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The Tess Rafferty Interview
Nov. 21, 2012
We talk cooking and comedy with writer Tess Rafferty, author of the culinary memoir
Recipes for Disaster.
Why Jami Attenberg brought 'The Middlesteins' back home
Nov. 7, 2012
Chicagoland native Jami Attenberg sets her fourth novel in her home town. We chat with her on the eve of her reading here.
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.
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