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  • Fiction, nonfiction books to gift

    Fiction, nonfiction books to gift
    The first Christmas gift I can remember receiving was a book. I was 4 years old, still unable to read, but when Santa left me a copy of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by Chicago's own L. Frank Baum, I felt certain that it was the greatest gift any boy had...
  • Comic book collections that pack a worthy holiday punch

    Comic book collections that pack a worthy holiday punch
    Recently, a comic shop guy explained to me that hernia-inducing, unabridged dictionary-sized, hardcover reprint collections of superhero comics exist because during the holiday season there are people who know a relative loves Spider-Man. This is...
  • PEN auction features authors' notes on first editions

    PEN auction features authors' notes on first editions
    Collectors of first editions ordinarily would steer clear of books marked up and full of scribbled notes — but it depends who's doing the scribbling. For the 75 books on auction at the PEN American Center's "First Editions/Second Thoughts," they may...
  • Verses of note: The best poetry of 2014

    Verses of note: The best poetry of 2014
    Most of this year's high-profile poetry titles slid right off my eyeballs. Plus ça change. The New Yorker and The New York Times Book Review regularly ignore exciting books like Robyn Schiff's "Revolver" and (my friend) Anthony Madrid's "I Am Your Slave...
  • Upcoming Chicago literary events

    Dec. 2: Chris Chelios will discuss his memoir, "Chris Chelios: Made in America," co-written with Kevin Allen. 7 p.m., Anderson's Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville, andersonsbookshop.com, 630-355-2665 Dec. 5: The Society of Children's Book...
  • 6 audiobooks perfect for holiday giving

    6 audiobooks perfect for holiday giving
    We've been telling one another stories for at least since we started drawing on cave walls, if not sooner. That may be a big fat cliché, but it's a satisfying explanation why the best audiobooks can lay such permanent tracks in our memories. So this year,...
  • Reader of the Week: Ryan Patrick Sullivan

    Reader of the Week: Ryan Patrick Sullivan
    Who I am Ryan Patrick Sullivan from Crystal Lake. One unique thing about me I first fell in love with books when my Grandma Billie read me "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" when I was about 5. Her voice and Mark Twain's words filled my spongy brain...
  • The best books for the science fiction fan

    The best books for the science fiction fan
    Fantasy and science fiction books can be hazardous terrain during gift-giving season, especially when those who don't read them try to find gifts for those who do. Everyone recognizes the wan half-smile that results when, say, someone who grew up...
  • Best-sellers: Hardcover fiction and nonfiction, plus Chicagoland hits

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. "The Escape" by David Baldacci (Grand Central, $28). Combat veteran and special agent John Puller must track down his criminal brother. Last week: — 2. "Revival" by Stephen King (Scribner, $30). Two men — one an...
  • YA books to place under the Christmas tree

    YA books to place under the Christmas tree
    This past year, adults who enjoy reading young adult novels were told to grow up. Like Goldilocks sinking into Mama Bear's chair, cultural critics such as A.O. Scott of The New York Times, Ruth Graham of Slate and Christopher Beha of The New Yorker...
  • The best suspense novels to give as gifts

    The best suspense novels to give as gifts
    "Gone Girl" was our notice: The adults are in charge again. No more vampires, no more zombies, no more hunger games. As the wars and financial panics of the last decade have dwindled into memory, so too have the grim apocalyptic novels they inspired, as...