Mary Schmich: Even the Terrible Things Seem Beautiful to Me Now

We are delighted to partner with the Highland Park Library as they present Chicago Tribune Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Mary Schmich discussing her book Even the Terrible Things Seem Beautiful to Me Now: On Hope, Loss, and Wearing Sunscreen, in a conversation with Bina Martin, Second City faculty member, director, performer, and co-author of the Miss Manners column.

What it means when your father dies. How it feels when summer comes. What it’s like to live in a great but troubled American city. The value of wearing sunscreen. These are some of the topics that Schmich addresses in her book, a collection of columns from the Chicago Tribune, including the 10 that won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. 

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About the Book: This second, expanded edition of Even the Terrible Things Seem Beautiful to Me Now is a collection of Mary Schmich's columns from the Chicago Tribune, including the 10 that won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for commentary. Mary Schmich is the rare newspaper columnist whose writing resonates long after it's published and far beyond the place she lives. She may be best known for a column widely called "Wear Sunscreen"--misattributed to Kurt Vonnegut and turned into a hit recording by Baz Luhrmann--but her writing ranges as widely as life itself. It can be slyly humorous, deeply moving, or tough. She addresses subjects as varied as family love, sexual harassment, long friendships, poverty, and Chicago violence.

Every city has its voices, the enduring writers who both explain and create a city's culture. Chicago has had many, including the legendary Mike Royko and Studs Terkel. Mary Schmich is among them. In a hectic age, her writing lifts us, calms us, and helps us understand.

About the Author: Mary Schmich is a 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist who has written for the Chicago Tribune since 1985. Schmich previously wrote for the Orlando Sentinel and Peninsula Times Tribune. She also contributed to the Brenda Starr comic strip. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Event date: 

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Event address: 

Online Zoom event!