| 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 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...
| 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...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 7:50 AM
It is not hard to know what American publisher, bookseller and editor Frederic Melcher had in mind when he proposed the creation of an annual award for the year's best children's book: "To encourage original creative work in the field of books for...
| Dec 22, 2013
When Rachel Switall was earning her master's degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, she partnered with students who lived in Cabrini Green to create a magazine called Peaceful Times.
This was close to 20 years ago, when a series called...
| Apr 29, 2011
| 2:52 PM
Nikki Giovanni will read her work as part of the Chicago Public Library's PoetryFest and the Poetry Foundation's Poetry Off the Shelf series at 2 p.m. in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St.;...
| May 20, 2011
| 2:01 PM
Q: Where is Printers Row Lit Fest?
A: Printers Row Lit Fest is in historic Printers Row, on and around the area of Dearborn Street, from Harrison to Polk streets in Chicago.
Q: How do I get tickets?
A: All events are free, but those in the Harold...
| May 20, 2011
| 2:04 PM
Chicago has been very good to Erik Larson, even though it greeted his latest visit with a nasty rain and temperatures more common to November than to mid-May, which was why we were talking in the bar of his downtown hotel rather than wandering city...
| May 27, 2011
| 11:30 AM
Just like you, we're looking forward to next week's Printer's Row Lit Fest. Lifestyle/Books editor Pam Becker asked our colleagues which Lit Fest events they were looking forward to.
Here's classical music critic John von Rhein's pick:
"On Saturday, I&...
| Jun 3, 2011
| 8:17 AM
Memoir writing: How do you turn a life story into something more than a slog through boring facts? Perhaps Carol LaChapelle has an answer. 11 a.m., University Center/Multimedia Room
— Judy Hevrdejs, reporter
Tavern recipes: Susan and Drew...