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Literary Chicago: A Book Lover's Tour of the Windy City (Illinois) Paperback – March 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Series: Illinois
  • Paperback: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Claremont Press; 1 edition (March 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893121011
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893121010
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,994,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Greg Holden has lived in the Chicago area all his life. He grew up in the suburbs, and for nearly twenty years has lived on the city’s North Side. He studied literature and writing at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he obtained a Master’s Degree in English and Writing in 1982.

For many years Holden has worked as a writer himself. He was a reporter for a suburban group of newspapers, and later worked as an editor and writer at the University of Chicago. During his time at the University, Greg began to study with Molly Daniels, a novelist and director of the Clothesline School of Writing. Greg has read from his own poems and stories at Jimmy’s Woodlawn Tap in Hyde Park, as well as other locations around the city.

Since 1996, Holden has been a full-time writer of books, articles, and columns on computer and Internet-related topics. He has written nine titles, including Creating Web Pages for Kids & Parents, Small Business Internet for Dummies, and Starting an Online Business for Dummies.

To take a break from the computer, he likes to go to coffeehouses and bookstores. He also enjoys visiting antique malls, where he often adds to his collections of items such as fountain pens, old watches, and hats. He continues to rehab his house and stocks with fish a pond in his backyard that he made himself. He is an active member of Jewel Heart, a Tibetan Buddhist meditation and study group based in Ann Arbor.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James Sadler on January 22, 2004
Format: Paperback
I've never been to Chicago, but my wife has. And on her last trip there she picked this book up for me. At first I barely glanced at it, but then one night I was looking for something to read and began to scan through it. I finally put it down several hours later, amzed at how engrossed I had become.
I did not realize how many well known authors had roots or connections to Chicago. The information is concise and has just enough detail for anyone interested in a who's who of Chicago literature, as well as the bookstores to hit when you're there.
Who knows, maybe someday I'll finally get there and really put this book to use.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
Literary Chicago: A Book Lover's Tour Of The Windy City was designed specifically for bibliophiles in need of a fun and lively guidebook to the homes, haunts, and neighborhoods of Chicago's impressive literary figures ranging from Ernest Hemingway, Gwendolyn Brooks, David Mamet, and Carl Sandburg, to Ben Hecht, Mike Royko, Studs Terkel, Edna Ferber, and Saul Bellow. Literary Chicago is unique, user friendly, and a "must" for locals and out-of-towners wanting to explore Chicago's heritage of writers, journalists, poets, editors, publishers, and bookstores.
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With lots of Windy City lore about famous and infamous literary figures. Best for finding cites, only a few of which have changed. Some fun anecdotes too, but more for the literary geography.
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