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  • 'Book of My Lives': Aleksander Hemon's remarkable tale

    'Book of My Lives': Aleksander Hemon's remarkable tale
    Aleksandar Hemon landed in the United States two decades ago, January 1992. He was 27, a young Bosnian journalist from Sarajevo arriving on a one-month visa, arranged through a cultural exchange program sponsored by the State Department. Just after he arrived, war broke out in Yugoslavia. Hemon was stranded. In the years since, as he settled into this country and became an acclaimed writer — became one of Chicago's finest contemporary writers and arguably its most important literary talent since Saul Bellow — Hemon has told this immigration story many, many times.
  • Literature Prize launches as $60,000 Folio Prize

    It's a big day for prize announcements: The Literature Prize announced its formation and sponsor Wednesday at a news conference at the British Library in London. The idea for the prize came into being when a group of British intellectuals took umbrage...

    Juanita Bogard Steadman April 28, 1908 - February 18, 2013

    Juanita Bogard Steadman April 28, 1908 - February 18, 2013
    Juanita Bogard Steadman died February 18, 2013 in her home of natural causes. Born April 28, 1908 in Cape Giradeau, Missouri, Juanita graduated from Glen Ellyn High School (Illinois) in 1923 and lived with her family in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 1933, she...

    Poet Kay Ryan among the geniuses

    Kay Ryan, a Pulitzer Prize winning poet and a former U.S. poet laureate, is among this year's recipients of MacArthur Foundation "genius" grants.

    The evolving images of 9/11

    The evolving images of 9/11
    The first screening of "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" came just weeks after the attacks of Sept. 11. The movie had been in the works for years, the first in a trilogy based on novels that had been written decades earlier, of course,...