Stories Matter Foundation Presents:
together with the Chicago Review of Books, StoryStudio Chicago is pleased to host the 4th Annual CHIRBy Awards, a fundraising ceremony honoring the “literary gold” writers of Chicago. Join us for a night of cocktails and fundraising, with special host: NPR’s Peter Sagal!
This year, our award categories include Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Essay/Story. The nominees were chosen from works published in the 2019 calendar year.
The winners in each category will be announced at a ceremony on December 6th at Ravenswood Events Center in Chicago. Tickets are on sale now! Choose from a “Golden Ticket” VIP Option, or General Admission. See below for details.
What: 2019 Chicago Review of Books Awards & Fundraiser
When: Friday, December 6, 2019 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Where: Ravenswood Event Center (Enter at StoryStudio’s address: 4043 N. Ravenswood, Chicago, IL 60613)
Golden Ticket ($150) – includes Golden Hour Reception beginning at 6:00pm.
This price includes preferred seating at the 2019 CHIRBy Awards; entry to our Golden Hour Reception from 6:00pm – 7:30pm in the Atrium Loft with special access to authors and host Peter Sagal; first look at silent auction items; and a thank you mention in our January newsletter. Heavy appetizers from First Slice Cafe, desserts, and open bar included.
General Admission ($45)
Price includes entry to the 2019 CHIRBy awards, silent auction, dessert table, and open bar.
Can’t make it, but would still like to contribute? Please follow this link to make a donation.
All proceeds from the evening will go to support the Stories Matter Foundation scholarship programs for young writers, and the Chicago Review of Books. Stories Matter Foundation is the parent organization of StoryStudio Chicago, the Chicago Review of Books, and Chicago Stories Project. We build communities of storytellers trained to question, explore, celebrate, and change their worlds using the power of story.
The nominees for the Poetry Award are:
- Halal If You Hear Me
Edited by Fatimah Asghar and Safia Elhillo
- Everything Must Go
By Kevin Coval; Illustrated by Langston Allston
By mai c. doan
By Eve Ewing
- neckbone: visual verses
By avery r. young
Northwestern University Press
The nominees for the Nonfiction Award are:
- Sacred Ground: The Chicago Streets of Timuel Black
By Timuel D. Black, Jr.
Northwestern University Press
- Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly
By Jim DeRogatis
- Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos
By Lucy Knisley
- An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago
By Alex Kotlowitz
Nan A. Talese
- Burn the Place: A Memoir
By Iliana Regan
The nominees for the Fiction Award are:
- Ironheart: Vol 1: Those With Courage
By Eve Ewing
- False Bingo
By Jac Jemc
MCD X FSG
- Rag: Stories
By Maryse Meijer
- We Are Mayhem
By Michael Moreci
St. Martin’s Press
- Rusty Brown
By Chris Ware
Pantheon Graphic Library
The nominees for the Story or Essay Award are:
- “America Is Blaming Pregnant Women for Their Own Deaths“
By Kim Brooks
The New York Times
- “This is my home”
By Sierra Council and Max Herman
Chicago Reader / City Bureau
- “Pangea has taken thousands to eviction court. The story of an apartment empire“
By Maya Dukmasova
- “An Axe for the Frozen Sea”
By Megan Stielstra
And this year, we’re introducing a new award, named after the Chicago Review of Books’ founder, Adam Morgan. The Adam Morgan Literary Citizen Award is given to a person who has made outstanding contributions to Chicago’s literary scene. Adam was honored to name Ydalmi Noriega, Community and Foundation Relations Director at the Poetry Foundation as this year’s recipient. Read more about Adam’s choice here.
Judges for the 2019 Chicago Review of Books Awards include the Chicago Review of Books‘s editorial staff and many representatives from Chicago’s independent bookstores:
- Suzy Takacs, The Book Cellar
- Rebecca George, Volumes Bookcafe
- Thomas Flynn, Volumes Bookcafe
- Sarah Hollenbeck, Women & Children First
- Jeff Deutsch, Seminary Co-op and 57th Street Books
- Wayne Giacalone, RoscoeBooks
- DL Mullen, Semicolon Bookstore & Gallery
- Adam Morgan, CHIRB Founding Editor
- Amy Brady, CHIRB Editor-in-Chief
- Todd Van Luling, CHIRB Managing Editor
- Jordan Foti Gulino, CHIRB Daily Editor
- Sara Cutaia, Editor-in-Chief at Arcturus Magazine and CHIRB Editor-at-Large (judge for best essay or short story only)
- Taylor Moore, Fiction Editor at Arcturus Magazine and CHIRB contributor
- Aram Mrjoian, CHIRB Editor-at-Large
- Rachel León, CHIRB contributing staff
THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS