| Jun 1, 2011
| 2:31 PM
Late on a weekday afternoon, we called John Sayles, the independent's independent, the pragmatist's pragmatist. He was on the outskirts of Boise, in the passenger's seat of a rented Prius, beside Maggie Renzi, his longtime partner and producer. He's tall,...
| Nov 23, 2011
| 7:36 PM
It doesn't take a calendar to know the holidays are here.
Laguna's holiday palettes are hanging from city lampposts; the Sawdust Festival's Winter Fantasy adds sparkle to the town; we are all eating turkey sandwiches; and Santa Claus is coming to town....
| Mar 8, 2013
| 2:42 PM
Apparently, we're in them midst of a short story boomlet. I know this because The New York Times told me so in a recent article, "Good Fit for Today's Little Screens: Short Stories."
I tend to put little trust in trend pieces. If I believed every...
| Jun 6, 2012
| 11:43 AM
Ray Bradbury, the writer whose expansive flights of fantasy and vividly rendered space-scapes have provided the world with one of the most enduring speculative blueprints for the future, has died. He was 91.
Bradbury died Tuesday night in Los Angeles,...
| Jun 5, 2012
| 10:59 AM
Ray Bradbury, the science fiction genius, has died at age 91. He wrote classics such as “The Martian Chronicles” and “Fahrenheit 451,” as well as dozens of fantastic short stories. My personal favorite was “Something Wicked...
| Nov 21, 2012
| 10:33 AM
Chicago has a plethora of holiday shows each and every year — and I’ll be reviewing enough of them over the next couple of weeks to put Rudolph in rehab. But based on many years of seasonal theater-going, here are 10 of our potential favorites...
| Jan 18, 2013
| 2:14 PM
An honor like the Nelson Algren Short Story Award can be a boon to a writer. It can give him or her the confidence to slog through rejections and trudge forward with literary endeavors. When we asked former Nelson Algren Award recipients what winning...
| Jan 23, 2013
| 10:08 AM
Circle City Books in Pittsboro, N.C., has just completed an eye-catching mural: a side of a building covered in books. Huge, oversize books, with titles that even this myopic passerby could read.
What's on it? Forty-eight titles, some of which are...
| Jan 30, 2013
| 3:45 PM
With the Baltimore Ravens preparing for Super Bowl, it's time to turn to all thing purple, including books. Buildings in the city already are bathed in purple lights and folks here are wearing purple sweaters, scarves and shirts. So why not books? Here is...
| Apr 12, 2011
Just out from Gotham books, Clinton speechwriter John Pollack's 'The Pun Also Rises: How the Humble Pun Revolutionized Language, Changed History, and Made Wordplay More Than Some Antics' looks at the surprising importance of wordplay....
| May 6, 2011
The Old Globe in San Diego announced it will produce the world premieres of four new plays and musicals the Old Globe's upcoming 2011-2012 season. The winter season will feature the world premiere musicals "Some Lovers," by Burt Bacharach and Steven...