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  • Chris Pavone's 'The Accident' fuses literary world, spy craft

    Chris Pavone's 'The Accident' fuses literary world, spy craft
    No advice is more confusing to writers than "write what you know." Taken to its solipsistic extremes, it would mean novelists could not write characters outside of their own gender, race, geography or professional background. While the works of Susan...
  • Insomnia takes over the world in Kenneth Calhoun's 'Black Moon'

    In "Black Moon," first-time novelist Kenneth Calhoun documents a plague of sleeplessness that threatens the very fabric of the world and reality. The sleepless have hallucinations and turn into the equivalent of manic, deranged zombies, while those who...
  • 'Dragnet Nation' looks at the hidden systems that are always looking at you

    'Dragnet Nation' looks at the hidden systems that are always looking at you
    To understand how much commerce has changed in recent years, consider a simple trip to the grocery store. When you drive to the store now, your movements are recorded by your cellphone provider, your car's GPS, your smartphone apps and police license-...
  • Walter Kirn befriends a con man in 'Blood Will Out'

    Walter Kirn befriends a con man in 'Blood Will Out'
    Walter Kirn's new profile of the serial liar and convicted murderer known as "Clark Rockefeller" is no ordinary work of true crime and literary journalism. "Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade" is the chronicle of...
  • All roads lead to 'Winesburg, Ohio'

    All roads lead to 'Winesburg, Ohio'
    There's not much to see on the northeast corner of Wabash and Superior in downtown Chicago these days. Just a fenced-in private parking lot threatening, UNAUTHORIZED VEHICLES WILL BE TOWED. But that sign should be replaced with a plaque, because 100 years...
  • The Biblioracle: Literature's new state of nirvana

    The Biblioracle: Literature's new state of nirvana
    Freshman year at the University of Illinois, I lived in the dorm complex known as the "Six-Pack." This was 1988-89, the boombox era, and everyone seemed to have one propped on their window ledge facing the interior courtyard, and the soundtrack echoing...
  • Elizabeth Blackwell on 'While Beauty Slept'

    Elizabeth Blackwell on 'While Beauty Slept'
    Like the heroine in her new novel, Elizabeth Blackwell is not the sort of person about whom stories are told. A veteran freelance writer, she is usually the one telling the stories. But this may be about to change with the publication of her third and...
  • Jack Griffin Named CEO Of Tribune Publishing

    Jack Griffin Named CEO Of Tribune Publishing
    Tribune Co. has named the leadership team for Tribune Publishing, which is preparing to spin off as a separate newspaper company later this year. Eddy Hartenstein, publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Times, will serve as non-executive chairman of the...
  • A new picture emerging for Newcity

    A new picture emerging for Newcity
    "What's your favorite movie, Brian Hieggelke?" "'Citizen Kane,'" he said. "Oh, God," said his wife, Jan, standing nearby in the couple's book- and art- and sunlight-filled apartment in the Printers Row neighborhood in the South Loop. Brian had...
  • Fake Goldman Sachs tweeter John LeFevre loses his book deal

    Touchstone has canceled its book deal with John LeFevre, the man behind the @GSElevator Twitter account. The book "Straight to Hell: True Tales of Deviance and Excess in the World of Investment Banking," had been planned for an October 2014 release....
  • Moving beyond the Charles Bukowski American lowlife cliche

    When Charles Bukowski died in San Pedro 20 years ago, the obituaries in the next day's papers typically began with some iteration of Time magazine's stock description of the writer as the "laureate of American lowlife." In the decades since, the drinking,...