| Jun 11, 2012
| 8:32 AM
As obvious as this may sound at first, the 28th annual Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest, which concluded Sunday afternoon and drew an estimated 130,000 attendees and 200 authors to the South Loop on a sweltering, cloudless weekend, was not the kind...
| Mar 8, 2013
Neil Shubin has the wide, happy eyes of a Muppet and the casual, ingratiating prattle of a car salesman. His thick, graying hair lends gravitas. He has written a new book, and on a bitter afternoon in Hyde Park he is explaining to me how he writes....
| Feb 12, 2013
| 3:14 PM
Say you had a family secret.
A juicy one. The kind that speaks volumes about families. And you wrote a book about it. But your family hates the book. Or, at the very least, potentially feels embarrassment from it. Would you still release that book?...
| Jun 2, 2013
| 8:09 PM
"Someone came to us and said, 'Hey kids, do you want to make a movie?'" Judy Blume said with a laugh when I spoke to her by phone last month about the upcoming release of the film adaptation of "Tiger Eyes," based on her 1981 novel. "No, that's not what...
| May 25, 2013
| 11:29 AM
"Who's got a gag for me today?"
Early on in "CO-MIX: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics and Scraps." Art Spiegelman's upcoming career-spanner that's due out in September, we see a drawing of a much younger Spiegelman saying this to four tiny characters...
| May 17, 2013
| 3:18 PM
Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Those words from "Dreams," a Langston Hughes poem, infuse Blue Balliett's newest novel.
At the start of the book, Balliett notes that by the end of the 2012...
| May 16, 2013
Having introduced the world to such colorful characters as a prostitute named Roxanne and a stalker who monitors “Every Breath You Take,” Sting will help launch a new Chicago-based storytelling initiative when he appears at the Chicago...
| Apr 21, 2013
| 12:05 PM
Children's/young-adult author Judy Blume and graphic novelist/cartoonist Art Spiegelman will be honored as part of this year's Printers Row Lit Fest, which runs June 8 and 9 in the South Loop.
Blume, the author of such beloved works as "Are You There...
| Apr 12, 2013
| 10:22 AM
Thomas Dyja looked at me with abject horror, then humor, then, as his face crumbled in defeat, resignation. A face that said, "See? This is why I wrote a 412-page cultural history of Chicago at midcentury that — as much as it pulls together...
| Apr 15, 2013
| 7:07 PM
William Friedkin, the director of “The French Connection” and “The Exorcist,” a pair of acclaimed Tracy Letts adaptations (“Bug” and “Killer Joe”) and author of “The Friedkin Connection,” a new...
| Apr 23, 2011
| 4:32 AM
“The Original Grease,” currently in previews, opens May 1 at American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St. Tickets are $45-$50 at 773-409-4125 or www.atcweb.org TOURING THE OLD NEIGHBORHOOD: Actors Kelly Wilson (as Sandy) and Adrian Aguilar...