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  • Edward Albee wins Tribune's top award for writing

    Edward Albee wins Tribune's top award for writing
    Edward Albee is known as a vaunted playwright. But really he's a relationship expert. For more than 50 years, Albee's work has examined the tenuous bonds that bring couples, friends and families together and the all-too-human mistakes that force them...
  • Elie Wiesel a beacon for human rights

    Elie Wiesel a beacon for human rights
    For more than 50 years, Elie Wiesel has provided a moral compass for the world, writing and advocating on human rights issues in the wake of his tragic experiences as a survivor of the Holocaust. His book "Night," recalling the terrors of the Auschwitz...
  • A proposal for the books

    A proposal for the books
    In the beginning, Jason Methner was the impatient one. After meeting Molly Lipsitz at a mutual friend's birthday party in Wicker Park, Methner, 27 at the time and in a master's program at Northwestern University, was eager to accelerate the...
  • Judy Blume comes to a theater near you with 'Tiger Eyes'

    Judy Blume comes to a theater near you with 'Tiger Eyes'
    "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...
  • Chance the Rapper leaves little to chance

    Chance the Rapper leaves little to chance
    Chance the Rapper is going to make sure he gets this right: rap music, a pop-star ascent from Chicago, a record deal, that whole fame thing — and on his own terms. Chance, whose full name is Chancelor Bennett, has been drawing increasingly large...
  • 'Hold Fast,' Blue Balliett's new children's book, explores shelter life

     'Hold Fast,' Blue Balliett's new children's book, explores shelter life
    Where to begin in addressing the most pressing needs of the children of homeless families, whose members lack necessities most people take for granted? Do not underestimate the ability of a mystery story to lift and empower even these children, whose...
  • Lunch conversation, community inspiration

    Lunch conversation, community inspiration
    Last week, I enjoyed joining a lunch discussion with a few dozen community leaders who were interested in education, volunteerism, and the community. The goal of the lunch was to brainstorm ways together to inspire students, parents and policy-makers to...
  • Taking science to the masses

    Taking science to the masses
    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....
  • Michael Hainey book raises questions about truth versus family

    Michael Hainey book raises questions about truth versus family
    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?...
  • 'After Visiting Friends': A son's search for his father

    'After Visiting Friends': A son's search for his father
    A couple of years ago I got a call from the deputy editor at Gentleman’s Quarterly, the Manhattan-based monthly magazine focusing on style, culture and other manly matters.  His name is Michael Hainey, and he wanted to know what I knew about...
  • Heady, bone-jarring stuff on display in 'Skulls'

    Heady, bone-jarring stuff on display in 'Skulls'
    Before he started working on "Skulls: An Exploration of Alan Dudley's Curious Collection," author Simon Winchester had limited experience with body parts. That's not to say he had no experience. "Looking back in my history, there was this six-month...