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  • What is the Midwestern literary tradition?

    What is the Midwestern literary tradition?
    You have your Southern Gothic tales and your Westerns, the San Francisco beats and the New York poets — but what is the literary tradition of the Midwest? It's a hazy question: People don't think of the Rust Belt as a nexus of literary culture....
  • 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....
  • Court case clouds legacy of photographer Vivian Maier

    Court case clouds legacy of photographer Vivian Maier
    For decades, North Shore nanny and amateur street photographer Vivian Maier privately captured everyday Chicago life in visceral detail, in the worn faces of men on a park bench, a construction worker clutching his lunch, the steely look of a woman...
  • 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...
  • Chicago Public Library hosts back-to-school concerts this week

    Chicago Public Library hosts back-to-school concerts this week
    Back-to-school days can be a drag. Luckily, the Chicago Public Library has a good reason to celebrate — and dance. Now through Aug. 29, CPL is hosting its first-ever Back to School-A-Palooza concert series at 20 library branches. The 20-concert...
  • '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,...
  • Shining a light on women's issues in Chicago

    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...
  • Rocker Patti Smith wins Tribune Literary Award

    Rocker Patti Smith wins Tribune Literary Award
    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...
  • Chicago Public Library brings Mini Maker Labs to branches

    Chicago Public Library brings Mini Maker Labs to branches
    Teens can keep their creative juices flowing this summer at one of the Chicago Public Library’s new Mini Maker Labs, popping up at several neighborhood branches from July through late November. Inspired by the CPL’s award-winning Maker Lab...
  • Printers Row Lit Fest celebrates 30th birthday

    Printers Row Lit Fest celebrates 30th birthday
    What a difference three decades make. The first Printers Row book fair, in 1985, featured about 40 booksellers and attracted a reported 6,500 attendees to what once had been a somewhat dicey neighborhood. Considering the crowds in recent years, the 2014...
  • 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...