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  • Review: 'The Whites' by Richard Price writing as Harry Brandt

    When Richard Price adopted the pen name Harry Brandt for his new novel, "The Whites," this practitioner of hard-edged literary fiction ("Clockers," "Freedomland") did so thinking it would help ease him into a generic mode. But as someone who writes so...
  • Review: 'A City Called Heaven' by Robert Marovich

    Review: 'A City Called Heaven' by Robert Marovich
    Chicago gospel had an unexpected moment this Grammy season when, late into the awards telecast, Beyonce and an all-male choir reprised "Take My Hand, Precious Lord," a song Mahalia Jackson recorded in 1956, the lyrics of which were written by Thomas...
  • Review: 'Mr. West' by Sarah Blake

    Review: 'Mr. West' by Sarah Blake
    If you set out to write a poetry collection about Kanye West, someone who is himself arguably one of the most brilliant and influential poets of the 21st century so far, then it had better be good. Sarah Blake's debut book, "Mr. West" — impressive...
  • Adam Rapp on 'Know Your Beholder'

    Adam Rapp on 'Know Your Beholder'
    In young-adult novels such as "Punkzilla" and plays such as "Finer Noble Gases" (in which a dissolute band member urinates noisily into a tom-tom drum in full view of the audience), Adam Rapp has been telling the story of America's alienated youth. In his...
  • Review: 'Our Endless Numbered Days' by Claire Fuller

    Review: 'Our Endless Numbered Days' by Claire Fuller
    Last year's newest translation of the unexpurgated first edition of "The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm" gave many English readers their first glimpse of the German folk tales with all their original bloodlust and perversity intact....
  • The Reading Season Book Club

    The Reading Season Book Club
    Our club: We are the Reading Season Book Club. Based out of the western suburbs, we originally started as two foursomes of golfers. We then formed a book club to stay connected during the offseason. Friends invited friends, and we are now a group of 17...
  • Women & Children First to celebrate renovation March 21

    Women & Children First to celebrate renovation March 21
    When beloved bookstore Women & Children First closed for renovations in late January, the owners placed a sign on the front that read "Don't Panic!" Still, dismayed customers pressed their faces to the windows, worried about the fate of the...
  • Chicago book news: Local authors named PEN judges

    Chicago book news: Local authors named PEN judges
    PEN American Center recently announced Rich Cohen, Cristina HenrĂ­quez, Adam Rapp and Mark Slouka will judge for the 2015 PEN Literary Awards. Cohen, who grew up on the North Shore, will be one of the judges for the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports...
  • Young Adult roundup: 'The Alex Crow,' more

    Young Adult roundup: 'The Alex Crow,' more
    The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith, Dutton, 320 pages, $18.99, ages 14+ Welcome to Camp Merrie-Seymour for Boys where, says the sign above the camp entrance, "Boys Rediscover the Fun of Boyhood!" Yet for 15-year-old Ariel, adopted from an unnamed war-torn...
  • Elizabeth Berg's Writing Matters series offers support for midlisters

    Elizabeth Berg's Writing Matters series offers support for midlisters
    Leah Hager Cohen is not the sort of author publishers are scrambling to send on book tours these days. She doesn't seem particularly bothered by this. "So it wasn't that I was on a tour and omitting Chicago; it was that I wasn't traveling with my book."...
  • E-reader: A sweet chemistry powers Dear Sugar

    E-reader: A sweet chemistry powers Dear Sugar
    Dear Sugar Radio, 40-60 minute episodes, WBUR free The beloved advice column Dear Sugar is back — this time as a podcast. Cheryl Strayed, of "Wild" fame, and Steve Almond (collectively "The Sugars") both wrote for the column in its heyday on...