| Sep 19, 2014
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....
| Sep 8, 2014
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...
| Sep 8, 2014
| 7:08 PM
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...
| May 23, 2013
| 9:23 AM
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...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 8:45 AM
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....
| May 8, 2013
| 7:29 PM
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...
| May 11, 2013
| 11:31 AM
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...
| May 16, 2013
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...
| May 17, 2013
| 3:18 PM
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...
| May 25, 2013
| 11:29 AM
"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...
| May 25, 2013
| 11:28 AM
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...