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How the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra found itself in trouble

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra made headlines this month after musicians, donors and members of the public learned the organization is in dire financial straits. Here’s what you need to know: Financial trouble The BSO was established in 1916 as a branch of the Baltimore municipal government. The...

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  • 25 hottest new books for summer

    25 hottest new books for summer

    Summer in Chicago means reuniting with longer days, a more leisurely pace and (at last!) habitable weather. Our collective mood shifts from anticipatory to celebratory. The upcoming book season, ushered in by trustworthy talent and assured new voices, should inspire an equally sunny outlook. Whether...

  • National best-sellers

    National best-sellers

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. "Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens (Putnam, $27) Last week: 1 2. "Unsolved" by James Patterson and David Ellis (Little, Brown, $28) Last week: — 3. "City of Girls: A Novel" by Elizabeth Gilbert (Riverhead, $28) Last week: — 4. "Queen Bee: A Novel" by Dorothea Benton Frank...

  • Chicagoland best-sellers: 'Where the Crawdads Sing' by Delia Owens holds on at No. 1

    Chicagoland best-sellers: 'Where the Crawdads Sing' by Delia Owens holds on at No. 1

    1. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens (Putnam, $27) 2. “On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel” by Ocean Vuong (Penguin, $26) 3. “The Great Believers: A Novel” by Rebecca Makkai (Penguin, $16) 4. “City of Girls: A Novel” by Elizabeth Gilbert (Riverhead, $28) 5. “Little Fires Everywhere”...

  • From Pete Buttigieg to Kamala Harris, it's the season of campaign books. But why bother?

    From Pete Buttigieg to Kamala Harris, it's the season of campaign books. But why bother?

    It is presidential campaign book season, and I, for one, couldn’t be less excited. You know the presidential campaign book: a hardcover tome with a picture of the candidate on the cover in a perfectly relaxed and friendly pose, coupled with a title that promises to inspire without any risk of offending....

  • Aleksandar Hemon returns with a memoir, divided

    Aleksandar Hemon returns with a memoir, divided

    Aleksandar Hemon has populated both his fiction (“Nowhere Man,” “The Lazarus Project”) and nonfiction (“The Book of My Lives”) with stories and characters from his native Bosnia. His latest two-books-in-one memoir makes clear that a penchant for narrative — not to mention beekeeping, folk singing...

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