Though Academy Chicago is an indie publishing company that’s been around for 35 years, we’re just starting to explore the vast literary possibilities of the internet. We’re launching this blog as a resource for our readers, writers, Chicago literary fans, and partly for our own amusement.

“Books On The Make” comes from the Nelson Algren title, “Chicago: City on the Make.” You knew that, right? We figured it was appropriate because we’ve been proud to call Chicago home our entire life, and, as publishers, we make books happen. Started in 1975 by Jordan and Anita Miller, we have over 200 titles in print,. There’s  Philip K. Dick, Kingsley Amis, Amelia Earhart, and the complete Charlie Chan mystery series on our shelves of previously published titles, and new ones to come! We specialize in thoughtful memoirs, well-crafted new fiction, deeply researched non-fiction and hard-to-find classics.

Each Friday you’ll find a compilation of upcoming Chicago literary events here, and throughout the week you’ll find links to information about our titles, exciting Academy developments, and ruminations about reading, writing and editing. We’ll keep you posted. Now go read a good book!

~Rachel, Liz, and the rest of the Academy