| Jun 2, 2014
| 2:55 PM
North Shore "Jeopardy!" champion Julia Collins' winning streak ended Monday, with the formidable women's record-holder taking third place in her 21st and final episode.
"I’ve had a while to get used to it, but still, with the final episode...
| Nov 6, 2014
| 5:10 PM
Books hand-annotated by Toni Morrison, Patti Smith, Don Delillo, Philip Roth and others are being auctioned at Christie's to benefit PEN American Center in New York.
For the Dec. 2 auction, titled First Editions/Second Thoughts, authors picked up...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 2:30 AM
The history of The New York Review of Books is incisively celebrated and distilled by co-directors Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi in "The 50-Year Argument," which takes us behind-the-scenes of editor Robert Silvers' storied weekly and finds, to its...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Seth Fishman gave up on his third novel in 2010.
A literary agent who studied with Chang-Rae Lee at Princeton University and represents acclaimed author Téa Obreht, Fishman had written two unpublished books before finishing a thriller about a poison...
| Jun 21, 2014
| 10:00 AM
You know when you fall in love with a band and you want everyone else to love them too?
You become a music proselytizer, trying to convert the skeptics. Just give it one listen, you say, sure they'll see the light.
Sometimes there’s the great...
| Jun 3, 2014
| 2:59 PM
A record-breaking "Jeopardy" winning streak has come to an end.
Julia Collins won 20 straight appearances on the long-running game show before losing on her 21st appearance, which aired Monday.
Collins' 20 wins have made her the most successful...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 10:00 AM
The novelist Jervey Tervalon likes to share this interesting fun fact about his life: He was born in the same year as Michael Jackson, Madonna and Prince.
Tervalon, 55, is a professional teller and gatherer of stories and also a busy literary networker....
| Jun 6, 2014
Africa has long been a great arena in comic fiction for big-headed white guys to get their comeuppance. Think of Saul Bellow's great "Henderson the Rain King," in which the super-rich but grotesquely needy title character stumbles through encounters...
| Aug 13, 2014
| 2:23 PM
Our club: The North Park Dads Book Club
Our meetings: We meet the third Tuesday of every other month at the Red Lion in Chicago's Lincoln Square.
One unique thing about us: The club is all men, we only read fiction, and we actually read and discuss...
| Sep 12, 2014
| 12:37 PM
"The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay" (Picador 2000), the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Michael Chabon, is this year's selection for One Book, One Chicago, the Chicago Public Library announced Friday.
The story is about Joe Kavalier and Sammy...
| Jun 14, 2013
| 8:12 AM
Genre mash-ups are de rigueur these days. Of course, writers like Margaret Atwood have been tight-roping the misty border between literary fiction and speculative fiction, fantasy and mystery for years. But a new outcropping of younger upstarts, such as...