| Mar 8, 2013
| 11:10 AM
In her long and famously prolific career as a novelist, Joyce Carol Oates has worked in many different modes, from the social realism of her National Book Award-winning "them" (1969) and the neo-Gothic storytelling of "Bellefleur" (1980) to the...
| Sep 21, 2012
| 4:18 PM
With his first collection of short stories, “Drown,” and his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” Junot Díaz won enthusiastic fans. Díaz spoke about his new collection, “This Is How You Lose...
| Oct 1, 2012
| 4:06 PM
We are from the Long Grove/Buffalo Grove area, and the core group has been meeting over 30 years.
Our discussions, led by a professional reviewer, are always interesting. Providing background knowledge and steering discussion questions originate with the...
| Oct 5, 2012
| 1:48 PM
"A short story must be, by definition, short. That's the trouble with short stories. That's why they're so difficult to write. How do you keep a narrative brief and still have it function as a story?"
That's what Jeffrey Eugenides writes in his...
| Jun 28, 2012
| 10:27 AM
We're based in the western suburbs.
We meet monthly nine months out of the year.
We choose all our books to be read from September through May the summer before.
We meet once each summer for Shakespeare at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook....
| Mar 9, 2012
Reporting from New York -- The National Book Critics Circle gave its 2011 fiction prize to Edith Pearlman, an under-the-radar writer of short stories, at its annual awards ceremony Thursday evening at the New School. Pearlman won for her collection...
| Mar 9, 2012
| 5:29 PM
We have been together for more than 30 years. We're a mixed group from Oak Park — married, singles and a few former Catholic priests.
For our 25th year celebration we rented a villa in Tuscany. We still smile and enjoy talking about it.
| Jan 18, 2013
| 2:25 PM
I've been spending my holiday teaching break trying to finish a manuscript for a young adult coming-of-age novel I'm working on, which has me thinking a lot about coming-of-age novels, which has me wondering if all good novels aren't coming-of-age novels....
| May 3, 2013
| 12:46 PM
Two separate incidents made me a little bit sad over the last couple weeks.
One was in my academic writing class when I asked my students (most of them freshmen) if they'd consider taking another English class at some point in their college careers. The...
| May 10, 2013
| 1:16 PM
One thing to know about our book club
We are The Investment Book Club. We have 15 members and have all known each other since the mid 1970s. We are from Wheaton. At first, we were an active Investment Club in the late 1990s until 2004. By then, we had...
| Oct 26, 2011
10 writers will each receive $50,000 from the Whiting Foundation....