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Publishing Fest Success!

Publishing Fest Success!

June 19th—

108 students, 4 events, and 3 books later, we’re tired and sunburnt from our students’ shining achievements at last week’s #PublishingFest! Most of all, though, we’re amazed at our writers’ work and the show of support we saw for them. Thank you!

To relive the release events, check out the Flickr albums linked below, and pick up a copy of each book at the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply!

I Just Like The Way It Sounds
The Light You Need
P.S. You Sound Like Someone I Can Trust at Printers Row
P.S. You Sound Like Someone I Can Trust at Ovation

Our special thanks to making these releases possible go out to the following:

Spencer Lokken and Ovation
After-School Matters
Delia Jean
Rajiv Haque
Ashley Kolpak
Ashley Rockwood and the Dancers Awareness Project
Patrick Girouard
Alban Fischer
Eliza Ramirez
Patrick Carey
Grace Molteni
Helen Boggess of Light & Pine
Chicago Lunchbox
McNaughton and Gunn
Printers Row Lit Fest

Prologue Success!

Prologue Success!

June 13th—

Last Friday's Prologue event will go down in the (literary) history books: you helped us raise an astounding $25,000 to support our students! An enormous thank you to all who joined us at the beautiful American Writers Museum​, to Kevin Coval​ for speaking to the necessity of listening to youth voices, to Wow Bao​ for leaving us stuffed and happy, to GlitterGuts​ for making us look fabulous (pics here!) to Poems While You Wait​ for a'fluttering our hearts with their enjambments, and to KOVAL Distillery​, Tenzing Wine & Spirits, and Begyle Brewing​ for providing us with delicious beverages. Stay tuned for more photos from the amazing Light & Pine​

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We are immeasurably grateful for our generous sponsors - McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP​, Buckley Sandler LLP​, Brilliant​, The University of Chicago​ Press, CBRE​, Coyote Logistics​, DigitasLBi Chicago​, Brooklyn Boulders Chicago​, Gensler​, and CHIRP - Chicago Independent Radio Project​.

826CHI Students Cut the Ribbon on the new American Writers Museum

May 20th—

826CHI authors Cynthia O. and Imaan Y. read for our mayor and an all-star literary audience at the May 15th ribbon-cutting for the new American Writers Museum. See the Third Coast Review for a thorough recap, and check out our Flickr album to take in our students' big moment! (P.S. Join our annual literary cocktail Prologue for a night of exclusive fun at the American Writers Museum.)

Want to see Cynthia and our other students read? Check out Publishing Fest, our week of literary events throughout Chicago, starting Monday, June 5th!

Teen Writers Studio Releases “I Just Like the Way It Sounds!”

June 6th—

Are you feeling heartbroken that you missed hearing our Teen Writers Studio read from their new book, I Just Like the Way It Sounds? Check out a photo recap on our Instagram, and be on the lookout for our Flickr album! Want to read the book? Pick up a copy for $5 at the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply, and join us for the rest of the week’s #PublishingFest-ivities, where young authors across the city share their masterpieces for the first time.

Wednesday, June 7th, 4:30pm // After-School Tutoring & Writing
The Light You Need - book release @ 826CHI

Saturday, June 10th, 1:30pm // Young Authors Book Project
P.S. You Sound Like Someone I Can Trust  - book release @ Printers Row Lit Fest

Monday, June 12th, 6pm // Young Authors Book Project
P.S. You Sound Like Someone I Can Trust - book release @ Ovation

All events are free and open to the public. Help us spread the word!

826CHI on Newcity’s LIT 50!

May 25th—

We are honored to announce that our Executive Director, Kendra Curry-Khanna, is one of Newcity’s LIT 50! We’re proud to see many of our supporters, collaborators, and inspirations on the list, too—what a mighty group of Chicagoans making our home city even stronger through the power of literature and litearcy. Read more on Newcity >>

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