| May 8, 2013
| 2:53 PM
Less than a year after “The Great Gatsby” was published in 1925, F. Scott Fitzgerald was paid $16,666 for the film rights. “Come and see it all!” beckons the trailer for the silent film. “And enjoy the entertainment thrill of...
| May 9, 2013
| 2:18 PM
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What do you think of when you think of Chicago?
Oddly enough, the 1860 Republican convention that nominated Abraham Lincoln.
Who is an author you'd like to meet, dead or alive?...
| May 10, 2013
| 9:56 AM
Should we condemn Mrs. Bennet, the hilariously inept matchmaker in Jane Austen's “Pride and Prejudice,” for repeatedly sabotaging her daughters' prospects with her own uncouth behavior and transparent gold-digging?
Or should we commend her...
| May 25, 2013
| 11:30 AM
Between 1920 and 1930, there were three writers with at least five books in the list of 10 best-selling books, according to Publishers Weekly. Two of them are Zane Grey and Sinclair Lewis. The other is Warwick Deeping.
| May 15, 2013
| 4:05 PM
"A library should be the heart of a city." Steven S. Choi, mayor of Irvine, said this in his Jan. 29 article in the Orange County Register. This is a theme that has been repeated many times by those who know the benefits of libraries, who know that even...
| May 18, 2013
| 6:45 AM
Vincent Kartheiser will swap his sharp suits for ruffles and coattails. The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis announced that the “Mad Men” star will play Mr. Darcy in its summer production of “Pride and Prejudice.”
The adaptation by...
| May 24, 2013
A mother and daughter anxiously scan the aisles of an Israeli supermarket. They're not looking for fresh produce but rather a clandestine glimpse of a young man a matchmaker has proposed as a potential husband for the daughter. The mother's eye is...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 2:03 PM
"No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy would have supposed her to be a heroine," declares Jane Austen at the outset of "Northanger Abbey." Anyone who takes the pleasant but rather placid journey with the young Miss Morland offered in...
| Oct 13, 2013
Elizabeth Gilbert is of course best known for “Eat, Pray, Love” (2006), the megaselling memoir that was made into a popular 2010 film with Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem. But Gilbert's first love was fiction, to which she makes a triumphant...
| Oct 17, 2013
It's been 17 years since "Bridget Jones's Diary" first hit the scene, turning freelance journalist Helen Fielding into a best-selling author and screenwriter. Her latest installment, "Mad About the Boy," follows Bridget, now 51, as she copes with the loss...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 2:37 PM
Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood will star in "Into the Forest," a story of two sisters set in the not-too-distant future against the collapse of society. Jean Hegland's novel will be adapted by writer-director Patricia Rozema.
Page will also be...