| May 3, 2013
| 12:47 PM
About 150,000 people attend Printers Row Lit Fest each year to wander the book fair lining Dearborn Street and to listen to authors speak about their work. For a handful of the 200 or so authors who will appear this year, the event will be a homecoming....
| May 11, 2013
| 11:14 AM
In “Red Azalea,” her best-selling 1994 memoir, Anchee Min told the compelling story of her childhood and early adulthood in China during the Cultural Revolution. The daughter of former teachers who were reassigned to jobs as manual laborers in...
| May 25, 2013
| 11:40 AM
Audrey Niffenegger has always been a renaissance woman. Best known as the author of the best-selling novels "The Time Traveler's Wife" (2003) and "Her Fearful Symmetry" (2009), Niffenegger, a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, is also...
| Jan 22, 2013
Throughout his 30-year career, game designer Ron Gilbert has been ahead of the times, behind the times and, perhaps most ......
| Jun 11, 2013
Spread throughout the cavernous Los Angeles Convention Center, the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) rewards the loud. It's the largest […]...
| Sep 13, 2009
Dennis Paul's garden grew out of worry.
It was the mid-1990s. It was just a plot of plain old lawn, surrounded by maybe a 1-foot border of humdrum annuals. "Just a square in the back. A green square," says Paul, a sculptor and figurative-art instructor...
| Sep 27, 2009
We board the Brown Line at its farthest northwest stop, Kimball. We're headed downtown. We're on a mission to prove that Audrey Niffenegger, who grew up in Evanston with few friends and is at work on a novel about a 9-year-old girl...
| Feb 21, 2011
| 10:27 AM
When two young men ran from Iwowari Wright’s taxi van after one of their credit cards was declined, she was resigned to accepting the loss of a $22 fare.
But before she got a chance to leave the University Village neighborhood where she dropped...
| Oct 15, 2010
| 6:18 PM
This is a short story about a long story, a story so long it arrived on my desk in pieces, in two Joseph Conrad-size chunks, presumably for easier handling. This was the early galley of "The Instructions," Chicago native Adam Levin's first novel. It's...
| Jun 17, 2010
A week into his hospitalization at the Elgin Mental Health Center in Illinois, Jeffrey Eppard was given pencils and paper and invited to draw anything he wanted. The subject he chose was his left arm.
He outlined it in a blur of charcoal, then filled...
| Mar 7, 2011
| 1:10 PM
"Push Comes to Shove: New Images of Aggressive Women"
By Maud Lavin
The MIT Press, 312 pages, $27.95
Aggression provokes complex feelings. On the one hand, we think of aggressive people as pushy, domineering, and quite possibly violent or threatening. At...