| May 13, 2011
| 5:17 PM
Early on, there were signs that the Chicago Tribune Author Talks program with Kathryn Stockett, who crafted the best-selling novel "The Help," would be an event. A large literary happening, in fact.
An early indicator: Tickets sold out in a matter of...
| May 20, 2011
| 6:34 AM
The longtime Bel-Air home of actress Elizabeth Taylor has come on the market at $8.6 million.
Owned by Taylor since 1981, the 1960s ranch house with brick motor court sits on 1.27 acres. The 7,000-square-foot home features a wood-beam ceiling and wood-...
| May 20, 2011
| 1:58 PM
"Work, as you will see, is imagined broadly in these stories - as labor, as chores, as business, as duty, as habit, as memory, as art, and as priestly avocation," writes Richard Ford in his introduction to this wonderful anthology of stories about work,...
| Jul 14, 2012
One day in 1962, the Hollywood legend Darryl F. Zanuck turned to his 27-year-old son, Richard, seeking advice.
Whom, the elder Zanuck asked, should he appoint head of production of 20th Century Fox, which had fallen on hard times and was losing...
| May 24, 2011
| 3:45 PM
I was just finishing up the Page 2 note for Wednesday and wanted to fill you in on details about the Printers Row Lit Fest and the Trib Nation tent where you can hang out and talk with us that weekend.
First off, the Chicago Tribune’s Printers...
| May 27, 2011
| 3:30 PM
Calling young readers - and grown-ups who read those types of books. Printers Row Lit Fest is the place for you!
Our programming this year reflects the explosion in wonderful books for young readers who are beginning to develop their own taste in...
| Jun 1, 2011
| 4:36 PM
Now that Conrad’s is closed, folks are wondering. Where to eat? Where will we eat at midnight?
Where will the Presbyterians eat after church?
Where will Paco go for lunch?
(Paco’s Barbershop is awesome. Confidential to Vons: We can...
| Jun 2, 2011
| 12:27 PM
How often does one encounter a book set on the 2100 block of Sheffield Avenue?
And the crime at the heart of the book takes place on my birthday, and is covered in the Chicago Tribune.
The novel hits every hot button -- a retired orthopedic surgeon is...
| Jun 9, 2011
| 3:32 PM
The Nelson Algren Short Story Prize 2011 goes to Billy Lombardo, for his beautifully written story, “Clover."
Here's an interview with him after the award.
Lombardo, a teacher at the Latin School of Chicago, is a resident of Forest Park, and...
| Dec 2, 2011
| 9:53 AM
Bachelor uncle who complains that the last good book he read was "Seabiscuit": "The Eighty Dollar Champion" by Elizabeth Letts, about a Dutch immigrant, the plow horse he rescues and their partnership as a show-jumper team. (Re-gift bonus: neighbor's...
| Dec 27, 2011
Shelve this one under a category that should be named ''bouquet memoirs.''
Books like Amy Ephron's "Loose Diamonds … and Other Things I've Lost (and Found) Along the Way" are a nosegay of life essays whose pronouns are mostly "I" and "we," but are...