A Century of Science Fiction Legend Arthur C. Clarke

As we approach the 100th anniversary of Sir Arthur C. Clarke’s birth on December 16, it's hard to say which of the foundational elements he contributed to science fiction is the most compelling. Clarke lived his life at the intersection of the genre, believing profoundly in the power of fiction to ignite the imagination while championing real-world scientific efforts […]

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Weird Sisters and Others

Witchy women and feminine magic are favorite tropes in literature. They don't always get a fair shake, but in these books that could be filed under magical realism, they tend to come out on top in a (mostly male) world intent of keeping them down. Pull out your favorite throw blanket and curl up on […]

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America’s Music Preservationists: The Lomaxes

Did you know many of America's best-loved songs were discovered by a father and son, John Lomax and Alan Lomax, who spent their lives tracking down and collecting recordings? Born in 1867, John Lomax was captivated by the sound of cowboys singing as they passed near his family’s Texas farm. From childhood, he collected lyrics on scraps of paper. […]

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Math Is for Girls: What to Read If You Like Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures was a bestseller and turned into an acclaimed movie, and deservedly so. It's about the African American female mathematicians who were instrumental in getting the United States to the moon, despite being disrespected by their superiors and then ignored by history. Unfortunately, Anonymous was a woman, and they were not the only women […]

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Books to Celebrate Small Business Saturday

After the behemoth bargains at all the big box stores on Black Friday, and before the e-commerce deals on Cyber Monday, check out Chicago's neighborhood gems on Saturday. American Express launched Small Business Saturday to help support local businesses that strengthen communities. Last year, small business owners generated an estimated $15.4 billion. Locations across the city […]

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Justice League for Comic Newbies

Excitement and anticipation for the new Justice League film is surely circling right about now. The epic film, released November 17, 2017, likely evokes interest and enthusiasm for lovers of the comic book movie genre, and for others who aren’t familiar with the storylines, a standing curiosity.  The Justice League is a superhero team in […]

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