RSS feeds allow Web site content to be gathered via feed reader software. Click the subscribe link to obtain the feed URL for this page. The feed will update when new content appears on this page.

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...
Show more »
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.
« Show less

Top Julia Keller Articles

Displaying items 56-66
  • 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...
  • Grim, gruesome — and great

    Grim, gruesome — and great
    Just how bad is this particular bad guy? You don't want to know. Or perhaps you do, which is surely the case if you appreciate the thrillers of Karin Slaughter, an absolute master at describing violence, mayhem and the darkness that stalls and sours...
  • Death-defying magic of stories

    Death-defying magic of stories
    It can't have been easy. Art supplies were not exactly thick on the ground in those days — we're talking 32,000 years ago, give or take — and there were lots of other things to worry about, such as finding food, water and shelter. Not...
  • Stars, stripes and stories

    Stars, stripes and stories
    Let the fireworks begin. When talk turns to naming the Great American Novel — the upper-case designation is required by custom, if not by law — tempers tend to flare. Each time I approach the subject in a column, and display the shameless...
  • Here's the pitch from Wilfred Santiago

    Here's the pitch from Wilfred Santiago
    He was a man in motion — the beautifully controlled fury of a great athlete. How, though, to convey that energy and grit and grace on the flat page of a graphic novel? How to suggest the up-and-at-'em vigor of a Roberto Clemente in a venue that...
  • 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...