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  • Name to know: Neptune the Poet

    Name to know: Neptune the Poet

    As part of The Baltimore Sun's Fall Arts Guide, reporters and critics picked 10 up-and-comers whose names you should get to know. See the full list here.  Neptune the Poet, 23, poet On a hot weekday in June, Neptune the Poet stood on a stage outside Wylie Funeral Home in West Baltimore, where hundreds...

  • Name to know: Josh Kohn, performance director

    Name to know: Josh Kohn, performance director

    As part of The Baltimore Sun's Fall Arts Guide, reporters and critics picked 10 up-and-comers whose names you should get to know. See the full list here.  Josh Kohn, 35, performance director, Creative Alliance Josh Kohn, who succeeded Creative Alliance co-founder Megan Hamilton as a director of...

  • Name to know: Ryan Haase, songwriter

    Name to know: Ryan Haase, songwriter

    As part of The Baltimore Sun's Fall Arts Guide, reporters and critics picked 10 up-and-comers whose names you should get to know. See the full list here.  Ryan Haase, 29, songwriter, artistic director of Stillpointe Theatre As a teenager living in his native Hawaii, Ryan Haase saw a touring production...

  • Name to know: Joy Postell, singer/rapper/songwriter

    Name to know: Joy Postell, singer/rapper/songwriter

    As part of The Baltimore Sun's Fall Arts Guide, reporters and critics picked 10 up-and-comers whose names you should get to know. See the full list here.  Joy Postell, 24, singer/rapper/songwriter When a black person is killed by police officers, Baltimore musician Joy Postell writes their name,...

  • Name to know: Meng Su, classical guitarist

    Name to know: Meng Su, classical guitarist

    As part of The Baltimore Sun's Fall Arts Guide, reporters and critics picked 10 up-and-comers whose names you should get to know. See the full list here.  Meng Su, 28, classical guitarist Eminent classical guitarist Manuel Barrueco has a straightforward description for Meng Su, who came from her...

Books: News & Reviews

  • Could ‘Underground Railroad’ author be the best living American novelist?

    Could ‘Underground Railroad’ author be the best living American novelist?

    When it comes to books and reading and writers and readers, I steadfastly refuse to declare something the "best." "Best" is fun and provocative and can lead to spirited debate, but for me, "best" is a lie. When we read, we conjure a relationship between the reader and the text, and the quality...

  • Book Review: 1/1000th: The Sports Photography of Bob Martin

    Book Review: 1/1000th: The Sports Photography of Bob Martin

    "1/1000th: The Sports Photography of Bob Martin" is perhaps the most spectacular book of sports photographs ever published — and that may be because the British-born Martin doesn't consider himself to be a sports fan. His work is as much about positioning and planning, composition and technology,...

  • Book review: Pulitzer Prize winner Julia Keller's Sorrow Road

    Book review: Pulitzer Prize winner Julia Keller's Sorrow Road

    "If you were from these parts, you'd understand that there's no such thing as history ... it's all still here," Bell Elkins says, speaking of West Virginia, where she lives in faded and isolated Acker's Gap. "The past never goes away. It's in the air. It's all around you every second. It's just...

  • 5 Chicagoland best-sellers

    5 Chicagoland best-sellers

    Here are the Chicago best-sellers for the week of Aug. 28, 2016. Participating bookstores: Barbara's Bookstores (Chicago), The Book Cellar (Chicago), Seminary Co-op Bookstore and 57th Street Books (Chicago), Anderson's Bookshop (Naperville), The Book Stall at Chestnut Court (Winnetka), Women &...

  • Me, my shelf and I: Reflecting on the beauty of book collecting

    Me, my shelf and I: Reflecting on the beauty of book collecting

    I started Me, My Shelf and I because I believe you can learn a lot about people — their tastes, interests, histories and influences — by the books they choose to surround themselves with, and the book-collecting impulse in general. For many bibliophilic Chicagoans — despite living in a digital...

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