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  • Film fest weds new tech, kids classics

    Film fest weds new tech, kids classics
    It is not hard to know what American publisher, bookseller and editor Frederic Melcher had in mind when he proposed the creation of an annual award for the year's best children's book: "To encourage original creative work in the field of books for...
  • Marlo Thomas embraces reinvention -- and has a book to prove it

    Marlo Thomas embraces reinvention -- and has a book to prove it
    I once read that when "That Girl" was ending its five-year run on ABC in 1971, the show's writers wanted the series to conclude with a wedding between Marlo Thomas' character, Ann Marie, and her boyfriend, Don. But Thomas wouldn't go along, fearing it...
  • Author Stuart Dybek: Chicago's storyteller

    Author Stuart Dybek: Chicago's storyteller
    The way Stuart Dybek tells it, on the night that he decided to become a writer, the moon rose full and bright over Lake Michigan. It had not been an easy decision. His father, an immigrant from Poland who had pushed his way to foreman at the McCormick...
  • Empowering kids from place of creativity

    Empowering kids from place of creativity
    When Rachel Switall was earning her master's degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, she partnered with students who lived in Cabrini Green to create a magazine called Peaceful Times. This was close to 20 years ago, when a series called...
  • Chicago's moving to the myriad beats of Latino music

     Chicago's moving to the myriad beats of Latino music
    What exactly is meant by the term "Latino music"? The rubric is so all-encompassing as to be virtually meaningless, for there are at least as many styles and genres and varieties of Latino music as there are Latino and Hispanic cultures on the planet....
  • 'Breakfast with Curtis,' an indie about toking, joking and communal living

    'Breakfast with Curtis,' an indie about toking, joking and communal living
    Picture an aging hippie who drinks red wine all day long, walks around barefoot, peppers every third sentence with "man" for emphasis and usually has a deep cut of some '70s-era album playing on the stereo. This is Syd. Every college town, I'm convinced,...
  • Bonding over generations of childhood books

     Bonding over generations of childhood books
    In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines OK — now continue. If you were one of the countless children who have been mesmerized by the classic picture book "Madeline," you can. Word for word, page by page, through the story of the...
  • 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...
  • '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...
  • '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...
  • Shakespeare Project of Chicago marks its 20th year

    Shakespeare Project of Chicago marks its 20th year
    The current production of William Shakespeare's "King Lear," playing through Nov. 9 at the handsome and justifiably renowned Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier, stars Larry Yando as the increasingly delusional title character and features the...