A look back at the old space as we get ready to celebrate the new one. Join us this Saturday, May 11th for our Grand Opening Celebration. Events throughout the day, 10am-6pm.
Life in the bookstore...such as it is.
Rumors have it at night the store turns into a submarine. We have yet to establish documentary proof.
Do you need some fresh recommendations? I’ll be updating the tumblr with our staff recs, so check back here regularly for new ideas.
Gods Without Men - Hari Kunzru
My favorite book of 2012!
This spectacular book has left me feeling a bit fanatical about the desert. The story revolves around a rock formation in the American southwest, creating a polyphonic narrative that layers mystery on top of mystery, invoking the kind of madness that can only take place within the harshest of environments.
Kunzru’s gift for dialogue just barely grounds his characters, and their tenuous connections with one another amplify the chaos they are experiencing. His powerful evocation of the desert and the sprawling nature of the story are both unsettling and disorienting in the best way possible.
Dogcrime: Blexbolex is a bookstore staff favorite. A French comics illustrator with an iconic ligne claire style, he designs eerie children’s books that revolve around a series of visual coincidences (please, take a look at his People) and even stranger adult noir fantasias, like this brief dystopian tragedy of dogs, crime and death.
The Bridegroom: This is a weird, sexy little book. It got in my head and it wouldn’t leave, just like the titular bridegroom/dog gets into Ms. Kitamura’s schoolhouse and won’t, ahem, give her a moment’s rest. I don’t know anything about Japanese surrealism, so I can’t tell you anything about what any of it means. Something about alienation? Maybe? Bulgakov wrote Heart of a Dog about a dog turning into a man, so maybe this is a response to that? I’m grasping at straws, people. Whatever it’s about, it’s…potent. And small. And lovely. And absurd. Give it to your sexy, weird sweetheart, the one with a good sense of humor and a lascivious hunger. That’s what I would do.
Okay people, this is straight outta Chicago. I’m not so fond of zombies but I do have adopted-hometown pride, so check it out.
I was wondering how we might fare down here in idyllic Hyde Park. As it turns out, some of Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic architecture is perfectly suited to fighting off zombies.
According to Tom, my manager, “the Wright house at 51st and Woodlawn has windows located above shoulder height and the main entrance is off of a staircase and hard to the right. This makes it virtually impossible for slow zombies to ramp up it. You can then reinforce the door.”
Tom goes on to explain that the Hyde Park landmark, the Robie House, is “a deathtrap. This is primarily because the lower level is below street level, and has many windows. All it takes is one zombie falling and crashing through the glass…and then you’re dead.”
In my version, zombies are allergic to books. Then, booksellers, librarians and students take over the world.
"The funny thing about a story versus a novel is that with a story, I have so many stillborn story drafts or ideas that never really developed. They’re just in carnival jars of formaldehyde somewhere."
Number 1,653 why Karen Russell is creepy and also why I am obsessed with her writing.
Our latest windows…
Jeff V displayed his talents with the Poetry Month window, organizing the books by school of poetry and sphere of influence…or maybe just by some wild internal logic.
Annie M and Sophia SB tore it up (literally, Sophia tore up paper and made some beautiful recycled decorations) for the Earth Month window.
We are having an Earth Day event on 4/13 from 1-3pm here at the bookstore! We will be reading and making art projects to take home, so bring the kids! Come get crafty and, um, earthy with us.
Sadly, we don’t have any official poetry events planned. But let me tell you, our poetry section is blowing up right now. If enough of you show up to talk poetry with us, maybe I’ll take your picture and make you internet famous.