Pencil This In: Studs Terkel Birthday Party At Newberry Library

By Chuck Sudo in Arts & Entertainment on May 16, 2012 5:40PM

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Studs Terkel with former HotHouse/current Portoluz executive director Marguerite Horberg in 2006. (Chuck Sudo/Chicagoist)
Today is Studs Terkel's 100th birthday and two events today aim to ensure the author and raconteur's legacy continues to endure for generations of Chicagoans to come.

The Newberry Library is hosting a 100th birthday party for Studs, beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m. Alex Kotlowitz, Alison Cuddy, Penelope Rosemont, Alma Washington (as Lucy Parsons), Steve Mosqueda and Sean Benjamin, David Roediger, and Ed Sadlowski will reflect on how this expansive and generous public figure moved them and shaped their work. Heather Radke, a freelance audio recorder, will share clips of people who have shared their own memories of Studs Terkel. Bucky Halker and Jon Langford will provide music. Come and remember Studs together, with good stories, music, and food.

The event is sponsored by the Illinois Labor History Society, the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, the Chicagoan, Haymarket Pub and Brewery, the Pocket Guide to Hell, Chicago Publishes, Charles Kerr Publishing, Chicago Metro History Fair, the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, the Swedish Bakery, and the Newberry Library. It's free and open to the public.

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