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  • Two Nelson Algren documentaries to screen soon

    Two Nelson Algren documentaries to screen soon
    When Nelson Algren died on May 9, 1981, he was near-broke, living in a ramshackle rental home in Sag Harbor, N.Y., and all alone. Not a fitting farewell for a writer Ernest Hemingway once rated second only to William Faulkner as America's greatest novelist. Apart from the Tribune's short story prize bearing his name, Algren has lived in the literary shadows for the last forty years. At one low point in his life, Algren told author Kurt Vonnegut that he was "the penny whistle of American literature."
  • 2015 Algren contest deadline approaching

    2015 Algren contest deadline approaching
    The Chicago Tribune's Algren Awards contest is nearing its deadline. This nationally recognized contest for original short fiction, named in honor of the Chicago literary great Nelson Algren, is accepting entries until the deadline of 11:59 p.m. Jan....

    Ben Hoffman on his Nelson Algren Award-winning story

    Ben Hoffman on his Nelson Algren Award-winning story
    Ben Hoffman was just a handful of rejection letters away from giving up on writing before he ever really started. About five years ago, after a stint teaching seventh- and eighth-graders through Teach For America in Washington, D.C., Hoffman, 30,...

    Nelson Algren Award win caps storybook period for Ben Hoffman

    Nelson Algren Award win caps storybook period for Ben Hoffman
    On a Saturday afternoon that dripped with sticky June heat, author Ben Hoffman and his groomsmen readied for his impending nuptials in the West Loop by basking in his hotel suite's air conditioning and a few moments of tranquility, a respite from the...

    Reader-author bond strengthens Lit Fest

    Reader-author bond strengthens Lit Fest
    In 1985, Chicago's tempo was changing. Both politically and culturally, the city on the make was on the move. Harold Washington, marking two years in office, was weathering the intense difficulties that came with being the city's first African-...