| Sep 26, 2014
| 3:42 PM
Those looking for a herringbone sport jacket with a story to tell can still buy Ray Bradbury's version, some of his jewelry, even a set of oil paints.
But a large swath of the estate of the acclaimed author and Waukegan native has been purchased at...
| Sep 19, 2014
| 12:12 PM
Renowned author and Waukegan native Ray Bradbury traced his inspiration for becoming a writer to a cups and balls magic trick given to him by a carnival worker in the 1930s.
Now, that item and more than 450 others are available to those who want to...
| Jul 20, 2014
| 7:30 AM
Accessories designer Kendall Conrad's face brightens on a recent morning in her sun-filled Abbot Kinney boutique as she flips through pages of playful owl sketches, images of black-and-white ceramic vessels with Minotaur faces and the color blue,...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 10:28 AM
One of Los Angeles' greatest noir writers will be getting a permanent place in the sun: on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Raymond Chandler is one of 30 people who will get such stars in 2015.
Most of the stars on the Walk of Fame honor people we see on the...
| Jun 30, 2014
| 2:30 AM
BIRTHDAY GUY: Actor Marton Csokas was born in Invercargill, New Zealand, on this day in 1966. This birthday guy played the role of Lord Celeborn in two "The Lord of the Rings" movies. His other film work includes "Noah," "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" and...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 8:05 AM
World Book Night U.S. is suspending operations, Publishers Weekly reports, after just three years.
The idea of World Book Night is to have volunteers give away free books all on a single day in April. In 2013, 27,500 American volunteers distributed half...
| Jun 5, 2014
| 4:30 PM
This fall, when my students study "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," it won't be the same due to the passing of Maya Angelou last week.
Just as we all have to deal with the death of loved ones as we live our lives, an English teacher has to deal with...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 10:09 AM
"Adventures in time and space," the announcer intones. "Told in future tense!" There is a gong, a pause, and then: "Dimension X!" followed by an echo, "X! X! X!"
It's a cheesy introduction, but forgivable -- it was recorded in 1950. "Dimension X" was...
| May 30, 2014
What a difference three decades make. The first Printers Row book fair, in 1985, featured about 40 booksellers and attracted a reported 6,500 attendees to what once had been a somewhat dicey neighborhood. Considering the crowds in recent years, the 2014...
| Aug 12, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Sameness, the conformist plague that afflicts the futuristic citizens of Lois Lowry's celebrated and scorned YA novel, "The Giver," might also be the name given to what ails the movie adaptation -- the latest in a seemingly endless line of teen-centric...
| Aug 12, 2014
| 5:49 AM
An effort is underway to honor one of Waukegan's favorite sons, the late science fiction pioneer Ray Bradbury.
Waukegan Public Library Executive Director Richard Lee said nearly all the details remain to be worked out beyond the basic idea — a...