| Oct 5, 2011
| 9:32 PM
Story: According to Ladbrokes, Bob Dylan is the odds-on favorite to win the Nobel Prize for literature (which will be announced Thursday morning). The British betting house has Dylan as the top possibility, running at 5-to-1 odds, ahead of Japanese......
| Sep 23, 2011
| 11:54 AM
Cook Memorial Library District will host a "book club extravaganza" with appearances by authors Frances McNamara and Joan Naper, 10 a.m.-noon at the Sullivan Center, 635 N. Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills; free. Registration is required. webres....
| Sep 23, 2011
| 7:53 AM
"The Lost Memory of Skin" (Ecco) by Russell Banks. Coming Tuesday. Banks, one of our finest and most adventurous novelists, is not afraid to tackle big, tough topics that persistently bedevil the human species, and with his 17th book, he has...
| Aug 17, 2011
| 12:00 PM
Forget that Packers-Bears rivalry. The greatest grudge match in history was waged by Thomas Wolfe and F. Scott Fitzgerald over the proper way to write fiction.
In a letter to Fitzgerald, Wolfe called himself a “putter-inner.” He tried to cram...
| May 30, 2011
| 6:32 PM
One area Howard County can certainly boast about is its vibrant arts scene, with an abundance of choices that include theater, music and dance companies, as well as free outdoor concerts at Lake Kittamaqundi, Centennial Park and Columbia’s village...
| May 29, 2011
There's no point in getting wordy, so we'll simply remind you that the Tribune-sponsored 27th annual Printers Row Lit Fest takes place June 4-5. For now, here are 10 "chapters" of Chicago lit:
1 Ben Hecht, who co-wrote the play "The Front Page" and was a...
| Apr 30, 2011
Created by FDR in 1935, in the depths of the Great Depression, the Federal Writers' Project (a small part of the wider Works Progress Administration) was a make-work agency that gave jobs to about 6,500 writers, editors and researchers before closing shop...
| Feb 7, 2011
| 1:18 PM
|| *** Barney’s Version
Directed by Richard J. Lewis. Written by Michael Konyves, based on the novel by Mordecai Richler. With Paul Giamatti, Rosamund Pike and Dustin Hoffman. (R) ||
| Dec 26, 2010
Saul Bellow, edited by Benjamin Taylor
Viking: 608 pp, $35
Saul Bellow, being Saul Bellow, coined literary profit from emotional tumult. From personal pain came self-exploration and impish bons mots, poured into the heightened confessional of...
| Dec 4, 2010
Among the advantages of the iPad or other e-reader is that no great book need ever again suffer the sad fate of my paperback copy of "Art and Ardor" by Cynthia Ozick. The essay collection was published in 1983, but by the time it came to me, plucked...
| Nov 29, 2010
Last Saturday night, as the hordes gathered on and about Michigan Avenue to celebrate the lighting of lights and the beginning of the gift-buying season, a few hundred members of the Chicago literary community settled into the seats in the handsome...