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  • Mark Zuckerberg's next Facebook book club pick is by Steven Pinker

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced his second book club pick for 2015: Steven Pinker's "The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined" published in 2011. The book argues that looking back at human history, violence is on the wane....
  • Review: 'Huck Finn's America' by Andrew Levy

    Review: 'Huck Finn's America' by Andrew Levy
    Given the fact that, nowadays, even best-selling authors have all the public visibility of sewer workers, it's difficult to realize that, at one point in our history, ordinary people not only knew who celebrated writers were but could actually be...
  • Has America turned into a spoof of itself?

    Has America turned into a spoof of itself?
    Did postmodernism kill literary satire? I've been wondering about this in the wake of the terror attacks on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, known for its caricatures of the prophet Muhammad; one appears on the cover of the current issue,...
  • Want to discuss cats, baseball or novels? Haruki Murakami is available for next 2 weeks

    If you are troubled, lost in life or just feel like discussing cats and Japanese baseball, visit "Mr. Murakami's Place" online. Starting Thursday, author Haruki Murakami is taking questions and responding as best as he can for the next two weeks. A best-...
  • Orwellian wordcrimes: The perils of not taking language seriously

    Orwellian wordcrimes: The perils of not taking language seriously
    In the early '80s, the era of Reagan, Indiana Jones, and K-cars, I read George Orwell's "Animal Farm" for seventh grade English class and wasn't sure what to make of it. Where were the human beings? What was the deal with Stalin and communism? Were 12-...
  • Upcoming Chicago literary events

    Upcoming Chicago literary events
    Jan. 20: Zoe Sugg, the YouTube vlogger known as "Zoella," will discuss her debut novel, "Girl Online." 6 p.m., Barnes & Noble- Old Orchard, 55 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, barnesandnoble.com, 847-676-2230 Jan. 22: Shari Goldhagen will discuss her new...
  • Crime fiction writer Ruth Rendell suffers serious stroke

    Ruth Rendell, 84, suffered a serious stroke last Wednesday, the Guardian reports. The author of more than 60 thrillers and mysteries is best known for her Inspector Wexford series. The author remains hospitalized "in a critical but stable condition,"...
  • Tamil writer quits after book 'One Part Woman' sparks protests in India by right-wing Hindus

    An Indian novelist went into hiding and said he has quit writing after his latest book about a woman's efforts to get pregnant with a stranger sparked virulent protests by right-wing Hindu and caste groups. Perumal Murugan's publisher was pulling all...
  • Review: 'See How Small' by Scott Blackwood

    Review: 'See How Small' by Scott Blackwood
    In 1991, four teenage girls, two of them sisters, were bound and gagged with their own clothes, raped, and shot to death in an I Can't Believe It's Yogurt shop that was then set on fire. Austin, Texas, was still a small town at the time, but the yogurt...
  • Publisher: Crime writer Ruth Rendell in 'critical but stable' condition after suffering stroke

    Prolific British crime writer Ruth Rendell is in critical but stable condition after suffering a stroke. Her publisher said in a statement Thursday that Rendell had a serious stroke eight days ago. It said she is hospitalized while doctors choose...
  • Paolo Virzi steps out of comedic comfort zone in 'Human Capital'

    Paolo Virzi steps out of comedic comfort zone in 'Human Capital'
    Italian filmmaker Paolo Virzì has long been considered one of the heirs of the Commedia all'italiana style of film comedy made famous by such directors as Dino Risi, Mario Monicelli and Ettore Scola. But Virzì noted that his films are much more than...