| Sep 6, 2011
| 3:07 PM
Olivia Clemens, Mark Twain's wife, once tried to shock her husband out of his habit of profane tirades by repeating one to him verbatim. Bemused, he replied that he hoped he didn't sound like that because, "You got the words right, Livy, but you don't...
| 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...
| Nov 11, 2011
| 3:10 PM
Lately, I've been trying to cure myself of my packrat tendencies and have been sorting through boxes of papers and mementos I've amassed over the years. In the box I most recently opened, I found an old Comiskey Park ticket stub from a Sox game I attended...
| Sep 28, 2010
| 8:02 PM
It can be easy to get lost in the world of literary prizes, nominations and general accolades that are embedded on the cover of favored books - but the Dayton Literary Peace Prize is unique.
The Dayton prize is the only award to consistently recognize...
| Oct 15, 2010
| 8:58 AM
"Last Words of the Executed"
By Robert K. Elder
Foreword by Studs Terkel
University of Chicago Press, 301 pages, $22.50
Robert K. Elder begins his oddly affecting, 'Last Words of the Executed,' with the final utterance of Marmaduke Stevenson, who was...
| Jul 1, 2011
| 3:35 PM
In celebration of July Fourth, Printers Row set out to create a reading list of patriotic books. But, how to define "patriotic"? We decided to have each contributing Tribune writer and editor pick a title that corresponds to his or her own definition....
| Dec 17, 2010
| 3:01 PM
Why should a newspaper, committed to the pursuit of facts, holding itself to the highest standards of accuracy and fairness, give prizes for fiction?
We grapple with this sort of question every year when the short story entries for the Nelson Algren...
| Nov 29, 2010
Last Saturday night, as the hordes gathered on and about Michigan Avenue to celebrate the lighting of lights and the beginning of the gift-buying season, a few hundred members of the Chicago literary community settled into the seats in the handsome...
| Sep 8, 2012
As we launch the 2013 Nelson Algren Short Story Awards Contest, we consider our relationship — as Chicago Tribune journalists — to the world of fiction. Though we are dedicated to the world of fact, we recognize that fiction can help us make...
| May 7, 2012
| 3:12 PM
Wen Huang suggested we go to Chinatown. Initially, the idea seemed gauche, kitschy, stereotypical — the last place in Chicago you would want to meet a local writer whose thoughtful new memoir recounts his childhood in China.
Indeed, to anyone...
| Apr 10, 2012
Jeremy Smith, Second City associate producer and stage manager, answers 5 quick questions for "Behind the Curtain."
Q1: What’s your role with "Chicago Live!" (and what does that actually mean)?
JS: I am the associate producer and stage manager for...
| Dec 2, 2011
| 1:06 PM
Even a warm, fun, country-rock night at the Double Cupp Diner — home of the "Pump Boys and Dinettes" — must come to a close. So the authors of this familiar, honkey-tonk musical revue helpfully provided a number — "Closing Time" —...