| Mar 13, 2011
The Oracle of Stamboul
Michael David Lukas
Harper: 294 pp., $24.99
Michael David Lukas' beguiling first novel starts with a familiar storyline, the hero's journey that underpins epic fantasy series such as "The Chronicles of Narnia" (C.S....
| Mar 24, 2011
| 7:40 PM
NEWPORT BEACH — Rows of third-grade students dressed in costumes stood statue-like, holding out their clenched right fists.
As parents walked up and down the rows and pressed a red "button" on the students' fists, 8-year-old versions of Leonardo...
| Apr 17, 2011
British children's fantasy author Diana Wynne Jones died last month while I was busy reading "The Emerald Atlas" for review, so it was inevitable that her spirit should haunt my reading. Jones is often cited as the forerunner of J.K. Rowling as the...
| Apr 15, 2011
| 6:49 PM
After a year in which Universal Orlando rode the popularity of Harry Potter to record heights, Walt Disney World is pinning its fortunes this summer on the one intellectual property with which the boy wizard is most often compared: Star Wars.
| Apr 30, 2011
| 7:33 PM
In the popular Inkheart series by Cornelia Funke, several characters have the ability to bring book characters to life — just by reading aloud the words on a page: "Mo could paint pictures in the empty air with his voice alone."
Thanks to modern...
| May 6, 2011
| 1:05 PM
Mother's Day is Sunday, and in celebration some of Printers Row's regular contributors discussed their favorite literary moms.
Julia Keller: Laura Bodey from "Gain" by Richard Powers
Literature includes good mothers and bad mothers, angelic mothers...
| May 12, 2011
| 7:13 AM
Chicago has no shortage of household-name suburbs.
Oak Park, Berwyn, Schaumburg, Evanston -- those are all fine and good. But for whatever reason, mention Naperville, even in passing, and you're going to get a reaction. Depending on who's in on the...
| May 27, 2011
| 3:30 PM
Calling young readers - and grown-ups who read those types of books. Printers Row Lit Fest is the place for you!
Our programming this year reflects the explosion in wonderful books for young readers who are beginning to develop their own taste in...
| Jun 8, 2011
| 2:44 PM
Melissa Rajala was never afraid to make the midnight trek to the bookstore to pick up the newest book of the Harry Potter series as soon as it hit the shelves, even if she didn’t fit J.K. Rowling’s primary demographic.
“I was one of the...
| Nov 2, 2011
| 7:44 AM
Can you imagine the second half of the "Harry Potter" saga without Ron Weasley? J.K. Rowling apparently did, at least briefly.
The author says that midway through the phenomenally successful series of novels, when she "wasn't in a very happy place,"...
| Apr 12, 2012
| 7:33 AM
J.K. Rowling's first book aimed at adults will be called "The Casual Vacancy," and will be released Sept. 27, her British publisher announced today.
Of course, Rowling's Harry Potter series appealed to kids and adults alike, so she comes with a ready-...