| Oct 13, 2013
Cruising the Internet for a possible mate is really nothing new. Lonely hearts — like those in Jayne Anne Phillips' blistering new novel, “Quiet Dell” — placed discrete ads in ladies' magazines and newspapers or disseminated...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 9:07 AM
“Dying is easy; comedy is hard,” British actor Edmund Kean is said to have observed as he lay on his deathbed. Harder still is dissecting why something makes us laugh. And hardest yet might be parsing the genius of a humorist such as Ring...
| Nov 3, 2013
In awarding the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Fiction to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's "Americanah," we recognize a novel that engages with important ideas about race, and does so with style, wit and insight. Adichie has updated the traditional...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 10:17 AM
The Chicago Tribune invites writers to enter short stories in our annual Nelson Algren Short Story Contest.
Stories are judged blind and there is no entry fee. (Writers can enter two stories.) We award one winner ($5,000), three finalists ($1,500 each)...
| Oct 27, 2013
"The tail is three inches long, and gleams silver with a lavender tinge, one end thin and flyaway, the other thick as rope." That would be Hana Sasaki's tail, and it is one of four tails, not three, despite the title of Kelly Luce's debut story...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 8:14 AM
Edward Albee event postponed indefinitely: The Chicago Humanities Festival event honoring Edward Albee, winner of the 2013 Chicago Tribune Literary Prize, has been postponed indefinitely. If you purchased tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org to...
| Oct 6, 2013
The Chicago Humanities Festival kicks off a strong lineup for its fall festival next Sunday — a program so strong that tickets have already sold out for several events, including the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize talks with Chimamanda Ngozi...
| Aug 31, 2013
"The papers in Chicago in those days were unlike any printed anywhere else," wrote the great Hugh Fullerton in 1928 for the Saturday Evening Post. "They were written largely in the language that the wild growing young city understood." On the evidence...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 10:21 AM
"Big Fish," the new musical based on the 2003 Tim Burton movie -- as well as the original novel by Daniel Wallace -- made its big splash on Broadway over the weekend, opening at the Neil Simon Theatre.
With an A-list Broadway team, including actor...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 1:41 PM
Never let it be said that Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner rushed into marriage.
After 42 years together, the couple were married New Year's Eve, Liz Smith reported Friday in the Chicago Tribune. People and others confirmed Tuesday that it was a private...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 11:26 AM
Tribune Co. on Friday completed its acquisition of the independent Local TV Holdings group, transforming the Chicago company into one of the largest broadcasters in the nation with 39 television stations.
The move, announced by Tribune Chief Executive...