| Oct 27, 2013
Novelist Donna Tartt doesn't publish very often — her engrossing new book, “The Goldfinch,” is her first since 2002's “The Little Friend,” which itself trailed her wildly popular fictional debut, “The Secret History,&...
| Aug 1, 2013
What do you think of when you think of Chicago?
Who is an author you’d like to meet, dead or alive?
John Irving. I stood behind him on an escalator once, and stared at the back of his neck. That doesn’t count as meeting...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 1:00 PM
I've never been a fan of grand hyperbolic declarations in book reviews, but faced with "On Such a Full Sea," I have no choice but to ask: Who is a greater novelist than Chang-rae Lee today?
His new, his fifth — where have you been? — book...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 12:20 PM
It's not clear to me why anyone tries predicting anything, because no one is any good at it.
There is a tie at the top of the horrible prognosticators list between sports reporters and political pundits. Often, the greater the apparent expertise, the...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 10:33 AM
On the day before the Winter Olympics officially open in Russia, more than 200 authors, including several Nobel laureates, have called on President Vladimir Putin to repeal laws that limit freedom of expression and create a climate of fear among writers....
| Dec 4, 2011
Alfred A. Knopf, $24.95
A crisis of faith prompts a man to begin a journey of self-discovery from Africa to Asia.
The Angel Esmeralda
The first collection of short stories from a...
| May 28, 2011
— What makes Jane Fonda say "wow"? A bigger-than-capacity crowd of more than 200 booksellers waiting to hear about her latest, "Prime Time: Creating a Great Third Act," a rousing manual for aging well.
FOR THE RECORD:
| Nov 10, 2011
| 1:11 PM
Once again challenging the conventional wisdom that people don’t read books — or worse, that people in this golden age of YouTube and Dancing With the Stars don’t have time to read them — the Miami Book Fair International returns...
| Apr 15, 2011
| 1:25 PM
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church Book Club
In January: We celebrated our 11th anniversary.
We have discussed: Nearly 80 books.
Our group: Ranges in age from 40s to 80s and includes women and men with a wide mix of careers.
We don't: Get off target...
| Apr 15, 2011
| 4:43 PM
Hoyne Book Club
Our book club started: With two neighbors who shared books, then thought it would be fun to include other women on our block.
Once or twice a year: We have a field trip pairing a theme of a book with an outing. For example, the group...
| Apr 29, 2011
| 2:52 PM
Carillon North Book Club
Our book club: was established 10 years ago in the Carillon North community of Grayslake. Our group is made up of men and women.
The Grayslake Area Public Library: helps us locate books from our reading list and makes them...