| Mar 14, 2014
Randall Albers still gets emotional when recalling a cherished memory from Story Week, the festival of writers he founded 17 years ago. In 2000, Hubert Selby Jr., author of "Last Exit to Brooklyn," was greeted with a standing ovation.
"When he came...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 2:37 PM
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...
| 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...
| 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...
| May 30, 2014
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...
| May 6, 2014
| 6:40 AM
All branches of the Chicago Public Library will be closed on Wednesday, May 7, officials said this week.
That includes the Harold Washington Library Center, Woodson Regional and Sulzer Regional Libraries. The branches are being closed for a day of staff...
| May 7, 2014
| 2:21 PM
How many times has this happened to you? You're taking out-of-town visitors around the Loop or another popular neighborhood, and they point to a building you've seen thousands of times before and ask "What's that?" You hem and haw while your credibility...
| Feb 12, 2013
| 3:14 PM
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?...
| Feb 16, 2013
| 5:17 PM
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...
| Mar 1, 2013
| 6:53 PM
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...
| Mar 4, 2013
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...