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Society Of Midland Authors

An appearance by three of the Society of Midland Authors Award winners at the Chicago Tribune’s 2013 Printers Row Lit Fest.
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At it’s annual awards benefit, The Society of Midland Authors honors its choices for the best books by Midwest authors published in 2012. The master of ceremonies for this year’s benefit was Marc Kelly Smith, the founder of the Uptown Poetry Slam. Award winners also read from their works.
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A native of Chicago, Edward Hirsch has published several books of poems since 1981, including 1986’s “Wild Gratitude,” winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. His most recent book is “The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems,” published in 2011 by Alfred A. Knopf.
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Arlington Heights author Gerry Souter discusses his book American Shooter: A Personal History of Gun Culture in the United States. In the book, Souter takes a personal look at gun ownership, handgun bans, shooting sports, and the controversy over how to interpret the Second Amendment, writing from the point of view of a liberal gun owner and enthusiast.
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Chicago writer, Gillian Flynn, discusses her new book Gone Girl, a best seller on The New York Times best seller fiction list.
Thirty years after Harold Washington was elected as Chicago’s first black mayor, the Society of Midland Authors will present a panel discussion about Washington’s legacy.
Foreign-policy scholar Gregory Harms discusses his latest book on the Middle East, It’s Not About Religion, in a Society of Midland Authors program.
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Chicago author Mahmoud Saeed, a native of Iraq, discusses his novel The World Through the Eyes of Angels, along with one of his translators, Allen Salter of Chicago.
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The Society of Midland Authors presents its annual awards honoring its choices for the best books by Midwest authors published in 2011.
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The Society of Midland Authors presents a discussion of the new documentary Poets and Profs: Looking at The Iliad with the film’s directors, Mark Eleveld and Ronald Maruszak.
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Chicago author, political historian, and Rolling Stone magazine columnist Rick Perlstein discusses his book, The Invisible Bridge: The 1970s and the Rise of Ronald Reagan.