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  • 'Diversey' by MacKinlay Kantor gets another shot

    'Diversey' by MacKinlay Kantor gets another shot
    How forgotten is MacKinlay Kantor's "Diversey"? Well, when I looked it up on the Chicago Public Library website, I found only one copy available systemwide, in the closed stacks of the downtown branch — meaning that any reader interested in taking a...
  • 'Book Thief' is stealing center stage

    'Book Thief' is stealing  center stage
    Like the 22 books that preceded it, Markus Zusak's “The Book Thief” was chosen for the Chicago Public Library's One Book, One Chicago fall selection based on its literary merit and universal themes that would appeal to the widest range of...
  • Review: "The Cooked Seed" by Anchee Min

    Review: "The Cooked Seed" by Anchee Min
    When I started reading Anchee Min's latest memoir, "The Cooked Seed," I presumed there would be many commonalities between her life journey in America and mine. We both emigrated from Shanghai — Min came over to the United States as a student in...
  • Excerpt: 'The Third Coast' by Thomas Dyja

    Excerpt: 'The Third Coast' by Thomas Dyja
    From his stove, Nelson Algren saw a dark shape stumble out of the bar across Wabansia Avenue. It teetered once, then slumped under the Nectar Beer sign, sizzling neon in the bitter February cold. Eight degrees, an army fatigue jacket, and too many shots...
  • Emanuel stands by rejected police sergeants contract

    Emanuel stands by rejected police sergeants contract
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel maintained Tuesday that a pension fix overwhelmingly rejected by Chicago police sergeants remains a road map to restoring financial soundness to the city's woefully underfunded pension system. “Every other aspect of this plan,...
  • Librarian's Choice: 5 books to read now

    Librarian's Choice: 5 books to read now
    To see how exciting getting your first library card can be, look no further than the Chicago Public Library's Facebook page. Every week, the library posts a picture of a new card holder — so far all of them featuring children with wide smiles, their...
  • Giving the gift of literature

    Giving the gift of literature
    They're meaningful, beautiful, portable, and, by the standards of modern gift giving, appealingly inexpensive. They also ship and wrap easily, and allow me to put my money where my heart is: art, ideas and the written word. So why did I hesitate for so...
  • Five books: Graphic novelists at Lit Fest

    Five books: Graphic novelists at Lit Fest
    Art Spiegelman, author of “Maus,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir that essentially legitimized cartooning as a literary form, will kick off this year's Printers Row Lit Fest on Saturday, June 8, as winner of the Chicago Public Library's Harold...
  • Living in dangerous times

    Living in dangerous times
    The prospect of interviewing Don DeLillo produces a certain anxiety. DeLillo, one of the most heralded American novelists of the past 40 years, has a reputation for being inaccessible, emotionally and otherwise. While by no means a recluse like J.D....
  • Which books did Mayor Rahm Emanuel read this summer?

    Which books did Mayor Rahm Emanuel read this summer?
    In the world of book publishing, summer is generally a time for "beach reads," fun, lighter books that readers can jump in and out of while splashing through the surf or visiting family. Not for Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Emanuel detailed his summer...
  • Five books: Warming up with a festive high-five

    Five books: Warming up with a festive high-five
    Printers Row Lit Fest announced its lineup earlier this week, and it's led by Judy Blume, the beloved children's book author who has helped several generations endure the agony of adolescence. Blume will receive the Chicago Tribune's Young Adult...
  • At Steppenwolf, another way of looking at youth violence

    At Steppenwolf, another way of looking at youth violence
    The main scenic elements for "How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence," the latest in a sudden string of intense Chicago productions aiming to engage us in the crisis of youth violence, have a distinct resemblance to the Crown Fountain in...