Friday, November 2, 2018

Six top Chicago books

Eve L. Ewing is assistant professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. She is the author of Electric Arches, and her work has appeared in the New York Times, New Yorker, Atlantic, Washington Post, and many other venues. She was born in Chicago, where she still lives.

Ewing's new book is Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side.

One of six essential Chicago books she tagged at Publishers Weekly:
Blacks by Gwendolyn Brooks

This is the essential anthology of poems by Brooks, who was the Illinois Poet Laureate for many years. Aside from the artistic significance of her work as a doyenne of the Black Arts Movement and her craft as a documentarian of everyday people, one of the most important aspects of her legacy lay in her model of what it means to be a writer-in-the-world. Brooks’s mentorship, unassuming demeanor, and personal attention toward younger poets established the groundwork for the city’s contemporary literary landscape.
Read about the other entries on the list.

See: Andrew Rosenheim's top ten books about Chicago.

--Marshal Zeringue