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The Western got its start through dime novels that published highly-embellished tales and illustrations.

There is something about the Old American West that has, for years, enthralled people around the world. For some, it’s the freedom inherent in the open landscape; to others, it’s the sense of danger and excitement associated with its untamed, even lawless, atmosphere.

Modern-day plastic chair.

Chances are you are sitting on a chair as you read this edition of the Tribune. Perhaps it’s a plush recliner or a comfortable rocker. Maybe you’re cocooned within a generous wing chair or wedged into a beanbag chair.

(Counterclockwise, from the top) The Downs family, Ray Sr., Sonny, Ina, and Lucille, reunited after their ordeal in May 1942.

Michael Tougias is no stranger to stories of the sea. He’s written well over a dozen books, many of them dealing with nautical disasters and struggles to survive. 

Dinner with Edward by Isabel Vincent

There is a longstanding tradition of books about the passing of wisdom from one generation to the next. At the top of the list, Tuesdays With Morrie is probably the most widely read example of that particular genre. 

The staff of Passager Publishing, which specializes in senior authors.

The year was 1985, and Kendra Kopelke remembers it like it was yesterday. Not long out of graduate school with a degree in writing, she had been teaching various expository composition courses at colleges in Maryland.

Detail from an engraving of Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls. From Arthur Conan Doyle's The Final Problem.

There is something pleasant about the idea of sitting down with a thrilling mystery novel. Whether it’s a hot summer’s day in air-conditioning or a cold winter’s night next to the wood stove, turning the pages of a good “whodunit” is just plain literary in every sense of the word, and with good reason.

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

Do you remember Jack LaLanne and how much of an impact he had on America’s fitness revolution? In Noah Hawley’s novel Before the Fall, memories of Jack LaLanne figure prominently in the mind of the book’s central character, Scott Burroghs.

Brad Meltzer with Barbara Bush

Rarely does a writer have the privilege of turning to a U.S. president to inform his fictional characters and the world that they inhabit. No one knows better than novelist Brad Meltzer how valuable this can be.

The Princess Bride set

Actor Cary Elwes is a familiar face among moviegoers, known for his performance in films like Glory, Days of Thunder, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and Twister. But of the dozens of pictures he’s made, one stands out.