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The Seriously Real Female Character in Fiction Eats Real Food

Kristen Houghton | Posted 02.16.2016 | Books
Kristen Houghton

My character PI Cate Harlow eats. I mean really eats; normal food like pizza, panini, and pasta. And she likes her Merlot too. Add to that she's got a...

What Has Surprised You About The Writing Life? Intriguing Answers From Acclaimed Authors

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 09.28.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

I've had the great fortune of interviewing many acclaimed authors. They always have much to say about the craft of writing. One of the questions I've asked often has been What has surprised you about the writing life?

Balancing the Loneliness of the Writing Life

Kristen Houghton | Posted 05.16.2016 | Books
Kristen Houghton

Hemingway also made the statement that, "There is nothing to writing. All you do all you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed." Leave to good ol' Papa Hemingway to be his dramatic best, but he has a point. We bleed creativity.

The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame Honors Our Literary Giants

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 01.29.2013 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Have you heard about the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame? It's a little well-kept secret that is starting to get out.

Mystery Writer, Sara Paretsky

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 02.07.2012 | Books
Elysabeth Alfano

Sara Paretsky is a game-changer. In 1982, Sara came out with her first V. I. Warshawski novel, Indemnity Only, now celebrating its 30th year in print...

Behind the Scenes at the Chicago Literary Awards

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 01.01.2012 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

It is wonderful to live in a city so rich of history, so rich of character, so rich of talent and art. But do we celebrate it enough?

Who Needs the Olympics? Consolation Reading for Chicago Lovers

Adam Hanft | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Adam Hanft

Chicago is an Olympian city when it comes to literature and the arts. And what better time than now to remind us? Here's a sampling of some of those triumphs of the sedentary.