Margaret Atwood Turns 75

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“I read for pleasure and that is the moment I learn the most.” With no signs of slowing down, Canadian novelist, poet and essayist Margaret Atwood turns 75 on November 18. We’re celebrating her illustrious career that already spans five decades. Perhaps best known for The Handmaid's Tale, a dystopian novel set in the near […]

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Serial: A Podcast


Have you been listening to the Serial podcast? If you’re a fan of true crime or hard-hitting journalism this is a must for you. The premise: Journalist and This American Life producer, Sarah Koenig, hosts this nonfiction podcast unraveling the story of a fifteen-year-old murder case.  Each week Koenig delves into details of the case. […]

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Happy Birthday, Bridget Jones!

Birthday candles

Gaah! Guess who's having a birthday on November 9? Helen Fielding's plucky gal isn't telling how many candles are on the cake this year, but you can count on this: Bridget Jones is sure to be celebrating with a glass of Chardonnay and her closest friends. Believe it or not, it's been nearly 20 years since our self-deprecating Singleton stumbled […]

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BANG! POW! Super Girls in Comics

Black Cat Comics cover superhero in black cat suit drops in on gangsters gambling

With all the new superhero blockbusters like Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy and X-Men: Days of Future Past, it’s hard not to love caped crusaders. For comic book geeks like me, it feels like a new golden age of heroes. This year, for One Book One Chicago, we celebrate the history of superheroes […]

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The Americas Before the Mayflower

The Arawak greet Christopher Columbus on his landing on Hispaniola.  Image courtesy of Library of Congress.

As children, most of what we learned about the Native American population of the Americas was based on what colonists and conquerors saw after they had already left their mark on the land and people. But, what was life in the Americas like before Europeans arrived? And, what happened in the century after Columbus landed? 1491 by […]

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Comic Book Babes

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Were you looking for a post about sexy comic book hotties? Sorry to disappoint. Even in this age of superhero blockbusters and a thriving nerd culture, it can still be hard to find a lady in the lead. Iron Man. Batman. Superman. Aquaman. It's easy to argue that comics books and their Hollywood counterparts are still […]

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Make A Difference Day

Source: U.S. Navy, Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Wallace Ciccarelli Jr., Wikimedia Commons

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said: "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" If you're unsure of how to answer that question and want to do more, Make A Difference Day is for you. Founded more than 20 years ago by USA TODAY Magazine and Points of Light, Make […]

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Booker Prize and National Book Award Shortlists

The Narrow Road to the Deep North book cover

Yesterday, Australian author Richard Flanagan has won the 2014 Booker Prize for his book The Narrow Road to the Deep North, a book about a POW experience during World War II. It deals with work on the Thai-Burma railway (the Death Railway) made famous by the movie The Bridge on the River Kwai. This was the […]

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Fun with Superman

Fun With Superman

This year's One Book, One Chicago selection, The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, features two ambitious young men creating their own superhero in the late 1930s. Their creation owes a great debt to Superman, and in the same way that author Michael Chabon tips his hat to America's most iconic comic book creation, other writers […]

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Poets Forche and May at CPL for Poetry Day

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Poets Carolyn Forché and Jamaal May will be at Harold Washington Library Center for Poetry Day on Thursday, October 16. Given their contrasting styles, it should make for a stimulating, even revelatory evening. Both poets were both born in Michigan, with May staying in the Detroit area and Forché trotting the globe before settling near Washington, D.C.  While Forché […]

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