| Oct 5, 2010
| 6:26 PM
'The Thieves of Manhattan: A Novel'
By Adam Langer Spiegel & Grau, 259 pp., $24
By their chunky glasses, facial scruff, skinny jeans, and iPhones you shall know them: New York’s latest crop of aspiring male fiction writers, fresh from the provinces...
| Jul 1, 2011
| 3:35 PM
In celebration of July Fourth, Printers Row set out to create a reading list of patriotic books. But, how to define "patriotic"? We decided to have each contributing Tribune writer and editor pick a title that corresponds to his or her own definition....
| Sep 7, 2011
Some people collect Beanie Babies. Tom Heehler collects words.
Heehler found himself in some intimidating company when he enrolled, in his mid-40s, at Harvard University's night school. Looking to complete his bachelor's degree, he received an unexpected...
| Mar 21, 2011
| 11:00 AM
Here are apps that do more than explore California; several may help alleviate travel stress. Apps that work on iPhone also work on iPad and iPod Touch, and Android apps work on multiple phones and tablets, including those from Motorola, Samsung and...
| Jul 22, 2011
| 7:49 AM
STRATFORD, Ontario — Des McAnuff, the artistic director of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, North America's largest and arguably most prestigious, classically based theater, has announced his intention to leave his post in 2013.
| Nov 27, 2010
American author Bill Barich, a resident of Ireland these past nine years, was rummaging through a local secondhand shop in the summer of 2008 when he stumbled across a "beat up old copy" of "Travels With Charley," John Steinbeck's late-in-life attempt...
| Nov 7, 2010
The Passages of H.M.
A Novel of Herman Melville
Doubleday: 454 pp., $26.95
"The time for me hasn't come yet: Some men are born posthumously," Nietzsche wrote in "Ecce Homo." It's a statement that might have provided comfort to Herman...
| Mar 23, 2012
"Oh, strawberries don't taste as they used to," wrote John Steinbeck in "East of Eden." Never mind that the chapter was set a century ago; many foodies believe that industrial varieties and practices have degraded the flavor of modern strawberries. This...
| Sep 23, 2010
| 4:34 PM
Jonathan Franzen and his new novel, "Freedom," top our fiction bestseller list for the third week running, keeping perennial bestseller Stieg Larsson at bay. Larsson's Millennium Trilogy is doing fine -- "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" is at......
| Aug 16, 2011
| 5:16 PM
Clint Eastwood knows how to set a scene on screen or at Mission Ranch, his strikingly handsome hotel and restaurant in Carmel.
The hotel, a historic property, has a multimillion dollar view of the sea and beautiful grounds to match. Magenta bougainvillea...
| Oct 26, 2010
| 4:34 PM
It's past midnight on a recent Friday night in Hollywood and Johnny Zander, owner of Hemingway's, is agitated. He's concerned that his new place, which is themed around writer Ernest Hemingway, is too crowded. Earlier in the evening, Teen Vogue's Young...