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  • Almena Lomax dies at 95; civil rights activist launched Los Angeles Tribune newspaper

    Almena Lomax dies at 95; civil rights activist launched Los Angeles Tribune newspaper
    Almena Lomax, a journalist and civil rights activist who launched the Los Angeles Tribune, a feisty weekly newspaper that served the African American community in the 1940s and '50s, died March 25 in Pasadena. She was 95. Her death came after a short...
  • Gil Scott-Heron dies at 62; singer and poet 'set the template' for rap music

    Gil Scott-Heron dies at 62; singer and poet 'set the template' for rap music
    Gil Scott-Heron, a singer, songwriter, poet and author whose social commentary and combination of spoken words with musical grooves are widely cited as a seminal influence on rap music, died Friday. He was 62. The Associated Press reported that a friend,...
  • Memories that bind

    Memories that bind
    When we think about the year-end holidays, books often are at the center of our memories. Maybe we received a special book as a gift, and it became a cherished memento. Or maybe we read a book about the holidays each year, as a treasured part of our...
  • Simple story had unexpected effects

    Simple story had unexpected effects
    It has been 50 years since Ezra Jack Keats introduced the world to young Peter, the little hand-painted boy who awakens to a fresh snowfall and sets out on a joyful errand. "He picked up a handful of snow — and another, and still another. He packed...
  • Book places: Hall Library

    Book places: Hall Library
    Known as the “Black Jewel of the Midwest,” the George Cleveland Hall Branch of the Chicago Public Library has been serving the Bronzeville community since 1932. Earlier this year, it was recommended for landmark status for its role as a...
  • Poetry magazine well-versed in criticism

    Poetry magazine well-versed in criticism
    Poetry makes nothing happen. So saidW.H. Auden. Who never lived in Chicago. Or knew Don Share. Share is the senior editor of Poetry magazine, the venerable Chicago-based literary institution. It turns 100 next year and has seen far more than nothing...
  • Revisit required reading

    Revisit required reading
    Paul W. Hankins remembers vaguely reading “The Grapes of Wrath” in high school, the same way he remembers vaguely reading “The Great Gatsby.” “That fake reading,” he recalls with a laugh. “Where you sat in class...
  • Celebrating the genius of 'Huckleberry Finn'

    Celebrating the genius of 'Huckleberry Finn'
    Mark Twain was not quite 50 when he published "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" in February 1885, and in so doing, changed American literature. Until then, many of our writers had flirted with vernacular expression, most notably Thomas Paine, whose...
  • It's the sound of angels singing

    This year, women are very much in charge of the Congo Square Theatre's annual production of "The Nativity." Starting with the new director, Ilesa Duncan, and extending all the way up to Gabriel. That archangel is played this year by Alexis J. Rogers,...
  • Theater review: 'Superior Donuts' at Geffen Playhouse

     
    In real life, odd couples can be tiresome with their bickering and bellyaching, but in the theater they’re usually a source of comic bliss. And there’s a memorable one on display right now at the Geffen Playhouse, where Tracy Letts’........
  • On the Web: A literary marriage, a writer's lessons and more book news

     
    Librarians meet, a 75-year-old author weds and an Oscar-winning writer shares his secrets in today's book news....