Green: Lucky or Unlucky?

shamrocks in several shades of green

It seems like just about all of Chicago will wear green this weekend and again on Tuesday, hoping for a little luck o’ the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. But is green really such a lucky color? The color that graces everything from seaweed to treetops is used in many of our expressions, with positive and […]

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New Magazines Available on Zinio

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Of all the ways you can put your device to work making your life easier, reading magazines with Zinio is one of my favorites. You can pick from more than a hundred magazines and read the latest issue, just like you would find on the newsstand. And there's no waiting—each issue is available instantly. New Titles The […]

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Guest Blog: Author Elizabeth Berg on Heroes

Elizabeth Berg

As part of One Book, One Chicago, we're featuring a series of original essays titled Chicago Heroes: Real & Imagined! Each month through spring 2015, meet a local hero as introduced by a local author. Chicago authors will reflect on heroes from the past, present or even imagined in these new short essays. This month's essay is […]

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Guest Blog: Introducing the Ed Paschke Art Center

Nico, Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground

Today we're featuring a guest blog by Thea Nichols, director of community engagement at the new Ed Paschke Art Center. She joins us to talk about the center, its namesake and its collaborations with the Chicago Public Library. Ed Paschke is one of Chicago’s most renowned artists. Born and raised on the North Side, Paschke became […]

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Guest Blog: Author Blue Balliett on Heroes

Blue Balliett

We're launching a new component of One Book, One Chicago: a series of original essays titled Chicago Heroes: Real & Imagined! Each month through spring 2015, meet a local hero as introduced by a local author. Chicago authors will reflect on heroes from the past, present or even imagined in these new short essays. Our […]

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Discussion Questions: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

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In 1939, a young escape artist and budding magician named Joe Kavalier arrives in New York City on the doorstep of his cousin, Sammy Clay. With Hitler’s shadow falling across Europe, America relishes the Golden Age of comic books. In Brooklyn, Sammy is looking for a way to cash in on the craze. He finds […]

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Guest Blog: Chabon on Chicago

Michael Chabon

Michael Chabon, author of the One Book, One Chicago 2014-15 selection The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, shares a message for Chicagoans. I was deep in the middle of writing Kavalier & Clay. One of my biggest challenges and sources of constant torment and pleasure while writing that book was attempting to bring mid-20th century […]

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Michael Chabon Author Biography

Michael Chabon

Michael Chabon, author of this year's One Book, One Chicago selection, was born in 1963 in Washington, D.C., and raised in Columbia, Maryland. He studied at Carnegie-Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh and received a master of fine arts in creative writing at U.C. Irvine. He has spent the past two decades in California, with occasional stays in […]

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Hurry Up and Meet Already

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I used to look forward to How I Met Your Mother each week, eager to hear about Ted's latest adventures in the quest to meet "The One." Now, I'm stifling a scream: "Meet already!!!" I know the journey is the point here, but seriously, when I started watching this show way back in 2005, I […]

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Going Beyond Orange Is the New Black

Prison cells

If Orange Is the New Black, the latest series from Netflix, has you wondering what's true to prison life and what's made for TV, sentence yourself to some great reading. These nonfiction picks offer a range of perspectives from women prisoners. Of course there's the book Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman, which the series […]

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