| Jul 8, 2011
| 8:44 AM
Our "booklub" started about six years ago. We all lived within a few blocks in Wilmette.
We really enjoyed "Small Island" by Andrea Levy. We were appalled by the treatment of black soldiers in Britain during World War II. The author's descriptions helped...
| Jul 17, 2011
Guilt was Patricia Highsmith's great theme. In her books even the good know they're not innocent, and they carry an apprehension that they too will be found out. "Night was falling quickly, with visible speed like a black sea creeping over the earth,"...
| Mar 15, 2012
| 5:55 AM
So many actors say they knew from an early age that they belonged onstage. But Amanda Peet actually hurled herself onto one -- while a production was in progress -- when she was 3.
"Luckily it was a children's play," says Peet, who stars in NBC's "Bent,"...
| Nov 4, 2011
| 1:08 PM
On Nov. 3, 2002, Arthur Miller stepped up to the Armour Stage at Symphony Center, stood at the podium and read from his book "On Politics and the Art of Acting," in which he explored the American political stage.
As inaugural winner of the Tribune...
| Oct 31, 2011
| 11:49 AM
If you want to make Stephen Sondheim mad enough to swat you over the head with a rolled-up musical score, try this:
Call him a poet.
As Sondheim insists in interviews, essays and in the introduction to his book "Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics...
| Nov 4, 2011
| 12:57 PM
The Bookies have been meeting for more than four years. We have 12 members and a wonderful facilitator. Our members live in Chicago and the northern suburbs.
We meet at a different member's home each month. The host selects the title the group will...
| Nov 6, 2011
| 5:37 PM
Countless words led to Stephen Sondheim receiving the Chicago Tribune Literary Prize for lifetime achievement Sunday, but some of the most difficult for him to write were also the simplest.
Looking relaxed on the Symphony Center stage in his olive-...
| Jun 5, 2012
| 2:15 PM
Michael Robbins called from the road. He explained he was driving back to Chicago from Mississippi, headed for his new apartment in Andersonville, white-knuckling at the wheel of a U-Haul too big for him, a drumbeat of imminent freeway death pounding in...
| Jun 14, 2012
| 1:34 PM
We have 24 members who are all residents of the Southbridge Commons subdivision in Northbook.
Our first book was "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini. Since then, we have met 79 times and read 72 books.
We meet in our homes. The hostess for the month...
| Jan 20, 2012
| 11:59 AM
Our book club is a 17-member city book club, begun 16 years ago in The Buckingham Condominium on East Randolph Street, evolving to include friends from other buildings.
We mostly focus on current culture, a delightful example being "Major Pettigrew's...
| May 29, 2005
JUST over two years ago I seemed always to be in California, taking part in the celebrations surrounding the release of the film I'd written of Michael Cunningham's novel "The Hours." While the creative team was giving interviews and being mildly feted,...