| Aug 12, 2012
Martin Amis, once dubbed "fiction's angriest writer," continues dissecting the absurdity and excesses of postmodern society in his latest novel, "Lionel Asbo: State of England," which reaches bookstores Aug. 21. The British novelist, 62, recently moved...
| Sep 23, 2010
| 4:34 PM
Yesterday PEN announced its 2010 literary awards; the winners include novelist Don Delillo, who takes the top honor, the Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction. Delillo's first book, "Americana," was published in 1971; his most recent,...
| Nov 11, 2010
| 4:33 PM
There's a moment in a "Friday Night Lights" season when everything -- almost everything, at least -- seems to click. The point last season, for instance, when Lyla Garrity (Minka Kelly) came back to Dillon, Texas, and illustrated the maturity......
| Oct 5, 2011
| 9:32 PM
Story: According to Ladbrokes, Bob Dylan is the odds-on favorite to win the Nobel Prize for literature (which will be announced Thursday morning). The British betting house has Dylan as the top possibility, running at 5-to-1 odds, ahead of Japanese......
| Oct 22, 2010
| 10:17 AM
At first the letters are ordinary, even dull. Some sound merely dutiful, instead of passionately wrought and inspired. Others are a bit pretentious. They could've been written, you think, by anybody.
Gradually, though, it becomes gloriously clear that...
| Apr 30, 2011
Created by FDR in 1935, in the depths of the Great Depression, the Federal Writers' Project (a small part of the wider Works Progress Administration) was a make-work agency that gave jobs to about 6,500 writers, editors and researchers before closing shop...
| Dec 26, 2010
Saul Bellow, edited by Benjamin Taylor
Viking: 608 pp, $35
Saul Bellow, being Saul Bellow, coined literary profit from emotional tumult. From personal pain came self-exploration and impish bons mots, poured into the heightened confessional of...
| Feb 7, 2011
| 1:18 PM
|| *** Barney’s Version
Directed by Richard J. Lewis. Written by Michael Konyves, based on the novel by Mordecai Richler. With Paul Giamatti, Rosamund Pike and Dustin Hoffman. (R) ||
| Feb 3, 2012
| 8:43 AM
On the opening night of Chicago Live! Thursday, in its new home at Pipers Alley with The Second City, the show didn't feel new: It felt like a homecoming. No one from Chicago would feel out of place.
Rick Kogan needed no script to talk about the 43rd...
| May 29, 2011
There's no point in getting wordy, so we'll simply remind you that the Tribune-sponsored 27th annual Printers Row Lit Fest takes place June 4-5. For now, here are 10 "chapters" of Chicago lit:
1 Ben Hecht, who co-wrote the play "The Front Page" and was a...
| Aug 23, 2012
| 7:42 PM
Best-selling author Micah Nathan likes pushing the boundaries of storytelling. Recipient of the Saul Bellow Prize in Fiction in 2011, he's also been a finalist for the Tobias Wolff Award and the Innovative Fiction Award for his short stories.
| Dec 19, 2007
| 6:21 AM
Frank Doubleday publishes Theodore Dreiser's novel that helps establish an enduring Chicago tradition: fiction in the raw, tawdry but compassionate.
Published on this date, Theodore Dreiser's "Sister Carrie" was among the most auspicious debuts in...