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  • KISS co-founder Paul Stanley visits Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville on Friday, May 16.

    Book notes: Meet KISS’ Paul Stanley in NapervilleMay 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Paul Stanley, a member of the legendary rock band KISS, speaks with fans and distributes pre-signed copies of his new book "Face the Music" at 7 p.m. Friday, May 16, at Anderson's Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville.

  • “The Snow Queen” by Michael Cunningham centers on two brothers who wrestle with the trade-offs between the satisfactions of an ordinary life.

    Michael Cunningham re-imagines ‘The Snow Queen’May 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Like the Disney megahit “Frozen,” Michael Cunningham’s new novel is loosely based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Snow Queen.” It centers on two brothers who wrestle with the trade-offs between the satisfactions of an ordinary life — “you witness ... you persevere” — versus those of “building a big-deal career.” Tyler, a talented musician in his early 40s, struggles to write songs so he can get a recording contract. His younger brother, Barrett, has just been dumped by his latest boyfriend and is broke.

  • “The Keeper” is another winner from John Lescroart.

    John Lescroart delivers with ‘The Keeper’May 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    John Lescroart has been delivering compelling legal thrillers for years, and his latest, “The Keeper,” is another baffling and terrific read. Abe Glitsky was a homicide detective for some time, but now he’s retired — and bored. When his friend, attorney Dismas Hardy, asks for his help, he jumps at the chance to get back in the game. Hardy’s client, Hal Chase, claims everything was fine when he left his house to pick up his brother at the airport. When they returned, Hal’s wife, Katie, has vanished.

  • Children’s author Aaron Reynolds educates and entertains Butterfield Elementary School students Wednesday in Libertyville. Reynolds has been on The New York Times best-seller list and won the Caldecott Medal award.

    Children’s author educates, entertains students at Butterfield SchoolMay 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Children’s author Aaron Reynolds used his acting talent to educate and entertain students about the world of writing and book publishing during a presentation Wednesday at Butterfield Elementary School in Libertyville.

  • Author Mike Person of Elgin recently wrote and illustrated a graphic novel, for children, about President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination by John Wilkes Booth. Person, a former Marine who has lived in Elgin and Schaumburg, is a Civil War buff and has visited his wife’s fifth-grade classroom as a guest speaker.

    Elgin history buff publishes kids’ book on Lincoln’s assassinationMay 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    “A picture is worth a thousand words.” First-time author and Elgin resident, Mike Person, strongly believes in the adage, and applied that concept in his graphic novel, “With Malice Toward One,” which tells the story of events leading up to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

  • Author Salman Rushdie, Toni Morrison and two members of the Russian protest group Pussy Riot were among the featured speakers at a black-tie event championing freedom of expression.

    Rushdie, Pussy Riot featured at literary galaMay 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    On a night championing free expression and featuring speeches by Salman Rushdie, Toni Morrison and two members of the Russian protest group Pussy Riot, no one moved the audience more than the daughter of an imprisoned Chinese dissident. Jewher Ulham, daughter of Ilham Tohti, spoke with emotion, firmness and acknowledged nervousness Monday at the annual gala of PEN American Center.

  • “An Untamed State” is the solid debut from novelist Roxane Gay.

    Book tells haunting tale of woman held for ransomMay 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    A poignant new book by debut novelist Roxane Gay begins with these haunting words: “Once upon a time, in a far off land, I was kidnapped ...” Meet Mireille Duval Jameson, a Haitian-American who is held for a $1 million ransom as her wealthy father refuses to pay up, while his daughter suffers unspeakably at the hands of her captors. “An Untamed State” goes back and forth in time, revealing a childhood heavy with the demands of a disapproving father, a sweet courtship with the man who became her husband, and a woman who remains defiant even in captivity.

  • Cubs fan and mobster Al Capone gets an autograph from legendary Cubs catcher Gabby Hartnett during a 1931 charity game between the Cubs and White Sox at Comiskey Park. If Capone had made good on his dream to buy the Cubs, he would have tried to integrate baseball in the 1930s.

    Regardless of Sox outcome, Cubs ‘changed the world’May 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    The poor Cubs, trying to avoid last place and facing an uphill crosstown battle against the merely mediocre White Sox this week. are so much more than that. “The Cubs have shaped the world as we know it,” proclaims Scott Rowan, 44, author of a new book, “The Cubs Quotient: How the Chicago Cubs Changed the World.”

  • Richard Corliss teamed with Turner Classic Movies to write “Mom in the Movies: The Iconic Screen Mothers You Love (and a Few You Love to Hate.”

    'Mom in the Movies' nurtures a fan's love of filmMay 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    Don't go thinking this is a hardcover companion to a sickly sweet greeting card designed to give you-know-who a good cry on her special day. The smartly written and nicely illustrated “Mom in the Movies” is appropriate for any occasion, an entertaining slice of movie history that's served up by one of film's best writers and a few special guests. Time magazine critic Richard Corliss, working with the cable channel TCM, takes us through the cinema's treatment of motherhood from the silent films of a century ago to the IMAX-size moms of today

  • Cecilia Gentili, a program coordinator and consultant on transgender issues; Tiq Milan, a media strategist at GLAAD; and Jack Pula, chairman of the transgender committee of the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists, contributed to “Trans Bodies, Trans Selves.”

    For transgender people, a massive new resourceMay 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    As transgender people strive to gain more acceptance and legal protections, they will soon have a hefty new resource to assist them — a 672-page book, written by scores of transgender contributors, that encompasses social history, gender politics and wide-ranging advice on health, law, relationships and many other matters.

