| Aug 25, 2010
| 4:34 PM
Powerful agent Andrew Wylie's plan to sell the e-book backlist of some of his best-known authors -- among them John Updike, Ralph Ellison and Philip Roth -- has come mostly undone. The e-book venture, Odyssey Editions, is a partnership with......
| Feb 26, 2010
| 12:46 PM
"The Smithsonian Channel is honoring the legacy of African Americans throughout February with programming dedicated to Black History Month. Smithsonian Channel will shed light on some of the people who have helped shape our nation. "The documentary, "Soul...
| Apr 15, 2010
| 4:35 PM
Some things about Coachella are obvious. The headliners deliver, and this year they're particularly pro: rap's Warren Buffett, Jay-Z, and stadium rock saviors Muse, plus the multimedia blitz of Gorillaz. The bill's middle is packed with great stuff that...
| Mar 28, 2010
After J.D. Salinger died in January, speculation began anew about the possibility that his New Hampshire study might be packed with 45 years' worth of unpublished writings, the fruit of his extraordinary reticence. The question of whether such work should...
| Apr 30, 2011
Created by FDR in 1935, in the depths of the Great Depression, the Federal Writers' Project (a small part of the wider Works Progress Administration) was a make-work agency that gave jobs to about 6,500 writers, editors and researchers before closing shop...
| Dec 26, 2010
Saul Bellow, edited by Benjamin Taylor
Viking: 608 pp, $35
Saul Bellow, being Saul Bellow, coined literary profit from emotional tumult. From personal pain came self-exploration and impish bons mots, poured into the heightened confessional of...
| Jul 17, 2010
With Louis Armstrong's birthday festival less than a month away, jazz fans and art lovers were distraught to hear that a careless contractor had damaged his statue in Armstrong Park.
"I'm so disturbed, I can't tell you, " said Phoebe Jacobs, vice...
| Feb 3, 2011
| 10:36 AM
Hollywood never provided a richer picture of the Jim Crow South than Clarence Brown's "Intruder in the Dust," a fresh, inspired adaptation of William Faulkner's 1948 novel.
It's not a message movie about racial injustice. It's about the American...
| Sep 12, 2010
Not that long ago, e-books were an oddity: Devices were expensive, and those who invested in them struggled to find something good to read. But the age of preferring paperbacks is starting to look like the late era of CDs — e-books are ascendant....
| Mar 3, 2011
| 6:32 PM
News spread quickly after Dan Sinker, the man behind the wildly popular Twitter account @MayorEmanuel, announced Young Chicago Authors as the charity of his choice to receive a $5,000 donation from Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel. “The festival director&...
| Oct 23, 2011
For Piri Thomas, being a dark-hued Latino in 1930s New York was far from the best of worlds. His siblings were fair-skinned, like his Puerto Rican mother, but he took after his black Cuban father, whose unsettled feelings about race scarred both of them....