| Sep 30, 2010
| 12:15 PM
By Madison Smartt Bell Pantheon. 335 pages. $26.95
Fiddlers strike up the old tune "Devil’s Dream" more than once in the new Madison Smartt Bell novel that bears its name. It is a sprightly jig, but it turns poignant here, since the...
| Mar 22, 2012
| 10:48 AM
Residents of a River North condo building on N. Franklin Street and W. Institute Place were warned Tuesday that an NBC pilot will be filming on the corner Saturday-Monday.
"DO NOT BE ALARMED,” the condo association notice said in bold letters....
| Feb 11, 2011
| 1:50 PM
"Tent Life: Haiti"Photographs by Wyatt Gallery, essay by Edwidge DanticatUmbrage Editions, 128 pages, $39.95
"Pito nou led, nou la," goes the Haitian proverb, which means "Better that we are ugly, but we are here." Edwidge Danticat recalls this notion in...
| Oct 4, 2010
| 4:33 PM
American novelist Madison Smartt Bell has devoted two decades to bringing Haiti, from 1791-1804, alive for readers. It may seem unfathomable for Americans to understand how a country as Haiti can exist so close to luxurious vacation destinations, Bell's...
| Jun 3, 2011
| 8:17 AM
Memoir writing: How do you turn a life story into something more than a slog through boring facts? Perhaps Carol LaChapelle has an answer. 11 a.m., University Center/Multimedia Room
— Judy Hevrdejs, reporter
Tavern recipes: Susan and Drew...
| Mar 23, 2011
| 10:38 PM
— Last Memorial Day, Sen. Dick Durbin traveled to a conference at a luxury beach resort on Tunisia's Mediterranean coast.
The Democratic senator and his wife, Loretta, stayed at The Residence Tunis, which is part of the exclusive "Leading Hotels of...
| Mar 23, 2011
Prayer alone was no longer enough for Lisa Ballantine, who watched the families fill their baby bottles with murky river water that sickened and even killed their children.
After returning from a yearlong mission trip to the Dominican Republic in 2000,...
| Jan 11, 2011
| 5:04 PM
| Mar 11, 2011
| 9:39 AM
Just as Egypt has been cast as the Twitter revolution, so Friday's massive Japanese earthquake and tsunami was destined to become the Twitter disaster.
In 140-character bites, the story unfolded: the shock and terror; the sense of human frailty mixed...
| Oct 31, 2010
Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work by Edwidge Danticat ( Princeton University Press: 181 pp., $19.95) "Create dangerously, for people who read dangerously. This is what I've always thought it meant to be a writer. Writing, knowing in part...
| Feb 8, 2011
| 11:12 AM
| Aug 26, 2012
Celebrity presence has always been an essential part of the game at Los Angeles charity events, but this fall organizers may have outdone themselves. Consider:
George Clooney will be honored at the Carousel of Hope Ball.
Leonardo DiCaprio is co-chairing...