Prof. Jeremy Mulderig’s ‘Philip Sparrow Tells All’ Reviewed in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune


You might remember our October post about the release of Professor Emeritus Jeremy Mulderig’s new book Philip Sparrow Tells All. Mulderig read from the book here at DePaul in December, and the book has been reviewed favorably in The New York Times. Read the review here.

Sparrow coverProfessor Kathleen Rooney also reviewed the book for the Chicago Tribune, which you can see here.

Printers Row and the Chicago Tribune Welcome Judy Blume on June 17, 2015


Judy Blume, literary icon and beloved author of “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret,” “Forever” and “Summer Sisters,” discusses her latest book, “In the Unlikely Event” with Chicago Tribune columnist Heidi Stevens. Blume, honored in 2013 with the Chicago Tribune’s Young Adult Literary Award, returns to Chicago for this event, which is presented by the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row series and the Chicago Humanities Festival.

The event is being presented by the events arm of the Chicago Tribune newsroom, Trib Nation, and will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17 at Francis W. Parker School in the Diane and David B Heller Auditorium (2233 N. Clark St.).

Judy Blume, literary icon and beloved author of “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret,” “Forever” and “Summer Sisters,” discusses her latest book, “In the Unlikely Event” with Chicago Tribune columnist Heidi Stevens. “In the Unlikely Event” is vintage Judy Blume, with all the hallmarks of Judy Blume’s unparalleled storytelling, and full of memorable characters who cope with loss, remember the good times, and finally, wonder at the joy that keeps them going. Blume, honored in 2013 with the Chicago Tribune’s Young Adult Literary Award, returns to Chicago for this event, which is presented by the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row series and the Chicago Humanities Festival.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.

2015 Printers Row Lit Fest Happening June 6-7, 2015


The 31st annual Printers Row Lit Fest – the Midwest’s largest gathering of book lovers – will be June 6-7 in the South Loop (historic Printers Row district at Dearborn Street, from Congress to Polk streets).

See below for some notable authors and visit the Printer’s Row Lit Fest website for full lineup and details!

LeVar Burton, winner of the Chicago Tribune’s 2015 Young Adult Literary Award, an annual award recognizing excellence in literature for young adults. Over the past two decades, Burton has inspired and entertained readers through his work as host and executive producer of the long-running PBS television show, Reading Rainbow. LeVar Burton in conversation with Michael Phillips; Chicago Tribune Film Critic; Introduced by Gerould Kern; Senior Vice President and Editor of the Chicago Tribune.

June 6, 12 p.m. at Jones College Prep/South Auditorium

Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, co-authors of “The Royal We” as well as co-creators of the hugely popular celebrity fashion blog Go Fug Yourself, in conversation with Elizabeth Fenner, Editor-in-Chief of Chicago Magazine.

June 6, 1 p.m. at Harold Washington Library Center, Multipurpose Room

Amber Tamblyn has been nominated for an Emmy, Golden Globe, and Independent Spirit awards. Tamblyn’s work has appeared in Interview, Cosmopolitan, Poets & Writers, and elsewhere. She will be reading from her newest book of poetry, “Dark Sparkler”. Tamblyn will be in conversation with Megan Stielstra author of “Once I Was Cool” and contributing writer to The New York Times.

June 6, 2 p.m. at Arts and Poetry Stage

David Axelrod; author of ” Believer”, Clarence Page; author of “Culture Worrier” and Kristen McQueary; member of the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board, moderated by Bruce Dold; Editorial Page Editor of the Chicago Tribune.

June 6, 10 a.m. at Jones College Prep/North Auditorium

Stacey Ballis; author of “Recipe for Disaster”, Jen Lancaster; author of “I Regret Nothing”, Lisa Steinke and Liz Fenton; co-authors of “The Status of All Things”, moderated by Courtney Crowder; Chicago Tribune Digital News Editor and Reporter.

June 6, 11 a.m. at Harold Washington Library Center, Multipurpose Room

Vendela Vida is the award-winning author of five books, including “Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name” and “The Lovers”, and a founding editor of The Believer magazine. Rebecca Makkai, author of “The Hundred-Year House” and Vendela Vida, author of “The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty” in conversation with Jennifer Day, Chicago Tribune’s Books Editor.

