Tag: Chicago

A Reading List for Showtime’s THE CHI

A Reading List for Showtime’s THE CHI

The Chi—a new drama series created by Lena Waithe and produced by Common—just premiered on Showtime. The show, set on the South Side of Chicago, portrays people living in an area fraught with gun violence. Most striking about the show is the range of characters it contains: while they span age groups and economic strata, […]

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Talking Chicago Food Writing with Matt Kirouac
By October 10, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Talking Chicago Food Writing with Matt Kirouac

  Is Chicago America’s best food city? We think so. (Check the salad bars of River North for Booklist editors on Mondays, where you can find us paying penance for a weekend of overindulging in delectable local restaurant fare.) Matt Kirouac set out to choose 90 can’t-miss restaurants in a city with more than 7,000. […]

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Root, Root, Root for the Cubbies: 40 Great Chicago Stories

Root, Root, Root for the Cubbies: 40 Great Chicago Stories

Starting tonight, Wrigley Field will host the World Series for the first time in 71 years. As the Cubs take on the Indians, recommend these Windy City titles to readers who want to know what else makes this toddlin’ town tick. The 42nd Parallel, by John Dos Passos The Adventures of Augie March, by Saul […]

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Barry Gifford Publishes New Series of Short Stories on Chicagoist
By October 19, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Barry Gifford Publishes New Series of Short Stories on Chicagoist

Rob Christopher, who works with us here in ALA’s publishing department, reports that he has just finished editing a series of short stories by Barry Gifford, the author of Wild at Heart (1990) and many other works. The 10 new stories all center around Roy, a kid growing in 1950s and ’60s Chicago, and will be published […]

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2 Days Until Mystery Month!
By April 29, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

2 Days Until Mystery Month!

You think you know about waiting? How about waiting for the L train at a platform in the middle of the Dan Ryan Expressway, with the Hawk blowing in off Lake Michigan so hard you’ve got to hold on so you don’t get blown over the tracks into the middle of rush-hour traffic? And then you find […]

Catch Booklist’s Ilene Cooper at the Society of Midland Authors Centennial Celebration This May

Catch Booklist’s Ilene Cooper at the Society of Midland Authors Centennial Celebration This May

Early Society of Midland Authors (SMA) members (from left to right) Jane Addams, Clarence Darrow, Edgar Lee Masters, Harriet Monroe, Ring Lardner and Vachel Lindsay. Image taken from SMA’s Blog. This April the Society of Midland Authors will celebrate its 100th anniversary. Founded in 1915 by a group of 50 Midwestern writers, the SMA sought to […]

Irvine Welsh Talks about The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins
By February 1, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Irvine Welsh Talks about The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins

Yesterday, the author of Trainspotting (1996) and Skagboys (2012) stopped by the Booklist booth at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting to talk about his latest novel, The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins. He also discussed the difference between Miami and Chicago, why he likes Twitter, and how he found refuge in a library growing up. Our conversation […]

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Classic Chicago Crime for Your Coffee Table
By November 14, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Classic Chicago Crime for Your Coffee Table

The passage of time helps make even the most gruesome crimes less horrible and more interesting to contemplate. (Heaven knows, we in Chicago could use a thick pair of rose-colored glasses.) In Gangsters and Grifters: Classic Crime Photos from the Chicago Tribune, more than 120 photos from the newspaper’s archives offer a glimpse of a Chicago that was, […]

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Advice for Aspiring Authors at the Chicago Writers Conference
By October 21, 2014 1 Comments Read More →

Advice for Aspiring Authors at the Chicago Writers Conference

The third annual Chicago Writers Conference will be held this weekend in Dubuque, Iowa. Just kidding, it’s in Chicago. It’s a small and well-run event that stresses practical advice for aspiring authors—founder Mare Swallow is not a fan of empty platitudes or back-slapping from presenters. This year, attendees can look forward to hearing from authors such […]

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From the Archive: Charles Willeford

From the Archive: Charles Willeford

Walking down a sunny Chicago sidewalk moments ago, I found myself confronted yet again by smiling chuggers. If you don’t know what a chugger is, you probably don’t live in either a big city or a college town—the term is a shortening of “charity mugger.” These seemingly ubiquitous, clipboard-toting young people smile at you, compliment […]

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