Printing error, avant-garde book art, or former Co-Op member Friedrich Hayek playing tricks from beyond the grave? Who knows. But, since there’s no capitalism without competition no matter who you ask, how about a contest? Go to the Seminary Co-Op Facebook page & hit us with your best caption to enter to win a $20 gift card!

Printing error, avant-garde book art, or former Co-Op member Friedrich Hayek playing tricks from beyond the grave? Who knows. But, since there’s no capitalism without competition no matter who you ask, how about a contest? Go to the Seminary Co-Op Facebook page & hit us with your best caption to enter to win a $20 gift card!

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It took me less than two weeks to complete the puzzle piece scavenger hunt for Chicago Independent Bookstore Day! I got to check out 8 new-to-me bookstores in different neighborhoods in the city (as well as my regular spot), most of which I would happily revisit. I made a purchase at 8 of 9 stores (I was pressed for time at the last one) and ended up with quite a haul! I would immediately put myself on a book-buying ban but I’m currently awaiting a flight to Seattle and I feel like I’m going to find some interesting bookstores out there.

Many thanks to openbookstore, unabridgedbookstore, bookcellar, citylit-books, powellschicago, seminarycoop, 57thstreetbooks, Sandmeyer’s, and Women and Children First for putting together such a great event, and to Lilli Carré (kettle-o-fish) for such a beautiful design!

Now I just need to get some puzzle glue and a frame to display my lovely new artwork.

This is what a book-loving community looks like!

If you’ve shopped here over the past 2 years, JeffV probably sold you a book. Maybe he did it in person — blonde hair, blue eyes, 6’3,” impossibly charismatic — or maybe with one of his many staff recs throughout the store, a window display he put together, or the poetry, drama, and film sections he lovingly curated. If you talked to him, you probably learned that he’s from Missoula, Montana, studied at Second City, and loves Shakespeare. If you met him, you probably loved him. Just like his coworkers do. In August, Jeff is leaving for New York and entering the film MFA program at NYU, which accepts approximately .000001% of applicants and boasts Martin Scorcese and Joel Coen as alumni, among others. We’re proud of Jeff, we’re gonna miss him something awful, and we want to celebrate the enormous contribution he’s made to the Seminary Co-Op. These are some of the books he’s forced upon us and you, coaxed us into buying and reading and loving, and made us all the better for it. This one’s for you, JV. Complete list/ordering info here.

If you’ve shopped here over the past 2 years, JeffV probably sold you a book. Maybe he did it in person — blonde hair, blue eyes, 6’3,” impossibly charismatic — or maybe with one of his many staff recs throughout the store, a window display he put together, or the poetry, drama, and film sections he lovingly curated. If you talked to him, you probably learned that he’s from Missoula, Montana, studied at Second City, and loves Shakespeare. If you met him, you probably loved him. Just like his coworkers do. In August, Jeff is leaving for New York and entering the film MFA program at NYU, which accepts approximately .000001% of applicants and boasts Martin Scorcese and Joel Coen as alumni, among others. We’re proud of Jeff, we’re gonna miss him something awful, and we want to celebrate the enormous contribution he’s made to the Seminary Co-Op. These are some of the books he’s forced upon us and you, coaxed us into buying and reading and loving, and made us all the better for it. This one’s for you, JV.

Complete list/ordering info here.

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"Game Of Thrones" House Sigil Picture Book

[via Buzzfeed]

(The easiest way for the children of Westeros to learn their House Sigils.)

Eric Carle meets George R.R. Martin…

AWESOME.

yes good

"It is awfully easy to be hard-boiled about everything in the daytime, but at night it is another thing."

- Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises

Happy birthday to the OG Big Papa!

With Flat Stanley as their guide, a few of our intrepid booksellers are taking the Chicago Independent Bookstore challenge & visiting all 9 participating stores by August 3rd!

Hey, science. We just wanna say thanks. You’ve really brightened things up for us as species, what with the electricity and the medicine and all that kind of obvious stuff. You’ve also made things really, really interesting by bringing us nukes and freaking everyone out with the idea that we’re related to apes or whatever. Without you and the fear and hope you inspire, we wouldn’t have science fiction, after all, much less graphic novels based on the lives of Marie Curie or Richard Feynman. Yeah, maybe here at 57th Street we keep you back in Room 4 most of the time, but, with this window, we’re bringing you out into the light, just like you’ve done for us.

Complete list/ordering info here.

Hey, science. We just wanna say thanks. You’ve really brightened things up for us as species, what with the electricity and the medicine and all that kind of obvious stuff. You’ve also made things really, really interesting by bringing us nukes and freaking everyone out with the idea that we’re related to apes or whatever. Without you and the fear and hope you inspire, we wouldn’t have science fiction, after all, much less graphic novels based on the lives of Marie Curie or Richard Feynman. Yeah, maybe here at 57th Street we keep you back in Room 4 most of the time, but, with this window, we’re bringing you out into the light, just like you’ve done for us.

Complete list/ordering info here.

New titles out this week & on the shelves at the Seminary Co-Op & 57th Street!

Bookseller Alex reviewed James Kelman’s new book If it is your life, out today from otherpress. She says its bleak, brutal, and absolutely brilliant, among other things.

To all the people who’ve been snapping up our Paris travel guides all spring & summer: congrats, hope you had a great time, send us a postcard! To everyone else: yeah, we didn’t get to see the Champs-Élysées in full bloom either. Tough for us. But if there’s anything Reading Rainbow taught us, it’s that you can go anywhere with a good book. Our Paris window is here to help you forget about your lack of travel funds and/or vacation time, ‘cause Marville & Brassai will immerse you in the streets of Paris, while Larousse & Bocuse will help you get a taste of the City of Light, and Toulouse-Lautrec, Bataille, & Sade will get you familiar with its notorious sensual side. At the very least, just buying a book should make you feel a little French, seeing as they’re pretty into that kind of thing over there. Vive le livre!

Complete list/ordering info here.

To all the people who’ve been snapping up our Paris travel guides all spring & summer: congrats, hope you had a great time, send us a postcard! To everyone else: yeah, we didn’t get to see the Champs-Élysées in full bloom either. Tough for us. But if there’s anything Reading Rainbow taught us, it’s that you can go anywhere with a good book. Our Paris window is here to help you forget about your lack of travel funds and/or vacation time, ‘cause Marville & Brassai will immerse you in the streets of Paris, while Larousse & Bocuse will help you get a taste of the City of Light, and Toulouse-Lautrec, Bataille, & Sade will get you familiar with its notorious sensual side. At the very least, just buying a book should make you feel a little French, seeing as they’re pretty into that kind of thing over there. Vive le livre!

Complete list/ordering info here.

It’s Proust’s birhday! Here, he plays the tennis racquet.

It’s Proust’s birhday! Here, he plays the tennis racquet.