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Let's say you're getting, or giving, a new tablet or an e-reader (iPad, Kobo, Nook or Kindle Fire) for the holidays. Here's an idea for what to do with it: Load it first with free books. Thanks to Project Gutenberg, as well as the cultural gift known as...
Literary editorA boy moves away from his small-town central Illinois home after his father murders a tenant farmer. Years later, an occasional childhood playmate ignores the boy in a high school corridor. Out of that awkward, wordless moment emerged "So Long, See You...
Book review: 'At the Fights: American Writers on Boxing,' edited by George Kimball and John SchulianSpecial to the Los Angeles TimesAt the Fights American Writers on Boxing Edited by George Kimball & John Schulian Library of America: 517 pp., $35 Part freak show, part sitcom, part mortal combat — ah, yes, behold the world of professional prizefighting, the face-break...
There's no point in getting wordy, so we'll simply remind you that the Tribune-sponsored 27th annual Printers Row Lit Fest takes place June 4-5. For now, here are 10 "chapters" of Chicago lit: 1 Ben Hecht, who co-wrote the play "The Front Page" and was a...
Literary editorGwendolyn Brooks is known as a great poet. Poet Laureate of Illinois from 1968 until her death in 2000, she won the Pulitzer Prize for "Annie Allen" in 1950. She was the first African-American to win the prize and continued to collect accolades for her...
Special to Tribune NewspapersVolt: Stories By Alan Heathcock Graywolf. $15.00, 208 pages Eight stories, by native Chicagoan Alan Heathcock, who lives and works in Idaho, where he seems to have found in that mostly rural state great inspiration in the pathetic and maniacal denizens...
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Jacket CopyThe much-photographed, much-filmed Marilyn Monroe has been dead since 1962. So does she have anything new to tell us? A little bit. "Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes and Letters by Marilyn Monroe" is just what it says it is, according to......
Special to the Tribune"The Spot" By David Means Faber and Faber, $23.00, 166 pages It’s always interesting, I think, to notice the way in which we first discover the fine work of seriously gifted short story writers and novelists. Most of them don’t start out...
Tribune reporter"Step High, Stoop Low, Leave Your Dignity Outside." This phrase appeared on the door of the historic Dill Pickle Club, a social club founded in 1914, which moved into its club space on Tooker Alley off Dearborn Street in 1915, according to records at the...
Jacket CopyHappy 85th birthday, Marilyn Monroe, reader of Ulysses and Bertrand Russell....
"For Sherrell, Who's helped show me the way from my earliest recollections, and whose love and spirit -- abundant in every way -- are a large part of the life behind this book and the life in this book. My Love Always, Roy. Old Chatham, NY, 12/25/82." On...
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By Nick Owchar Like many an excellent chronicler of village life, Lauren Groff gives us early in "The Monsters of Templeton" (Voice/Hyperion: 364 pp., $24.95) an ensemble view of the citizens of Templeton, a place very closely modeled on Cooperstown, N....
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