Weekend Spotlight: Literary Events You Should Visit in Chicago Area April 29-May 1

Weekend Spotlight: Literary Events You Should Visit in Chicago Area April 29-May 1
It’s that time again! The weekend is fast approaching and it looks like it’s going to be a dreary one. Outdoor activities are out of the question with temperatures in the low 50s and lots of rain. So now what do you do? How about a great book event! Take yourself or the family to one... Read more »

5 Adult Coloring Books to Help You Relieve Stress

5 Adult Coloring Books to Help You Relieve Stress
Sometimes there are trends in the literary world that surprise you. The trend of adult coloring books, which has probably been going on far too long to be just a trend, falls into that category. Adults coloring? But isn’t that for children? Not anymore! A recent article on Quartz gave some insight into this phenomenon: In... Read more »

That Prince Memoir Would Have Been Great

That Prince Memoir Would Have Been Great
Prince Rogers Nelson. On Thursday morning Prince was found dead at his Paisley Park estate and we lost a true legend in music history. Tears are being shed as we mourn the loss of one of the great ones. Innovator. Creator. Rebel. Genius. Royalty. Artist. Musician. Multi-Instrumentalist. Songwriter. Producer. Rock star. Grammy Winner. Actor. Director. This... Read more »
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Why You Should Read Books That Aren't on the New York Times Best Sellers List

Why You Should Read Books That Aren't on the New York Times Best Sellers List
Every year during every season there are these lists. You know the ones I’m talking about.  10 Popular Books to Read This Summer! Or 25 Books Everyone is Reading! This includes the list that a lot of readers check – the New York Times Best Sellers list. These lists are great to tell you what everyone is... Read more »

Weekend Spotlight: Literary Events You Should Visit in Chicago Area April 15-17

Weekend Spotlight: Literary Events You Should Visit in Chicago Area April 15-17
Chicago and the surrounding suburbs are great places for literary events. The good part about being from such a large city is that inevitably there will be an event. From the city to the suburbs, there is always something going on author or book related. If you are looking for a signing…we got it! If... Read more »

Happy Birthday, Beverly Cleary! Renowned Children's Author Turns 100 Years Old

Happy Birthday, Beverly Cleary! Renowned Children's Author Turns 100 Years Old
Today author Beverly Cleary turns 100 years old. 100 years old. I cannot even imagine being around long enough to turn a century old. She hasn’t been idle in those 100 years. She’s made a cultural impact that will be felt for a very long time. Beverly Cleary was born not Beverly Cleary, but Beverly... Read more »
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60 Poets You Could Be Reading to Celebrate National Poetry Month

60 Poets You Could Be Reading to Celebrate National Poetry Month
What do you think of when you think of poets? An all-black ensemble and furious typing in a dark, musty room with an old, rusty typewriter? There is so much more to it than that (although I’m sure some writers still like typewriters)! Step into a poetry awakening! Forget what you think you know about the genre. There has been... Read more »

Book Review: The Fishermen, by Chigozie Obioma

Book Review: The Fishermen, by Chigozie Obioma
Am I My Brother’s Keeper? “The footsteps of one man cannot create a stampede” – Igbo Proverb, The Fishermen This book was a bit creepy. Not the screaming type of creepy, but more like the hair on the back of your neck stand up creepy. With the creepiness factor this book accomplishes exactly what the author... Read more »

Book Review: The Moonlit Garden, by Corina Bomann

Book Review: The Moonlit Garden, by Corina Bomann
An Unexpected Gift “The Moonlit Garden. It sounded so incredibly romantic! Which garden had the composer intended to immortalize in the music? Who was he? Was the music the key to the origin of the violin? And what did it have to do with her? So many questions…” – Lilly, The Moonlit Garden This month... Read more »
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4 Books to Help You Spring Clean and Organize Your Life

4 Books to Help You Spring Clean and Organize Your Life
It’s the middle of March! You know what that means…spring! My second favorite season. I’m so ready for the flowers to bloom and the birds to sing. I will even take a little rain. Chicago is struggling to get to spring, but things are somewhat looking up? That means it’s time to get a head... Read more »