| Dec 19, 2012
| 12:21 PM
Step back, Scrooge. There's another Dickens hit in town — but only for a few days. Step lively if you want to snag a ducat before it departs.
"Dickens' Women," first performed by star and co-creator Miriam Margolyes in 1989, closes out a...
| Dec 13, 2012
| 1:19 PM
Apple announced its best e-books of the year Thursday. The company has come up with a best-of list at years' end since the launch of the iBookstore in 2010.
This year marks the debut of the interactive category "Best Multi-Touch Book," specifically...
| Dec 26, 2012
| 12:52 PM
As we roll into the final holiday parties of the year, spirits are high -- and flowing. “The Book of Gin” by Richard Barnett traces the history of gin, which was once believed to prevent plague, ease the pains of childbirth and treat a lack of...
| Dec 23, 2012
| 1:59 PM
It's tough to go wrong with “Oliver” at the holidays. You've got tousle-haired urchins, pathos, Fagin, melodrama and power ballads — orchestrated with a whiff of the sounds of Dusty Springfield's Swingin' London — and a...
| Mar 19, 2013
| 12:29 PM
Lifeline Theatre, a venerable Off-Loop theater on Chicago's North Side, has announced its 2013-14 season.
Mainstage productions slated include (in the fall) Karen Tarjan's adaptation of the novel "The Killer Angels" by Michael Shaara; a new adaptation...
| Feb 14, 2013
| 6:45 AM
Banana Joe, the lovable affenpinscher who won best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York on Tuesday, has chosen Broadway for a victory lap.
The pooch was scheduled to make a cameo appearance Wednesday evening in the Broadway...
| Aug 24, 2012
| 3:54 PM
As Lucy Kobbs turned the final page of the seventh and last book in the "Harry Potter" series, she took a pencil to the wall beside her bed and memorialized the end of an era: 7/22/07, 3:20 a.m.
"It's one of those books that will stick with me for life,"...
| Dec 4, 2012
| 4:27 PM
I still read out loud to my son. He is in fifth grade and an avid reader. He plows through books and is currently devouring "The Hobbit" which he calls "addicting." But he still likes it when I read out loud to him before bed. I've always read to him. I...
| Feb 22, 2013
| 12:23 PM
Since her days as a high school free spirit, Courtney Aoki developed a tougher exterior, with a heavy-metal edge. Tattoos began covering her body, including one of a black widow on her chest with the number 13. Her Facebook page......
| Feb 21, 2013
| 4:24 PM
Courtney Aoki envisioned herself as an actress when she participated in a summer stock program at the Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. It was a program designed to help propel at-risk teens into a world of acting and to......
| Feb 21, 2013
| 6:54 AM
When shooting victims Courtney Aoki was a freshman at Renaissance High School for the Arts in Long Beach, she had an appreciation for literature that was rare for a teenager, said J.C. Marquez, her English teacher....
| Oct 7, 2012
The St. Zita Society
Scribner: 272 pp., $26
If you're unfamiliar with Ruth Rendell, if you've somehow managed to miss her 60 or so books, if you've never experienced the frisson...