Chicago literary icon Nelson Algren was friends with feminist powerhouses like Simone de Beauvoir and Betty Friedan yet is notorious for his often sexist behavior and attitudes. In this exclusive presentation, Mary Wisniewski, author of Algren: A Life, will discuss the contradictory relationship that Algren had with strong women and the effect that that had on his art.
Mary Wisniewski is a reporter and columnist at the Chicago Tribune. Her new biography of novelist Nelson Algren, Algren: A Life, is the winner of the 2017 best biography award from the Society of Midland Authors and best nonfiction award from the Chicago Writers Association. She also teaches creating writing and appears frequently on local television and radio.