It is hard to think of another American woman writer who was as prolific and successful as Margaret Ayer Barnes in the decade of 1928 through 1938. In those ten years, five novels of hers were published; one of them, Years of Grace, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1931. She wrote three plays (two co-authored with Edward Sheldon); two of which played for more than a hundred performances on Broadway. She also wrote a book of short stories during that time.
We hope you can join us on Thursday evening, October 5, 2017, as Margaret Ayer Barnes is formally inducted into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame at a ceremony from 7 to 8:15 pm at Volumes Bookcafe, 1474 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago.
This will be a wonderful opportunity to learn about this incredible Chicago born and bred woman, who is so deserving of this honor, and who began her writing career at age 40, after a debilitating injury sustained in a car crash. Once again, Don Evans, the founder and Executive Director has produced an informative and entertaining program, featuring Amy Danzer, Lisa Wagner, Valya Dudycz Lupescu and myself as presenters.
The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is approaching, and the program lineup is outstanding. Thomas Dyja, the author of The Third Coast will be presenting for Ben Hecht. There will will be a rendition of one of his 1001 Afternoons in Chicago performed by Strawdog Theater and Contemporary Music.
Sculptor Richard Hunt will be presenting for Leon Forrest and Marco the Poet will be performing from Forrest’s novel, Divine Days. Author Rosellen Brown presents for Edna Ferber, while diva Lynne Jordan performs a song from Showboat. Ms. Jordan will also perform for honoree John H. Johnson.
Young adult author Blue Balliett is presenting for L. Frank Baum, while actor David Eigenberg from the TV show, Chicago Fire, does a reading from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Bob Baum will accept for his great grandfather. Penelope Niven presents Thornton Wilder, while Joe Meno does a reading from Wilder. Wilder’s nephew, Tappan Wilder will accept for his uncle.
The ceremony will be at Roosevelt University’s Ganz Hall (7th Floor), 430 S. Michigan, at 7:00 pm on Saturday evening, December 7. Tickets for the event are free, available through the CLHOF website, http://www.chicagoliteraryhof.org