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  • Author appearances: Patton Oswalt discusses new book in Naperville Jan 10, 2015 6:45 AM
    See actor and comedian Patton Oswalt discuss his new book, "Silver Screen Fiend," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, in Wentz Hall on the campus of North Central College in Naperville. Plus, local author John McEvoy discusses and signs copies of his latest Jack Doyle mystery, “High Stakes,” at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, at The Book Stall at Chestnut Court in Winnetka.

  • Fishing guide plunges into evildoings in thriller Jan 7, 2015 5:45 AM
    Vivid scenery and a likable protagonist mark the second book in a series by David Riley Bertsch. In “River of No Return,” Wyoming fishing guide Jake Trent, a former Department of Justice operative with a violent past that has left him emotionally scarred, must deal with a vixen who tries to lure him back to Washington, with the kidnapping of his friend’s girlfriend and with a nefarious population-control plot.

  • Mariel Hemingway working on memoir, young adult novel Jan 6, 2015 6:40 AM
    Mariel Hemingway has a lot to say about the pain of being a Hemingway. Regan Arts announced Monday that the actress has a memoir and young adult novel coming in April. The memoir is called “Out Came the Sun” and has the sobering subtitle “Overcoming the Legacy of Mental Illness, Addiction, and Suicide in My Family.”

  • Phil Hogan delivers clever psychological thriller Jan 6, 2015 6:01 AM
    William Heming is the proverbial quiet man, nondescript, keeping to himself, mastering “the skill of being likable, but not memorable.” Yet Heming seethes with self-righteous contempt for others and a propensity for vengeance and violence that erupts when he feels threatened, or just irritated. Starting as a quiet tale about an odd man, Phil Hogan's “A Pleasure and a Calling” wastes little time expanding to a clever psychological thriller about a man full of menace.

  • Review: Book balances funny, fragile times of Bob Hope Jan 6, 2015 6:28 AM
    Review: Balanced and detailed Bob Hope biography makes case for 'entertainer of the century'

  • Review: James Abel delivers a winner with 'White Plague' Jan 6, 2015 9:40 AM
    Book Review: James Abel's thriller 'White Plague' will send chills down readers' spines

  • Review: Fishing guide plunges into evildoings in thriller Jan 6, 2015 3:22 PM
    Review: Wyo. fishing guide tackles kidnapping, international conspiracy in new thriller

  • New novel explores Van Gogh's silent period Jan 5, 2015 10:59 AM
    'The Season of Migration' explores the loss of faith that led to Van Gogh's lust for life

  • Schaumburg library publishes winning stories Jan 2, 2015 5:58 PM
    Winners of the Schaumburg Township District Library’s Flash Fiction contest will have their works placed in a book and available to library visitors. Stories will include those written by first-place winner A. Nicole Cooper, second-place winner Bob Burnham and third-place winner Susie Kline.

  • Schaumburg library presents life of Poe Dec 30, 2014 12:49 PM
    Storyteller William Pack will exhume the tragic life and remarkable writings of a famed American author in “The Essential Edgar Allan Poe” Monday, Jan. 19 at the Schaumburg Township District Library. Dramatic storytelling, story readings and couple of Pack’s signature performances will bring Poe’s disturbing world to life.

  • Tess Gerritsen's 'Die Again' is rock solid Dec 29, 2014 4:56 PM
    Book Review: Rizzoli and Isles return in new thriller, 'Die Again'

  • Amazon-Hachette feud headlines book news in 2014 Dec 24, 2014 6:00 AM
    Like a serial for the digital age, the book world's most dramatic story of 2014 unfolded in installments, often in real time. A dispute about e-book revenues between and Hachette Book Group led to Amazon's removing buy buttons, cutting discounts and reducing orders for works ranging from J.K. Rowling to J.D. Salinger. Here are the highlights from 2014 in book news.

  • Cat books: Purrfect holiday gifts for feline fans Dec 21, 2014 12:02 PM
    The felines are fighting back — on the bookshelf. Cats outnumber dogs in the U.S., but in bookstores, dog titles reign, the American Pet Products Association says.

  • When it comes it food books, it’s been a good year for geeks and grains Dec 18, 2014 6:01 AM
    Geeks, grains and globe-trotting. Nearly every one of this year’s best food books seems to fall into one of those categories. For those of us who (somewhat obsessively) watch the food world, there actually is some logic to that. Chefs have become fascinated by the hows and whys of cooking, delving into the science of the kitchen to find new ways to master delicious. After some fits and rough starts, publishers finally are learning how to make food science sexy to the home cook.

  • ‘Five’ by Ursula Archer is intriguing Dec 16, 2014 6:00 AM
    Geocaching — the contemporary treasure hunt in which a GPS is used to find hidden objects — lends itself to an intriguing melding of a gripping police procedural and an exciting update of the puzzle mystery in Austrian children’s book author Ursula Archer’s crime fiction debut. Archer imbues “Five” with an inventive plot, tense suspense and fully realized characters that seem as if they have been around for years.

  • Black Captain America leading comic book diversity Dec 17, 2014 7:12 AM
    For decades, comic books have been in color, but now they truly reflect all the hues of American society. The new Captain America is black. A Superman who is suspiciously similar to President Barack Obama recently headlined a comic book. Thor is a woman, Spider-Man is part-Puerto Rican and Ms. Marvel is Muslim.

  • Review: 'Five' by Ursula Archer is intriguing Dec 15, 2014 12:44 PM
    Book Review: Intriguing 'Five' by Ursula Archer has twisting, yet believable plot

  • ‘Killer Heels’ looks at the history of high heels Dec 14, 2014 7:15 AM
    Shakespeare mentions high heels in “Hamlet,” former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg praised them and fashion designers from Dior to Manolo Blahnik have bewitched women and men with their versions. “Killer Heels” is a luxurious, fun and sexy look at the history of high heels, and it manages to be eye candy and thought-provoking, too. It’s on shelves for the holiday shopping season.

  • Book notes: Sheila E. brings her ‘Beat’ to Naperville Dec. 20 Dec 13, 2014 6:45 AM
    Singer, drummer and author Sheila E. introduces her new book "The Beat of My Own Drum" at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at Community Christian Church in Naperville. For details, visit

  • Bjorn Ulvaeus talks ABBA and band’s new photo book Dec 10, 2014 5:45 AM
    So their new photo book is the closest fans will ever get to seeing ABBA again. “ABBA: The Official Photo Book” (Weldon Owen Publishing) chronicles the foursome’s history through more than 600 photographs. “I’m not a nostalgic person, but looking at these pictures really took me back,” founding member Bjorn Ulvaeus said. The authorized photographic biography, which features numerous photos from the height of the band’s career in the 1970s, was released earlier this year in Europe, and just recently in the United States.

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