| Aug 4, 2010
| 10:52 PM
A book club with a Hollywood sheen, the monthly literary luncheon known as Round Table West, took root in 1977 at a ballroom in the Ambassador Hotel and grew into the largest such gathering in the nation.
Public relations executive Marylin Hudson was one...
| Feb 29, 2012
| 4:57 PM
Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple – residents of Silver Spring, Md.? British novelist Agatha Christie’s classic mysteries, such as "Murder on the Orient Express," now belong to a U.S. company.
Acorn Media Group snapped up 64% of Christie’s...
| Feb 4, 2012
Capable ensembles of early-career actors aren't uncommon in Chicago's huge, non-Equity theater scene — increasingly the preferred theatrical destination for the well-trained and only just out of school.
These days, open-minded, risk-inclined...
| Nov 14, 2010
Channel-surf almost any night of the week in Britain and chances are you'll come across a gruesome crime drama featuring a dark and tortured soul whose brutal, morally repellent deeds make you recoil in horror.
And that's just the detective.
| Dec 5, 2010
Every Christmas when I was a child and even as a young adult, I knew which present I would open last. Deep under the tree, covered with fallen needles and those home-made paper ornaments you save for the lowest branches, lay a large box. Originally used...
| Jun 16, 2011
Alice Ozma's father read to her every night before bed for 3,218 days straight. "The Streak," as Ozma and her father, Jim Brozina, called it, began when Ozma was in fourth grade and didn't stop until the day she moved into her college dormitory when she...
| Mar 6, 2012
| 4:44 PM
"Mainstream media" usually refers to some perceived liberal bias in the media. But newspapers, magazines and other organizations are busy these days trying to survive, like characters in a Christie thriller. We'll look to any outlet: Facebook, Twitter,...
| May 24, 2012
| 10:28 AM
John and Leila Juracek's British friends tell them their 1929 Tudor Revival house in Baltimore's Homeland neighborhood is more like an English cottage than the country cottages in England.
The L-shaped exterior is of 18-inch-thick stone dressed in ivy...
| Jun 4, 2011
Bookshelves real and virtual are stocked with volumes about Los Angeles and Southern California written by people who parachute into a Westside guest house for a few weeks, hit the hot spots and high spots, then write with voice-of-God authority for...
| Nov 25, 2011
| 4:34 PM
Unfamiliar with the works of Don DeLillo? For a primer of sorts, says David L. Ulin in a review featured in this Sunday's books coverage, you might turn to the collection "The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories." This short story collection,......
| Oct 29, 2010
| 4:35 PM
HALLOWEEN 2010: As much as we love scary movies, sometimes we'd rather curl up with a good book when Halloween rolls around â a good comic book, that is. We trembled our way through underground legend Charles Burns' creeptastic new âX'ed Out' and...