| Nov 27, 2013
| 10:35 AM
As your relatives get older, it can get increasingly difficult to find them great gifts. We've created a number of scenarios for giving the best books for each of your adult family members.
This piece first ran in Printers Row...
| Dec 12, 2013
For centuries, the defining role of the library has been as a repository of books. Now, in the 21st century, the library faces perhaps its most momentous challenge: Americans are moving away increasingly from the printed page to digital screens for...
| Mar 1, 2014
How can a novel feel so suspenseful yet its plot seem so beside the point? How can a work of fiction be so slender yet so broad in scope? Only a great talent like Yiyun Li could perform this magic.
The story seems straightforward. Four adolescents...
| Mar 3, 2014
| 3:16 AM
"The Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon walked into Lake Michigan Sunday morning in the promised suit and tie, turned toward the beach, then fell back into the water, going completely under.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel ran in, then sort of laid down on...
| Feb 14, 2014
Oba William King plays a djembe drum, a kufi covers his bald head, and West African Anansi folk tales are in his repertoire. And although King's work is inspired by ancestral art forms, it would only be part of the story to label King an African...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 8:28 AM
Dr. John, Aaron Neville and Bettye LaVette will headline the 31st annual Chicago Blues Festival, running June 13-15 in Grant Park, according to the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
The festival will kick off June 13 at the...
| Nov 10, 2011
I am a vocal proponent of having a library card. Obviously, books are awesome, but in addition to having loads of reading material at your fingertips, at the Chicago Public Library you also have movies, music, museum passes and more accessible to you. I...
| Mar 4, 2012
On March 4, 1837, exactly 175 years ago, Chicago was incorporated. Not that Flashback needed a reason, but we took this occasion to compile a very long list of events, year by year and decade by decade, that helped shape this great city.
| Apr 29, 2011
| 2:52 PM
Nikki Giovanni will read her work as part of the Chicago Public Library's PoetryFest and the Poetry Foundation's Poetry Off the Shelf series at 2 p.m. in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St.;...
| May 27, 2011
| 6:30 AM
The CTA will be holding two open houses next month about express bus service on Jeffery Boulevard.
The CTA received an $11 million federal grant last year to launch bus rapid transit, which typically relies on bus-only lanes for expedited service,...
| May 31, 2011
| 2:51 PM