June 22 at Cliff Dwellers: Renée Rosen and Mary Burns discuss ‘Chicago History as Seen Through the Lens of Fiction’

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Join us for a literary conversation, co-hosted by the Cliff Dwellers and the Society of Midland Authors. Open to the members of both organizations and their guests.

Newsworthy: Chicago History as Seen Through the Lens of Fiction

Authors Renée Rosen and Mary Burns will talk about why they think Chicago is such a rich and dramatic setting for historical fiction, and how newsworthy events, and the production of the news itself, inspired their novels.

Their conversation will be moderated by Emily Victorson, the publisher of Allium Press of Chicago, a small independent press, which specializes in fiction with a Chicago connection.


MARY BURNS is the author of four novels, two short-story collections, a non-fiction book about snow geese, and several radio and stage plays. Her newest title is The Reason for Time, a historical novel set in Chicago during the turbulent summer of 1919.

RENÉE ROSEN is the bestselling author of four historical novels set in Chicago, all published by Penguin Random House — Dollface: A Novel of the Roaring Twenties (2013), What The Lady Wants: A Novel of Marshall Field and the Gilded Age (2014), White Collar Girl (2015), and Windy City Blues (2017).

Thursday, June 22, 2017
Reception with hors d’oeuvres and cash bar from 5 to 6 p.m.
Program from 6 to 7 p.m.
Tickets are $20. Call 312-922-8080 or email reservations@cliff-chicago.org to purchase.
The Cliff Dwellers, 200 S. Michigan Avenue, 22nd floor, Chicago, IL 60604

Those who wish to stay for dinner after the program may do so. Advance reservations for dinner are encouraged. Please email reservations@cliff-chicago.org. Credit cards are accepted for dinner and at the bar.

Discounted parking is available after 4 p.m. at 17 E. Adams St. See club manager for validation.