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  • The best books of 2014

    Why do we do this to ourselves? Why must we annually compile top 10 lists when there are clearly more than 10 worthy books published every year? More books than we can get to even if we are avid readers? Because we're human, and we love lists. That's...
  • Theater News: Hartford Stage's Maxwell Williams New Orleans-Bound

    Theater News: Hartford Stage's Maxwell Williams New Orleans-Bound
    Hartford Stage's associate artistic director will now be running a theater of his own. Maxwell Williams, a member of the Hartford Stage artistic team for more than a decade, is the new artistic director of Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carré located in...
  • We Need Diverse Books sparks children's lit movement

    We Need Diverse Books sparks children's lit movement
    Last month, Daniel Handler, the author of the successful "A Series of Unfortunate Events" franchise, himself created an unfortunate event that got the book industry roiling. Handler was emceeing the National Book Awards in New York City, where, after...
  • Review: 'All My Puny Sorrows' by Miriam Toews

    Review: 'All My Puny Sorrows' by Miriam Toews
    It was late at night when I finished "All My Puny Sorrows," the heartbreaking, valiant, very funny new novel by Miriam Toews. Everyone was asleep. I slipped out of bed and went into the darkened living room, turned on my computer, and started to look...
  • 2014 books that flew under radar

    2014 books that flew under radar
    Newspaper book editors are a tough breed. They have to be, since whatever the satisfactions of their position — I'm sure there are many — they come to the job knowing that a high degree of failure is inevitable. There are so many new books,...
  • Actor, voice artist JoBe Cerny launches audiobook line

    Actor, voice artist JoBe Cerny launches audiobook line
    Maggie Pill, a Michigan-based mystery writer who uses a pseudonym, recently marked a first in her career: Her book "The Sleuth Sisters" was adapted for an audiobook. "I used to be a playwright," she said in a phone interview. "I can't explain (the...
  • Frederick Barthelme on 'There Must Be Some Mistake'

    Frederick Barthelme on 'There Must Be Some Mistake'
    There may be twists and turns in most novels, but things usually turn out more or less the way we expected. Even when there's a big surprise at the end, typically it seems, at least in hindsight, inevitable. Things fall into place, over a few hundred...
  • Reader of the Week: Clark Hulse

    Reader of the Week: Clark Hulse
    Who I am Clark Hulse, Chicago Humanities Festival board chair, from downtown Chicago. One unique thing about me I laughed all the way through "Moby-Dick." It's hilarious. I loved I've been reading novels by great novelists from places I knew...
  • From the archive: Cuba's revolution of the arts

    From the archive: Cuba's revolution of the arts
    Editor's note: As the process of normalizing U.S.-Cuban relations begins, we look back to 1969 when critic Renata Adler assessed the impact of Cuba's revolution on the nation's artists. In this year of severe rationing and shortages of nearly everything...
  • 'American Sniper' author's widow will appeal book verdict

    Taya Kyle, widow of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle, will appeal a $1.8-million verdict against her husband's estate, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. A federal jury found Kyle's estate liable for defamation earlier this year, finding in favor of...
  • 12 ways to do literary good this holiday season

    12 ways to do literary good this holiday season
      What with all the wrapping and trips to the store and airport lines and online shopping, it's easy to lose hold of the idea that the holidays are for giving. If you have room left on your list or in your wallet, here are some ways to give for the...