Author Encounters: Mary Morris

Saturday, April 2, 2016
9:00 a.m.

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Mary Morris spins a wonderful story of Chicago in the 1920’s, a musical period enjoyed even across the Atlantic in Britain. This was illustrated on Downton Abbey, which featured a Chicago figure and his jazz band. This tale follows the hijinks of Benny Lehrman as he pursues his life dream of playing jazz.  During the Jazz Age in Chicago, Benny takes us through the South Side of the city as he sneaks into clubs and eventually is asked to sit in on a set.  That fateful evening culminates with Benny playing at the famed “Jazz Palace”. Follow this tale of mobsters, music, and pursuing your dreams in this intricately woven story.

Born in Chicago in 1947, Mary Morris moved East to go to college.  Though she never returned to the Midwest, she often writes about the area. Her first collection of short stories, Vanishing Animals & Other Stories, was award the Rome Prize in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts & Letters.  Morris’s stories often deal with the tension between home and away.  The writing of The Jazz Palace spanned two decades while she traveled to Chicago for research, studied jazz piano, and read everything that she could get her hands on about the city.

Each author event will be a 45 minute illustrated presentation followed by a Q&A and book signing. Tickets include a light breakfast.  Tickets will not include Museum admission.  Guests who would like to continue their morning and view Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times it is recommended that they purchase a 10 or 10:30 a.m. timed entry admission ticket separately prior to arrival. The Chicago Milliners Collective will host an exclusive trunk show at each event featuring several area hat-makers and their beautiful creations. Books will be available for purchase before the event in the Driehaus Museum Store. Doors open at 8:30 a.m.

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