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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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  • How flower books grow on you

    How flower books grow on you
    Two books — one old, one new — changed my mind about flowers. Before reading them, my attitude toward flowers could perhaps best be described as "indifferent." I did not hate them, but I certainly wouldn't go out of my way to include them...
  • Bam! Pow! Crunch! Michael Chabon builds a new superhero

    Bam! Pow! Crunch! Michael Chabon builds a new superhero
    Repeat after me: Sklurp. Skreeech. Ska-runch. There. Feels good, doesn't it? Some words are just plain fun to say. And those are the words, according to Michael Chabon, that belong in any honorable, self-respecting bedtime story for children, the kind...
  • Mike Lupica, blue-chip writer

    Mike Lupica, blue-chip writer
    If you watch "The Sports Reporters" each Sunday on ESPN, as I do religiously, you know how Mike Lupica looks just before he's about to deliver a contrarian opinion about some topical issue in the sports world. He leans forward in his chair. His forehead...
  • Poems of sin-eaters, souls and suffering

    Poems of sin-eaters,  souls and suffering
    In the introduction to his impishly profound new collection of poems, Thomas Lynch recalls that when he finished writing the first handful, he "field-tested them at Joe's Star Lounge on North Main Street in Ann Arbor." The event is "a kind of communion, I...
  • King, Beattie books among new crop

    King, Beattie books among new crop
    Fiction "The Lost Memory of Skin" (Ecco) by Russell Banks. Coming Tuesday. Banks, one of our finest and most adventurous novelists, is not afraid to tackle big, tough topics that persistently bedevil the human species, and with his 17th book, he has...
  • What if dad thinks he's Dostoevski?

    Some people dream of smacking the game-winning grand slam in the bottom of the ninth, or curing cancer, or being elected president, or running into a burning building to rescue babies and/or kittens. And some people dream of sitting down at a desk to...
  • Chicago yarn is standout in 'Best American Short Stories 2011'

    Chicago yarn is standout in 'Best American Short Stories 2011'
    You don't know a city — really know it, that is, as opposed to just learning the bus routes and having a favorite bar — until you've walked a mile in its fictions. Until you see the way great fiction writers deal with the city. Among the best...
  • Tomas Transtromer: The Man with the Nobel Tattoo

    Tomas Transtromer: The Man with the Nobel Tattoo
    The second-greatest mystery ever to come out of Sweden – the first being "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and its novelistic siblings by the late Stieg Larsson – is the annual speculation about who will receive the Nobel Prize in literature....
  • Second crack for Gellhorn, conscientious witness and novelist

    Second crack for Gellhorn, conscientious witness and novelist
    History is real, but sometimes reality doesn't tell the whole story. That's why we have the historical novel — a genre that, at its best, combines the cold scrupulousness of fact and the hot drama of human ambitions and emotions. To understand...
  • Seth, Daniel Clowes think inside the box

    Seth, Daniel Clowes think inside the box
    If you can imagine a bricklayer who's had it up to here with bricks, or a pastry chef who's frankly a little ambivalent about the whole flour and sugar deal, then you get Daniel Clowes. He works with words and pictures, but he's pretty suspicious of...
  • New novel by Russell Banks tackles tough subject

    New novel by Russell Banks tackles tough subject
    The late John Updike once opined that we are all "trapped in solitary confinement inside our own skins." We can't ever really know what someone else is feeling, no matter how hard we try or how desperately she or he wants us to. Our unique souls are...