Books

4:13pm

Sat April 27, 2013
Author Interviews

Hard Hits, Hard Liquor In 'The Summer of Beer and Whiskey'

PublicAffairs

The summer of 1883 proved to be a pivotal time for American baseball.

A brash German immigrant and beer garden owner, Chris Von der Ahe strode onto the scene to found a new franchise, the St. Louis Browns — a team that would later become the St. Louis Cardinals.

His motivation? To sell more beer. And while he made a fortune, he also changed the sport forever.

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6:26am

Sat April 27, 2013
Author Interviews

Siblings, Seafarers And 'Secrets' In Moviemaker's Novel

Originally published on Sat April 27, 2013 1:57 pm

Brendan, Cordelia and Eleanor Walker were suspicious from the first. They may be young — Cordelia is 15, Brendan is 12 and Eleanor is 8 — but they have enough worldly experience to know that when a real estate agent says a place is charming and rustic, she means that it's small and has wild bears in the backyard. So when the siblings first hear about the house at 28 Sea Cliff Avenue in San Francisco, they're skeptical. And their caution is quite warranted; the Kristoff House, as it's called, turns out to hold secrets, magic, skeleton pirates and a behemoth who looks like Mick Jagger.

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3:04am

Sat April 27, 2013
Author Interviews

Through Art And Industry, Chicago Shaped America

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 8:16 am

The term "third coast" refers to American cities that sit on the Great Lakes shoreline, like Chicago.
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After World War II, America became a superpower. New York experienced a global rise; Los Angeles was sprawling. But in a new book, Thomas Dyja writes that "the most profound aspects of American Modernity grew up out of the flat, prairie land next to Lake Michigan" — Chicago.

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5:18am

Fri April 26, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: DeLillo Wins First Library Of Congress Fiction Prize

Don DeLillo at the 2012 Carl Sandburg Literary Awards dinner in Chicago.
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5:12am

Thu April 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Maya Angelou Out Of Hospital, Recovering At Home

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 7:27 am

Writer and poet Maya Angelou attends her 82nd birthday party in Winston-Salem, N.C.
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