| Nov 3, 2013
In awarding the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Fiction to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's "Americanah," we recognize a novel that engages with important ideas about race, and does so with style, wit and insight. Adichie has updated the traditional...
| Jun 2, 2013
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...
| Jun 2, 2013
| 8:09 PM
"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...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 3:01 PM
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...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 9:32 AM
It's already been a long winter, and it's only January. Looking to embark on Operation Get the Ants Outta Your Kids’ Pants as you muddle through the rest of it? We’ve got your back.
Want to commune with nature…inside? Visit Garfield...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 9:34 AM
Thanksgiving is as late as it can be, and Hanukkah is earlier than usual this year, but the holiday shows always arrive right on schedule. From warmhearted theatrical classics to spicy newcomers, ballet to tap, traditional music to pop, we have enough...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 11:31 AM
South Africa's top diplomat in Chicago has invited residents to sign a condolence book regarding the death of Nelson Mandela.
"I have been amazed to find that Chicagoans from all walks of life felt the pain that South Africans felt," said Consul General...
| Dec 12, 2013
For centuries, the defining role of the library has been as a repository of books. Now, in the 21st century, the library faces perhaps its most momentous challenge: Americans are moving away increasingly from the printed page to digital screens for...
| Mar 31, 2014
| 7:23 AM
We're giving away free tickets to the Chicago Public Library Foundation’s "Night in the Stacks" event on Friday, April 4.
Night in the Stacks, which will be Friday at 7 p.m. in the Harold Washington Library Center, features an open bar, DJ and...
| Apr 2, 2014
| 6:19 PM
For a woman of mystery, the late North Shore nanny Vivian Maier certainly is easy to find these days. The latest installments in the posthumous story of Maier and the compelling photographic images she snapped — but rarely developed — come...
| 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...