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June 2004

PREVIEW OF FALL AND WINTER PROGRAMS        
        When SMA's monthly programs resume in the fall, the popular "Chicago in Literature" series will continue.
        Here's the tentative schedule with some of the participants:
        Oct. 12 – "A James T. Farrell Centennial Conversation," author Bette Howland and playwright William Lederer.        
        Nov. 9 – "Corruption and Reform in Chicago," James Merriner, author of Grafters and Goo Goos.
        Jan. 11 – "The Chicago Fire in Fact and Mythology," Richard Bales, author of The Great Chicago Fire and the Myth of Mrs. O'Leary's Cow.
        Feb. 8 – "Chicago and Children's Literature," Stella Pevsner, Marlene Targ Brill, Charlotte Herman.
        March 8 and Apr.12 to be decided. The annual banquet and awards program, always held in May, will mark the 90th anniversary of the Society.

SMA AWARD WINNERS FOR BOOKS PUBLISHED IN 2003
        At the annual dinner of the Society, held on May 11 at the Chicago Athletic Ass., Steve Neal was honored posthumously.

"Best of the Best"
        Marvin V. Arnett's award-winning memoir, Pieces from Life's Crazy Quilt, will be honored at the summer meeting of the American Library Association on June 26 in Orlando, Fla. As part of a special program entitled "The Best of the Best of the University Presses: Books You Should Know About," it will be one of the titles published in 2003 to be recommended by the University Press Book Committee.

Kind of Movie You Want to See
        A TV mini-series based on Scott Turow's novel, Reversible Errors, ran two nights on CBS in May.
        The New York Times praised it as "the kind of movie a lot of adults want to see and won't find at their local cineplexes."
        Turow's Presumed Innocent played in theaters in 1990. His Burden of Proof was a two-part miniseries on ABC in 1994.

Wisconsin Award
        Kathleen Ernst's historical novel, Ghosts of Vicksburg, has been awarded the Arthur Tofte Juvenile Fiction Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers. She lives in Middleton, Wis.

"Learned, Graceful" Book is Born
        Dr. F. González-Crussi, an SMA nonfiction award winner, has a new book, On Being Born: And Other Difficulties (Overlook), just out.
        Publishers Weekly says it's a "learned and graceful meditation on the question, 'where do we come from?'"
        Dr. González-Crussi is emeritus professor of pathology at Northwestern University Medical School.
        He combines the history of thought about the origin of life since the ancient Greeks with his own experiences as a young medical intern in a maternity ward..
        "In a grand rhetorical style, González-Crussi illuminates the murky depths of the history of medicine."

Religious Landmarks
The Spiritual Traveler: Chicago and Illinois is Marilyn J. Chiat's new book, just published by HiddenSprings and imprint of Paulist Press.
        The publisher's blurb calls it a "unique guidebook" that "introduces hundreds of churches, synagogues, mosques, meetinghouses, Eastern temples, and sacred Native American sites.
        "It lists landmarks that rank among America's oldest and finest works of architecture and that contain treasures of spiritual art and history. It describes beautiful gardens, parks, cemeteries, and other peaceful places, as well as the natural beauty of Illinois' prairies, hills, forests, rivers and lakeshores."
        Chiat tells the stories behind "these extraordinary sites and places of spiritual power" for readers of any faith.


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By Tom Frisbie
        Cheryl L. Reed is the author of Unveiled: The Hidden Lives of Nuns, a work of immersion journalism and narrative nonfiction that details the four years she lived with Catholic nuns across the country, interviewing more than 300. The book was released in March 2004 by Berkley, a division of Penguin/Putnam. She's now an investigative reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times.
        Besides the hundreds of stories she wrote as a staff reporter for various newspapers around the country, Reed's recent freelance articles have appeared in Salon.com, Mother Jones, Poets & Writers, U.S. News & World Report, the Philadelphia Inquirer magazine, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Catholic Digest and others.
        Her stories have changed national and state laws and won numerous awards, including Harvard University's Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award for Outstanding Investigative Reporting and the Edgar A. Poe Award from the White House Correspondents' Association.
        Reed has received grants and fellowships from the Alicia Patterson Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, the Loft Literary Cen



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