SMALL PRESS SHRINE STRIKES AGAIN! Owwwwwwww-owwwwwwwwww here’s GRAYWOLF and a few of their wares.
Eric Charles May reads from BEDROCK FAITH published by Akashic Books
"A tragedy to those who feel."
Mary MacLane, I Await The Devil’s Coming
Happy Valentine’s Day! We’re celebrating love the bookish way with a window display of our favorite literary couples, from the unfortunately obscure (Adolfo Bioy Casares & Silvina Ocampo) to the household names (Jean-Paul Sartre & Simone de Beauvoir), and from loves that lasted a lifetime (Stan & Jan Berenstain) to those that didn’t quite work out (Ernest Hemingway & Martha Gellhorn). Come fall in love with a book!
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The Independence Sessions is a project documenting musicians from the UChicago community playing live in locations around Hyde Park. We played host a few days ago!
What a wonderful year 2013 was in children’s books. I am sure that the American Library Association had it’s work cut out for them. With cheer and delight, the ALA Youth Media Awards were announced on January 27th. Honoring the best of the best in children’s lit with some surprise titles (Flora and the Flamingo) and shoe ins (Flora and Ulysses) taking home awards (Flora was a good name to have this year).
For our neighborhood’s viewing pleasure, we at 57th Street Books have put together a small visual appetizer dedicated to the awards. So many books were honored we could not fit them all, so please come on in to see what else we have in store!
We can get behind a good bit of this.
Devil in the Flesh
by Raymond Radiguet via Melville House
A tale of reckless youth, love during wartime, & living fast & dying young; this is some killer nihilism right here. Raymond Radiguet was a disciple (and possible lover) of Cocteau, a friend of Hemingway & Picasso, and a Rimbaud-like enfant terrible, who himself engaged in an adolescent affair with the wife of an absent soldier - much like the one depicted in this novel - before dying of typhoid at 20. Here, he looks back with hard-boiled honesty on the selfishness & recklessness, the sadism & masochism of his liaison dangereuse, all against the backdrop of WWI and its attendant international violence and moral anarchy. Powerful, sexy, & disturbing.
No Regrets: Three Discussions
ed. Dayna Tortorici
When this book arrived in our store Tom turned to me and said, “This might be your new favorite book.” He was right, this short collection of interviews brings together women to discuss the books they’ve read and the regrets they have, or don’t.
Focusing on what they read in their college years and early twenties, these women are asked to think about regrets they might have now, pressure they felt to read iconic works, and what they think they should have been reading. This book changed how I regard both what I read and myself. Since reading this book I’ve vowed to read with no regrets.
All the librarians at this party are coming over to pay homage to the active card catalog of the Mutter Museum.
Hyde Parkers rejoice!
For Melville House publishes novellas that fit in your pocket while you wait for the ever so fickle six bus.
For they also bring the works of obscure authors to life in beautiful, affordable, paperback editions that look pretty sexy on your shelf.
For they are an independent press with a valiant mission.
Ol’ Mel…I love thee
Read more about all these titles here: http://www.semcoop.com/melville-house-presents-neversink-library-art-novella
Perfect Ruin by Lauren Destefano; Book One of the Interment Chronicles
What I love most about this series so far is how subtle it is. Other stories are so very in your face, gritty, and uncomfortable. But this one, not so. The way the story is plotted and they type of language used is so lovely, you almost can feel see yourself living on Internment in a sort of fairytale dream. But pay attention, and stay sharp because life on Interment is not as enchanted as King Furlow would have his subjects believe. Once Morgan Stockhour finds out the truth, both she and you will quickly realize living in Internment is like looking at Hell through frosted glass.
Book two, Burning Kingdoms, is due out…at an inconclusive date [muffled sobbing]
It’s cold. Warm up your kitchen with a little help from some of these winter comfort food cookbooks, and the many more on our shelves.
So I’ve already made a staff rec in-store about this series, but it’s just so good, I can’t help repeating myself.
The Gentlemen Bastard Series by Scott Lynch
You want sharp wit? It’s got sharp wit. You want gang wars? It’s got gang wars. You want to see fake priests steal from the rich, but not give to the poor as a silent ‘up yours’ to the Powers That Be? Hey, it’s got that too. The Lies of Locke Lamora, the first book of the series, is the beginning of one of the few gems in the fantasy genre that tears you through the well-written plot, while leaving you unsure of why you’re actually okay with any of it. Ah, moral ambiguity, who knew it could be so much fun??