| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Jun 7, 2012
| 6:16 PM
Strands and Stitches will celebrate its 20th anniversary from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.
The store, at 1516 S. Coast Hwy. is owned by locals Doña Harman, Lisa Triebwasser and Cindy Hartman, assisted by Willa Cather and Eileen Ross.
"Anyone who wishes us a...
| Jul 18, 2012
| 3:15 PM
Our name stands for "Read, eat and discuss" or "Read, eat and dine."
We meet in a restaurant in Tinley Park rather than in members' homes.
Members bring friends, sisters, and mothers. We do not have a set group, which brings different viewpoints to...
| Nov 8, 2012
| 8:41 AM
World Book Night is coming to the U.S. in 2013 with the imprimatur of James Patterson and Ann Patchett. The bestselling authors are serving as honorary chairs for the single-day book giveaway in which half a million books will be distributed for free....
| 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...