| Aug 17, 2011
| 12:00 PM
Forget that Packers-Bears rivalry. The greatest grudge match in history was waged by Thomas Wolfe and F. Scott Fitzgerald over the proper way to write fiction.
In a letter to Fitzgerald, Wolfe called himself a “putter-inner.” He tried to cram...
| Aug 19, 2011
| 8:40 AM
Book artist Narae Kim will give instructions to all ages on Japanese-style book binding at 2 p.m. in the Albany Park Branch of the Chicago Public Library, 5150 N. Kimball Ave.; free but registration required. 312-744-1933, chipublib.org
| Sep 1, 2011
| 12:49 PM
Chris "Elio" Eliopoulos will sign his graphic novel "Okie Dokie Donuts: Open for Business!" from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Challengers Comics + Conversation, 1845 N. Western Ave.; free.
All branches of the Chicago Public Library will be...
| Oct 10, 2011
| 1:16 PM
As you read Tuesday’s Tribune, imagine what you would talk about if you could meet the people in the stories you find most fascinating – the political leaders, the sports stars, the artists. Imagine the Tribune “coming to life,”...
| Oct 24, 2011
| 4:30 PM
"Saturday Night Live" star and Northwestern alum Seth Meyers watched Sunday's Bears-Tampa Bay Buccaneers game at The Boundary in Ukrainian Village. Meyers was in town for Northwestern's homecoming.
Elsewhere around Ukrainian Village, punk band Social...
| Oct 26, 2011
| 2:52 PM
A young, curly Gary Sinise in a Steppenwolf production. A black-and-white shot of "City on the Make," a play based on the writings of Nelson Algren, by Northlight Theatre in 1984.
Through this weekend, an exhibition of photographs from the formative...
| Nov 2, 2011
| 4:19 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said today he’s willing to discuss alternatives to his proposed budget after a majority of the Chicago City Council fired off a letter expressing concerns about social service and public safety cuts in his spending plan.
| Nov 25, 2011
Maggie Daley, who dedicated herself to children's issues and the arts while also zealously guarding her family's privacy during 22 years as Chicago's first lady, died on Thursday, Nov. 24, more than nine years after she was diagnosed with breast cancer....
| Jan 4, 2013
| 4:34 PM
How forgotten is MacKinlay Kantor's "Diversey"? Well, when I looked it up on the Chicago Public Library website, I found only one copy available systemwide, in the closed stacks of the downtown branch — meaning that any reader interested in taking a...
| 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...