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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...
  • Steve & Johnnie Schedule - Oct. 19th - 23rd

    Don't forget that, in addition to this blog, you can find us on  Twitter, on Facebook and our Yahoo group.  Also, as you plan your Halloween party for the kids, remember our Halloween Poem is now available for downloading. SUNDAY NIGHT/MONDAY MORNING:...
  • 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...
  • Julia Keller's 5 favorite war novels

    Julia Keller's 5 favorite war novels
    Julia Keller spoke to Vietnam veteran Steve Keibler about the authenticity of the novel "Matterhorn" by Karl Marlantes. Here are her all-time favorite war novels: "Birdsong" (1994) By Sebastian Faulks "Paco's Story" (1986) By Larry Heinemann “A...
  • Jennifer Egan's 'A Visit from the Goon Squad': prose, punk rock and PowerPoint

    Jennifer Egan's 'A Visit from the Goon Squad': prose, punk rock and PowerPoint
    "A Visit From The Goon Squad" By Jennifer Egan Knopf, 288 pages, $25.95 Jennifer Egan's decision to render portions of her new novel, "A Visit From the Goon Squad" (Knopf), as a PowerPoint presentation is: Clever. Edgy. Groundbreaking. The novel by...
  • More great literary letters

    "Letters of James Agee to Father Flye" (1962). The poet, novelist and film critic James Agee was fatherless from a young age and filled the gap with a kindly Catholic priest, to whom Agee wrote frequently and candidly. "The Letters of Virginia Woolf"...