Stories Matter Foundation presents the 8th Annual CHIRBy Awards, a ceremony honoring the “literary gold” writers of Chicago.

Back in-person at the original host site of Volumes Bookcafe, we’re honored to co-host these awards on December 7, 2023. See below for the list of nominees, also published on the CHIRB site.

Cocktail hour: 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Awards: 7:30pm – 8:00pm

All donations from the evening will go to support the Chicago Review of Books

Stories Matter Foundation is the parent organization of StoryStudio Chicago, the Chicago Review of Books, and Chicago Stories Project. We build communities of storytellers trained to question, explore, celebrate, and change their worlds using the power of story.


THE NOMINEES FOR THE FICTION CATEGORY ARE:

  • Island City by Laura Adamczyk
  • Maddalena and the Dark by Julia Fine
  • Biography of X by Catherine Lacey
  • Bliss Montage by Ling Ma
  • Extended Stay by Juan Martinez
  • Book of Extraordinary Tragedies by Joe Meno
  • Goodnight, Irene by Luis Alberto Urrea

THE NOMINEES FOR THE POETRY CATEGORY ARE:

  • I Done Clicked My Heels Three Times by Taylor Byas
  • Dialect of Distant Harbors by Dipika Mukherjee
  • Where Are the Snows by Kathleen Rooney
  • Trace Evidence by Charif Shanahan
  • Super Sad Black Girl by Diamond Sharp

THE NOMINEES FOR THE NONFICTION CATEGORY ARE:

  • King: A Life by Jonathan Eig
  • Who is the City For?: Architecture, Equality, and the Public Realm in Chicago by Blair Kamin with Photographs by Lee Bey
  • Choosing Family: A Memoir of Queer Motherhood and Black Resistance by Francesca T. Royster
  • B.F.F.: A Memoir of Friendship Lost and Found by Christie Tate
  • The Wandering Womb: Essays in Search of Home by S.L. Wisenberg

THE NOMINEES FOR STORY OR ESSAY ARE:

  • “Black cowboy culture in Chicago lives on” by Bianca Cseke, Meha Ahmad in WBEZ
  • “Question Mark, Ohio” by Joe Meno and Dan Sinker, an immersive short form narrative
  • “Why you talking to a bum?” by Katie Prout in Chicago Reader
  • “After the Busses: Meet the Migrants at the Center of Texas Manufactured Crisis” by Madison Savedra in Block Club Chicago & Borderless Magazine
  • “Life and Death in Chicago’s Most Dangerous Bike Lane” by Casey Toner, Mina Bloom, Illinois Answers Project in Block Club Chicago

Adam Morgan Literary Leadership Award

Named after the Chicago Review of Books‘ founder, Adam Morgan, the Adam Morgan Literary Leadership Award is given to a person who has made outstanding contributions to Chicago’s literary scene.