| Jan 23, 2013
| 2:22 PM
For some reason, I have been reading a number of books set in foreign countries. Three that I will recommend are "Say You're One of Them" by Uwem Akpan (Africa), "Finding Nouf" by Zoe Ferraris (Saudi Arabia) and "Death in a Strange Country" by Donna...
| Dec 13, 2012
| 12:36 PM
About halfway through writing the script for "The Fitzgerald Family Christmas" (which opens at the Wilmette Theatre next week), Edward Burns says he found himself at a crossroad. "Do I want to make the big, crazy, funny, holly-jolly Christmas Irish family...
| May 8, 2013
| 2:20 PM
When Trib Nation put out the call to people interested in violence and why it has festered in Chicago, we found immediate and strong interest.
Readers wanted to join the conversation. So did the heads of organizations, victim advocates, people who...
| Apr 12, 2013
| 11:46 AM
The Auxiliary Council of Steppenwolf Theatre Company hosted the 10th anniversary of its Red or White Ball with more than 500 patrons April 5 at Venue One. This annual event benefits the nationally recognized arts education program Steppenwolf for Young...
| Apr 4, 2013
| 2:10 PM
This column originally ran in the Chicago Tribune on Oct. 21, 2011. Some years ago when I was new to Chicago, I spotted Roger Ebert in the frozen-foods aisle of a grocery store. He was famous by then, and I did what any normal person does at the sight...
| Apr 22, 2013
| 12:55 PM
Anthony Madrid lives in Chicago. His poems have appeared in Boston Review, Gulf Coast, The Iowa Review, Poetry and Web Conjunctions. His first book is “I Am Your Slave Now Do What I Say.”
Rebecca Makkai is...
| Apr 22, 2013
| 12:54 PM
Nathan Rabin is the head writer for The A.V. Club. His books include “The Big Rewind” and “My Year of Flops.” He also collaborated on “Weird Al: The Book.” He has written for the Wall Street Journal,...
| Oct 4, 2012
| 10:16 AM
Tax evasion and bribery charges have been filed against city council members in Gary, Hammond and East Chicago, a Merrillville clerk, the former head of the East Chicago library and a Hammond contractor.
Federal indictments were announced today against:...
| Oct 4, 2012
| 10:26 AM
The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana has announced indictments against five public officials throughout Northwest Indiana.
Virlissa Crenshaw, 42 of East Chicago, Indiana was charged with theft from a local government entity and with...
| Oct 8, 2012
| 4:39 PM
This past weekend was my “birthday weekend”, which just means it was the closest weekend to my birthday. Two of my best friends from high school, Ian and Justin, came to visit me. My brain is still not working correctly. Here are some things...
| Oct 26, 2012
| 8:25 AM
The Chicago Public Library and the Chicago Public Library Foundation hosted the 13th annual Carl Sandburg Literary Awards dinner at the UIC Forum on Oct. 17. Emcee Bill Kurtis introduced more than 65 noted authors, all with ties to Chicago, to the crowd...