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Dawn Turner Trice

Dawn Turner Trice
Like many of you, I grew up in a family that loved to tell stories.

Often, during family get-togethers the women would gather around the dinner table and the men in another area and they would partake of these extravagant tales.

Some would be larger than life but true, others larger than life but not-so. My sister and I would eavesdrop until we were shooed away. From these experts, though, I learned the art of storytelling.

In my work here, I get to meet people and share their stories. No fudging though; no stretching the truth.

But in my other work as a novelist, I get to do my own thing. I grew up in Chicago. (I met my husband in high school.) I've been...
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Like many of you, I grew up in a family that loved to tell stories.

Often, during family get-togethers the women would gather around the dinner table and the men in another area and they would partake of these extravagant tales.

Some would be larger than life but true, others larger than life but not-so. My sister and I would eavesdrop until we were shooed away. From these experts, though, I learned the art of storytelling.

In my work here, I get to meet people and share their stories. No fudging though; no stretching the truth.

But in my other work as a novelist, I get to do my own thing. I grew up in Chicago. (I met my husband in high school.) I've been with the Tribune since 1988. Most of that time has been spent as an editor.

I've written the column for the last six years. Though I love writing, it still scares the hell out of me. Nothing makes my stomach seize like the blank page. Still, I can't imagine doing anything else, in any other city.
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  • Indian dance binds mother, daughter

    When Hema Rajagopalan was about 5 years old, growing up in 1950s India, she loved dancing so much that when her parents took her to performances, she would leap from her seat and twirl in the aisles. She'd put on such a display that the audience would turn its attention away from the stage to her.
  • Women's images in the media

    Women's images in the media
    Columnist Dawn Turner Trice recently wrote about the documentary "Miss Representation," which focused on female body image and media gender bias over the decades. "The film, 'Miss Representation,' really resonated with me," Dawn wrote to me in an email...

    When race is relevant in news coverage

    When race is relevant in news coverage
    This week the Chicago Tribune published several news stories and related columns about assaults by groups of youths in the Streeterville area of downtown Chicago. More coverage appears Sunday. A number of readers have asked why we have not included...

    Army & Lou's, one of the last soul-food icons, closes

    Army & Lou's, one of the last soul-food icons, closes
    Since 1945, when William and Luvilla Armstrong opened Army & Lou’s on East 75th Street, the home-style eatery has catered to luminaries and regular folk alike in a way that made it more than just a soul food restaurant. It became known around the...

    For infertile couples, help and support

    For infertile couples, help and support
    Katie Davis, 24, lost her ovaries to cancer when she was 12. Doctors told her that if she wanted to have a baby one day, she would have to use donor eggs and undergo in vitro fertilization. She has been trying to have a baby since September 2010, but so...