| Jan 5, 2013
| 12:36 PM
How does an author of seriously literary fiction discover one of his books was owned by Bernie Madoff, the investor who defrauded his clients of billions of dollars? He sees it listed in an auction on EBay. That's how Rick Moody came to know that Madoff's...
| Jan 25, 2013
| 4:30 PM
More Than a Book Club
Our book club began almost accidentally at a Mary Kay party in 1994. Someone at the event suggested we begin one, and before we knew it we were reading "A Thousand Acres" by Jane Smiley and meeting once a month at each other's...
| Mar 5, 2013
| 10:43 AM
Our club has 16 members, all of whom live in Sun City Huntley and are also members of P.E.O. International (a philanthropic organization that promotes educational opportunities for women).
We are in our seventh year and meet once a month in each others'...
| Mar 23, 2011
| 11:57 AM
Some neighborhood schools would be consolidated and some charter or magnet schools given more space in a cost-saving measure being considered by Chicago Public Schools, interim CEO Terry Mazany announced today.
“It's no secret that Chicago has a...
| Jun 3, 2011
Pauline Betz Addie
1940s tennis champion in Hall of Fame
Pauline Betz Addie, 91, a champion tennis player who won Wimbledon in 1946 without dropping a set during the entire tournament, died Tuesday at an assisted-living facility in Potomac, Md., the...
| Feb 19, 2012
The shuttering of the Union Stock Yard and Transit Co. on July 30, 1971, didn't mark the end of Chicago's role as "hog butcher for the world." That came a year earlier, when "hog alley" closed, a victim of the stockyards' long descent from years of...
| Jul 1, 2011
| 8:36 AM
Let the fireworks begin.
When talk turns to naming the Great American Novel — the upper-case designation is required by custom, if not by law — tempers tend to flare. Each time I approach the subject in a column, and display the shameless...
| Sep 23, 2011
| 11:53 AM
Our book club began in 1988. We meet monthly for dinner and discussion. We alternate meetings between Chicago and Oak Park.
The name of our club has changed a couple of times. Now we've settled on The Bonza! Bookclub (from "A Town Like Alice" by Nevil...
| Sep 23, 2011
| 2:22 PM
Our book club was founded by women from Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church more than 20 years ago. Today, about half of our 20 participants are from outside the congregation.
We make a point to host Chicago authors when we can. We enjoyed talking with Jian...
| Nov 11, 2011
| 1:34 PM
Do we need any more evidence than the last 20 years' worth of best-seller lists of the huge human longing — specifically, the huge American human longing — for entertaining and sustained fictional narrative? In other words, for popular novels?...
| Oct 16, 2012
| 8:51 AM
Our book club is a Facebook book club. We chat on our Facebook page throughout the year and meet three times a year for the grand finale at one of our homes.
We started with 45 people who resolved to read "Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy and finish it...