How did we at Shimer miss the 'greatest Chicago book tournament' sponsored by the Reader? Really? We missed this? I did at least!
The tournament has gone on for months, choosing amongst various books associated with Chicago (from The Jungle and Twenty Years at Hull House to Divergent and The Time Traveler's Wife). There were brackets and everything -- leading to choices between various pairs. After months, in March 2015, the choice was between Isabel Wilkerson's Warmth of Other Suns and Studs Terkel's Working. The reading of the books would have been a perfect Shimer course on Chicago -- really, Native Son? The House on Mango Street? Mike Royko meets Saul Bellow?
In any case, it was all reported here in early March -- and then, [SPOILER ALERT] Isabel Wilkerson's triumph appeared here. And yes, hers is a terrific book - documenting the great migration in moving ways that are particularly relevant for Shimer given our location in Bronzeville.
The best part of all this, though, is not only who "won" the tournament but all the books that we encountered -- if we had only known -- because of the Reader's contest. Now, as summer is approaching -- the very opposite of G.R.R. Martin's "winter is coming" -- we can all turn to our summer reading list -- including all these Chicago favorites.
Have you read them all? Is there a Shimer digital initiative here? Or course? Or is this just plain reading for fun?