Evanston Little Free Library – Forest Avenue

Little Free Library - Forest Ave & Keeney Street, Evanston Walking along Forest Avenue in Evanston the other day we came across this very cute Little Free Library packed with books. Plus, it was in the front yard of a very cool looking old house. Bonus 🙂 Keep circulating the books! Love all things literary?... Continue Reading →

Novels set in Chicago: The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

Being one of the great cities of the world, many novels have been set in Chicago. This is the fourth of a series looking at how the city has been portrayed/described in novels. A classic of muckraking journalism turned into fiction, Upton Sinclair's The Jungle led to a slew of public interest in food safety... Continue Reading →

Chicago writers – Gwendolyn Brooks

Born June 7, 1917 in Topeka, Kansas, Gwendolyn Brooks came to Chicago at six weeks old, her family bringing her to the city as part of the Great Migration. For the rest of her life, her identity and her work would be greatly influenced by Chicago. Brooks attended Forestville Elementary School, going on to Hyde... Continue Reading →

Chicago Publishers: Featherproof Books

Chicago Publishers: Featherproof Books One of the aspects of Chicago's literary world that we haven't delved into yet is publishers. What better way than to highlight local independent Featherproof Books? Started in March 2005 by Jonathan Messinger and Zach Dodson, Featherproof's website states that they publish "strange and beautiful fiction and nonfiction and post-, trans-,... Continue Reading →

Chicago Literary Landmarks – Carl Sandburg’s home

Carl Sandburg's home - 4646 N. Hermitage, Ravenswood Other than neighborhood walks and short drives we haven't left the house for weeks. What better time to visit some Chicago literary landmarks? Yesterday we took a drive to Carl Sandburg's charming home in Ravenswood. Originally from Galesburg, Illinois, Sandburg moved to the second story apartment in... Continue Reading →

Chicago literary magazines – Chicago Review

CHICAGO REVIEW Since we're still unable to go out and about in the city, I thought we'd look at some local publications, beginning with Chicago Review. Started by two grad students at the The University of Chicago in 1946, the magazine has been publishing contemporary poetry, fiction, and criticism ever since, releasing its latest issue... Continue Reading →

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