Best-selling novelist Wally Lamb, a two-time Oprah Book Club pick, has signed thousands of copies of his books. But he’s never sold one, at least the way booksellers do. That will change Saturday, when Lamb and more than 1,000 other authors become volunteer booksellers for …
Heirs of Malcolm X have gone to court to stop a Chicago company from publishing a diary of the activist leader’s last year. They say in papers filed in Manhattan federal court that Third World Press does not have the right to publish “The Diary of Malcolm X.”
A fictional black Baptist pastor often embroiled in ungodly behavior has helped Rockford native and novelist Kimberla Lawson Roby sell more than 2 million books. She’ll be in town to address attendees at the Illinois Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago.
Author Isabel Allende grew up in her grandfather’s house where a radio, much less a television, was not allowed. Instead, her formative years in Chile were filled with books.
U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), author of a new memoir, talked about his book and his life in a question-and-answer interview.
Frederik Pohl, a science fiction writer who wrote more than 40 novels, including “The Space Merchants” and “Gateway,” has died at age 93 at his home in Palatine.
The Chicago author’s new book, “Brilliance,” has elements of social satire and science fiction in the story of an alternate America where savants possess special powers but also face persecution. “I fell in love with the idea,” Sakey says, “and I just wanted to go great guns on it and not worry about what it would be called, what category it would fit into.”
DETROIT — Elmore Leonard, the beloved crime novelist whose acclaimed best-sellers and the movies made from them chronicled the violent deaths of many a thug and con man, has died. He was 87.
Joelle Charbonneau’s “The Testing” is the first book in a trilogy that will roll out over the next year. She’s already busy with two niche mystery series about roller-skating detective Rebecca Robbins and glee club director Paige Marshall.
DOOR COUNTY, Wis. — They said goodbye to Norbert Blei the other day. On a crisp day, friends and family gathered at the open-air Peninsula Players Theater for a memorial service that featured readings, tributes, songs, laughter and tears. It was a touching and fitting …
Publisher’s Weekly’s top 10s for the week of July 7.
Local book signings and literary events, July 9-26.
The high-concept premise of “Sisterland,” the wise and often wickedly entertaining new novel by Curtis Sittenfeld, might lead some readers to expect a sci-fi or fantasy yarn. If so, they will be largely disappointed — although they might find plenty of other things to admire.
Publisher’s Weekly’s top 10s for the week of June 30.
A new children’s book tells the story of a cartoon character named Pancho Rabbit, who illegally crosses the U.S. border from Mexico in search of his father. Along the way, Pancho sneaks a ride on top of a train, swims across a raging river, crawls through a tunnel under the border and is cheated by Senor Coyote, a red-eyed, red-scarved character he meets along the way.
Lily Koppel looks at America’s space program from the view of the women behind the scenes in “The Astronaut Wives Club, offering stories that have never been told, and she deserves credit for recognizing the richness of the subject matter. More than 50 years after its inception, many of us now take the space program for granted, but Koppel reminds readers just how bold and innovative it felt in the Sputnik era, and how mysterious the wilderness of space remains.