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  • A how-to guide for knitters who are into intimate yarns Feb 12, 2015 6:30 AM
    Tied up in knots about Valentine’s Day? On pins and needles about what to get that special someone for Feb. 14? Trixie von Purl is here to help. She’s the British author of a hilariously sweet and weirdly erotic craft book called “Knit Your Own Kama Sutra.”

  • No plans? A procrastinator’s guide to Valentine’s Day Feb 11, 2015 8:16 AM
    No plans? No problem. We have all you procrastinators covered with a last-minute guide to Valentine’s Day concerts like Fleetwood Mac at Rosemont's Allstate Arena and romantic stage shows like "Married Alive!" at the Raue in Crystal Lake. Plus tips on where to meet Cary Elwes of "The Princess Bride" fame in Naperville and how to snag a prime-time dinner reservation for two.

  • What do 500 dates feel like? Ask humorist Mark Miller Feb 9, 2015 6:00 AM
    Mark Miller has survived 19 years of online dating since his 1995 divorce, yet he still has a smile on his face. There’s much to hate about the process, the Los Angeles-based humorist says, but he refuses to despair. One thing that DOES bum him out, though, is how so much dating advice seems skewed to women. That’s why he decided to share his quest for ever after in a collection of essays called “500 Dates.”

  • Sunday picks: Pablo Francisco takes aim at pop culture Feb 8, 2015 6:30 AM
    From spoofing Spanish language telenovelas to action movie previews, comedian Pablo Francisco takes pot shots at pop culture at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg. Watch professional sculptors create works of art from 10-foot blocks of snow during the Snow Days Chicago event at Polk Brothers Park at Navy Pier in Chicago.

  • Author appearances: Cary Elwes presents ‘As You Wish,’ film in Naperville Feb 7, 2015 7:00 AM
    Actor Cary Elwes presents his book “As You Wish,” a title detailing the experience of making the film “The Princess Bride,” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Yellow Box Auditorium at Community Christian Church in Naperville. The event features a screening of “The Princess Bride.”

  • Weekend picks: Natalie Cole unforgettable at NCC Feb 7, 2015 6:30 AM
    Grammy Award-winner Natalie Cole performs her hits and some of her latest forays into Latin music at North Central College's Pfeiffer Hall in Naperville. See actor Todd Bridges draw from his memoir, “Killing Willis,” for his standup comedy routine when he performs at the Comedy Shrine in Aurora. There's plenty of racing and free-wheelin' stunts in the Monster Jam at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

  • Weekend picks: Todd Bridges sheds his 'Strokes' Feb 6, 2015 6:10 AM
    See actor Todd Bridges draw from his memoir, “Killing Willis,” for his standup comedy routine when he performs at the Comedy Shrine in Aurora. There's plenty of racing and free-wheelin' stunts in the Monster Jam at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. Visitors can cross-country ski by candlelight at the Sportsman's Country Club as the glow of candles illuminates a trail along the golf course in Northbrook.

  • Weekend picks: Monster Jam revs up at Allstate Feb 3, 2015 1:32 PM
    There’s plenty of racing and free-wheelin’ stunts in the Monster Jam, starting on Thursday at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. Broadway vet Jenny Lee Stern stars in the revue "Patsy Cline: She's Got You," celebrating the late country music legend Thursday at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.

  • Book review: 'Lost & Found' is a poignant debut Feb 5, 2015 6:27 AM
    Brooke Davis' debut novel, "Lost & Found," begins with 7-year-old Millie Bird, who has recently lost her father, being abandoned by her grieving mother in a department store. Millie befriends Karl the Touch Typist, a widower on the lam from his nursing home, and Agatha Pantha, an 82-year-old widow who hasn't spoken to anyone in the seven years since her husband's death, and the three set off to find Millie's mother.

  • Book offers info on establishing family values Feb 4, 2015 6:36 AM
    Money can be a touchy subject for people of all income levels, but a new book on the importance of teaching kids to handle their finances suggests parents stop avoiding the topic and start talking turkey. "The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money" by Ron Lieber is flush with practical ways to incorporate money lessons into family life.

  • Book review: Strong storytelling in 'Among Thieves' Feb 4, 2015 12:12 PM
    The brotherhood of criminals gets an incisive, gritty look in this highly entertaining launch of John Clarkson's new series. "Among Thieves" shows the importance of unconditional loyalty and business acumen for those who operate outside the law. Yet not one iota of the romanticized ideal of honor among thieves seeps into the thriller as Clarkson focuses on the reality of criminal behavior.

  • Elgin Literary Festival welcomes writers and readers of all ages Feb 3, 2015 3:18 PM
    The Elgin Literary Festival, billed as “a free celebration of the written word for readers and writers of all ages,” is the brainchild of Elgin author and resident Karly Kirkpatrick. The Daily Herald caught up with Kirkpatrick to find out more about this new festival, which runs Friday-Sunday, Feb. 6-8, in downtown Elgin.

  • Second Harper Lee novel to be published in July Feb 3, 2015 10:39 AM
    “To Kill a Mockingbird” will not be Harper Lee’s only published book after all. Publisher Harper announced Tuesday that “Go Set a Watchman,” a novel the Pulitzer Prize-winning author completed in the 1950s and put aside, will be released July 14.

  • 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 “” 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

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