Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Jim Brosnan, ex-Cubs, Sox pitcher famed for writing ‘The Long Season,’ dead at 84 ]]> Lead story image

Former pitcher Jim Brosnan was a former Cubs and Sox pitcher who was probably better known for writing about life in baseball than he was for his greatest achievement in the game — helping the Cincinnati Reds reach the 1961 World Series. Mr. Brosnan, a longtime Morton Grove resident, died June 28 at a hospice in Park Ridge. He was 84. ]]> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 06:17:18 -0600 <![CDATA[ Author wrote realistic, accessible stories ]]> Lead story image

Walter Dean Myers, a best-selling and prolific children’s author and tireless champion of literacy and education, has died. He was 76. ]]> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 06:23:36 -0600 <![CDATA[ Chicago serves as ‘A Better World’ in Marcus Sakey’s new book ]]> Lead story image

Everyone talks about what they would do if the zombie apocalypse occurs, or where they would go if, suddenly, the lights went out and never came back on. Imagine no more. Chicago writer Marcus Sakey’s newest release, “A Better World,” does it for you and in so doing adds a decidely adult, disturbingly feasible spin to the dystopian, future Chi-town trend overtaking literature. ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:17:09 -0600 <![CDATA[ Adam Carolla comes to Naperville, Plainfield for booksigning ]]> Lead story image

Adam Carolla will read from and sign copies of his new book, “President Me: The America That’s in My Head,” May 23 at North Central College. ]]> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 06:18:40 -0600 <![CDATA[ Novelist Sam Greenlee, author of ‘Spook Who Sat by the Door,’ dead at 83 in Chicago ]]> Lead story image

Poet and novelist Sam Greenlee has died in Chicago at the age of 83. He was best known for his 1969 novel “The Spook Who Sat by the Door,” which was later adapted into a political drama movie. ]]> Wed, 21 May 2014 10:32:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Supernanny Jo Frost takes on tantrums in new book ]]>

Jo Frost of “Supernanny” fame is out with her seventh book, and she’s taking aim at the thing so many parents dread: toddlers and tantrums. ]]> Mon, 05 May 2014 16:16:17 -0600 <![CDATA[ Enslavement continued, had lingering effect, author Douglas A. Blackmon says in ‘Slavery By Another Name’ ]]> Lead story image

Conspiracy theorists are quick to say ongoing racism and the effects of slavery are the main reasons why violence plagues certain neighborhoods on the city’s South and West sides. ]]> Tue, 06 May 2014 17:29:15 -0600 <![CDATA[ Gabriel Garcia Marquez, revered Latin American author, dies at 87 ]]> Lead story image

The Nobel laureate and author of “Love in the Time of Cholera” and “One Hundred Years of Solitude” was the best-known practitioner of “magical realism,” a blending of fantastic elements into portrayals of daily life that made the extraordinary seem almost routine. ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:44:55 -0600 <![CDATA[ The Sitdown: Neal Samors, on writing about the Chicago River ]]> Lead story image

Chicago native and Buffalo Grove resident Neal Samors has carved a special niche in regional publishing — authoring, co-authoring and independently publishing 23 books about Chicago and its diverse neighborhoods — ranging from Downtown, Lake Shore Drive, Rogers Park and now his latest: “Chicago’s River At Work and at Play,” co-authored with photographer and journalist Steven Dahlman. In researching the Chicago River book I learned it really was a working river in the 19th century. Little by little, I came to realize people figured out the river provided multiple capabilities for the people of Chicago. Basically, growing up in Chicago, … ]]> Wed, 21 May 2014 06:17:44 -0600 <![CDATA[ Mavis Staples biography reveals how her music reflects her father and an era ]]> Lead story image

Greg Kot’s “I’ll Take You There” is just as much about her father and mentor, Roebuck “Pops” Staples. ]]> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 06:10:17 -0600 <![CDATA[ Writer-environmentalist Peter Matthiessen dead at 86 ]]> Lead story image

Peter Matthiessen, a rich man’s son who spurned a life of leisure and embarked on extraordinary physical and spiritual quests while producing such acclaimed books as “The Snow Leopard” and “At Play in the Fields of the Lord,” died Saturday. He was 86. Matthiessen, who had been diagnosed with leukemia, was ill “for some months” and died at a hospital near his home on Long Island, N.Y. ]]> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 23:42:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Teen’s cookbook mixes in environmental issues ]]> Lead story image

Emily Abrams of Highland Park is interested in environmental issues and sustainability, while the regarded chef Gabriel Viti (Miramar Bistro, Gabriel’s) is interested in food. They teamed up for the new “Don’t Cook the Planet” cookbook featuring A-List celebrities’ recipes. ]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 20:17:35 -0600 <![CDATA[ Did Chicago peak in 1893? Local author to make his case ]]> Lead story image

Emmy award-winning author and historian Joseph Gustaitis will discuss the Chicago World’s Fair and other significant achievements explored in his book, “Chicago’s Greatest Year, 1893.” ]]> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:03:42 -0600 <![CDATA[ A book recalls the loud legacy of Chicago’s Jesus Lizard ]]> Lead story image

Sifting through photos of the noise rockers’ past “brought back all the feelings of that time,” says drummer Mac McNeilly. ]]> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:55:18 -0600 <![CDATA[ ‘The Office’ actor puts his stories on paper ]]> Lead story image

It was a ‘crazy’ idea, but B.J. Novak did it anyway: a book of short stories ]]> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 06:28:44 -0600 <![CDATA[ Rachel Louise Snyder sets debut novel in Oak Park ]]>

As a successful journalist who has reported from around the world, narrative non-fiction has always been Rachel Louise Snyder’s calling card. So it comes as a bit of a surprise to learn she has an MFA in fiction from Emerson College where high caliber writers Tim O’Brien and Andre Dubus III mentored her. “Yes, I had no journalism training,” Snyder admits, with a laugh. “But I think fiction and journalism can tell the same story in different ways. Fiction opens up moral conversations that are uncomfortable in real life and journalism has the power to get at the bigger story.” … ]]> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 14:24:00 -0600