Lit, Nonfiction

Essay: Back of the Book, or How I Explain My Profession

It’s the same reaction most every time I tell someone I am an indexer. Blank stare. “You know, the thing at the end of a book,” I offer helpfully.Then, a […]

June Sawyers /
Beyond, Chicago history, Lit, Nonfiction

Retrospective: A History That Leaves a Lot Unsaid, City of the Century By Donald L. Miller

City of the Century: The Epic of Chicago and the Making of America By Donald L. Miller Simon & Shuster For a quarter of a century, I’ve used Donald L. […]

Patrick T. Reardon /
Architecture, Lit, Nonfiction, Reviews

Review: It Is What It Is: Guide to Chicago’s Twenty-First-Century Architecture

Guide to Chicago’s Twenty-First-Century Architecture Chicago Architecture Center and John Hill University of Illinois Press As packed with tacky tourist traps as any city, Chicago has one irreproachable draw: its […]

Dan Kelly /
Fiction, Interviews, Lit, Nonfiction

Interview: Willa, Ernest, William, and Scott—A Talk with Dr. Michelle Moore about Chicago and American Modernism

Dr. Michelle Moore is a professor of English at the College of DuPage whose most recent book is Chicago and the Making of American Modernism: Cather, Hemingway, Faulkner and Fitzgerald […]

Dan Kelly /
Lit, Nonfiction

Review: On Beyond Lincoln: Exploring the Land of Lincoln: The Essential Guide to Illinois Historic Sites

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Exploring the Land of Lincoln: The Essential Guide to Illinois Historic Sites By Charles Titus 3 Fields Books I asked my non-Illinoisan Twitter followers to tell me three things they […]

Dan Kelly /
Dialogs, Lit, Live lit events, Nonfiction

Dialogs: Elizabeth Kolbert and Eula Biss Talk Unintended Consequences and Problems Caused by Solutions in CHF Panel

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The Chicago River, as many of us know, once flowed the other way, into Lake Michigan. It was reversed—a triumph of engineering, at the time—to move sewage and waste water […]

Caitlin Archer-Helke /
Fiction, Lit, Nonfiction, Reviews

Review: Small-Town Ghosts, Spoon River America, by Jason Stacy

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Spoon River America: Edgar Lee Masters and the Myth of the American Small Town By Jason Stacy University of Illinois Press It’s ironic that Spoon River Anthology—perhaps the most famous […]

Patrick T. Reardon /
Events, Fiction, Interviews, Lit, Live lit events, Nonfiction, Poetry

Interview: Don Evans, Sandra Cisneros, and the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame

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Even via Zoom, Don Evans is passionate about Chicago’s relationship with the written word. A writer, editor, and teacher, Evans is also the executive director of the Chicago Literary Hall […]

Dan Kelly /
Essays, Lit, Nonfiction, Reviews, Uncategorized

Review: Flashes of Wry: Fast Funny Women, edited by Gina Barreca

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Note: Gina Barreca, the editor of Fast Funny Women, and Chicagoan Nicole Hollander will read from the collection of 75 essays of flash nonfiction in a Zoom event at 7 […]

Patrick T. Reardon /
Events, Interviews, Lit, Live lit events, Nonfiction

Interview: Third Coast Review Writer Patrick T. Reardon Keeps Us in the Loop with New Book

Patrick T. Reardon, a regular contributor to Third Coast Review, recently released his new book, The Loop: The “L” Tracks That Shaped and Saved Chicago (SIU Press). More than a […]

Dan Kelly /
Essays, Film, Interviews, Lit, Nonfiction

Interview: Bringing Background Characters to the Fore: A Talk with Author David Lazar

Sidekicks, comic foils, and other stock and background characters: cinephile and essayist David Lazar loves watching old movie character actors more than the leads. In his latest book, Celeste Holm […]

Dan Kelly /
Lit, Reviews

Review: The Very Near Future—Midwest Futures, by Phil Christman

Midwest Futures By Phil Christman Belt Publishing The Midwest is a deeply mysterious place to the coastal essayists, pundits, and politicians. Rarely visiting, save to write clunky closed factory and […]

Dan Kelly /