Let's make "Finna" the word of the year for 2021. A Q&A with poet Nate Marshall

Nate Marshall’s new collection Finna feels like an open house with the door flung open welcoming everyone. That image came to mind because typically I approach poetry like I approach a get-together. With apprehension. Unsure if I want to go in. Convinced it will feel unfamiliar and like it’s humming along on mysterious rules. But... Read more »

Jacqueline Saper's "From Miniskirt to Hijab" is a story for our times

As Jacqueline Saper shopped for a gift for her husband on a sunny Tehran boulevard in 1979, she had no idea that she was about to witness history. The young Iranian wife had already lived through events that seemed to shift the earth on its axis. In her lifetime, Jacqueline had endured hardships that few... Read more »

Chicago book events come to you: Monday, June 15-Saturday, June 20, 2020

In the news: Book recommendation of the week comes from AfriWare Books: Black Wall Street: From Riot to Renaissance in Tulsa’s Historic Greenwood District by Hannibal B. Johnson. Order the book here. During the  month of June, Unabridged Books will donate 10% of its sales to the Equal Justice Initiative founded by Bryan Stephenson (Just... Read more »
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Chicago book events come to you: Monday, May 25-Sunday, May 31, 2020

MONDAY, MAY 25 7:00 p.m. Volumes Bookcafé holds its audiobook book club discussion of Bubblegum.  Q&A with author Adam Levin follow at 8:00 p.m.         TUESDAY, MAY 26 11:00 a.m.  American Writers Museum presents a discussion with Catharine Arnold  about researching and writing her book Pandemic 1918: Eyewitness Accounts from the Greatest... Read more »

Chicago book events coming to you: Monday, May 11 - Saturday, May 16, 2020

Most of these events are free. Some may require a book purchase. There are tons of online events for kids. Chicago’s Open Books has virtual reading and writing adventures. National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and award-winning author Jason Reynolds gets kids excited about writing with his Write. Right. Rite. series. Women & Children first has story time... Read more »

Chicago's independent bookstores need our support now! Here's how ...

Chicago bookstores are open, but not in the usual way! We can’t walk through their doors, unfortunately. But we can order new books, rare books, old books and great books. Sign up for each store’s newsletter! Some stores offer online events, virtual book clubs, chats with booksellers and personal recommendations. Almost all are offering fast delivery... Read more »
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Chicago's independent bookstores rally for customers during Coronavirus

Due to the Coronavirus, most Chicago bookstores are closed to customer traffic, but open for business in other creative ways. Many are offering curbside service, free delivery, and reading recommendations for quarantines. Most events are cancelled and some will be rescheduled. Subscribe to your favorite bookstores’ newsletters and follow them on social media to stay... Read more »

Chicago bookstore events: Monday, March 2-Sunday, March 8, 2020

March is Women’s History Month. The Book Stall in Winnetka is celebrating by featuring a local woman writer every day. Who will be featured next? Find out on Facebook and Twitter. Following is just a fraction of the unique events happening at every independent Chicago bookstore this week. Please visit the store sites for more... Read more »

Chicago bookstore spotlight: Monday, February 24-Sunday March 1, 2020

Spotlight on great events happening this week at Chicago’s independent bookstores. Many of these events are free. This is just a sample! Follow link for details and many more authors, book launches, book clubs and all sorts of memorable experiences for Chicago bibliophiles.   MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24 Women & Children First, 7:00 p.m. The launch... Read more »
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Chicago bookstore spotlight for Monday, February 17-Sunday, February 23, 2020

Following is this week’s Bookstore Spotlight. Please confirm all details before leaving home!   MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17 The Seminary Co-Op, 6:00 p.m. Gabriel Bump discusses his new book Everywhere You Don’t Belong, a coming-of-age on Chicago’s South Side. Discussion, Q&A and signing.         TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18 Toni Morrison Birthday Tribute at Front... Read more »