| Mar 8, 2013
| 11:10 AM
In her long and famously prolific career as a novelist, Joyce Carol Oates has worked in many different modes, from the social realism of her National Book Award-winning "them" (1969) and the neo-Gothic storytelling of "Bellefleur" (1980) to the...
| Jan 18, 2013
| 2:25 PM
I've been spending my holiday teaching break trying to finish a manuscript for a young adult coming-of-age novel I'm working on, which has me thinking a lot about coming-of-age novels, which has me wondering if all good novels aren't coming-of-age novels....
| Dec 18, 2012
**1/2 (out of four)
The people behind “The Guilt Trip” should feel proud, not guilty, for the places the comedy doesn’t go.
During an eight-day, cross-country road trip, Andy (Seth Rogen) and his overbearing mom, Joyce, (Barbra...
| Oct 5, 2012
| 1:48 PM
"A short story must be, by definition, short. That's the trouble with short stories. That's why they're so difficult to write. How do you keep a narrative brief and still have it function as a story?"
That's what Jeffrey Eugenides writes in his...
| Oct 1, 2012
| 4:06 PM
We are from the Long Grove/Buffalo Grove area, and the core group has been meeting over 30 years.
Our discussions, led by a professional reviewer, are always interesting. Providing background knowledge and steering discussion questions originate with the...
| Sep 21, 2012
| 4:18 PM
With his first collection of short stories, “Drown,” and his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” Junot Díaz won enthusiastic fans. Díaz spoke about his new collection, “This Is How You Lose...
| Aug 23, 2012
| 1:56 PM
I recently took one of those online quizzes to test your accent, and it declared, accurately, that I come from the "Central U.S." The test said my accent is essentially no accent, the one that's employed by television news anchors, who are supposed to...
| Jun 28, 2012
| 10:27 AM
We're based in the western suburbs.
We meet monthly nine months out of the year.
We choose all our books to be read from September through May the summer before.
We meet once each summer for Shakespeare at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook....
| May 18, 2012
| 4:37 PM
The lineup for the 2012 National Book Festival in Washington DC has been announced....
| Apr 19, 2012
| 4:34 PM
An extended interview with Jesmyn Ward, whose novel "Salvage the Bones" won the 2011 National Book Award....
| Apr 13, 2012
| 1:42 PM
Each novelist requires circumstance — a situation to describe, from which a conflict arises — and the ivy-covered college hall or dormitory room provides such context readily. It would take research and, thereafter, expertise to write about...