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May 12, 2017

Staff Reads: May 12, 2017 »

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How is it already mid-May? The weather here in Chicago is starting to feel like summer is approaching, and we're getting our picnic blankets, sunscreen, and books ready for some reading in the sun. In the meantime, check out what our staff has been reading below!

 

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May 9, 2017

Author Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi talks about Ugly Prey: An Innocent Women and the Death Sentence That Scandalized Jazz Age Chicago »

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Author Emilie LeBeau. Oak Park, Illinois.Everyone who has seen the popular musical-turned-movie Chicago knows about the beautiful women arrested for murdering their lovers during the Jazz Age. Beulah Annan and Belva Gaertner, who inspired the characters Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, were beautiful, glamorous, and were accused of committing m…

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April 28, 2017

Staff Reads: Favorite Fictional Teachers »

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In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Week next month, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite fictional teachers. And, of course, there were multiple references to Harry Potter.

Share your favorites in the comments or on Twitter using the hashtag #CRPreads.

 

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April 26, 2017

Bruce Kading talks keeping his fiction true to life, his experience working for the INS, and what book is on his nightstand »

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Bruce_Kading_Author_PhotoMiguel’s Gift details the rise of rookie immigration officer Nick Hayden, who must find an informant to access the inner circle of the counterfeit document ring run by crime kingpin Salvador Rico. A humble Mexican illegal immigrant, Miguel Chavez, agrees to the task in exchange for his family’s …

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April 24, 2017

Philip Lynott biographer Graeme Thomson shares his favorite Thin Lizzy songs and the cultural influences that inspired their writing »

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GraemeThomsonPhoto“The Boys Are Back in Town” by Irish band Thin Lizzy is a timeless rock anthem that is instantly recognizable to music fans everywhere, and their classic albums Jailbreak and Live and Dangerous are now part of the rock canon. In Cowboy Song, author Graeme Thomson analyzes lead singer Philip Lyno…

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April 19, 2017

Excerpt: How to Draw Comics is the ultimate guide to cultivating your talent and mastering the art »

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How to Draw Comics

 

In May, CRP is publishing a brilliant guide to the art of creating comics—and it’s written in the form of a comic!

How to Draw Comics by Ilya explores all aspects of of comic art, from storytelling techniques to art styles, and it’s suitable for all ages of comics enthusiasts.…

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April 14, 2017

Staff Reads: April 14, 2017 »

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Today’s staff reads post features giggles, Gaiman, and a gargantuan amount of reading. Share what you’re reading in the comments or on Twitter using the hashtag #CRPreads

 

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Listening to Jenny Lawson’s Furiously Happy has left me alternating between stifling bouts of giggles o…

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April 7, 2017

Author William McKeen discusses music and mayhem in 1960s Los Angeles with his new book Everybody Had an Ocean »

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William McKeenDid you catch ABC’s recent documentary on the Manson murders the other week? How a deranged criminal like Charles Manson walked among Beach Boys and other stars of the era seems almost unimaginable today. His horrific crimes created that pivotal moment in time and place when the bright-eyed naivet…

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April 4, 2017

In her new book, Pirate Women, Laura Sook Duncombe shares the stories of seafaring women, both real and legendary, that history has largely ignored »

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In the first-ever history of female pirates,Laura Sook Duncombe, author of Pirate Women: The Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Seas, shares stories of adventurous female buccaneers around the world who decided to go against the grain by embarking on their own swashbucklin…

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Bookstore Love April 3, 2017

Our April authors share their favorite bookstores »

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Earlier this year, we shared some our staff’s favorite bookstores. This week, we asked authors of our April titles to share what bookstores hold a place in their hearts and memories,

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