We discuss Chicago's latest One Book, One Chicago, and hear from the author behind this year's pick. And, we look at the factors behind the crowded beer festival landscape. Plus, it's our weekly installment of "Reclaimed Soul."
A disclaimer: Stuart Dybek is my favorite writer. Full stop. I make everyone I care about read Coast of Chicago, his collection of short stories that explores the nostalgia of childhood and the haunted quality of some of the city’s post-industrial neighborhoods.
In Saul Bellow’s Chicago of the 1930s and ‘40s there were millinery factories in the Loop and Humboldt Park was more Polish than Puerto Rican.At age 9, the Nobel laureate immigrated to Chicago from Canada and grew up on the near West Side in a two-flat on Augusta Boulevard.
Chicago Public Library has chosen the next book for the city's "One Book, One Chicago" program: Saul Bellow's The Adventures of Augie March.The 10-year-old program encourages all Chicagoans to read the same book at the same time.