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  • Karen Russell: How Florida influences her fiction

    Karen Russell: How Florida influences her fiction
    At 32, author Karen Russell is one of the youngest recipients of the MacArthur Foundation's annual "genius" grants, but she's already a lit-world veteran. Her novel "Swamplandia!" (Knopf, 2011) was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and her two short-story collections — "Vampires in the Lemon Grove" (2013) and "St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves" (2006), both also published by Knopf — have earned her an unusually large following with their hilarious, poignant and often surreal take on life in South Florida.
  • James Franco and poet Frank Bidart draw a crowd

    James Franco and poet Frank Bidart draw a crowd
    Just the other day, the day that James Franco visited the Poetry Foundation to speak with acclaimed poet and mentor Frank Bidart on stage before a sold-out crowd of 800, the following poetic events happened: About 5:40 p.m on Wednesday, outside...

    What kind of classical music year was it? Let us count the ways

     What kind of classical music year was it? Let us count the ways
    The year began badly for Riccardo Muti – and, by extension, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra – when the maestro suffered a bout of flu followed by hernia surgery within only a couple of weeks in January. These latest health setbacks forced...

    Audiovisual jokes wear thin at MusicNOW opener

    Audiovisual jokes wear thin at MusicNOW opener
    The less-is-more principle yet again proved its applicability in concerts of new classical music given around town over the past several days. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra's MusicNOW series began its season Monday night with a multimedia happening (to...

    Q&A: Donna Tartt on 'The Goldfinch'

    Q&A: Donna Tartt on 'The Goldfinch'
    Novelist Donna Tartt doesn't publish very often — her engrossing new book, “The Goldfinch,” is her first since 2002's “The Little Friend,” which itself trailed her wildly popular fictional debut, “The Secret History,&...