| Jun 8, 2013
| 7:32 PM
In conceiving her first, impressive yet flawed novel, 30-year-old Anton DiSclafani seems to have followed the standard advice offered to newbie authors to "Write what you know."
DiSclafani's protagonist, 15-year-old Thea Atwell, is a teenage...
| May 29, 2013
| 2:18 PM
What do you think of when you think of Chicago?
I think of food and friends—and maybe I should reverse that and say 'friends and food' (the better order). And I think of Andersonville. And the writer Aleksandar Hemon (who is my Andersonville...
| May 31, 2013
| 1:10 PM
We're having a party and everyone is invited! The Printers Row Lit Fest is next weekend, and I'll be jetting in (economy class style) for the festivities. Very exciting.
This piece first ran in Printers Row Journal, delivered...
| Apr 17, 2013
| 7:26 AM
An Alaska author was a finalist this year for a Pulitzer Prize.
Mat-Su author Eowyn Ivey lives in Chickaloon and is the author of "The Snow Child." The Anchorage Daily Newssays her publisher called her with the news on Monday to tell her the judges...
| Apr 21, 2013
| 12:05 PM
Children's/young-adult author Judy Blume and graphic novelist/cartoonist Art Spiegelman will be honored as part of this year's Printers Row Lit Fest, which runs June 8 and 9 in the South Loop.
Blume, the author of such beloved works as "Are You There...
| 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...
| May 3, 2012
| 4:35 PM
One short story will be curated and delivered weekly, electronically, by Recommended Reading, an Electric Literature project. Editor Benjamin Samuel explains what readers can expect....
| Oct 26, 2012
| 3:15 PM
Atrocity in Cambodia. Devastation in New Orleans. Revolution in the Middle East. The Chicago office of Human Rights Watch recently started a book club to get people to engage in discussion about places and countries such as these where the international...
| Aug 23, 2012
| 2:01 PM
You know what's annoying?
Experimental short stories.
You know what else is annoying?
Adam Levin. He is 35 and grew up on the North Shore. He is talented and can't do anything half-
way, which makes him frustratingly, endearingly bold, the twin...
| Aug 3, 2012
| 12:42 PM
Nora Ephron — journalist, essayist, novelist, blogger, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, producer, director, playwright, world-class cook and world-class friend — died June 26.
I am so sad.
In the month since Ephron's passing, I have spent...
| Dec 7, 2012
| 12:13 PM
Every journalist's nightmare is the interview with the subject who responds to questions with one-sentence (or even one-word) answers. Fortunately, the writer Nathan Englander — who was in Chicago recently as the inaugural Crown Speaker Series...
| Feb 6, 2012
| 4:35 PM
In 1910, Virginia Woolf and her friends pretended to be "Abyssinian princes" and their British guides, convincing the Royal Navy to give them access to the battleship Dreadnought, flagship of the home fleet. They were given a tour and feted......