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Like Fast-Paced Sci-Fi? Try Chicago Author Wesley Chu

Wesley Chu

For those who enjoy high-speed planet-hopping adventures through outer space, contact with alien life forms and time continuum dilemmas, author Wesley Chu has a book for you. Chu was born in Taiwan, immigrated to the United States as a young child and settled in Chicago in 1990. His journey to becoming an author included some interesting […]

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Celebrating Carson McCullers and the Southern Gothic

Carson McCullers portrait

2017 marks the centennial of Carson McCullers' birth. Considered to be among the most significant American writers of the 20th century, McCullers was born Lula Carson Smith in Columbus, Ga., on February 19, 1917 to a family with deep roots in the South. Her grandfather was a former plantation owner and Confederate hero. At 17, […]

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Hygge: 5 Articles About Getting Cozy

candle on table

Hygge (pronounced HOO-gah) has made its way from Danish culture to newly released books and it's no wonder. People are cozying up to the ideals of hygge as a way to get through the winter with candles, company and comfort. There are many reasons why hygge works for some, but not for others. The following articles […]

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#TBT: Happy 80th, Vanessa Redgrave!

Born to British theater royalty Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, Vanessa Redgrave has had a long and successful career, both on stage and on screen. Her birth—80 years ago, on January 30, 1937—was even announced by Laurence Olivier during the curtain call of Hamlet; the actor added, "tonight a great actress is born." Redgrave has more than […]

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