| Oct 20, 2014
| 7:16 AM
The Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival, performed in the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan, is named for one of that town's most famous sons. It takes place on the late author's favorite holiday, Halloween. Naturally, participating storytellers plan to...
| Oct 10, 2014
Bathing the Lion by Jonathan Carroll, St. Martin's, 280 pages, $25.99
Jonathan Carroll is something of a genius at rug-pulling. In any given novel, it's almost impossible to anticipate when his utterly believable portraits of domestic life might veer...
| Sep 29, 2014
| 1:48 PM
A collection of Ray Bradbury's personal book collection, art, rare science fiction ephemera and more was auctioned last week for close to a half-million dollars.
Bradbury, the author of the books "Fahreheit 451," "Something Wicked This Way Comes,"...
| 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...
| Apr 16, 2014
| 8:30 PM
Walter Roy Beery, an actor who appeared in numerous television shows but whose first love was the theater, died at his home in Sherman Oaks, Calif., on April 6 from complications of lymphoma. He was 75.
Beery supported himself by working as a film broker...
| Apr 18, 2014
Sleep is so essential a human function that it constantly crops up in conversation, songs and idioms. "I'm So Tired," John Lennon crooned. "I'm dog-tired," the expression goes. In some way or another, it's always on our minds.
"No one should sleep on...
| Apr 7, 2014
| 7:15 AM
This post has been corrected. See the note below.
Quinn Emmett is a Los Angeles-based actor and a screenwriter. But he has also, perhaps surprisingly, found himself as the editor and publisher of the Fog Horn, a new digital literary magazine. Publishing...
| Mar 7, 2014
There's not much to see on the northeast corner of Wabash and Superior in downtown Chicago these days. Just a fenced-in private parking lot threatening, UNAUTHORIZED VEHICLES WILL BE TOWED. But that sign should be replaced with a plaque, because 100 years...
| 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...
| May 19, 2014
| 1:41 PM
Ray Bradbury’s home of more than 50 years, where he did much of his writing, is on the market in Cheviot Hills at $1.495 million.
The traditional home, built in 1937, features vaulted ceilings, a brick fireplace in the living room, wainscoting and...
| May 20, 2014
| 6:10 PM
Do authors leave a trace of their genius behind in the places where they've written? How about if they lived in a home for more than a half a century? If so, writers take note: Ray Bradbury's Los Angeles home could be yours.
For $1.495 million. That's...