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Julia Keller

Julia Keller
Julia Keller, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing, is cultural critic at the Chicago Tribune. She joined the Tribune in late 1998.

Keller was born and raised in Huntington, W. Va. She earned a bachelor's and master's degree in English from Marshall University, and a doctoral degree, also in English, from Ohio State University. Her dissertation explored literary biography, focusing on biographies of Virginia Woolf.

She was a 1998 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. In the fall of 2006, she was McGraw Professor of Writing at Princeton University. Keller also is guest essayist on the PBS program "The Newshour with Jim Lehrer."

Her book, "Mr. Gatling...
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Julia Keller, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing, is cultural critic at the Chicago Tribune. She joined the Tribune in late 1998.

Keller was born and raised in Huntington, W. Va. She earned a bachelor's and master's degree in English from Marshall University, and a doctoral degree, also in English, from Ohio State University. Her dissertation explored literary biography, focusing on biographies of Virginia Woolf.

She was a 1998 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. In the fall of 2006, she was McGraw Professor of Writing at Princeton University. Keller also is guest essayist on the PBS program "The Newshour with Jim Lehrer."

Her book, "Mr. Gatling's Terrible Marvel: The Gun That Changed Everything and the Misunderstood Genius Who Invented It," will be published by Viking in May 2008.
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  • Editor's choice: 'Summer of the Dead'

    Editor's choice: 'Summer of the Dead'
    Ackers Gap, W.Va. After my previous travels there, no encouragement was necessary for another excursion. The town is more than merely a speck on an imaginary map, and it is a way to channel my former Chicago Tribune and Pulitzer Prize-winning...
  • For Grimes, love of stories no mystery

    For Grimes, love of stories no mystery
    If she weren't writing mysteries, Martha Grimes says, she might be running a tea shop. You were expecting perhaps an auto-parts store? No, you weren't. Not if you know Grimes' work, which includes 22 mysteries featuring the incisive Scotland Yard...
  • "Matterhorn" wins Pritzker's William E. Colby Award

    "Matterhorn" wins Pritzker's William E. Colby Award
    The emotions of war can be hard to describe. And for those that never see a battlefield, combat can only be experienced through personal stories, movies, TV shows and, of course, books. The Pritzker Military Library, located in Chicago, annually...
  • Local authors are finalists for LA Times Prize

    Local authors are finalists for LA Times Prize
    Two Chicago authors are finalists for the 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, which will be awarded at a ceremony April 29. Christine Sneed, author of the short story collection " Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry" (University of...
  • Three local authors up for LA Times book prizes

    Three local authors up for LA Times book prizes
    Three's (good) company Last week we congratulated Chicago-area residents Christine Sneed and Rebecca Skloot because their books (in the new fiction and science categories, respectively) were finalists for the 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. Winners...
  • NCIS staffer knows show's secret - words

    Leon Carroll, Jr., born and raised on Chicago's South Side, knows that the secret of "NCIS" is a simple one: Words. The top-rated CBS drama about the real-life Naval Criminal Investigative Service is one of the best-written shows on television, employing...
  • Joyce Carol Oates at Tribune's Author Talks

    Joyce Carol Oates at Tribune's Author Talks
    The universally acclaimed Joyce Carol Oates returns to Chicago on the heels of "A Widow's Story" (Harper Collins, publication date: Feb. 15). The author's poignant, intimate memoir about the unexpected death of Raymond Smith, her husband of forty-six...
  • Interviewer's opinion: Julia Keller on Joyce Carol Oates

    Interviewer's opinion: Julia Keller on Joyce Carol Oates
    When you regard an author as the best of her generation, and among the best of any generation, and you read just about everything she's ever written - which includes, in the case of Joyce Carol Oates, dozens and dozens of novels and short-story...
  • Daley was one for the books

    Just when you think you've got the guy's number, he turns around and confounds you, giving all the stereotypes about him a swift kick in the keister. On Aug. 3, 2001, Mayor Richard Daley — he of the mangled syntax and truncated vocabulary, he of...
  • What to see at Printers Row Lit Fest

    What to see at Printers Row Lit Fest
    Sunday Memoir writing: How do you turn a life story into something more than a slog through boring facts? Perhaps Carol LaChapelle has an answer. 11 a.m., University Center/Multimedia Room — Judy Hevrdejs, reporter Tavern recipes: Susan and Drew...
  • They're playing our poem

    They're playing our poem
    If you want to make Stephen Sondheim mad enough to swat you over the head with a rolled-up musical score, try this: Call him a poet. As Sondheim insists in interviews, essays and in the introduction to his book "Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics...