Executive Director of the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, Donald G. Evans, recently wrote this thoughtful overview:
“Algren found it on West Division Street, Bellow in Humboldt Park. Brooks found it in the Sixth Ward and Hansberry in Woodlawn. Wright found it in Hyde Park, Terkel in Uptown. What they found was that allusive intersection between life and literature, a place that at once provided ballast to their fiction and supported their reality.
“Chicago, both now and then, is a distinguished and productive literary city. In its sprawling frame and beyond, in those places like Oak Park and Evanston, places that consider themselves, perhaps rightly so, part of Chicago’s fabric, there are writers and readers (often the same animal) doing their best to sustain a literary life, for themselves and others. That best, at the highest levels, is on par with any city’s literary output, though Dublin and London, New York and San Francisco, perhaps Boston, might throw a few elbows at the claim.”
Read the rest of Donald G. Evans’ Stockyard article here.