…better late than never? Here’s what came out the week of August 4th, including: a new bio of former Co-Op member Susan Sontag, Roxane Gay’s highly anticipated essay collection, Lev Grossman’s latest installment to the Magicians series, and National Book Award-winner The Good Lord Bird in paperback at last!
Tove Jansson in The Summer Book
The Moomin creator would’ve been 100 years old today. Hyvää syntymäpäivää!
from Minima Moralia by Theodor W. Adorno, who died 45 years ago today. Miss ya, Teddy!
Happy birthday to Seminary Co-Op member President Barack Obama! Here’s a photo from back in ‘06 when he dropped by 57th Street, signed some books, and was quoted by The Chicago Maroon as saying “I have to be loyal to my bookstore.” Cheers!
from The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin, who was born 90 years ago today.
Out now: our weekly lists of the 10 ten books at each of our stores!
Ever since Homer implored the Muse to give us the dirt on the man of many twists and turns, we readers have been all about living vicariously through the adventures of others, be they real or imaginary, on earth or elsewhere. From Chaucer’s pilgrims to Kerouac’s freewheeling jalopy drivers, Tolkien’s ring-seekers to Hunter S. Thompson’s tweakers, literature’s full of people going hither and thither in search of you-name-it and getting waylaid, wasted, and imperiled. You’re probably not doing anything nearly as interesting as these characters this summer, but that’s probably a good thing, because you can enjoy their exploits worry-free and from the comfort of your poolside chaise lounge (or the private hell of an economy airplane seat), thanks to these books!
Complete list/ordering info here.
Fellowship of the Ring was first published on July 29, 1954 - 60 years ago today! Aur onnad meren!
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!
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.
This week’s new releases!
(The easiest way for the children of Westeros to learn their House Sigils.)
Eric Carle meets George R.R. Martin…