  • Celebrating a victory, Shari Worrell of Lake Barrington sits on the bench honoring a relative she helped exonerate more than three centuries after the woman was hanged on a conviction for being a witch.

    Lake Barrington woman seeks medal for relativeMay 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    Shari Worrell of Lake Barrington dedicates herself to seeing that her great-great-grandfather gets presidential recognition a century after his death. She did successfully lobby to clear the name of a relative executed in 1692 during the Salem witch trials. “I'm passionate,” says Worrell.

  • Rick Springfield signs copies of his novel “Magnificent Vibration” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville.

    Book notes: Meet Rick Springfield at Anderson’s in NapervilleMay 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Singer, actor and author Rick Springfield signs copies of his new novel "Magnificent Vibration" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville. Plus, Garrison Keiller discusses and signs copies of his new book, “The Keillor Reader,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, at Meiley-Swallow Hall at North Central College in Naperville.

  • “Natchez Burning” by Greg Iles tops off at 800 pages.

    ‘Natchez Burning’ is bold look at civil rights movementMay 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Greg Iles’ fourth novel, "Natchez Burning," about Natchez, Miss., lawyer Penn Cage is a bold look at the civil rights movement, bigotry, parental love and the legacy of violence wrapped in a solid plot that starts in 1964 and deftly alternates to 2005 without missing a beat. But as fascinating as the plot is, “Natchez Burning” almost sinks under its own weight.

  • Associated Press/May 5, 2010 Torstar President and CEO David Holland is pictured in Toronto. Torstar Corp., owner of the Toronto Star and other newspapers, is selling the Harlequin book publishing company for $455 million to global media company News Corp., and it will be run as a division of HarperCollins Publishers.

    News Corp. buys romance publisher HarlequinMay 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    The acquisition should help bolster News Corp.’s book unit sales, which brought in about $1.4 billion last fiscal year, or about 15 percent of total revenue. The book unit may now make up about 20 percent of News Corp.’s total sales, according to Eric Katz, media analyst for Wells Fargo Securities, LLC.

  • Humorist Garrison Keillor will be promoting his new book, “The Keillor Reader,” on Tuesday, May 6, at Meiley-Swallow Hall at North Central College in Naperville.

    Garrison Keillor brings new book tour to NapervilleMay 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Humorist Garrison Keillor turns 72 in August, but the creator and host of “A Prairie Home Companion” has no plans to retire anytime soon. Keillor is hitting the road for a 32-city tour to promote “The Keillor Reader,” a collection spanning his decades as storyteller, novelist and radio show host. At 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, he will make an appearance at Meiley-Swallow Hall on the campus of North Central College, 31 S. Ellsworth St., Naperville.

  • Mundelein writer Leslie Stella's fourth novel, “Permanent Record,” is one of the titles on this year's Suburban Mosaic reading list.

    Mundelein author's book makes Suburban Mosaic listMay 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Mundelein novelist Leslie Stella said she was "delighted and honored" to see that her latest book, "Permanent Record," was chosen for the reading list of this year's Suburban Mosaic Book of the Year program. Suburban Mosaic is a reading event designed to get suburbanites thinking and talking about issues releated to tolerance and social justice.

  • Maya Van Wagenen, a 15-year-old author, decided to follow the advice of the 1950s book “Betty Cornell’s Teen-Age Popularity Guide.” Her experiences led to the book, “Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek,” a movie deal, and an introduction to Betty Cornell, now in her 80s.

    Teen finds meaning in 1950s popularity guideMay 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Respecting or learning from one’s elders isn’t exactly a top priority for most teens. For Maya Van Wagenen, though, digging up a previous generation’s teen scene actually helped her. She survived the middle-school blues thanks to “Betty Cornell’s Teenage Popularity Guide,” originally published in 1951. Her experiences following the guide led Van Wagenen to write her own book, “Popular,” which has now been optioned for a movie.

  • In “NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette,” Nathan Pyle has compiled dozens of cartoon do’s and don’ts literally drawn from his experience as an Ohioan who moved to Manhattan six years ago. The tips work as well for tourists as they do for transplants.

    Cartoon book explains New York City do’s and don’tsApr 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    Six years after moving to Manhattan from Ohio, Nathan Pyle has come up with some useful observations about life in New York City, and the tips work as well for tourists as they do for transplants. For example, beware the empty subway car on a train — you don’t want to know why nobody’s in there. In his cartoon book, “NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette,” Pyle has compiled dozens of humorous do’s and don’ts that could be helpful for travelers.

  • An act of kindness turns a young couple’s life upside down in Daniel Palmer’s “Desperate.”

    ‘Desperate’ is well-crafted thrillerApr 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    An act of kindness turns a young couple’s life upside down in “Desperate,” Daniel Palmer’s latest peek behind suburbia’s facade. The story of a houseguest who may be an invader isn’t new, but Palmer has a way of telling the story and making it fresh.

  • “A Window on Eternity: A Biologist’s Walk Through Gorongosa National Park” by Edward O. Wilson focuses on what is working among the animals in the park.

    ‘A Window on Eternity’ finds joy in African parkApr 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    Biologist Edward O. Wilson doesn’t spend a lot of time in his exploration of Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park on the American entrepreneur who sponsored its rebirth after a 14-year civil war. Instead, “A Window on Eternity” focuses on what is working among the animals in the park, and the result is a virtual nature walk through an African landscape.

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