| Jul 7, 2011
| 4:00 AM
Who knew, apparently references in Jonathan Franzen novels pay off.
The 9:30 Club has been named one of America's most influential clubs by Billboard magazine.
In an item published last week, the club was included alongside New York City's Bowery Room...
| Jul 8, 2011
| 8:44 AM
Our "booklub" started about six years ago. We all lived within a few blocks in Wilmette.
We really enjoyed "Small Island" by Andrea Levy. We were appalled by the treatment of black soldiers in Britain during World War II. The author's descriptions helped...
| Jul 12, 2011
| 9:04 AM
Summer reading doesn't have to mean light reading. A summer vacation can offer the free time to grapple with weighty themes. Whether you're lying on the beach or pressed against the air conditioner this month, you might give one of these idea-driven books...
| Jul 17, 2011
Guilt was Patricia Highsmith's great theme. In her books even the good know they're not innocent, and they carry an apprehension that they too will be found out. "Night was falling quickly, with visible speed like a black sea creeping over the earth,"...
| Aug 6, 2011
"Writing" seems an inadequate word to describe what Stephen Sondheim has done, yet it is the breadth, impact and influence of his writing that have won him the 2011 Chicago Tribune Literary Prize for lifetime achievement.
The 81-year-old composer and...
| Sep 23, 2011
| 11:53 AM
Our book club began in 1988. We meet monthly for dinner and discussion. We alternate meetings between Chicago and Oak Park.
The name of our club has changed a couple of times. Now we've settled on The Bonza! Bookclub (from "A Town Like Alice" by Nevil...
| Sep 9, 2011
| 12:48 PM
Our book club is composed of about 20 students in seventh and eighth grades (at the academy, in Chicago). The students are always busy with schoolwork and extracurricular activities, but they find time to tackle the club's extra reading.
Our club meets...
| Sep 9, 2011
| 3:45 PM
Our 15-year-old Western Springs/La Grange book club is modeled on one member's mother's downstate 100-year-old book club. At each monthly meeting, two members present a 20-minute review of a book of their choice.
Twice a year we discuss a book we've...
| Nov 4, 2011
| 1:08 PM
On Nov. 3, 2002, Arthur Miller stepped up to the Armour Stage at Symphony Center, stood at the podium and read from his book "On Politics and the Art of Acting," in which he explored the American political stage.
As inaugural winner of the Tribune...
| Oct 31, 2011
| 11:49 AM
If you want to make Stephen Sondheim mad enough to swat you over the head with a rolled-up musical score, try this:
Call him a poet.
As Sondheim insists in interviews, essays and in the introduction to his book "Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics...
| Nov 4, 2011
| 12:57 PM
The Bookies have been meeting for more than four years. We have 12 members and a wonderful facilitator. Our members live in Chicago and the northern suburbs.
We meet at a different member's home each month. The host selects the title the group will...