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A photo worth more than a thousand words
Oct. 27, 2012
Novelist Don DeLillo says some of his densest, most complex tomes have been inspired by viewing a single painting or photograph.
The DC Pierson Interview
Oct. 19, 2012
The mastermind behind DERRICK comedy and the author of
The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had To
talks comedy, Young Adult novels and hair care.
The Cheryl Strayed Interview
Sep. 14, 2012
Today I speak with writer Cheryl Strayed.
Teachers engage teens with realistic fiction, 'street literature'
Jun. 15, 2012
Front and Center visited classrooms around Chicagoland to hear what gets teens excited about reading.Amy Correa teaches sixth and seventh grade at Agassiz Elementary School in Chicago.
The Jory John and Avery Monsen Interview
Apr. 19, 2012
John and Monsen create what they call illustrated "children's books for adults," like the darkly funny
All My Friends Are Dead
Author Patricia McNair mines Midwestern roots for inspiration
Dec. 6, 2011
New Hope is a fictional place but thanks to Patricia Ann McNair, it’s a place full of pain, heartbreak, faith and friendship. New Hope is the setting of
The Temple of Air
– the latest collection of stories from McNair.
Bringing award-winning children's books to life in 90 seconds
Nov. 16, 2011
One thing that some listeners appreciate about public radio--it tries to tell the whole story. Sure, it may be a contrarian move in an age of short attention spans but it works for WBEZ.
A fun old Chicago book: '1001 Afternoons in Chicago'
Oct. 10, 2011
"I want to read a Chicago book that's
!"Chicago history has been captured in hundreds of books. Some of them are scholarly and distinguished and dull, but still worth reading. Forget about those.
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