| 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...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 7:50 AM
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...
| May 29, 2014
| 7:00 AM
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...
| Dec 22, 2013
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...
| Jul 13, 2014
| 10:17 PM
Patti Smith was writing long before she became known as a rock performer, so the accolades she has been receiving for her written work have a complete-the-circle sort of feel.
She won the 2010 National Book Award for nonfiction for "Just Kids," her...
| Sep 9, 2014
| 8:03 AM
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....
| Aug 7, 2014
| 8:25 AM
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,...
| Sep 8, 2014
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...
| Feb 18, 2015
| 4:33 PM
Chance The Rapper was on hand Wednesday to celebrate the opening of a new recording studio in a South Side library, according to officials and the MC's own tweets.
The new soundproof recording studio at Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted St.,...
| Jan 15, 2015
| 7:08 AM
Jan. 20: Zoe Sugg, the YouTube vlogger known as "Zoella," will discuss her debut novel, "Girl Online." 6 p.m., Barnes & Noble- Old Orchard, 55 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, barnesandnoble.com, 847-676-2230
Jan. 22: Shari Goldhagen will discuss her new...
| Jul 29, 2014
Thirty-five women representing a variety of nonprofit organizations that address women's policy, health and economic issues joined us for a Trib Nation Community Conversation recently.
Here are some of the issues that women believe merit more coverage...