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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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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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:...
  • The Loop's aural tattoo

    The Loop's aural tattoo
    It's not just the noise. It's where the noise comes from. It's the fact that the crazy racket of the "L" trains originates from above. It cascades; it plummets. The Loop, of course, has other sounds too. Its aural tattoo is a mashed-up, motley swirl: the...
  • When the pleasure of the arts inspires feelings of guilt

    When the bombs began to fall on Baghdad, I had John Grisham on my nightstand, Michelle Branch on my portable CD player and a whopping load of guilt on my conscience. The war was under way, and I felt as if I'd been caught, like Jerry Seinfeld in the...
  • NO SEX, PLEASE, WE'RE FARMERS

    Tupperware may prove instructive here. When you think of how sex and the Midwest are juxtaposed in the public imagination, think of a Tupperware container. To seal the lid, you must run a couple of fingers along the edge, allowing the air inside to...
  • Which is witch? 'Wicked' author on the book, show

    The first sentence sparks a sinuous shiver: A mile above Oz, the Witch balanced on the wind's forward edge, as if she were a green fleck of the land itself, flung up and sent wheeling away by the turbulent air. And thus readers are launched into "Wicked:...
  • Life After Martha: Now what happens to the rest of us?

    Life After Martha: Now what happens to the rest of us?
    On page 103 of the April issue of a certain glossy magazine with particularly notorious nomenclature, you will find -- nestled amid the phosphorescent glamor of citrus roasted salmon and the saucy munificence of chintz slipcovers -- an image that seems to...