Category: places

Women and Children First's Top Sellers

Once again it’s time to check in with Jac Jemc and the local shop Women and Children First to see what books are finding good homes this week. 1. Year of Cats & Dogs by Margaret Hawkins 2. Half the Sky – Nicholas Kristof 3. Where We Find Ourselves – Miriam Ben-Yoseph 4. Just Kids... Read more »

Women and Children First's Top Sellers

Once again it’s time to check in with Jac Jemc and the local shop Women and Children First to see what books are finding good homes this week.   1. What Would Jane Say? by Janice Metzger 2. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout 3. Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann 4. Gate at... Read more »

Harold Washington Library: On the ugly list

Blair Kamin of Chicago Tribune‘s CityScapes reported that Travel & Leisure has named our very own Harold Washington Library as one of the world’s ugliest buildings. What do you think? Does our library deserve to be on this list? Comments are open.
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Guest post: Danielle Chapman, director of literary arts & events

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a very special guest today! Please welcome Danielle Chapman, who works as Director of Literary Arts and Events at Chicago Dept. of Cultural Affairs the Chicago Cultural Center. Thanks, Amy, for inviting me to Chicago Subtext!  I must confess to (still) being a blogging novice–apart from occasional, furious bouts of... Read more »

Oprah, Chicago readers think you'll never read this book

Oprah is filming on Michigan Avenue today. On the street below, people are gathering to watch, a few clutching copies of books about Oprah, by Oprah and books I recognized as titles from her book club, in hopes, I presume, of stealing a moment with her to ask for her autograph. Can you imagine being... Read more »

Comics: beyond capes and tights

Terry “Doc Midnight” Gant, owner of Third Coast Comics. Photo/Tiffiany Tate Not many people think of comic books when they think of the various forms of literature. I know because I will be the first to admit I, for more years than I care to admit, thought comic books were little more than dudes in... Read more »
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John Hughes & location in storytelling

John Hughes has died. It’s an interesting moment to live here in Chicago. Hughes, who graduated from Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook was so influenced and shaped by his experience as a teenager in Chicagoland’s North Shore that he featured the area in many of his films. While some writers and readers may argue... Read more »

Why save Prairie Avenue Books, anyway?

Blair Kamin’s post in the Chicago Tribunes’s Cityscapes blog caught my eye this weekend. Prairie Avenue Books is closing their doors in September unless they find a buyer willing to take on the shop, as well as its two lines of credit tallying up at over $650,000. Yow. Co-owner Wilbert Hasbrouck says he wants to... Read more »

Literary Events This Week In Chicago

This week in Chicago, as we’re all still basking in literary warm-fuzzies from Printers Row Lit Fest this past weekend, we have plenty to do to keep it going: The Little City Foundation Used Book Sale continues today through the 14th at Old Orchard in Skokie, with books, CDs, comics and the like all being... Read more »
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Printers Row Lit Fest Wrap-Up

Great success in Colonel Tribune’s ChicagoNow booth at Printers Row Lit Fest this weekend in Chicago. I met a ton of people, saw did a series of live-stream author interviews on the spot for Chicago Subtext throughout the weekend and hung out with the ChicagoNow gang including staff and fellow ChicagoNow bloggers Jason Chin of... Read more »