| Sep 25, 2011
The novel "The Night Circus" (Doubleday: 387 pp., $26.95) is receiving a good deal of attention, and it's rightly deserved — even though some comparisons of Erin Morgenstern's fable to other popular books seem sky-high and unfair (to her). Does...
| May 1, 2011
A once-successful toy executive and family man suffering from depression begins communicating through a beaver hand puppet. With Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster and Anton Yelchin. Written by Kyle Killen. Directed by Foster. Summit...
| May 29, 2011
There's no point in getting wordy, so we'll simply remind you that the Tribune-sponsored 27th annual Printers Row Lit Fest takes place June 4-5. For now, here are 10 "chapters" of Chicago lit:
1 Ben Hecht, who co-wrote the play "The Front Page" and was a...
| Dec 19, 2011
| 3:25 PM
A love of books goes a lot farther than reading for 32-year-old Caitlin Phillips.
Her first job was working at a used bookstore, where she saw how many books were damaged and relegated to the trash. In 2004, Phillips created Rebound Designs, rescuing...
| Jul 30, 2011
Henry James once opined that the two most beautiful words in the English language are "summer afternoon." I would like to edit James — alas, who wouldn't? — and bestow the most felicitous phrase award upon the words "summer reading."
| Jul 28, 2011
| 2:24 PM
Theatrical producer, writer and director Steve Josephson spent the last year shuttling between Prague and Laguna Beach, getting to know Czech movie- and theater-maker Mirjam Landa.
The two met at the 2010 Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, where...
| Sep 1, 2011
| 4:21 PM
Founded in 2001, our club meets monthly.
We pick titles by theme and try to bring food and drink to match the book's content. Some of our favorite combinations were graveyard cake and blood punch for Ray Bradbury's "Something Wicked This Way Comes" and...
| Sep 15, 2011
| 4:12 PM
It all started with a story.
For the last 13 years, Craig Lockwood, the 73-year-old former editor of Surfing and Surfer magazines, has been toiling over a detective story he wrote based on a down-on-his-luck private eye who works out of a Santa Monica...
| Dec 28, 2011
| 3:19 PM
The illuminated duck will drop over Havre de Grace, Saturday, Dec. 31, with fireworks on the Havre de Grace Middle School grounds on Lewis Lane. Thank you Susquehanna Hose Company volunteers for continuing this tradition in Havre de Grace.
Happy New Year...
| Dec 30, 2011
| 9:56 AM
In an anecdote that sticks to the memory like an overdone cookie on an undergreased cookie sheet — those 2011 holiday baking mishaps still rankle — an American visiting the Sorbonne is accosted by a French student.
"You Americans!" the...
| Mar 6, 2012
| 7:59 AM
When Walt Disney Co.'s "John Carter" opens in theaters this weekend, the science-fiction adventure may encounter obstacles as formidable as its hero faces on Mars.
The film brings to the big screen a century-old fantasy tale, from Tarzan creator Edgar...