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50 years of Joan Didion

Joan Didion, the author of ‘Play It as It Lays,’ poses for a picture.

Patsy Newitt, Assistant News Editor

February 16, 2020

I remember the first time I read Joan Didion’s “Play It as It Lays” vividly. I was 16, bored with suburbia and sold on a grossly overplayed illusion born out of extensive Tumblr use that I would move to California (I moved to Chicago), become aloof (I’ve never been aloof) and write sad poetry...

Ta-Nehisi Coates celebrates release of ‘The Water Dancer’ at Chicago Humanities Festival

Ta-Nehisi Coates (left) with Hanif Abdurraqib (right).

Luke Murphy, Contributing Writer

October 13, 2019

Speaking to a full auditorium of nearly 1,500 people at Evanston High School this past Friday, Oct. 4, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Ohio-born poet Hanif Abdurraqib engaged in a dialogue that covered a wide array of topics ranging from rap music to the Civil War, to Coates’ writing process and more. The occ...

Women writers Hall of Fame


Harry Potter series (1997-2007)
The Casual Vacancy (2012)
The Cuckoo’s Calling (2013)

Amanda Krupp, Contributing Writer

May 7, 2018

With the upcoming release of the new film “Book Club”, a story about lifelong friends who come together each month to reminisce and chat about their favorite books, the subject of female authors who have had a major impact on the literary scene comes to mind. While there have been a multitude of wo...

Who is alt lit?

Who is alt lit?

Andrew Morrell

June 2, 2014

The mysterious Internet subculture, with roots in Chicago, that's home to the next generation of groundbreaking writers On a cloudy Wednesday afternoon, Heiko Julien sits on the floor of Rachel "Pattycake" Bell's Chicago apartment, iPhone to mouth, face to laptop. He is recording readings of several ...

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