Marianne took 1st place honors in the Audiovisual Category of the 2017 Mate E. Palmer Communications Contest

Chicago Literary Hall of Fame (CLHOF) and Illinois Woman’s Press Association (IWPA) announced the induction of Chicago Tribune writer and critic Fanny Butcher into the CLHOF. A celebratory event was held at Newberry Library in Ruggles Hall on Thursday, May 11th, 2017. Keynote remarks were delivered by Liesl Olsen, Director of Chicago Studies at Newberry Library.  John Bokum accepted the induction award on his aunt’s behalf. Elizabeth Taylor, Linda Bubon, IWPA Historian/Archivist Marianne Wolf-Astrauskas, Toni Nealie and Emily Victorson also gave tributes.Sponsors for the event include the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, Newberry Library, The Guild Literary Complex, Chicago Writers Association, and Illinois Woman’s … Continue reading Marianne took 1st place honors in the Audiovisual Category of the 2017 Mate E. Palmer Communications Contest

Wolf-Astrauskas named IWPA 2013 Communicator of Achievement

The Illinois Women’s Press Association is pleased to announce Marianne Wolf-Astrauskas, two-term President of the Illinois Woman’s Press Association, and Executive Board Secretary of National Federation of Press Women, has been honored as the 2013 Communicator of Achievement. Marianne continues the tradition of communicative collaboration established by Helen Miller Malloch, former IWPA President and Founder/President of the NFPW. She has served IWPA as Vice President/Membership Chair, High School Contest Chair, Book Fair Chair, and is the Co-Editor of The Anthology, to be published in 2014. In 2008, she was named the IWPA COA. She has served the National Federation of … Continue reading Wolf-Astrauskas named IWPA 2013 Communicator of Achievement

Meeting Chicago’s Mayor at Printer’s Row Fair

The Chicago Tribune purchased the Printers Row Book Fair in 2002 from the Near South Planning Board and renamed it the Printer’s Row Lit Fest. It is considered the largest free outdoor literary event in the Midwest, drawing more than 125,000 book lovers to the two-day showcase. Each June the Illinois Woman’s Press Association sponsors a tent at the Printer’s Row Lite Fest to showcase the talented author/members of the Association. Details can be found on iwpa.org Continue reading Meeting Chicago’s Mayor at Printer’s Row Fair

Latest book, “The Anthology” of the Illinois Woman’s Press Association

In 1914, Julia Holmes Smith, M.D. was the editor of The Memory Book, a collection of short stories, poems and essays authored by 97 members of the Illinois Woman’s Press Association. In her forward she remarked, “The marvel of memory makes of life the real high and holy thing that it is—a bond between the past and present—the prelude of the future.” The publication was a recollection of and tribute to the vision of the group of women who founded IWPA in Chicago, Illinois, in 1885. In 2014, Marianne Wolf and Susan Brauer collaborated with members of IWPA to celebrate … Continue reading Latest book, “The Anthology” of the Illinois Woman’s Press Association

Meeting America’s Baby Boomer-Jane Pauley

Jane Pauley’s smile is immediate as she arrives at the reception. For more than 30 years, Jane’s been that familiar face and respected journalist we’ve come to know and trust. Truth be told, more than 300 “fans” like me turned out at the Union League Club of Chicago to meet and hear Jane speak about her current book, Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life, because she has been and remains a role model for generations of women who watched JanePaulyher life unfold before us on national television. With classic style and grace, Jane was honest and inspiring … Continue reading Meeting America’s Baby Boomer-Jane Pauley

Wolf-Astrauskas selected national 2013 Communicator of Achievement

The National Federation of Press Women has honored Marianne with its 2013 Communicator of Achievement (COA) award presented during the Aug.23 Communicator of Achievement banquet held at the Marriott City Center in downtown Salt Lake City. “You will never know how much this award means to me,” she said. “I consider NFPW more than just my professional family.” The national COA award is given to the individual nominated by his or her state affiliate for highest achievement in the communications field and service to the affiliate, NFPW and the community. Eight other nominees representing affiliates nationwide were honored at the … Continue reading Wolf-Astrauskas selected national 2013 Communicator of Achievement

Release date August 24, 2013

The story of the National Federation of Press Women began when Helen Miller Malloch had a vision for a national organization comprised of professional newspaperwomen and writers in 1935, similar to the vision Marion MacBride of the Boston Post had as the press commissioner for the 1884 World’s Industrial and Cotton Centennial in New Orleans, La. With Helen as its president, the Illinois Woman’s Press Association was interested in getting copyright legislation through Congress. With advances in radio, it became obvious to Helen state groups of women writers needed to band together for mutual benefits and legal protection for compensation … Continue reading Release date August 24, 2013