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  • Michelle Obama reveals the cover for her upcoming memoir

    Michelle Obama reveals the cover for her upcoming memoir

    This is no buttoned-up political tome. That's the message we get from the cover of former first lady Michelle Obama's upcoming memoir, "Becoming." Obama shared the book cover via social media on Thursday, and the image is distinctly not stuffy. Obama appears in an off-the-shoulder white T-shirt,...

  • 'Chicago Renaissance' recalls a creative pinnacle in the city's history

    'Chicago Renaissance' recalls a creative pinnacle in the city's history

    In the 2011 movie “Midnight in Paris,” an American finds a magical way to return to Paris in the 1920s, when he could meet flappers and literary and artistic heroes. After reading Liesl Olson’s fascinating “Chicago Renaissance: Literature and Art in the Midwest Metropolis,” a reader might decide...

  • Chicago poet reinterprets life and legacy of Alexander McQueen

    Chicago poet reinterprets life and legacy of Alexander McQueen

    By the time he took his own life at the age of 40 at his home in London in 2010, the British fashion designer Alexander McQueen had established himself as one of the turn-of-the-21st-century’s most subversive, extravagant and era-defining artists. Expressive, poetic and lyrical, not to mention...

  • Award-winning children's author Richard Peck dies at 84

    Award-winning children's author Richard Peck dies at 84

    Prize-winning children's author Richard Peck, who drew upon his Illinois roots for such favorites as "A Long Way from Chicago" and "A Year Down Yonder," has died. Peck died on Wednesday at his home in New York City at age 84. His publisher, Penguin Young Readers, told The Associated Press, that...

  • Reading recommendations for Michelle Obama, Chance the Rapper and other Chicago celebs

    Reading recommendations for Michelle Obama, Chance the Rapper and other Chicago celebs

    As regular Chicago Tribune readers know, each week in the Sunday Life + Style section, Biblioracle columnist John Warner recommends books for readers who submit lists of the last five titles they’ve read. For our special summer reading section, we asked Warner to look into his crystal ball to recommend...

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