| Jun 12, 2014
| 4:51 AM
Her students made her dreams of becoming an author come true!
Sheila Murphy Adams is a 5th grade teacher at Pawcatuck Middle School. "I have always loved to write," she says "when I became a teacher, I used a lot of my rhyming skills to teach...
| Oct 24, 2014
| 1:00 PM
Assaf Gavron's 2010 novel "Almost Dead" does something I would have thought impossible — it makes satire out of terrorism. The story of a man who becomes an Israeli national hero after surviving three attacks in a single week, the book offers a...
| Oct 16, 2014
| 7:52 AM
I had an abortion. It was my second year of college, 1988. I was not raped, nor was I a reckless slut; I just got pregnant, as young women in the world do, and my boyfriend and I were young and in no position to be parents. Luckily, I had a friend who...
| Sep 18, 2014
| 11:30 AM
One day a comprehensive literary biography of Tennessee Williams will be written that won't resemble a psychiatric case study. Until then let's savor John Lahr's "Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh," a work that is scintillating on the...
| May 15, 2014
| 5:44 PM
West of the Edens Expressway on Touhy Avenue, amid the big-box stores and strip malls of northwest suburban Niles, stands a tower with a familiar slant.
It's called the Leaning Tower of Niles, a half-size replica of the famously skewed belfry in...
| Jul 11, 2014
Chicago-area authors continue to tell us about their favorite characters from childhood books as a preview to this year's Children's Read & Write Program, which invites children to submit book reviews for possible publication. Here's what they said....
| Apr 3, 2014
| 11:27 AM
Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who is holed up in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, has agreed to write a new book detailing his tussles with Google, his publisher, the independent house OR Books, announced.
The book is to focus on the...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 9:34 AM
Good news: British American food writer and cooking teacher Anne Willan has just published her classic cookbook “La Varenne Pratique” as an e-book.
I’m definitely in. For years I’ve been mourning the loss of my copy of the...
| Jul 24, 2014
| 6:27 PM
Northwestern University has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against a woman whom the university hired to write a book about Chicago's notorious 1924 Leopold and Loeb murder trial. According to the lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court,...
| Mar 19, 2014
| 9:03 AM
It’s hard to imagine a region more inextricably tied to a product than Southern California is to oranges. Detroit and cars maybe? We even have an Orange County (yes, so does New Jersey, but theirs is named after some danged royal).
| Apr 11, 2014
Bill Hillmann's "The Old Neighborhood" is about coming up the hard way on the streets of Chicago. It's about growing up in a place where all the choices seem bad. It's about a world where problems are solved with fists and bullets rather than words or...