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  • Chicagoland book club

    Chicagoland book club
    Things to know about our club: Women Who Read has been in existence for 14 years, beginning as a small group of co-workers who then brought along friends and neighbors. We're a diverse group, with careers ranging from artist to scientist, but our love of reading joins us. As far as our book choices, we try to include at least one classic and one nonfiction book each year. The rest are selected by consensus. Our monthly meeting location rotates between our homes, but we have two special meetings. One is during the summer, when we combine our discussion with a garden tour in one member's lovely yard. The other is in December, when we are treated to a special Christmas wonderland in a fabulously decorated home. The highlight is a wrapped book exchange, where we draw names and give books we wish someone would give us — or ones we've read and loved. Recently, Justine Vaughn, a key member and the hostess of our annual Christmas celebration, passed away after a battle with cancer.
  • Book review: 'The Selected Letters of Charles Dickens'

    Book review: 'The Selected Letters of Charles Dickens'
    The Selected Letters of Charles Dickens Edited by Jenny Hartley Oxford University Press: 458 pp., $34.95 This is the bicentennial year of Charles Dickens' birth. We need no reminder of his eminence as novelist, but there are celebrations of his other...

    Corporate book club welcomes authors

    Corporate book club welcomes authors
    Our story We are all employees of Nicor Gas, based in Naperville. Our book club began in 1992 when a handful of employees decided to gather informally during lunch to discuss books. Our club has since expanded to 38 employees, including four retirees. We...

    Recalling a Friend and a Great Librarian

    his is Elizabeth C. Franklin or Miss Franklin to those of us who worked for her. It wasn't until she loaned me her precious Film Index of 1941 with her name written inside that I learned she had once been...

    Charles Dickens' 200th birthday: Ralph Fiennes helps set the stage

    Charles Dickens: Tuesday marks the bicentennial of Charles Dickens' birth. Britain's National Film Theatre is holding a retrospective, and a ceremony will be held at London's Westminster Abbey starring actor-director Ralph Fiennes, who, along with...