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Goodbye house next door, hello new novel

The walls of my Wrigleyville office are shaking because the building next door is being torn down.  Another vintage home giving way to the bulldozer and making way for a new, luxury, single-family home. Before it was bought by a … Continue reading

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Now that was unexpected: Kirkus reviews Alchemy’s Daughter

It’s more or less compulsory for publishers to send review copies of forthcoming books to the major reviewers like Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and Kirkus.  Indie presses like Lake Street Press, publisher of Alchemy’s Daughter, realize it’s quite unlikely that their … Continue reading

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Snowbound

February 2, 2015, the day after the fifth-largest blizzard to ever hit Chicago, I am hunkered down in my third-floor office looking out to the courtyard below.  Chicago Public Schools cancelled classes, the alleys and side streets are not easily … Continue reading

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Ghost of Christmas Past: Riverside 1972

One Christmas, when I was in grade school at Blythe Park Elementary and when soldiers—including one of my cousins—were fighting in Vietnam, my father erupted when another cousin criticized our country’s involvement in the war.  I only had a vague … Continue reading

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Alchemy’s Daughter isn’t here quite yet, but some awards are

When I started working on Alchemy’s Daughter when my son was still in pre-school, I never imagined it would take fourteen years before I would hold a printed copy of the book in my hand.  But as I’ve said before, … Continue reading

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Don’t forget the National Museum of Mexican Art

Last Sunday, instead of working on my novel,  I visited the National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen.  I love this museum, and I’m always surprised that more Chicagoans don’t know about this treasure in the Pilsen neighborhood. Years  back … Continue reading

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Jason Brammer’s Sea Fever

Like the English poet John Masefield, Jason Brammer has heeded the call of sea.  The Chicago artist’s new solo exhibition, “Into the Deep,” explores the hidden mysteries down below in works inspired by nautical maps, navigational instruments, and medieval bestiaries.  … Continue reading

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Off the grid with chainmaille artist Sky Cubacub

Sky Cubacub wears leather holsters that hold her Lindstrom pliers. Essential tools at hand, she is ready to chainmaille at any time. “It also makes me feel like a cowboy with his guns, ready for the quick draw,” says the … Continue reading

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Marco Nereo Rotelli illuminates the façade of Northwestern University library

Poetry and light installation tomorrow at 6 pm at Northwestern University Campus!  One of Italy’s most famous and popular artists, Marco Nereo Rotelli, is here in Chicago, and he is creating a stunning display on the University’s library. Rotelli, who … Continue reading

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I just bought a ZORE

I would not call myself an art collector, but the walls of my home are filled with paintings by various artists.  My mother, Lori Bloom Bohaty, was a painter, and so her work is well represented.  There are also a … Continue reading

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