Richard Stern

Richard Stern was a Chicago-based author. He died on January 24, 2013.

Selected Works:

Golk, Other Men's Daughters, A Father's Words


1985 Medal of Merit for the Novel, 1995 Heartland Award Sistermony

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Which one or two American books or plays would you yourself recommend to the foreign leaders?

Jonathan Franzen, Freedom; Annie Proulx, The Old Ace in the Hole

(And if I could recommend two books not by Americans, they would be Zadie Smith, On Beauty, and Simon Sebag Montfiore, Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar.)

Who in your childhood—for example, parent or teacher—encouraged you to read books, and which one or two books do you remember most fondly?

The Shadow of the North by Joseph Altsheler  

Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy

Which books by writers of the other G8 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom) have been most important to you as a writer?

French and Russian literature, above all Tolstoy's War and Peace and Dostoevsky's The Idiot and The Possessed; and Gustave Flaubert, Francois Mauriac and Marcel Proust (my all-time favorite).

What is the Power of the Word Exhibit?

Power of the Word: Leaders, Readers and Writers is the first online exhibition of The American Writers Museum. As world leaders gather in the U.S. this spring, The American Writers Museum Foundation is inviting American writers and readers to explore the power of the word and join in a discussion of how American books can help readers in other parts of the world better understand our culture.

Leaders Gallery

An exploration into what some of the world’s most powerful leaders like to read, and how reading has influenced them.

Writers Gallery

American writers comment on their early experiences with reading and name the books they think world leaders should read in order to better understand American culture.

Readers Gallery

An interactive, open forum where readers are invited to join the discussion by answering the question: Which American works of literature do you think leaders from other nations should read in order to gain a better understanding of America?

We would like to thank our exhibit sponsors for their generous support:


What is The American Writers Museum?

The mission of The American Writers Museum Foundation is to establish the first national museum in the United States dedicated to engaging the public in celebrating American writers and exploring their influence on our history, our identity, our culture and our daily lives. Learn more at