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Our 15-year-old Western Springs/La Grange book club is modeled on one member's mother's downstate 100-year-old book club. At each monthly meeting, two members present a 20-minute review of a book of their choice. Twice a year we discuss a book we've...
Our book club began in 1988. We meet monthly for dinner and discussion. We alternate meetings between Chicago and Oak Park. The name of our club has changed a couple of times. Now we've settled on The Bonza! Bookclub (from "A Town Like Alice" by Nevil...
The Baltimore SunWho knew, apparently references in Jonathan Franzen novels pay off. The 9:30 Club has been named one of America's most influential clubs by Billboard magazine. In an item published last week, the club was included alongside New York City's Bowery Room...
Tags: Newspaper and Magazine
Our "booklub" started about six years ago. We all lived within a few blocks in Wilmette. We really enjoyed "Small Island" by Andrea Levy. We were appalled by the treatment of black soldiers in Britain during World War II. The author's descriptions helped...
Summer reading doesn't have to mean light reading. A summer vacation can offer the free time to grapple with weighty themes. Whether you're lying on the beach or pressed against the air conditioner this month, you might give one of these idea-driven books...
Tags: Donald Barthelme, Donald Antrim
Literary editorOn Nov. 3, 2002, Arthur Miller stepped up to the Armour Stage at Symphony Center, stood at the podium and read from his book "On Politics and the Art of Acting," in which he explored the American political stage. As inaugural winner of the Tribune...
Tags: Literature, Music, Tom Wolfe, Studs Terkel, Nelson Algren
The Bookies have been meeting for more than four years. We have 12 members and a wonderful facilitator. Our members live in Chicago and the northern suburbs. We meet at a different member's home each month. The host selects the title the group will...
Tags: Native Americans, Minority Groups
If you want to make Stephen Sondheim mad enough to swat you over the head with a rolled-up musical score, try this: Call him a poet. As Sondheim insists in interviews, essays and in the introduction to his book "Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics...
Countless words led to Stephen Sondheim receiving the Chicago Tribune Literary Prize for lifetime achievement Sunday, but some of the most difficult for him to write were also the simplest. Looking relaxed on the Symphony Center stage in his olive-...
Tags: Maxwell Street, Literature, Music Industry, Roosevelt, Music
Festive, idealized Thanksgiving images are all too familiar. But we can't all live up to those images. If holiday hysteria has left you more frazzled than grateful, curl up with one of these unconventional takes on family and togetherness. "The...
Tags: Social Sciences, Holidays, Arts and Culture, Culture
In celebration of July Fourth, Printers Row set out to create a reading list of patriotic books. But, how to define "patriotic"? We decided to have each contributing Tribune writer and editor pick a title that corresponds to his or her own definition....
Tags: Politics, Paul Revere, Jeff Goldblum, African Americans, History
The TV Guy - Orlando SentinelMaher's interview guest will be author and satirist P.J. O'Rourke. "Real Time" airs live at 10 p.m. ET Friday on HBO and repeats immediately at 11....
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