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  • Upcoming Chicago literary events

    Dec. 2: Chris Chelios will discuss his memoir, "Chris Chelios: Made in America," co-written with Kevin Allen. 7 p.m., Anderson's Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville, andersonsbookshop.com, 630-355-2665

  • YA books to place under the Christmas tree
    YA books to place under the Christmas tree

    This past year, adults who enjoy reading young adult novels were told to grow up. Like Goldilocks sinking into Mama Bear's chair, cultural critics such as A.O. Scott of The New York Times, Ruth Graham of Slate and Christopher Beha of The New Yorker declared such books too soft. Why, they...

  • The best books for the science fiction fan
    The best books for the science fiction fan

    Fantasy and science fiction books can be hazardous terrain during gift-giving season, especially when those who don't read them try to find gifts for those who do. Everyone recognizes the wan half-smile that results when, say, someone who grew up reading Robert A. Heinlein unwraps a set of...

  • PEN auction features authors' notes on first editions
    PEN auction features authors' notes on first editions

    Collectors of first editions ordinarily would steer clear of books marked up and full of scribbled notes — but it depends who's doing the scribbling. For the 75 books on auction at the PEN American Center's "First Editions/Second Thoughts," they may be willing to make an exception.

  • Verses of note: The best poetry of 2014
    Verses of note: The best poetry of 2014

    Most of this year's high-profile poetry titles slid right off my eyeballs. Plus ça change. The New Yorker and The New York Times Book Review regularly ignore exciting books like Robyn Schiff's "Revolver" and (my friend) Anthony Madrid's "I Am Your Slave Now Do What I Say," but heaven...

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