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  • Tom Hanks' debut book is due in October

    Tom Hanks' debut book is due in October

    Tom Hanks is putting his love of vintage typewriters to good use — his collection of short stories will be published in October. The Oscar-winning actor's first book, "UNCOMMON TYPE: Some Stories," features 17 stories, each in some way involving a different typewriter. It's due out Oct. 24 from...

  • Radical Hope: 32 writers pen letters for book about age of Trump

    Radical Hope: 32 writers pen letters for book about age of Trump

    Pulitzer Prize winners Junot Diaz, Viet Thanh Nguyen and Jane Smiley are among 32 writers contributing to a book of letters responding to the election of President Donald Trump. Vintage Books told The Associated Press on Monday that "Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times"...

  • In 'Flaneuse,' Lauren Elkin follows women meandering through the world’s greatest cities

    In 'Flaneuse,' Lauren Elkin follows women meandering through the world’s greatest cities

    Flaneur is one of those fancy-sounding French words that tend to freak Americans out, but its meaning is unintimidating and should be a lot more widespread. Although, as with any word, there are debates about its nuances, simply put, it means: one who wanders aimlessly through a city as an inveterate...

  • Why are we still pushing first ladies as role models for our girls?

    Why are we still pushing first ladies as role models for our girls?

    President Calvin Coolidge didn't want to talk politics with his glamorous wife, Grace. And he certainly didn't want her to discuss current events in public. He liked to see Mrs. Coolidge in stylish dresses, and she cheerfully obliged, keeping a hat and gloves perpetually at the ready so he could...

  • Save some anger: Chicago loses out if Trump defunds arts, humanities endowments

    Save some anger: Chicago loses out if Trump defunds arts, humanities endowments

    Given the chaotic nature of the first weeks of the Trump presidency, when the likely inevitable announcement comes of his intention to defund the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the news will barely register. Defunding the NEA and NEH would be on the...

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