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  • Book review: 'Crash & Burn' is emotional thriller Feb 5, 2015 6:17 AM
    Lisa Gardner delivers another gut-wrenching emotional thriller with her latest psychological tale, "Crash & Burn."

     
  • Mount Prospect author captures the funny side of parenthood Feb 5, 2015 9:17 PM
    Mount Prospect resident Rick Kaempfer has turned the pitfalls of parenthood into a new book, "Father Knows Nothing," which takes a humorous look at the process of raising three boys. Kaempfer, a longtime Chicago writer and radio producer, owns local publishing house Eckhartz Press, which put out the book.

     
  • Review: Duchovny writes funny tale of Elsie the cow Feb 2, 2015 10:21 AM
    The actor known for playing Fox Mulder on the TV series "The X-Files" and Hank Moody on the show "Californication," David Duchovny shows his comic side with "Holy Cow," a tale of Elsie the cow. Elsie enjoys life on the farm, and her day consists of being milked, eating and gossiping with the other cows out in the field. One day she and a fellow bovine realize they have developed an interest in the bulls, and they hatch an idea to visit the bulls when the farmer leaves the gate open after a milking.

     
  • Understanding the brain inside your teen Jan 31, 2015 7:01 AM
    A stranger has moved into your house. He raids your fridge and leaves a mess everywhere. Sometimes, she cries for no apparent reason. Thing is, you knew this stranger once… then (s)he became a teenager. But read “The Teenage Brain” by Frances E. Jensen, M.D. with Amy Ellis Nutt, and you’ll welcome this familiar newcomer.

     
  • Author appearances: Keegan Allen stops at Naperville’s Anderson’s Jan 31, 2015 7:00 AM
    Actor Keegan Allen of television’s “Pretty Little Liars” presents his photographic journal “life.love.beauty” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville. British author Nick Hornby discusses his newest title, “Funny Girl,” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove. These are just a few of the authors appearing this week in the Chicago area.

     
  • Children’s Literature Breakfast set for Feb. 21 Jan 27, 2015 1:10 PM
    Some 600 hundred children's book lovers, educators and authors are expected to gather Saturday, Feb. 21, for Anderson's Bookshps' 13th anual Children's Literture Breakfast.

     
  • Book tells of gang-related homicides in black neighborhoods Jan 26, 2015 12:05 PM
    A detective's search for justice for victims of gang-related homicide in black ghettos of LA

     
  • Seth Grahame-Smith defines multihyphenate with busy career Jan 26, 2015 5:45 AM
    Seth Grahame-Smith’s life could be described as a mash-up. He’s the author of the best-seller “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” and the follow-up, “The Last American Vampire.” He's also busy with a number of other projects, including his directorial debut on the film “Something Wicked This Way Comes,” writing and co-producing the sequel to “Beetlejuice,” writing two “Lego” movies and writing a pilot for CBS. He’s also on the writing team for this year’s Academy Awards.

     
  • Matthew Reilly writes action-packed 'Great Zoo of China' Jan 26, 2015 3:07 PM
    Matthew Reilly takes elements from Michael Crichton's classic "Jurassic Park" and gives them a high fantasy spin in his latest action masterpiece, "The Great Zoo of China." Reptile expert Dr. Cassandra Jane "CJ" Cameron is asked to visit a zoo that is soon to open in the middle of China. Staff members at the site are extremely secretive and provide few answers to her questions until Cameron and the others witness what animals are being kept inside the compound: dragons.

     
  • Graphic novelist will visit Arlington Hts. library Jan 25, 2015 3:54 PM
    An award-winning graphic novelist will be at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library this week to sign copies of his book and answer questions from readers. Gene Luen Yang, National Book Award nominee and Printz Award winner, will hold a talk and book signing at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the marketplace at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunton Avenue.

     
  • Author appearances: Paula Hawkins joins authors at Anderson’s event Jan 24, 2015 7:01 AM
    A number of authors/novelists will be on hand for an adult author panel event at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville. Authors who will take part in the event include Paula Hawkins (“The Girl on the Train”), Cecilia Eckback (“Wolf Winter”), Elizabeth Blackwell (“While Beauty Slept”), Jacqueline Carey (“Autumn Bones”) and others.

     
  • Review: Reading e-books on different devices tough Jan 24, 2015 7:31 AM
    While Amazon hasn't, other companies have embraced a format called EPub. In theory, that means books bought for one non-Kindle device can be read on another. But trying to move my EPub books around gets frustrating. Here are som examples.

     
  • Review: Open e-book format comes with headaches Jan 21, 2015 5:06 AM
    Review: EPub e-book format promises freedom, openness, but gets frustrating to use

     
  • Book review: 'Russian Tattoo' is worthwhile read Jan 20, 2015 1:26 PM
    In Elena Gorokhova's second book, "Russian Tattoo," she picks up where she left off with her first book by providing readers with a fascinating glimpse into what it meant to fit into American society after growing up behind the Iron Curtain. She's disoriented, confused and utterly overwhelmed by seemingly ordinary and simple choices - shoes, food, salad dressing - after growing up in a land with few options.

     
  • Review: Sports guy Greenberg hits home run with latest novel Jan 22, 2015 6:18 AM
    'Mike & Mike' co-host Mike Greenberg's latest novel proves he's more than a sports talker. Greenberg's latest, "My Father's Wives," chronicles two weeks in the life of the narrator, Wall Street banker Jonathan Sweetwater, whose life is turned upside down when he is faced with the possibility that his marriage is not what he believed it to be.

     
  • Poetry workshop in Palatine Feb. 14 Jan 20, 2015 4:42 PM
    The Northwest Cultural Council will hold its Second Saturday Poetry Workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Palatine Public Library, 700 N. North Court, Palatine. Poet Deborah Nodler Rosen will lead the discussion of the event’s topic, “Where Do You Find Your Poems?”

     
  • Local author to discuss Orson Welles at Barrington library Jan 20, 2015 5:40 PM
    Local author Todd Tarbox will be speaking at the Barrington Area Library Wednesday night about his book detailing the relationship between legendary filmmaker Orsen Welles and Tarbox’s maternal grandfather, Roger Hill. Hill was the headmaster of the Todd School for Boys, a private boarding school in Woodstock, at the same time that Welles attended school there.

     
  • 'Fear the Darkness' is a solid story Jan 20, 2015 12:35 PM
    Becky Masterman's superior series explores how former FBI agent Brigid Quinn, who spent her life chasing criminals and avoiding emotional entanglements, is dealing with a "normal" life since her retirement. In her second novel, "Fear the Darkness," Masterman delves deeper into Quinn's psyche as she learns how to be a wife, a friend and even a guardian.

     
  • Book notes: Mike Greenberg signs book, broadcasts live in Winnetka Jan 17, 2015 5:30 AM
    Mike Greenberg, co-host of ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike” sports talk show, signs copies of his new book, “My Father’s Wives,” and broadcasts live on the radio from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at The Book Stall in Winnetka. Chicago-area author Mary Kubica discusses and signs copies of her debut novel, "The Good Girl," at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, at the Vernon Area Public Library in Lincolnshire.

     
  • Naperville READS explores truth in works by nine authors for young readers Jan 14, 2015 2:35 PM
    The Naperville READS program for 2015 will celebrate the works of nine authors for young readers. The communitywide reading initiative will feature the authors coming en masse to Naperville in February in conjunction with the popular literary program. This year’s theme is: “Let the Truth Be Told,” and presentations and other activities tied to the city-wide program will explore that general concept.

     
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