Nelson Algren: The Forgotten Literature

Richard Bales will speak about his forthcoming book, Nelson Algren: The Forgotten Literature, in a Society of Midland Authors program on Tuesday, March 8, at the Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22nd floor, Chicago. Bales will speak at 7 p.m. A social hour, with complimentary snacks and a cash bar, begins at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. No advance registration is required.

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Bales will discuss poetry, book reviews, essays and short stories by Algren that were once published but then forgotten. Although Algren was best known for novels such as The Man With the Golden Arm — winner of first National Book Award for fiction — the Chicago writer was much more than a novelist. Throughout his life, he wrote poetry, and in his later years he made a living by writing short stories, essays and book reviews. (Algren was also a member of the Society of Midland Authors and spoke at SMA events.)

Bales is also the author of The Great Chicago Fire and the Myth of Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow, in which he used his legal and land-survey skills to solve the mystery of the cause of the Great Chicago Fire. He and his findings became the subject of a Discovery Channel Unsolved History episode.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
The Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan, 22nd floor, Chicago
7 p.m. presentation
6 p.m. social hour, with complimentary snacks and a cash bar
Free and open to the public.
No advance registration required.