American Writers Museum Opens to Public This Weekend

Two months after shutting its doors due to the novel coronavirus, the American Writers Museum in Chicago's Loop area is going to resume receiving visitors. Members are being allowed into the museum beginning this morning, and the general public will be allowed in beginning Friday morning. Until further notice, the museum will be open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am-5 pm.

AWP emphasized that it will follow strict safety protocols in order to protect both staff and visitors: masks are required; gloves and styluses will be made available for those using interactive exhibits; and there will be sanitizer stations throughout the museum.

Programming will remain online with such free virtual events as Natasha Trethewey's July 29 launch of her memoir, Memorial Drive, about a daughter dealing with the murder of her mother by her former stepfather. Trethewey will be interviewed by Booklist editor Donna Seaman.

In honor of its reopening, AWM will donate $1 from every admission ticket sold this month to two Chicagoland literacy nonprofit organizations serving at-risk children: Young, Black & Lit and Bernie's Book Bank.

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