| Jun 21, 2013
| 8:53 AM
In the story of the proposed American Writers Museum, we've had the prologue and the introduction. Now comes the long-awaited Chapter One, with the unveiling last week of plans for the museum's "First Edition," the inaugural stage in the creation of the...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 2:13 PM
The Art & History Museums — Maitland is opening two exhibitions highlighting the historic Central Florida community of Eatonville.
"Images of Eatonville: Then & Now" will be shown in the A&H's Maitland Art Center Galleries from Aug. 16-Sept. 29....
| Apr 26, 2013
| 4:30 PM
One thing to know about our book club
We are the Jay Stream Middle School Book Club. We started in 2003, and we all are, or have been, staff members at Jay Stream Middle School in Carol Stream.
This piece first ran in Printers...
| May 29, 2013
| 3:21 PM
Celebrating 500 years of Florida history, "Dreamers and Schemers: An Evening with Great Floridians" will be presented on Friday, June 7, at Sanford's Princess Theater.
In the show, presented by the Florida Humanities Council and Creative Sanford,...
| Aug 1, 2013
What do you think of when you think of Chicago?
Great indie music. Some of my favorites include: Urge Overkill, The Smashing Pumpkins, Ministry, alt country pioneers The Waco Brothers, Liz Phair (the early days), Neko Case, The Redwalls, Smith Westerns,...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 5:09 AM
Over the past 181 years, the bill of sale has turned a pale tan. The ink has faded from black to brown and includes elaborate flourishes that seem ill-suited to such a grim and ugly business.
On Feb. 25, 1832, the bill reads, a slave named William...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 11:44 AM
A special performance will take place this Saturday, July 20, at the Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts in Eatonville.
A Florida State University research group, led by Lauren Hlubny, will perform between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the museum,...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 1:14 PM
Our club: We are The Book Club in the Fox River Valley and have been meeting since 1972. Five of our eight original members are still active. We now have 17 members and have read over 400 books.
Our meetings: We meet once a month. The hostess is never...
| Nov 18, 2013
| 6:00 AM
"Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley," in which the former directs a film about the latter, premieres Monday on HBO. It is an homage and a celebration, with something of a high-class homemade feel.
The first black female comic to make it in the...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 10:50 AM
The winners of the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf awards were announced Wednesday with prizes of $10,000 each. Since 1935, the Anisfield-Wolf awards have been presented to books and authors who confront racism and explore diversity.
The Lifetime Achievement...
| Feb 21, 2014
This is an ambitious work about an enduring ambition — "The Dream of the Great American Novel." As Lawrence Buell's title suggests, there's something both wide-eyed and not-quite-actual about the idea of the G.A.N., an abbreviation first coined by...