Upcoming Events

Edgewater Beach Hotel, with author John Holden

A look back at Chicago’s preeminent playground with author John Holden

 Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022 Cocktail hour: 6-7 pm; Panel discussion: 7-8 pm

Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave. 22nd floor penthouse ­ —  with a great view of Millennium Park!

Free, open to the public; free appetizers, cash bar. Mask and proof of vaccination required.


Nothing epitomized the glamour and excitement of Chicago’s Jazz Age and war years like the fabled Edgewater Beach Hotel, a world unto itself – the only urban resort of its kind  in the country. It was the place to go for dinner and dancing, fabulous floor shows, theater and some of the best jazz and swing music ever. It was patronized not only by the rich and famous but also by ordinary people who wanted a taste of the high life.

Remembering Edgewater Beach Hotel is a new book by John Holden and Kathryn Gemperle, students of Chicago history and board members of the Edgewater Historical Society. Holden is a lifelong Chicagoan and has been actively involved in numerous community improvement organizations and historical societies for the past 30 years. He’s vice president of the Edgewater Historical Society and a past president of the Uptown Historical Society. A long-time journalist and public relations professional, Holden has witnessed much Chicago history in the making.

For more information contact: Greg Borzo: (312) 636-8968; gregborzo54@gmail.com

Anthology of Black American Literature from the Chicago Quarterly Review


POSTPONED due to COVID until Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Cocktail hour: 6-7 pm; Panel discussion: 7-8 pm

Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22nd floor penthouse­—overlooking Millennium Park!

Free, open to the public; Free appetizers, cash bar

Syed Afzal Haider,  Moderator, is a prolific author and founder of the Chicago Quarterly Review.

Tsehaye Hébert is a nationally acclaimed citizen playwright and a cultural architect whose work nuances and centers the African American experience. Her devotion to craft, and access brings her unique voice to the fore with hybrid, quirky stories of Black American life.

E. Hughes received her MFA+MA from the Litowitz Creative Writing Program at Northwestern University. She has been published in Guernica Magazine, Poet Lore and Wildness Magazine, ang others. Her first manuscript of poems is titled Black Women Standing Ankle-Deep in Pacific Water.

LeVan D. Hawkins is a performance artist and a published poet and writer. His prose has appeared in many prominent publications, and he has received several fellowships. Currently, he’s working on What Men Do, a memoir.

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For more information, contact Greg Borzo: (312) 636-8968; gborzo@comcast.net

SMA Opens Submissions for Annual Book Awards

The Midland Authors is now accepting submissions for its annual literary awards, which will honor books by Midwestern authors published in 2021.

2021-2022 Competition Rules

Three judges on each committee will select one winner that is best in that category. Category winners receive $500 and a recognition award. Judges may also deem up to three honorees as worthy of recognition. Each honoree will receive a commemorative award. All honors are given out at the awards banquet in May 2022 or a substitute ceremony, if necessary, and if allowed by pandemic mandates.

Woodstock @ 50 with Gerald Plecki

Woodstock at 50

POSTPONED. Watch this space for the rescheduling. 


 Cocktail hour: 6-7 pm; Panel discussion: 7-8 pm at the Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22ndfloor penthouse­—with a great view of Millennium Park!

Masks will be required; social distancing will be practiced. Stay safe!

Free, open to the public; Free appetizers, cash bar

Singing in the Rain: The Definitive Story of Woodstock at Fifty, by Gerard Plecki


An inside look at the creative energyand seminal performances that shaped this legendary event in 1969.The only publicationthat reviews every song performed by every musician at the iconic festival. Foreword by Jorma Kaukonen of the Jefferson Airplane.

Plecki will discuss his new book, in conversation with Walter Podraziktelevision historian and analyst, and lecturer at the Dept. of Communication, University of Illinois, Chicago.

“Wally” is co-author of ten books, including Watching TV: Eight Decades of American Television.

Plecki has written articles on music and film criticism, and his previous book, Robert Altman, is an authoritative analysis of this unconventional American director’s films. Come hear Plecki discuss the inside story of how Woodstock came to be—and how it profoundly impacted politics, music and society.

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For more information, contact Greg Borzo: (312) 636-8968; gborzo@comcast.net