| Aug 27, 2013
| 9:49 AM
"In Cold Blood" by Truman Capote, 1966
This book is life-changing because it is a true story, detailing the murder of the Clutter family. It cataloged the events leading up to the murder all the way through the executions of the confessed killers....
| Sep 6, 2013
| 6:00 AM
TELLURIDE, Colo. — Many sequences in Steve McQueen's new movie, "12 Years a Slave" — the true story of a free black man kidnapped in 1841 and sold to Southern plantation owners — were emotionally exhausting to film. But the British...
| Aug 7, 2013
| 1:45 PM
“The Diary of Anne Frank,” the journal of a Jewish girl who died in the Holocaust during the final days of World War II, has been a worldwide phenomenon since it was first published in 1947.
The book was converted into a 1955 play and an...
| May 2, 2013
Deanna Durbin, the singing starlet with the bubbly personality and the jewel-tone voice whose enormously popular movies were widely credited with saving Universal Pictures from bankruptcy during the Depression, has died. She was 91.
| Apr 19, 2013
| 11:40 AM
She was not thinking of writing a play about Anne Frank and Emmett Till.
Janet Langhart Cohen was just enjoying her life in Washington D.C.’s social whirl as the wife of former Secretary of Defense and U.S. Senator William S. Cohen.
But she did,...
| Apr 23, 2013
| 1:29 PM
Evanston's Next Theatre has announced its 2013-14 season: the company's 33rd year.
The season begins with the Chicago premiere of "Compulsion" by Rinne Groff, a piece about the obsession of Meyer Levin with Anne Frank's diary. It is to be directed by...
| Apr 26, 2013
| 2:49 PM
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...
| Apr 8, 2013
| 8:05 AM
You can’t hide from what happened. You can’t pretend it’s over, because it will never be over. All you can do is try to understand.
Courant reporters Alaine Griffin, Josh Kovner and Matthew Kauffman, along with a crew from the PBS...
| Jun 12, 2013
| 6:34 AM
Anne Frank was born June 12, 1929, 84 years ago today. During her short 15 years, she kept a diary and wrote there sorting out her emotions, describing her crushes and despair, her desires and dreams. She kept the diary from 1942 to '44, the two years...
| May 10, 2013
| 12:22 PM
No two readers are alike. No two mothers are alike. And the only way to really find out what might be a good book to get your mother for Mother’s Day is to ask her what she likes to read.
My own mother’s reading habits have always been a bit...
| Apr 25, 2012
John Raese is feeling persecuted.
Raese, a West Virginia businessman running for the U.S. Senate, declared in a recent speech that he doesn't want the government telling him what to do "because I'm an American." Specifically, he lamented that he is...
| Aug 8, 2012
| 4:32 PM
Or … “The one in which I find out what that ‘Alouette’ song I learned in Girl Scouts really means.” But first, did everyone come through two weeks with no new Dance Moms okay? Everybody good? Catch a little Olympics action?...