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  • 'The Monster Gasped' collects monster stories by Logan Square middle schoolers

    'The Monster Gasped' collects monster stories by Logan Square middle schoolers

    Illustrator Ryan Troy Ford lives in Logan Square, home to vibrant street murals, lively arts festivals and Chicago's heavily tattooed creative class. But it's the work of Vanessa Benavides, a fourth-grader at Lorenz Brentano Math and Science Academy, that's recently blowing his mind. "There's this...

  • 30 books you should read this summer

    30 books you should read this summer

    Summer is the season when, for whatever reason, many of us allow ourselves to be entertained by books again. Maybe it's the appetite for something "light" to read while pool- or beachside, something topical to discuss at the annual family picnic, or something suspenseful and absorbing to ease the...

  • From Letterman to the end of the world: TV writer Steve Hely on 'The Wonder Trail'

    From Letterman to the end of the world: TV writer Steve Hely on 'The Wonder Trail'

    On occasion, even homebodies get wanderlust. You wake up one morning, survey the same four walls that surrounded you the previous evening and countless evenings before that, and conclude that it's time to Go Somewhere. If you're Steve Hely — a Los Angeles-based TV comedy writer whose credits include...

  • Chicago book news: New book explores Chicago Seven, conspiracy trial

    Chicago book news: New book explores Chicago Seven, conspiracy trial

    "The Chicago Conspiracy Trial and the Press" by Nick Sharman will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in June. Sharman analyzes newspaper coverage of the Chicago Seven — Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, John Froines and Lee Weiner — who were charged with conspiracy...

  • Poetry for the Purple One: A look at the lyrics of Prince

    Poetry for the Purple One: A look at the lyrics of Prince

    Prince Rogers Nelson was dead, and social media feeds were flooding with a line from a 400-year-old play. "Goodnight, sweet Prince" had an inevitable ring, but given 2016's massacre of middle-aged pop stars, Fortinbras' apostrophe would've been more appropriate: O proud Death, What feast is toward...

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