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The American Writers Museum is the first museum of its kind in the nation. Through innovative and dynamic state-of-the-art exhibitions, as well as compelling programming, the American Writers Museum educates, enriches, provokes, and inspires visitors of all ages.

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Daryl Sanders: That Thin, Wild Mercury Sound

American Writers Museum

Music journalist Daryl Sanders presents THAT THIN, WILD MERCURY SOUND, the first book to tell the full story of the making of "Blonde on Blonde," based on interviews with the producer, session musicians, studio personnel, and others. This program is in conjunction with our exhibit Bob Dylan: Electric. THAT THIN, WILD MERCURY SOUND is the definitive treatment of Bob Dylan's magnum opus, "Blonde on Blonde," not only providing the most extensive account of the sessions that produced the trailblazing album, but also setting the record straight on much of the misinformation that has surrounded the story of how the masterpiece came to be made. Including many new details and eyewitness accounts never before published, as well as keen insight into the Nashville cats who helped Dylan reach rare artistic heights, it explores the lasting impact of rock's first double album. Based on exhaustive research and in-depth interviews with the producer, the session musicians, studio personnel, management personnel, and others, Daryl Sanders chronicles the road that took Dylan from New York to Nashville in search of "that thin, wild mercury sound." As Dylan told Playboy in 1978, the closest he ever came to capturing that sound was during the "Blonde on Blonde" sessions, where the voice of a generation was backed by musicians of the highest order. Daryl Sanders is a music journalist based in Nashville and is one of the foremost authorities on the city's extensive rock and soul history. Sanders has been the editor of a number of magazines covering "the other side of Music City" dating back to the late '70s. While his focus has been on music coming out of Nashville, in a career spanning nearly four decades Sanders also has interviewed many legendary rock, soul, and jazz artists not associated with the city, including Frank Zappa, Tom Petty, Joan Baez, Billy Gibbons, Robert Palmer, J. J. Cale, Al Kooper, the Neville Brothers, Betty Carter, Gary Burton, John Handy, Ian Astbury, and Cassandra Wilson. Books will be sold and signed at the event.

Little Squirrels Storytime

American Writers Museum

Little Squirrels Storytime: Every Saturday, AWM welcomes preschool-age children in its Children’s Literature Gallery. Read books, play with other children, and hear a story from the museum's dedicated volunteers. For preschool-age children with a caregiver. Free. Museum admission not included.

Resisting Hate with Free Speech

The Standard Club

A conversation with Nadine Strossen and Christie Hefner on the importance of free speech and how open dialogue and discourse can overcome hateful rhetoric. This event takes place at The Standard Club. In her book "HATE: Why We Should Resist it With Free Speech, Not Censorship," Nadine Strossen, former president of the ACLU, argues that expanding free speech, not limiting it, is the solution for changing the hearts and minds of those who espouse hateful ideologies. Controversial speech is as old as America itself, from the passionate pamphlets and broadsides of the American Revolution to today's ideologically diverse media. Throughout our history we've grappled with how to engage with speech many find "hateful," from white supremacist rallies to radical anarchist propaganda. Do we protect it, or do we restrict it? U.S. law secures freedom even for hateful ideas, viewing this as essential for both individual liberty and democratic self-government. Would restricting the expression of these ideas promote the essential goals of equality, inclusion, diversity, and social harmony? Or could these restrictions actually do more harm than good? What can we learn from the experience of other countries in enforcing their anti-hate speech laws? How can we fight hatred with free speech, rather than censorship? All these questions and more will be answered during this discussion, moderated by Christie Hefner. Many are familiar with Hefner as the Chairman and CEO of Playboy Enterprises, Inc., but she is also a passionate advocate of freedom of expression, social justice and equal rights and opportunities for women. She was the first woman elected to the Chicago Chapter of the Young Presidents' Organization, and is a founder of the Chicago Chapter of Women Corporate Directors which works to increase the number of women serving on corporate boards. She presently serves on the Civic Advisory Committee of the Better Government Association and the board of the D.C.-based Center for American Progress Action, the leading progressive public policy think tank. Strossen is the John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law at New York Law School. She has written, taught, and advocated extensively in the areas of constitutional law and civil liberties, including through frequent media interviews. She served as President of the American Civil Liberties Union, the first woman to head the nation’s largest and oldest civil liberties organization.

Little Squirrels Storytime

American Writers Museum

Little Squirrels Storytime: Every Saturday, AWM welcomes preschool-age children in its Children’s Literature Gallery. Read books, play with other children, and hear a story from the museum's dedicated volunteers. For preschool-age children with a caregiver. Free. Museum admission not included.

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Ross Gay: The Book of Delights

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