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Colorful productions ahead for the holidays

It's back. The holiday season. All those alternately warming and wearing weeks with family and friends, all those seasonal entertainments you can take them to (or use as a way to escape from them).

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  • Upcoming Chicago literary events
    Upcoming Chicago literary events

    Nov. 29: Michael McCarthy will discuss and sign his book, "Ashes Under Water: The SS Eastland and the Shipwreck That Shook America." 6 p.m., Powell's Bookstore, 1218 S. Halsted St., 312-243-9070

  • The outsized influence of Margaret Anderson's Little Review
    The outsized influence of Margaret Anderson's Little Review

    To open, an analogy: Margaret Anderson and The Little Review are to independent publishing what Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground are to music.

  • Walter Isaacson on 'The Innovators'
    Walter Isaacson on 'The Innovators'

    We think of innovators in general, and the giants of the Digital Age in particular, as lone geniuses. But just as the heralded designs attributed to visionary architects such as Frank Gehry and Renzo Piano are actually group efforts produced by multidisciplinary teams, the most creative...

  • Editor's choice: 'The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2014'
    Editor's choice: 'The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2014'

    Despite my best efforts, I can't keep track of everything I want to read. Aside from the obvious weekly and monthly literary magazines and journals, there are others I see inconsistently, but approach with the fervor of a high school sweetheart — like The Baffler or ZYZZYVA.

  • Ha Jin on 'A Map of Betrayal'
    Ha Jin on 'A Map of Betrayal'

    With one foot in China and the other in the United States, Ha Jin is the quintessential Chinese-American writer. As a teenager, he served in the People's Liberation Army during the Cultural Revolution, but later immigrated to the United States — where he was already in graduate school...

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