible for review based on the following criteria.

  • The author must be a resident (or previously have been a resident for approximately five years) of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota or Wisconsin; or the locale of the book must be in a region identified above.
  • The books can be fiction or creative non-fiction.
  • Self-published and e-Books are not eligible.
  • The book must be published in the calendar year prior to the awards year. Currently we are evaluating books published during the 2016 year.
  • The author must not have published more than three books under his/her own pen name, the third book being eligible for consideration. If an author has more than one book published during that year, we will consider all of them.
  • Books nominated for the award must be submitted to the FAW Awards Committees by December 10, 2016.

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Visit the Dust Jacket to read about our new Literature Award Winners.

In MemoryFAW sends condolences to the friends and family of Rosemary Crowley. Rosemary was a longstanding and active member of FAW. She will be missed.

FAW is proud to announce that member and award winning author, Dr. Amina Gautier, has a new short story collection released. The Loss of All Lost Things won the Elixir Press 2014 Fiction Award. It is a short story collection with complex themes illuminating how differently each of the central characters experience and deal with events of tragic loss. You will want to read it in one sitting.

Looking for something new to read? Check out these new books by past FAW Literature Award Winners. New Books!

FAW will miss our member Joanne C. "Jody" McDowell. Condolences to her friends & family.


FAW membership
Do you enjoy reading, writing, or supporting new writers who are starting their career? Join Friends of American Writers for one of our excellent programs at The Fortnightly Club. Membership is an excellent price at only $45.00 . Download the membership application and send it in today.

For further information about membership in Friends of American Writers, please contact Membership Chairman
Sandy Weiss at membership@fawchicago.org

Membership form (PDF file)
Membership PDF file

FAW Officers

2015 - 2016 Officers

PresidentRoberta Gates
Vice PresidentChristine Spatara
SecretaryVivian Mortensen
Co-TreasurersDoris Roskin & Eileen McNulty

Committee Chairs

Awards Luncheon ChairMarion Sherlock
Newsletter EditorShirley Baugher
Foundation FundCorene Anderson
Literature AwardsTammie Bob & Freyda Libman
Young People's AwardsMarti Daniel
Luncheon - SocialCarol Eshaghy
MembershipSandie Weiss
ProgramsChristine Spatara
RevisionsDiana Adams
Sustaining ClubsIda Hagman
Yearbook - Awards ProgramPat Adelberg
Website ManagerKaren Baker

Board meetings are held at The Fortnightly at 10:30 a.m. the mornings of the luncheons.

Sustaining Clubs

Flossmoor Book Club
Ogden Dunes Book Club
The Woman's Reading Club of Riverside

FAW History

Our mission shall be to study American literature, to encourage high standards and to promote literary ideals among American writers.

Friends of American Writers (FAW) was established in 1922 to study American literature, to encourage high standards, and to promote literary ideals among American writers. Members are invited to attend the luncheons, serve on committees that help run the organization or participate in the selection of the award-winning authors.

Over the years, after an annual lengthy screening process, FAW has honored Midwestern authors or those whose novels or non-fiction are set in the Midwest, by recognition and monetary awards. Those honored are invited to address the FAW membership at the Awards Luncheon.

Among the many emerging adult authors recognized over the years are Sara Paretsky, Jane Smiley, Toni Morrison, Harry Mark Petrakis and Carl Sandburg, Kevin Fenton, Chad Harbach, Gillian Flynn, and Sara Gruen. 2014-2015 award winners include Celeste Ng, Stuart Rojstaczer and Rebecca Rotert.

In 1960, FAW introduced awards for Juvenile Literature authors. Clifford Hicks won the first award for "First Boy on the Moon". Recent winners include Brynne Barnes delightful picture book and Delia Ray's book for young readers.

Additionally, through the FAW Foundation Fund, students at local universities, recommended by their writing professors, are given recognition and cash awards to offset tuition.

Dorothy Gwynn has published a short booklet, "Friends of American Writers: Encouraging Writing and Thoughtful Reading", which describes in more detail the formation and proceedings of FAW.