January 2016 Dinner Meeting

  • 01/20/2016
  • 5:00 PM
  • Union League, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago


  • Speaker and speaker's guest; event administrator, A/V technician
  • Program only, does not include the dinner.

Registration is closed

Speaker: Dick Bales

“Nelson Algren:  The Forgotten Literature”

Richard Bales, author of The Great Chicago Fire and the Myth of Mrs. O'Leary's Cow, used his land survey and legal skills to solve the mystery of who started the Great Chicago Fire and became a subject of a Discovery Channel "Unsolved History" episode.

Now he is focusing on Nelson Algren.  Algren's The Man with the Golden Arm received the first National Book Award for fiction, and his reputation as a novelist is understandable.  Bales, drawing upon his personal collection of men's magazines (perhaps the largest in the country) featuring Algren poetry, short stories, book reviews, and of course articles about his beloved Chicago White Sox, will expand our understanding of Algren's genius.  Bales's book Nelson Algren:  The Forgotten Literature will be released in late 2016.

Union League Club, 65 West Jackson Boulevard.

Social Gathering: 5:00 – 6:00 PM
Club Announcements and Program: 6:00 PM
Dinner immediately follows the program

For reservations call 312-255-3710 or email caxtonclub@newberry.org.  Reserved non-attendees will be billed.


c/o The Newberry Library
60 W. Walton Street
Chicago, IL  60610

Tel: +1 (312) 255-3710