June 7, 2p.m. at Harold Washington Library Center, Multipurpose Room

Bob Saget is a Grammy-nominated stand-up comedian, actor, television host and author of the New York Times bestselling memoir “Dirty Daddy”; in conversation with Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune Reporter.

June 6, 7 p.m. at Jones College Prep/South Auditorium

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Trib Nation & Printers Row present Political Strategist David Axelrod at Venue SIX10, Wednesday, March 3rd!


Political strategist David Axelrod will join Tribune Editorial Board member and author Clarence Page in discussion about Axelrod’s new book, “Believer: My Forty Years in Politics.” From New York to Chicago to the White House, “Believer” chronicles Axelrod’s evolution from young journalist to political strategist to senior adviser to the president.
At the same time, it looks closely at the 20-year friendship with Barack Obama that ultimately took both of them from Chicago to the White House. Books will be available for purchase at the event, and a book signing will follow the discussion.


Date and time: Tuesday, March 3, 7 p.m.

Location: Venue SIX10, 610 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago

About David Axelrod

David Axelrod served as senior adviser to President Barack Obama and as senior strategist in Obama’s two presidential campaigns. Today he serves as director of the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago and as a senior political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC.

Before entering politics in 1984, Axelrod spent eight years as a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, where he covered national, state and local politics. In 1981, he became the youngest political writer and columnist in the paper’s history. He also served as the Tribune’s City Hall bureau chief.

Axelrod was born in New York City, and graduated from Stuyvesant High School and the University of Chicago. He is married and has three children.

About Clarence Page

Clarence Page is a syndicated columnist and Washington-based member of the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board. Among other awards, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1989 and lifetime achievement awards from the Chicago Headline Club, the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and the National Association of Black Journalists. An aspiring bass player, Page also enjoys entering stand-up comedy contests, which he tends to lose. Page lives outside Washington DC, with his wife and son.

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Call for Submissions: The Chicago Tribune’s Annual Nelson Algren Short Story Award Contest (deadline: 1/31/2015)


Fiction writers! Please see below for details on the Trib’s annual short story contest.

Entries will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015.

The Nelson Algren Literary Awards starts at 10:01 p.m. (CT) on Dec. 1, 2014, and ends at 11:59 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. By June 1st, 2015, a panel of judges will select 10 winners (one grand prize winner, four finalists and five runners up).

All entries must be:

  • Fiction
  • Less than 8,000 words
  • Double spaced
  • Written in English

One grand prize winner will receive $3,500. Four finalists will each receive $1,000. Five runners-up will each receive $500. Total value of all prizes: $10,000.

Your name and contact information MUST NOT appear on any page of your story.

If you are submitting two entries, please submit each entry separately. NOTE: Only 2 entries are allowed per person. 

Visit the Submittable page to submit and for further details.

Printer’s Row and the Chicago Tribune Present Veronica Roth, Author of the Divergent Series, and Garth Nix

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On Monday, Oct. 20, best-selling author of the “Divergent” Series Veronica Roth, fellow best-selling young adult fantasy author Garth Nix and Chicago Tribune columnist and author Jenniffer Weigel will discuss Roth and Nix’s latest books and their experiences writing for adventurous young readers around the world.  Fans of Roth’s “Divergent” Series will also enjoy exclusive access to “Divergent Collector’s Edition,” which features 72 pages of bonus material, one day ahead of the rest of the nation.  A book signing with both authors will follow the speaking program.  This author talk is presented by Trib Nation Events and the Printers Row, Chicago Tribune’s literary membership program.

“Four: A Divergent Collection” and “Divergent Collector’s Edition” as well as Nix’s “Clariel” are available for a special discounted pre-sale price with tickets now.  Roth’s dystopian “Divergent” books have sold more than 20 million copies worldwide.  “Four: A Divergent Collection,” which was released in July, includes four prequel stories and three scenes to accompany the three-book series.  Nix’s “Clariel,” a prequel to the “Old Kingdom” trilogy, will be released one week before the event. The Australian author of award-winning young adult fantasy novels will join Chicago-native Roth in a rare appearance together.

:  Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, 6 p.m.

Where:  Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave.

Tickets:  Individual tickets are $20 each if purchased in advance or $22 at the door. Ticket plus discounted pre-sale book bundles are also available now. For tickets, please visit Eventbrite.