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  • Poetry roundup: Gary Snyder, Joanne Kyger and Clarence Major

    Poetry roundup: Gary Snyder, Joanne Kyger and Clarence Major
    Inaugurated nearly 20 years ago, National Poetry Month has become the time when a great many anticipated new poetry collections are unveiled. This year brings, among other volumes, a retrospective collection by Clarence Major, a decade's worth of poems...
  • E-reader: Brotherly love, expressed virtually

    E-reader: Brotherly love, expressed virtually
    Come on Sister by Kevin Nguyen, 20-minute read, Midnight Breakfast free In his essay "Come on Sister", Kevin Nguyen gets a glimpse into his younger sister Olivia's world of boyfriend drama, pop music and "Kafkaesque" college applications after stumbling...
  • Review: 'Early Warning' by Jane Smiley

    Review: 'Early Warning' by Jane Smiley
    In "Some Luck," the first book in Jane Smiley's ambitious planned Last Hundred Years trilogy, Rosanna Langdon delivered her fifth baby, Henry, completely alone, howling in an isolated Iowa farmhouse while husband Walter tended the land, out of earshot...
  • Bryan Burrough on 'Days of Rage'

    Bryan Burrough on 'Days of Rage'
    The radical underground movement of the 1970s is a distant memory growing ever more distant. Aside from TV flashes of old Patty Hearst photos and, in Chicago, the occasional burst of attention for the former Weatherman-turned-professor Bill Ayers, the...
  • Review: 'My Struggle: Book Four' by Karl Ove Knausgaard

    Review: 'My Struggle: Book Four' by Karl Ove Knausgaard
    There's a strong temptation to resist the Norwegian novelist Karl Ove Knausgaard, whose vast six-part autobiographical novel "My Struggle" has gradually been appearing in English over the past few years. That's for two reasons. The first is the hushed,...
  • Instagram videos sum up Hemingway in 15 seconds

    Instagram videos sum up Hemingway in 15 seconds
    Forget Cliffsnotes. The Ernest Hemingway Foundation does “A Moveable Feast” in 15 seconds. The Oak Park-based foundation is set to release three new 15-second animated videosĀ on Instagram over the next few days that follow the plotlines of...
  • Shout Out: Elaine Marzal, bookseller at Magic Tree Bookstore

    Shout Out: Elaine Marzal, bookseller at Magic Tree Bookstore
    Elaine Marzal, a bookseller at Magic Tree Bookstore, sat down on an overcast day to share a few of her favorite books in the longtime Oak Park Avenue bookstore. Q: How's the day today going? A: It's going very well. I started the day at 2, came in and...
  • The anti-Hillary Clinton books are coming

    The anti-Hillary Clinton books are coming
    Every presidential election brings a seemingly unending series of books by prospective and declared candidates, and they start coming earlier every cycle. The 2016 race promises to bring another kind of book, though, and they've already started arriving...
  • Reader of the Week: Jo Fredell Higgins

    Reader of the Week: Jo Fredell Higgins
    Who I am: Jo Fredell Higgins, originally from Peoria and now living in Aurora. One unique thing about me: I am the author of eight published books including a memoir of living in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and the histories of Naperville, Geneva,...
  • Death in the bookmobile

    The Riverside County bookmobile came to the Alpha Beta parking lot on Fridays from 2:30 to 4:45, and I would sit there on the long strip of carpet in the air-conditioned hum reading books not appropriate at all for me, full of death — until the poor...
  • The Biblioracle: Droning on about efficiency

    Ever since Amazon settled its dispute with Hachette over wholesale prices and distribution, I took my eye off them, but they've been up to some stuff recently that has me thinking I need to be more vigilant. The first bit of news is that, frustrated...