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  • Review: 'Let Me Be Frank With You' by Richard Ford

    Review: 'Let Me Be Frank With You' by Richard Ford
    In Richard Ford's 1986 novel, "The Sportswriter," the main character, Frank Bascombe, is 38, wealthy and recently divorced. His young son has died. He is exiting a period of what he calls "dreaminess" and reflecting on life.
  • Critic's Notebook: Under the influence of Hemingway

    Critic's Notebook: Under the influence of Hemingway
    For much of the 1980s, beginning when I was in college, I used to read a Hemingway book a year. The point was not self-improvement but rather a kind of exploration: What was it, exactly, about his writing that I'd missed? I had read "The Sun Also Rises"...

    'Blue Collar, White Collar, No Collar' by Richard Ford

    "Work, as you will see, is imagined broadly in these stories - as labor, as chores, as business, as duty, as habit, as memory, as art, and as priestly avocation," writes Richard Ford in his introduction to this wonderful anthology of stories about work,...

    Insider tips for Sunday at Lit Fest

    There are still six more hours of great bookish programming scheduled for Sunday at Printers Row Lit Fest. Among the great talks and panels, prolific and respected authors Richard Ford and Terry McMillan will both take the stage. Tomorrow should be a...

    For the love of words

    For the love of words
    On Sunday afternoon at Printers Row Lit Fest, away from the crowds strolling through aisles of used books or the ruckus of tots being entertained at the Lil' Lit Park Neverland, Richard Ford took to the stage in the Harold Washington Library Center and...