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  • Reynolds Price dies at 77; author and longtime Duke professor

    Reynolds Price dies at 77; author and longtime Duke professor
    In 1984, when he was 51, novelist Reynolds Price learned that a pencil-shaped tumor, about 10 inches long and malignant, had invaded his spine. Several surgeries and dozens of radiation treatments followed, leaving him a paraplegic racked with pain and the uncertainty of his survival. His happy life of teaching Milton at Duke University and writing several hours a day was over, or so it seemed in his many dark moments.
  • Tracking Wallace Stegner's footprints in Vermont's earth

    Tracking Wallace Stegner's footprints in Vermont's earth
    Wallace Stegner wrote books about the American and Canadian West, so it's understandable that people consider the longtime California resident a Western author. Stegner, a prolific novelist, essayist, conservation advocate and professor at Stanford...

    Recap: Stockett on race, the new movie and her next book

    Recap: Stockett on race, the new movie and her next book
    Early on, there were signs that the Chicago Tribune Author Talks program with Kathryn Stockett, who crafted the best-selling novel "The Help," would be an event. A large literary happening, in fact. An early indicator: Tickets sold out in a matter of...

    'Blue Collar, White Collar, No Collar' by Richard Ford

    "Work, as you will see, is imagined broadly in these stories - as labor, as chores, as business, as duty, as habit, as memory, as art, and as priestly avocation," writes Richard Ford in his introduction to this wonderful anthology of stories about work,...

    "So Long, See You Tomorrow" by William Maxwell

    "So Long, See You Tomorrow" by William Maxwell
    A boy moves away from his small-town central Illinois home after his father murders a tenant farmer. Years later, an occasional childhood playmate ignores the boy in a high school corridor. Out of that awkward, wordless moment emerged "So Long, See You...