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Jim Brosnan, ex-Cubs, Sox pitcher famed for writing ‘The Long Season,’ dead at 84

Former pitcher Jim Brosnan was a former Cubs and Sox pitcher who was probably better known for writing about life in baseball than he was for his greatest achievement in the game — helping the Cincinnati Reds reach the 1961 World Series. Mr. Brosnan, a longtime Morton Grove resident, died June 28 at a hospice in Park Ridge. He was 84.

Author wrote realistic, accessible stories


Walter Dean Myers, a best-selling and prolific children’s author and tireless champion of literacy and education, has died. He was 76.

Chicago serves as ‘A Better World’ in Marcus Sakey’s new book


Everyone talks about what they would do if the zombie apocalypse occurs, or where they would go if, suddenly, the lights went out and never came back on. Imagine no more. Chicago writer Marcus Sakey’s newest release, “A Better World,” does it for you and in so doing adds a decidely adult, disturbingly feasible spin to the dystopian, future Chi-town trend overtaking literature.

Adam Carolla comes to Naperville, Plainfield for booksigning


Adam Carolla will read from and sign copies of his new book, “President Me: The America That’s in My Head,” May 23 at North Central College.

Novelist Sam Greenlee, author of ‘Spook Who Sat by the Door,’ dead at 83 in Chicago


Poet and novelist Sam Greenlee has died in Chicago at the age of 83. He was best known for his 1969 novel “The Spook Who Sat by the Door,” which was later adapted into a political drama movie.

Supernanny Jo Frost takes on tantrums in new book


Jo Frost of “Supernanny” fame is out with her seventh book, and she’s taking aim at the thing so many parents dread: toddlers and tantrums.

Enslavement continued, had lingering effect, author Douglas A. Blackmon says in ‘Slavery By Another Name’


Conspiracy theorists are quick to say ongoing racism and the effects of slavery are the main reasons why violence plagues certain neighborhoods on the city’s South and West sides.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, revered Latin American author, dies at 87


The Nobel laureate and author of “Love in the Time of Cholera” and “One Hundred Years of Solitude” was the best-known practitioner of “magical realism,” a blending of fantastic elements into portrayals of daily life that made the extraordinary seem almost routine.

The Sitdown: Neal Samors, on writing about the Chicago River


Chicago native and Buffalo Grove resident Neal Samors has carved a special niche in regional publishing — authoring, co-authoring and independently publishing 23 books about Chicago and its diverse neighborhoods — ranging from Downtown, Lake Shore Drive, Rogers Park and now his latest: “Chicago’s River …

Mavis Staples biography reveals how her music reflects her father and an era


Greg Kot’s “I’ll Take You There” is just as much about her father and mentor, Roebuck “Pops” Staples.

Writer-environmentalist Peter Matthiessen dead at 86


Peter Matthiessen, a rich man’s son who spurned a life of leisure and embarked on extraordinary physical and spiritual quests while producing such acclaimed books as “The Snow Leopard” and “At Play in the Fields of the Lord,” died Saturday. He was 86. Matthiessen, who had been diagnosed with leukemia, was ill “for some months” and died at a hospital near his home on Long Island, N.Y.

Teen’s cookbook mixes in environmental issues


Emily Abrams of Highland Park is interested in environmental issues and sustainability, while the regarded chef Gabriel Viti (Miramar Bistro, Gabriel’s) is interested in food. They teamed up for the new “Don’t Cook the Planet” cookbook featuring A-List celebrities’ recipes.

Did Chicago peak in 1893? Local author to make his case


Emmy award-winning author and historian Joseph Gustaitis will discuss the Chicago World’s Fair and other significant achievements explored in his book, “Chicago’s Greatest Year, 1893.”

A book recalls the loud legacy of Chicago’s Jesus Lizard


Sifting through photos of the noise rockers’ past “brought back all the feelings of that time,” says drummer Mac McNeilly.

‘The Office’ actor puts his stories on paper


It was a ‘crazy’ idea, but B.J. Novak did it anyway: a book of short stories

Rachel Louise Snyder sets debut novel in Oak Park

As a successful journalist who has reported from around the world, narrative non-fiction has always been Rachel Louise Snyder’s calling card. So it comes as a bit of a surprise to learn she has an MFA in fiction from Emerson College where high caliber writers …