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Join members of Chicago Writers Association and the Illinois Woman’s Press Association for the 5th Annual Summer Social 7 -10 pm Saturday, July 22, at Hidden Shamrock, 2723 N. Halsted, Chicago! Enjoy free appetizers provided by CWA, a cash bar and networking with some of the city’s finest communicators.

Shawn Shiflett

We’ll also welcome special guest Shawn Shiflett, author of the novel Hidden Place (Akashic Books). The work has received rave reviews from newspapers, literary magazines, and Connie Martinson Talks Books, (national cable television, UK and Ireland).  Library Journal included Hidden Place in  “Summer Highs, Fall Firsts,” a 2004 list of most successful debuts.

He received an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship for his work and was a three-time Finalist for the James novel-in-progress contest, sponsored by the Heekin Group Foundation. New City Newspaper elected Shiflett to their Chicago Lit 50 list, an annual ranking of top figures in the Chicago Literary scene. His essay, “The importance of Reading to Your Writing (Creative Writing Studies, UK) was published in 2013. Shiflett’s recently published novel, Hey, Liberal!, a story about a white boy going to a predominately African American high school in Chicago during the late 1960’s, has received rave reviews and acclaim from Booklist, The Chicago Tribune, Kirkus Review, Newcity Lit, Windy City Review, Mary Mitchell (Chicago Sun-Times), Rick Kogan (WGN Radio), and others.

To reserve your spot for this fun and enlightening event, please email your RSVP with headcount to iwpa1885@gmail.com by Wednesday, July 19.

We look forward to seeing you!

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