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  • 2 movies try to unravel the mystery that is Algren

    2 movies try to unravel the mystery that is Algren
    Nelson Algren used to write books in and about Chicago. Though his name and reputation have diminished over the last decades, he lingers in the shadows. The Tribune has presented yearly literary awards for short stories in his name since 1981, though some of the winners have not read a word of Algren's work. There is a yearly birthday celebration in his honor thrown by the Nelson Algren Committee since 1989, but it attracts only a few dozen devotees.
  • Alice Munro's 'Family Furnishings' is deep and surprising

    Alice Munro's 'Family Furnishings' is deep and surprising
    The most astonishing aspect of Alice Munro's "Family Furnishings: Selected Stories, 1995-2014" may be its chronology. The two dozen efforts here come from late in her career, after she had established herself as (perhaps) the preeminent short-fiction...

    Can writing be taught? David Ulin and Carolyn Kellogg discuss

    In the video chat below, L.A. Times book critic David L. Ulin and books staff writer Carolyn Kellogg try to decide if creative writing can be taught. As hundreds of thousands tackle NaNoWriMo, we wonder what it takes to make a writer a writer. Is it...

    David Ulin picks his top books for fall

    David Ulin picks his top books for fall
    Fall is a terrific time to be a reader. Publishers shake off their summer doldrums and get down to business again. And writers? Well, writers settle in also and put out big books. Over the next few months alone, we'll see new releases from an array of...

    Figment writing community acquired by Random House

    The online writing community Figment has been acquired by Random House Children's Books, the company announced on its website Tuesday. Founded in 2010 by Dana Goodyear and Jacob Lewis, Figment is an online writing community aimed at teens. "Figment is a...