| 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,"...
| Dec 12, 2012
| 10:14 AM
If you weren't watching the Colbert Report on Tuesday night, you missed Stephen Colbert poking fun at author Malcolm Gladwell's shock of curly hair. Gladwell, for his part, looked kind of uncomfortable, and didn't even try to make a hair joke in return....
| Dec 12, 2012
| 4:40 PM
On Wednesday, the Dalkey Archive Press posted an announcement in its employment section. Founding publisher John O'Brien, it said, will be stepping down. He's been with the press, which is known for publishing books that are avant-garde and experimental,...
| Dec 21, 2012
| 1:16 PM
I'm looking at the shelves in my living room and I stopped counting at 140 books with three shelves to go. That's just one room where I stash books. There's two others, plus an office, plus some boxes I've never unpacked, not to mention the digital bits...
| Aug 24, 2012
| 3:55 PM
All summer long, Printers Row invited kids ages 5-16 to send in book reviews. Here's what young Chicago-area writers had to say. We've left the reviews mostly unedited to let the charm shine through. Watch for more to come.
"Frog and Toad All Year" by...
| Aug 24, 2012
| 3:54 PM
As Lucy Kobbs turned the final page of the seventh and last book in the "Harry Potter" series, she took a pencil to the wall beside her bed and memorialized the end of an era: 7/22/07, 3:20 a.m.
"It's one of those books that will stick with me for life,"...
| Sep 23, 2012
Greenwillow Books: 384 pp., $16.99, ages 9 and up
The average 16-year-old who writes usually does so for school, bringing the same level of rigor and enthusiasm to the...
| Sep 21, 2012
| 4:15 PM
Because I have somehow (sadly) become one of those people who gets his news through Twitter, I was recently confused at an explosion of outrage on my feed over something called "sock puppetry."
I couldn't imagine why the long-departed Shari Lewis would...
| Sep 25, 2012
| 9:57 AM
J.K. Rowling's first stab at adult literature, "The Casual Vacancy," won't be released until Thursday, but it's already headed to the top of the best seller lists. It's currently at #3 by Amazon and #2 by Barnes & Noble. Not a bad start.
| Sep 26, 2012
| 10:00 PM
It's hardly shocking that the most fully realized characters in "The Casual Vacancy," J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults, are the youngest.
Fats Wall, Krystal Weedon, Gaia Bawden, Andrew Price, Sukhvinder Jawanda: Even the names are vaguely...
| Sep 27, 2012
| 3:55 AM
LONDON (Reuters) - J.K. Rowling's first foray into adult fiction was bound to be compared to her wildly successful Harry Potter series, and, while "The Casual Vacancy" has earned mixed reviews, for some critics the magic has worn off.
The Casual Vacancy,...