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  • Upcoming Chicago literary events

    Upcoming Chicago literary events
    Nov. 29: Michael McCarthy will discuss and sign his book, "Ashes Under Water: The SS Eastland and the Shipwreck That Shook America." 6 p.m., Powell's Bookstore, 1218 S. Halsted St., 312-243-9070
  • Tribune literary prize winners share love of story

    Tribune literary prize winners share love of story
    Before rocker and author Patti Smith could read, she so marveled at books and their intricate markings — a secret language known only to adults — that she put a tome under her pillow at night and hoped to dream whatever mystery lay between its...

    'The Maid's Version' wins 2014 Heartland Prize for Fiction

    'The Maid's Version' wins 2014 Heartland Prize for Fiction
    It was the summer of 1965, but Alma still did not have a television, just a radio to announce livestock prices and yield estimates. Born a farm girl, she worked as a maid for half a century. When her grandson Alek arrives for the summer, sent by his...

    'Men We Reaped' wins 2014 Heartland Prize for Nonfiction

    'Men We Reaped' wins 2014 Heartland Prize for Nonfiction
    When the Union Army's famous 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, one of the first African-American units in the Civil War, unsuccessfully assaulted Fort Wagner in South Carolina, escaped slave Harriet Tubman bore witness to the bloodshed from the front...

    Literary events

    Following are literary events around town selected by editors of Printers Row, our membership society for book lovers. Nov. 1: Patti Smith will receive the 2014 Chicago Tribune Literary Prize and discuss her memoir, "Just Kids," with Tribune music...