| Oct 16, 2011
The Art of Fielding
Little, Brown: 528 pp., $25.99
In terms of conjuring a shorthand for a certain American innocence, there are few delivery systems quite so direct as baseball. Touched on by a library's worth of authors...
| Jan 5, 2011
| 4:11 PM
Local theater groups have recently announced their schedules of productions for the 2010-11 season, but one forward-thinking organization already has its to-do list nailed down for 2011-12.
That would be Golden West College, whose longtime director,...
| Jan 7, 2011
| 4:10 PM
Blocks away from Wrigley Field, hidden among the bars lining Clark Street, there is a literary outpost that traffics mostly in used and rare books. That place is Bookworks.
Owned by husband and wife Bob Roschke and Ronda Pilon, Bookworks has been in...
| Mar 19, 2011
| 11:45 PM
Next month will mark the 150th anniversary of the bombardment of Ft. Sumter in Charleston harbor, the opening salvo of the Civil War (1861-1865). Commemorative efforts are underway in many parts of the country. States have formed sesquicentennial...
| Feb 29, 2012
| 4:13 PM
Golden West College's theater department is busily rehearsing for its next production, "The Servant of Two Masters," opening March 16, but its directors already have charted the school's course for the 2012-13 campaign.
And, a year hence, GWC audiences...
| Apr 26, 2012
| 12:16 PM
"Dinner with the Elams"
There are family music acts and family circus acts, but the family improv act is a rarity. "Dinner with the Elams" at iO Theater in Wrigleyville seeks to rectify that, and it's a helluva idea. Three Elam siblings (Erica, Brett...
| Apr 10, 2012
| 8:08 AM
To understand the relationship between Herman Melville's 19th century novel and this 21st century blockbuster, perhaps a cliché would be useful: "The Art of Fielding" is as much about baseball as "Moby-Dick" is about whaling.
"Since the book came out, I'...
| May 18, 2012
| 11:25 AM
Earlier this year, when Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a 100-book required reading list for his compatriots, it provoked anxiety, rekindling memories of Soviet-era censorship. The furor underscored an important point: that literature plays a...
| May 31, 2012
| 7:42 PM
For every kid with a scraped knee, a skinned elbow, a bumped head and a torn shirt — the inevitable result of being very determined not to learn from one's mistakes — Maurice Sendak was your man.
For every kid who builds forts out of old...
| Jun 8, 2012
| 5:23 PM
"The Pale King" by David Foster Wallace. It's not always an easy read, but it's funny. It's fascinating to think about how hard it must've been to write and sad to know it's his last.
— Ellen Brady, Aurora
I have succumbed to the hype and read...
| Jun 26, 2012
| 3:00 AM
The Library of Congress' new exhibition, Books That Shaped America, includes works by many notable American authors, but there is a gaping hole: Edgar Allen Poe.
The list include no-brainers: classics from such greats as Herman Melville, Louisa May...