| Sep 21, 2012
| 4:20 PM
As a devoted fan of this series (this is the 11th volume), I can report that this year's anthology of 32 selections might be the best yet. High school students from 826Michigan and 826 Valencia, parts of Dave Eggers' network of nonprofit writing and...
| Mar 22, 2011
| 8:21 AM
The universally acclaimed Joyce Carol Oates returns to Chicago on the heels of "A Widow's Story" (Harper Collins, publication date: Feb. 15). The author's poignant, intimate memoir about the unexpected death of Raymond Smith, her husband of forty-six...
| Jan 14, 2011
| 3:06 PM
When Isabel Wilkerson thought of writing about the Great Migration, the movement of the 6 million black Americans who left the Jim Crow South for the North and West between World War I and the 1970s, one of the first places she headed was Chicago's...
| Aug 12, 2011
| 8:44 AM
A friend passed Jeannette Haien's "The All of It" to writer Ann Patchett, and she was so taken with the novel that she embarked on a crusade to win it a second life. Originally published in 1986, when Haien was in her 60s, the debut novel won praise...
| Dec 4, 2010
| 2:32 PM
"Read This Next: 500 of the Best Books You'll Ever Read"
By Sandra Newman and Howard Mittelmark
Harper, 432 pages, $14.99
This is the time of year when many book groups determine their next annual reading schedule and they would be well advised to bypass...
| Sep 29, 2010
| 10:00 PM
"Royko in Love: Mike's Letters to Carol"
Edited by David Royko
University of Chicago Press, $24, 254 pages
This city worships Mike Royko as an icon; the sharp-tongued, Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist who feared no one. Whether people sat...
| Sep 9, 2012
Short stories may be literary stepchildren, but Junot Díaz has done his part to elevate the form to royal family status. His debut collection "Drown" drew critical raves when it appeared 15 years ago. His stories were fresh and original and felt urgent....
| Jan 24, 2011
| 3:28 PM
You know you are in the midst of award season when it seems that new finalists and winners are being announced every week. Considering the onslaught of recent medal announcements and award ceremonies, we can definitely say that the season is now upon us....
| Sep 14, 2012
| 1:01 PM
A new edition of Michael Harrington's "The Other America: Poverty in the United States," an eloquent appeal to the American conscience, has been published on the occasion of the book's 50th anniversary.
"The Other America" is a masterpiece, a powerful...
| Oct 11, 2010
| 3:43 PM
The Paris Review
Fall 2010 issue$12, 218 pages
In the inaugural issue of The Paris Review William Styron, one of the quarterly's co-founders, wrote: "I think 'The Paris Review' should welcome these people into its pages: the good writers and good...