| Oct 15, 2010
| 6:18 PM
This is a short story about a long story, a story so long it arrived on my desk in pieces, in two Joseph Conrad-size chunks, presumably for easier handling. This was the early galley of "The Instructions," Chicago native Adam Levin's first novel. It's...
| Jul 1, 2011
| 1:28 PM
Our club of 12 women has been a source of friendship and support for more than 15 years. We've used the fictional journeys of our books' characters to explore and examine our own lives.
We sometimes have a dinner themed to match that month's book...
| Oct 25, 2011
| 9:11 AM
It's the most frightening time of the year: Halloween is upon us again. Whether you dress up for a night on the town or turn out the lights to avoid trick-or-treaters, the Book Bag has you covered. Scaring up a good read will be the least of your worries....
| Oct 28, 2011
| 10:22 AM
We all live in condos at the Montgomery, the rehabbed office building once occupied by Montgomery Ward on West Superior Street. Our first book club meeting took place Jan. 24, 2007, in the 15th floor apartment of two of our founding members. Eight...
| Sep 16, 2011
| 4:06 PM
There should be a Biblical saying — For if a new novel, for which the publisher has paid an enormous amount of cash, lives up to its hype, all shall considered themselves blessed — and if that novel cometh from the Midwest, homeland to Floyd...
| Sep 23, 2011
| 11:53 AM
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...
| Nov 14, 2011
| 11:39 AM
One of America’s leading novelists will spend time on the Centre College campus, reading from her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “Olive Kitteridge,” and giving a class at the college library.
Elizabeth Strout’s award-winning...
| Oct 6, 2011
| 8:28 AM
The second-greatest mystery ever to come out of Sweden – the first being "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and its novelistic siblings by the late Stieg Larsson – is the annual speculation about who will receive the Nobel Prize in literature....
| Aug 1, 2011
| 12:05 PM
The feeling has become familiar, walking down aisles marked with signs: "Up to 40 percent off." "Store Closing. Everything Must Go."
Consider some of the recent closures in the Baltimore area: Circuit City. CompUSA. Linens 'n Things. A.C. Moore Arts &...
| Aug 10, 2008
| 4:30 AM
John Edwards could have put it this way: "I did not have kids with that woman!" Had he done this bit of Bill Clinton revision, Edwards would have given Friday's show of admission and refutation a bit of historical......
| Aug 20, 2008
| 3:36 PM
"Elegy" is a curious example of misplaced good taste. Spanish-born director Isabel Coixet's film, adapted by Nicholas Meyer, recasts into softer, more palatable material the 2001 novella "The Dying Animal," the third in Philip Roth's stories driven by the...