Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune journalist and WGN radio host, presents guests from Chicago's creative community reading works by their favorite Chicago authors.
Rick Kogan was born in Chicago and raised in the city's Old Town neighborhood. At age 16, Kogan launched his newspaper career by writing a story about the tumultuous 1968 Democratic National Convention. Kogan has written for the Chicago Daily News, Chicago Sun-Times, and Chicago Tribune, where he is now a senior writer and columnist. In 2003, Kogan was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame. He is the author of ten books, including Yesterday's Chicago (in collaboration with his father, Herman), Everybody Pays: Two Men, One Murder, and the Price of Truth (in collaboration with Maurice Possley), America's Mom: The Life, Lessons, and Legacy of Ann Landers, and A Chicago Tavern: A Goat, a Curse, and the American Dream, the history of the Billy Goat. He is also the creator and host of WGN Radio's Sunday Papers with Rick Kogan.
This event is part of Story Week Festival of Writers, which features some of the best, most diverse voices at work today in fiction, film, theater, art, music, and publishing. Other events from this festival recorded by Chicago Amplified—listed in the order they were presented—are as follows:
Reading/Grad Open Mic Featuring Megan Stielstra
Bonnie Jo Campbell and Don DeGrazia
Bonnie Jo Campbell and Donna Seaman
Portraits of an American Dream: The Female in Contemporary Fiction
Full Time Fiction Writing Faculty Reading featuring Betty Shiflett
Beyond the Dream: What It Takes to Get Published
From Page to Stage: Scenes From Student Playwrights
Conversation with Playwright Young Jean Lee
Surviving the American Dream
Reading, Conversation, and Book Signing with John Sayles
Literary Rock & Roll: American Dreamers with Heidi W. Durrow, John Sayles, Patricia Ann McNair, musical guest Canasta