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  • Chicago book news: Alexai Galaviz-Budziszewski picks up award

    Chicago book news: Alexai Galaviz-Budziszewski picks up award
    Alexai Galaviz-Budziszewski was the recipient of the 2015 Gina Berriault Award April 14. The award, which is given by Fourteen Hills Press, is presented annually to an author who "looks unflinchingly into their characters" and who is "under-recognized,...
  • Crime fiction roundup: 'Reykjavik Nights' and others

    Crime fiction roundup: 'Reykjavik Nights' and others
    Reykjavik Nights by Arnaldur Indridason, translated by Victoria Cribb, Minotaur, 294 pages, $25.99 Since childhood, when he and his brother were lost in a blizzard in the mountains where he grew up, and he was found but his brother was not, Arnaldur...
  • Reviews: 'Spinster' and 'The Wild Oats Project'

    Reviews: 'Spinster' and 'The Wild Oats Project'
    In the half-century since Betty Friedan demolished the feminine mystique, we've cycled through consciousness raising and the rise of the career woman; backlash and the critique of backlash; endless colloquies about "having it all"; the phenomenon of...
  • Mary Morris on 'The Jazz Palace'

    Mary Morris on 'The Jazz Palace'
    The next time Mary Morris tells her writing students about the value of rejection, she can use her new book, "The Jazz Palace," as an invaluable object lesson. "I tell them that rejection is a terrible thing to go through," she said in a phone...
  • E-reader: Crimes and misdemeanors

    E-reader: Crimes and misdemeanors
    The Brief, Extraordinary Life of Cody Spafford by Allecia Vermillion, 45-minute read, Seattle Met, free On April 3, 2014, the staff at Seattle oyster bar Walrus and the Carpenter got terrible news. Their friend and co-worker Cody Spafford, known for his...
  • Reviews: 'I Refuse' and 'Ashes in My Mouth, Sand in My Shoes' by Per Petterson

    Reviews: 'I Refuse' and 'Ashes in My Mouth, Sand in My Shoes' by Per Petterson
    The Norwegian author Per Petterson's new novel, "I Refuse," bears a clear resemblance to his sensationally popular 2003 novel, "Out Stealing Horses," published in the United States in 2007, the book that propelled him to international fame. Both feature...
  • Review: 'Bettyville' by George Hodgman

    Review: 'Bettyville' by George Hodgman
    Kindness. The word is scribbled throughout the margins of my copy of George Hodgman's new memoir, "Bettyville." If you think of that word as a sentimental squish, if you believe memoirs are best built for retribution and self-promotion, let Hodgman change...
  • Review: 'All Who Go Do Not Return' by Shulem Deen

    Review: 'All Who Go Do Not Return' by Shulem Deen
    What if religious faith, or the lack thereof, were encoded in our DNA — not a matter of choice or will, but simply a biological fact? In "All Who Go Do Not Return," a harrowing memoir about one man's loss of faith, Shulem Deen, formerly a member...
  • New in paperbacks: Man Booker-winning 'Narrow Road to the Deep North'

    New in paperbacks: Man Booker-winning 'Narrow Road to the Deep North'
    The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan, Vintage, 399 pages, $15.95 In Flanagan's Man Booker Prize-winning novel, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans lies in a brutal Japanese World War II POW camp on the Thai-Burma Death Railway....
  • Captain Underpants author Dav Pilkey brings underdog message to Chicago

    Captain Underpants author Dav Pilkey brings underdog message to Chicago
    For his first trick, Captain Underpants creator Dav Pilkey will mesmerize 400 excitable young children. The white cinder block gym at Pleasantdale Elementary School in La Grange buzzes and hums with excitement as hundreds of children take their seats on...
  • Review: 'God Help the Child' by Toni Morrison

    Review: 'God Help the Child' by Toni Morrison
    Toni Morrison is an American literary treasure. But some treasures, no matter how valued or precious, can have blemishes that mar their luster. That's sadly the case with Morrison's 11th novel, "God Help the Child." The theme is vintage Morrison: an...