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  • Chicago book news: Stuart Dybek's 'Paper Lantern' now in paperback

    Chicago book news: Stuart Dybek's 'Paper Lantern' now in paperback

    The paperback edition of "Paper Lantern" by Stuart Dybek was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux June 2. The nine short stories in the collection all deal with aspects of romantic love. Dybek, a Chicago native, is the distinguished writer in residence at Northwestern University.

  • Review: 'Nabokov in America' by Robert Roper

    Review: 'Nabokov in America' by Robert Roper

    During his 20-year stay in the United States (1940–1960), Vladimir Nabokov enjoyed a remarkable friendship with the literary critic Edmund Wilson. The two giants had much in common: Nabokov the Russian and Wilson the Russophile; both men pedantic and exacting in their literary standards; each swift...

  • Upcoming Chicago literary events

    Upcoming Chicago literary events

    July 10: Caitlin Moran will discuss her latest book, "How to Build a Girl," recently released in paperback. 7:30 p.m., Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St., $10 or free with purchase of any of Moran's books at Women & Children First, www.womenandchildrenfirst.com, 773-769-9299

  • Daniel Clowes on 'The Complete Eightball'

    Daniel Clowes on 'The Complete Eightball'

    The fringes of comics fandom became aware of Daniel Clowes in the 1980s when the Chicago cartoonist's distinctive drawings began appearing in the Mad magazine-knockoff Cracked and several issues of his absurdist farce "Lloyd Llewellyn" were published by Fantagraphics. But in 1989, with the launch...

  • Review: 'Bone Gap' by Laura Ruby

    Review: 'Bone Gap' by Laura Ruby

    Laura Ruby creates a dark and terrifying alternate world in the ominously titled "Bone Gap," a novel for young people that deals with serious adult and criminal issues. Finn O'Sullivan and his older brother, Sean, are carrying the mighty weight of their mother's rejection. She has run off to Oregon...

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