| Apr 18, 2014
| 9:00 AM
Steve Martin will present the world premiere of his much buzzed about new musical "Bright Star" in September at the Old Globe in San Diego as part of the company's 2014-15 season, which was announced on Thursday.
"Bright Star," which Martin is writing...
| May 23, 2014
| 9:36 AM
Printers Row Lit Fest turns 30 this year, so we asked participants to recall a favorite memory from the event's past. Here's what they told us.
"It's always great to meet readers and authors I admire. But I've had a crush on Sara Paretsky for a long...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Dec 13, 2011
| 4:34 PM
What people who like to read liked reading this year....
| Feb 3, 2012
| 4:35 PM
Sunday's book reviews include a Margaret Fuller biography ("The Lives of Margaret Fuller") and a look at Ken Kesey's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" 50 years after its publication....
| 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......