Celebrating the Life of Truman Capote

Truman Capote sitting in chair

On September 30, we celebrate the 90th anniversary of the birth of Truman Streckfus Persons, better known to millions of readers as Truman Capote. Capote was the author of many unique short stories, novels, plays and movie scripts that are still read and loved today. He was without a doubt a superb writer and a charismatic personality, and these […]

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David Bowie Is Opens at Museum of Contemporary Art

David Bowie posters on a subway station wall

David Bowie.  Where to even start?  A good friend of mine suggested I start with rampant adulation, as that is what such a great artist deserves. He's a creative chameleon who's gone from glam to funk to all-out rock. On Tuesday, September 23, the exhibit David Bowie Is opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art. […]

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National Book Award Longlists 2014

Station Eleven book cover

The National Book Foundation, which has presented the National Book Awards since 1950, has  announced its 10-title longlists of nominees for its awards for Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Young People's Literature. These lists are an excellent resource for readers on the lookout for something good to read. The Fiction list includes some new and forthcoming […]

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I Like Sports?

I Like Sports

I'm a Bears fan, born and raised. I don't have a choice in the matter. When I was a kid, my family had season tickets that were about as high up in Soldier Field as you could go, and I like to think I still follow the sport. But then again, I'm not much into […]

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MacArthur Genius Grants

Book cover, Fun Home

The annual MacArthur fellows have been announced, and as usual, reading about the winners is inspiring and even intimidating (statistical analyses? cryptography? nanomaterials?). Also, as usual, several of the winners have written books and several have ties to Chicago. Congratulations to University of Chicago historian Tara Zahra, author of The Lost Children, whose work (as described by the Tribune) […]

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Simon Brett Mysteries

Eastbourne Pier

Charles Paris is painfully aware he's not a successful actor. Or husband. Or much of anything else, except sleuth. In his latest novel in this long-running series, Simon Brett puts Charles through his paces with a collection of murders during the Christmas pantomime season in The Cinderella Killer. Kenny Polizzi is a big-name actor from the […]

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We the People

Original document with preamble of the U.S. Constitution

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” This didn’t mean […]

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Paul Konerko: A Class Act!

baseball resting on homeplate

After 16 years of playing baseball for the Chicago White Sox, first baseman and team captain Paul Konerko is retiring from the game. He has given the city of Chicago some unforgettable moments during his illustrious career. The one that resonates with most fans is the grand slam he hit in Game 2 of the […]

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Celebrating Hispanic Fiction

Row of flags from Latin American countries

I’ve really enjoyed reading my friends’ lists of 10 books most influential to them, a meme popular right now on Facebook. I’ve crafted mine and several in the top 20 (because a librarian can’t stop at 10) are books by Hispanic authors. Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s lyrical storytelling in One Hundred Years of Solitude, the complicated relationships […]

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Comic Book Literature

comic book 2

If you liked The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, especially how it reads like a comic book in the form of a literary novel and how it deals with big questions, I have two other books that may appeal. In Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman, Doctor Impossible has gotten bored of imprisonment […]

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