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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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  • 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"...
  • Notes on 'Nightshade': Werewolves and women's power

    Notes on 'Nightshade': Werewolves and women's power
    Young women may be flocking to the “Twilight” books and films, but the publishing world's gain is feminism's loss. The series offers bland, inert role models for young women. The gals of "Twilight" mainly sit around and sigh, waiting for the...
  • 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...
  • The battle over war stories: Is authenticity enough?

    The battle over war stories: Is authenticity enough?
    When Stephen Crane wrote "The Red Badge of Courage" (1895), his Civil War scenes were so sharply persuasive that the author's contemporaries assumed he was a combat veteran.He wasn't. The success of Crane's slim novel is a notable exception to the general...
  • Thoughts on J.D. Salinger

    Thoughts on J.D. Salinger
    To read "Salinger" and "91" in the same sentence is a shock, an abomination. And yet there it is, the blunt and brutal fact of it, showing up in news reports of the author's death like a rock holding down a butterfly wing: J.D. Salinger, who died...