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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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  • Where few men dare to tread

    Where few men dare to tread
    The phenomenal and deserved worldwide success of Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy -- the second book, “The Girl Who Played With Fire,” was published in the U.S. earlier this week -- has people paying close attention not only to the book's...
  • 'True Confections' spiteful, delightful

    When the time came to nail down details about the candy business for her fifth novel, "True Confections" (Shaye Areheart), Katharine Weber knew exactly where she had to go: Chicago. Each spring at McCormick Place, the National Confectioners Association...
  • 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...
  • One for the books: The literary life of Stephen J. Cannell

    One for the books: The literary life of Stephen J. Cannell
    Stephen J. Cannell -- the surname rhymes with "flannel" -- was best known for the scores of TV series that he either dreamed up or produced or wrote. Often, he did all three. He was a creative juggernaut in Hollywood, and if you're anywhere north of, say,...
  • Eureka! Great discoveries in new science books

    Eureka! Great discoveries in new science books
    No, sirree: No Nancy Drew for me. As a kid, I could take or leave the plucky young detective. The books to which I was drawn — like a stubby little space-copter caught in the irresistible tractor beam of the mammoth mother ship — were those...
  • Recommended science books

    Recommended science books
    Experiment with these grea, new science titles: "Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species" (2009) By Sean B. Carroll A finalist for the National Book Award, this gem by a molecular biologist at the University of...
  • Nobel natterings: let the barfight begin

    Nobel natterings: let the barfight begin
    Let the bar fights begin: Mario Vargas Llosa? You gotta be kidding me. Of all the categories in which Nobel Prizes are awarded, none gets the blood going quite like the literary one. It’s a little tricky  to have an opinion about the physics or...
  • Printers Row Lit Fest: highlights from Julia Keller

    Printers Row Lit Fest: highlights from Julia Keller
    Sideways: That's the best approach to Lit Fest. When you're perusing row upon row of books offered by the many fine booksellers who spread their wares, new and used, before a page-hungry public, you turn your head to the side. Reading titles on spines...
  • Heartland whodunits: exploring a bumper crop of Midwestern mysteries

    Heartland whodunits: exploring a bumper crop of Midwestern mysteries
    Everything comes from somewhere. For a while, though, it seemed as if all the great American mysteries were coming from somewhere else. From the suntanned sleuths created by Raymond Chandler, Joseph Wambaugh or Michael Connelly, to the gritty Gotham...