An Evening to Honor Gene Wolfe
Supporters of the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame and members of Chicago’s literary and arts communities will gather at the incredible Sanfilippo Estate on March 17, 2012, to present Gene Wolfe with the first “Fuller Award,” acknowledging an outstanding lifetime contribution to literature.
The Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be Gary K. Wolfe, Professor of Humanities and English at Roosevelt University and award-winning editor and critic. Neil Gaiman, Luis Urrea, Michael Swanwick, Audrey Niffenegger, Jody Lynn Nye, and Patrick O’Leary are just a few of the many luminaries set to pay tribute to the writer whose body of work, including the Chicago-set Free Live Free, distinguishes him as one of our city’s finest literary treasures.
Guests can purchase tickets to attend the performance and award presentation, which includes a staged reading of one of Gene’s short stories, adapted by Chicago writer Larry Santoro and performed by members of Terra Mysterium. After the reading, guests will be treated to a concert by R. Jelani Eddington, one of the world’s most accomplished pipe organists on Sanfilippo’s 80-rank, 8,000 pipe organ.
Those who purchase a Dinner Ticket will head to the Carousel Pavilion following the performance to enjoy a meal featuring delicacies from Barrington’s own chef Jeramie Campana of Wild Asparagus. While enjoying their dinner and wine, guests will be treated to speeches and toasts by Gene Wolfe’s family and friends.
After the meal, guests are welcome to explore the Carousel Pavilion and visit with Special Guests while enjoying the dessert table, gourmet coffee station, and specialty cordials.
If you wish to be seated with friends, we encourage you to purchase a table together (tables seat 10 people). Otherwise we will determine the seating based on your answers to the questions we have included in your registration.
Proceeds from the event will go toward a permanent home for the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, currently housed at the Cliff Dwellers Club of Chicago. More information can be found at the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame website.
Attire is business casual (or steampunk if you are so inclined.) No tickets will be available at the door.
Directions to the Private Estate will be included with your ticket purchase. The estate is about 45 minutes from Downtown Chicago.