[singlepic id=290 w=320 h=240 float=left]Great news about writer Nelson Algren: He’ll be inducted into The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame (www.chicagoliteraryhof.org) on Nov. 20 in a ceremony at Northeastern University along with five other American originals: Saul Bellow, Richard Wright, Gwendolyn Brooks, Studs Terkel and Lorraine Hansberry (whose 1959 play “A Raisin in the Sun” I read in high school English class many moons ago; it was made into a film starring Sidney Poitier). But that ain’t all: The Hall of Fame people have asked Algren’s friend and photo-chronicler Art Shay (“Focus on Art Shay,” Aug. 24) to accept the award on Algren’s behalf. What’s more, also in November, Chicago’s Thomas Masters Gallery (www.thomasmastersgallery.com) will be opening the newest exhibition of Art’s work. It runs from Fri., Dec. 3 (reception from 6 to 9 p.m.), through Fri., Dec. 24, and will feature 25 to 30 of Art’s photos, “the best of the best,” gallery owner Thomas Masters tells me. The Thomas Masters Gallery is located at 245 W. North Avenue, Chicago, tel. (312) 440-2322.
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