GARY, Ind. (AP) — A museum dedicated to Nelson Algren is planned in the northwest Indiana beach community where the late Chicago author had a cottage.
Algren won the first National Book Award in fiction in 1950 for “The Man with the Golden Arm.” The novel about a card dealer with a morphine habit is set in Chicago and was made into a movie starring Frank Sinatra.
The Algren Society plans to open the museum in March of next year on the late author’s birthday. The Miller neighborhood already has a small park and an annual festival dedicated to Algren, who died in 1981.