| Oct 27, 2013
National Novel Writing Month kicks off Friday, and thus far, more than 95,000 people have each pledged to write 50,000 words during the month of November. Nearly 11,000 Chicago-area folks have registered, so this week we're offering a little inspiration...
| Mar 6, 2011
As grand as the spectacle of film can be, books offer a different set of pleasures: There is time to ponder, to turn the page back, to sit with characters' thoughts and share in their heartbreaks, their revelations. Some big movies are coming this...
| Apr 28, 2011
| 6:46 PM
"Water for Elephants" is a Depression-era melodrama whose star has never looked more gorgeous. And that's just Robert Pattinson.
Pattinson plays Jacob, a down on his luck veterinary student who joins a second-rate circus in a twist of fate. Its...
| May 15, 2011
The popularity of the movie "Water for Elephants" provides an excuse for this parade of powerful pachyderm facts:
1. African and Asian elephants are different species. The African savanna elephant is taller and heavier, has bigger ears and a concave...
| May 28, 2011
| 6:45 PM
"What happened to the big yellow sign?" people ask when they visit the library in Lions Park. "Does that mean you don't do the passport acceptance service anymore?"
The passport service is still offered at the Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Library, 1855...
| Apr 15, 2012
Throughout his 40-plus-year career, actor Michael Douglas personified the modern male in film, as a sensitive youth rebelling against authority, as a middle-aged man grappling with problems of marriage, career and changing times, and as an older adult,...
| Jan 6, 2012
Trips for 2012
Members of the Annapolis Senior Activity Center can stop by the Trip Desk for a preview of 2012 trips and make reservations and deposits. Trips include "Journey of Hope" in Gettysburg, Pa., and a visit to Washington to see the cherry...
| Jan 25, 2012
| 9:18 AM
He steals the show on the red carpet, his co-stars regard him as a solid actor, and his director believes he is an essential character in "The Artist."
But Uggie, the playful, loyal Jack Russell terrier who stars in the silent movie, was left out in...
| Aug 8, 2011
| 7:17 AM
"The Vampire Diaries" compelled Teen Choice 2011 voters, winning five surf boards during Sunday's ceremonies broadcast by Fox.
The series won choice fantasy/sci-fi TV show, while stars Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder were named choice fantasy/sci-fi...
| Aug 19, 2011
| 12:40 PM
Our book club began in 2001 with five original members. We have grown to 14. Most of us have been educators at some point in our lives, teaching everything from preschool to college.
Laura Caldwell, author of "Long Way Home: A Young Man Lost in the...
| Aug 22, 2011
| 9:32 AM
About once a month, members of the Michalski family discuss by phone our monthly book. Three generations of the family take part. Members call in from California to Texas to Chicago.
Biggest obstacle: Coordinating time zones to make sure that the...