George R. R. Martin, writer of the “Music of Ice and Hearth” collection that inspired HBO’s “Recreation of Thrones,” might be honored this fall by the Chicago Public Library with its 2019 Carl Sandburg Literary Award. Sociologist and writer Eve L. Ewing, writer of “Ghosts within the Schoolyard: Racism and Faculty Closings on Chicago’s South Aspect,” has been named winner of the library’s 21st Century Award.
Both authors will obtain their awards Oct. 10 at a fundraiser dinner. Martin may even interact in an onstage dialog with National Public Radio host Scott Simon.
“We’re celebrating two floor-breaking authors who are sparking literary revolutions in their respective genres,” stated Brenda Langstraat, president of the Chicago Public Library Foundation, in a press release.
Martin was unavailable for comment. Previous winners of the Sandburg Literary Award, which marks its 20th anniversary this yr, embrace Toni Morrison, Robert Caro and Judy Blume.
Ewing — who grew up going to the Logan Square Branch Library and attended its Popcorn Poets class as a toddler — stated she cried when she was advised of the 21st Century Award.
“Chicago Public Library means rather a lot to me and has been really instrumental to me in my life as a reader and as a author,” stated Ewing, who’s an assistant professor at the University of Chicago Faculty of Social Service Administration.
She famous that she wrote much of what would turn out to be “Ghosts in the Schoolyard” in the Harold Washington Library Middle, CPL’s important department, partly due to its archival holdings and partly as a result of she felt emboldened by the spirit of the place.
“I remain actually hooked up and beholden to the library,” Ewing stated.
Langstraat stated in a telephone interview that she thinks Martin and Ewing are splendid winners for these awards because the library goals to honor writers who are related — both within the literary world and in popular culture. Both have ties to Chicago: Ewing especially, but in addition Martin, who earned bachelor’s and master’s levels of journalism at Northwestern University.
The Sandburg Literary Award dinner, hosted by Chicago newscaster Bill Kurtis, will probably be at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 10 within the Isadore & Sadie Dorin Forum. Particular person tickets start at $1,250. Last yr’s occasion attracted 1,000 individuals and raised $2.5 million for the Chicago Public Library Basis, which supports packages and providers at the library’s 81 branches.
Ewing, who writes the Ironheart comedian for Marvel, stated she was thrilled to seem alongside Martin.
“This is, like, unbelievable,” Ewing stated.