Indie imprint Curbside Splendor releases its first cassingle during Words + Music, October 16 at the Empty Bottle.
Newberry Book Fair celebrates three decades of selling rare lit.
Indie booksellers band together for Chicago Independent Bookstore Day on July 12.
Ignore your iPhone screen and check out some screen printing at the tenth annual Printers Ball.
The live-lit staple the Encyclopedia Show ends its five-year run.
Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh joins Don De Grazia for a staged reading of their script in progress.
LGBT luminaries Esther Newton and Holly Hughes speak at the University of Chicago.
Gilbert Hernandez’s latest, Marble Season, is the account of a fantasy-filled childhood.
With Gig Posters, Volume 2, you don’t have to steal your home decor anymore
Comedian Patton Oswalt can now call himself an author.
The two discuss their new memoir, Life, on the Line
Among Cris Mazza’s many honors—starting with a 1984 PEN/Nelson Algren Award for her first novel, How to Leave a Country—is the dubious distinction of coining the term “chick-lit.” She and Jeffrey DeShell invented it for their 1995 anthology, Chick-Lit: Post-Feminist Fiction. A literary innovator and excavator of complex emotional terrain, Mazza later lamented that her […]
Already the author of a pictorial history of the Chicago el and a look at the city’s “hidden treasures,” Greg Borzo turns his attention to cycling in the useful new guide Where to Bike Chicago.
Everyone already knows the astounding, outrageous climax of Rod Blagojevich’s political career: he’s arrested by the feds after being caught on tape talking about selling the Senate seat just vacated by Barack Obama. As he put it in his own immortally recorded words: “I’ve got this thing and it’s fucking golden, and, uh, uh, I’m […]
On August 15, 1914, Julian Carlton hacked seven people to death in rural Wisconsin and tried to conceal the deed by setting fire to the house. Caught on the scene, he drank acid and died before trial. It was big news then, and it’s still news 93 years later, because Carlton’s victims included the paramour […]