Defining Our Future: A Fundraiser and Community Celebration

Friday June 18, 2021

5-6:30pm CST, From the comfort of your home

In 2022, Literature for All of Us turns 25 years old! That’s an incredible milestone, and it comes just as we step up to the challenge of rebuilding in a post-Covid world. Your support is what has kept us moving forward, adapting to changing circumstances in social life and education, developing new skills and new ways of facilitating, and critically, sustaining our growth throughout the years. 

In celebration of this new moment and in anticipation of next year’s anniversary, we are hosting a virtual event in June, titled Defining Our Future: A Fundraiser and Community Celebration. The program will be highlighted by the great Rebecca Makkai, whose acclaimed third novel The Great Believers, set during the AIDS epidemic in 1980s Chicago, won the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and was a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.

In addition to Rebecca, the event will feature our long-time partners Chicago Women in Trades, book group participants, a special new student publication, and much more. Mark your calendars NOW for this very special evening!

Individual ticketing information is below. If you are interested in sponsoring this event, email Chuck Benya at

Early Bird Premier Individual (Until June 8) $75

Early Bird Premier Household Party (Until June 8) $125

Premier Individual $100

Premier Household $150

Host Captain (10 Tickets) $750

Premier Host Captain (10 Tickets) $1250


Author Rebecca Makkai (Keynote and Q&A)

Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the novels The Great BelieversThe Hundred-Year House, and The Borrower, as well as the short story collection Music for WartimeThe Great Believers was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and received the ALA Carnegie Medal and the LA Times Book Prize, among other honors. Makkai is on the MFA faculties of Sierra Nevada College and Northwestern University, and she is Artistic Director of StoryStudio Chicago.

Chicago Women in Trades

Chicago Women in Trades (CWIT) has been supporting, advocating, and training women in the Chicagoland area for the last 40 years. CWIT’s collaboration with Literature for All of Us is through the Technical Opportunities Program (TOP}. Established in 1987, TOP is a pre-apprenticeship program preparing women to compete for and succeed in construction apprenticeship programs and other related non-traditional occupations. The weekly book group program gives the women of TOP a chance to explore their connections to work, family and one another through literature, discussion and poetry.


Silent Auction


Literature for All of Us provides weekly trauma-informed book groups to community organizations and schools across the city of Chicago and local suburbs.