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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....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Get early access to Chicago Humanities Festival tickets

    Get early access to Chicago Humanities Festival tickets
    Printers Row is pleased to offer a new membership perk: Early access to tickets for all Chicago Humanities Festival events. Tickets will be available to Printers Row members starting on Sept. 12 and will go on sale to the general public on Sept. 16....
  • Mom of slain teen: 'You can do all the right things and still come up with the same outcome'

    Mom of slain teen: 'You can do all the right things and still come up with the same outcome'
    Just before Ebony Ambrose went to bed about 10 p.m. Tuesday, her son Kevin Ambrose asked her if she had made the spinach gnocchi and apple cider pork like she had planned for dinner. Kevin Ambrose, 19, was hanging out with a friend and had not eaten...
  • Review: "Power to the People" edited by Geoff Kaplan

    Review: "Power to the People" edited by Geoff Kaplan
    One of Chicago's treasures is the microfilm archive of alternative newspapers housed in Harold Washington Library. I'm particularly fond of exploring the Seed, the Chicago periodical that helped Mayor Richard J. Daley's less loyal subjects prepare for the...
  • Sting added to Printer's Row Lit Fest

    Sting added to Printer's Row Lit Fest
    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...
  • 'Hold Fast' by Blue Balliett

    'Hold Fast' by Blue Balliett
    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...
  • Art Spiegelman's art obliterates category

     Art Spiegelman's art obliterates category
    "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...
  • Review: "Aesthetics" by Ivan Brunetti

    Although Ivan Brunetti has crafted many graphically striking comics and illustrations over the last quarter-century, perhaps the most telling inclusion in his new book, “Aesthetics: A Memoir,” is the worst looking. While attending the...