| Dec 21, 2013
| 7:00 AM
The setting: a gloomy metropolis in the not-too-distant future. Endless rows of identically clad proles sit before a giant screen, watching Big Brother rant about the virtues of group think. "We are one people with one will, one resolve, one cause!" he...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 2:34 PM
Reading one of Jennifer Weiner's contemporary novels of manners is a bit like biting into an apple. The experience is full of flavor, more crisp than juicy, and refreshingly tart.
Partly, that's because the novels typically are narrated by a heroine...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 1:38 PM
A film version of Philip Roth's 1997 "American Pastoral" has been in the works for ages -- since about the time it won the Pulitzer Prize. But it's getting close. It's got a director, a script, and a star: Ewan McGregor.
McGregor will play the novel's ...
| 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 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...
| Jan 20, 2012
| 11:59 AM
Our book club is a 17-member city book club, begun 16 years ago in The Buckingham Condominium on East Randolph Street, evolving to include friends from other buildings.
We mostly focus on current culture, a delightful example being "Major Pettigrew's...
| Feb 1, 2012
| 7:04 AM
In a blockbuster scoop this morning that had Broadway people choking on their cornflakes, New York Post columnist Michael Riedel reported that the powerful New York producer Scott Rudin had angrily pulled the plug on his upcoming Broadway production of...
| 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...
| 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...