Alrighty Chicago cartoonists, here’s a project idea for you.

Alternative logo and/or design for new Penguin Random House hq.

Alternative logo and/or design for new Penguin Random House hq.

June means different things in different places: in Dublin, it’s Bloomsday; in Sweden, it’s Midsummer. In Hyde Park, it’s the 57th Street Art Fair, held on the first full weekend of June every year. This time around, we’re honoring the vendors & passersby who will descend on our thoroughfare this weekend with a window brimming with art & photography books. And hey, since the annual sale runs through June 8th, they’re more affordable than ever! So grab some Vivian or Lucian or Diane or what have you, and partake in some reality…redefined.
Complete list/ordering info here.

June means different things in different places: in Dublin, it’s Bloomsday; in Sweden, it’s Midsummer. In Hyde Park, it’s the 57th Street Art Fair, held on the first full weekend of June every year. This time around, we’re honoring the vendors & passersby who will descend on our thoroughfare this weekend with a window brimming with art & photography books. And hey, since the annual sale runs through June 8th, they’re more affordable than ever! So grab some Vivian or Lucian or Diane or what have you, and partake in some reality…redefined.

Complete list/ordering info here.

books & quotes from Maya Angelou + a friendly suggestion from Penguin!

books & quotes from Maya Angelou + a friendly suggestion from Penguin!

I’ve got a magic charmThat I keep up my sleeveI can walk the ocean floorAnd never have to breathe. Life doesn’t frighten me at allNot at allNot at all. Life doesn’t frighten me at all.

I’ve got a magic charm
That I keep up my sleeve
I can walk the ocean floor
And never have to breathe.
 
Life doesn’t frighten me at all
Not at all
Not at all.
 
Life doesn’t frighten me at all.

tagged → #maya angelou #basquiat
After the caps have been thrown, the champagne downed, the speeches sat through, grads of all ages and disciplines have one thing in common: the task of moving on. And to them we say, in addition to a hearty and sincere “congratulations!”: welcome to the desert of the real. Even if we’re talking about a kindergarten grad, and espcially if we’re talking about a new PhD, growing up and going onto something new is tough, but, luckily, there are plenty of books to help new diploma-holders successfully navigate whatever new terrain they find themselves on. Whether it’s learning how to cook with Joy of Cooking, finding comfort and inspiration in the speeches of famous authors such as Kurt Vonnegut & David Foster Wallace, or cutting to the chase with job guides, books will be your — or your grad’s — guide.
Complete list & ordering info here.

After the caps have been thrown, the champagne downed, the speeches sat through, grads of all ages and disciplines have one thing in common: the task of moving on. And to them we say, in addition to a hearty and sincere “congratulations!”: welcome to the desert of the real. Even if we’re talking about a kindergarten grad, and espcially if we’re talking about a new PhD, growing up and going onto something new is tough, but, luckily, there are plenty of books to help new diploma-holders successfully navigate whatever new terrain they find themselves on. Whether it’s learning how to cook with Joy of Cooking, finding comfort and inspiration in the speeches of famous authors such as Kurt Vonnegut & David Foster Wallace, or cutting to the chase with job guides, books will be your — or your grad’s — guide.

Complete list & ordering info here.

It’s that time again.

It’s that time again.

Where are you going this summer? Goin’ way out West, perhaps? The idea of the West has always loomed large in America’s collective imagination, as evidenced by everything from those mid-century genre films to the enormous Montana billboard ads you see all over town. But there’s a lot more to it than westerns & tourism, and some of it ain’t as pretty as the Grand Canyon. In recognition of America’s annual vacation-oriented trek West — and, more generally, in the role that the West has had and continues to have in forming our cultural identity — we put together a window featuring literature, art, and history coming from or centered around the West. You’ll find Native American writers like Sherman Alexie & Louise Erdrich, the journals of Lewis & Clark, James Crumley’s Western noir, and landscape art all shuffled together. Happy trails!

Ordering info/complete list here.

Where are you going this summer? Goin’ way out West, perhaps? The idea of the West has always loomed large in America’s collective imagination, as evidenced by everything from those mid-century genre films to the enormous Montana billboard ads you see all over town. But there’s a lot more to it than westerns & tourism, and some of it ain’t as pretty as the Grand Canyon. In recognition of America’s annual vacation-oriented trek West — and, more generally, in the role that the West has had and continues to have in forming our cultural identity — we put together a window featuring literature, art, and history coming from or centered around the West. You’ll find Native American writers like Sherman Alexie & Louise Erdrich, the journals of Lewis & Clark, James Crumley’s Western noir, and landscape art all shuffled together. Happy trails!

Ordering info/complete list here.

In the immortal words of Cyndi Lauper, “money changes everything.” In the words of Seminary Co-Op booksellers in May 2014, Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century changes everything. Seriously, we’ve sold over 150 copies of the game-changing new book on economics, and at over 800 pages and a high price tag, that’s pretty incredible. But, it’s not the only book to take a good hard look at the state of world financial affairs today. So, we put together a window of some of the other groundbreaking books that’ve come out recently, from Michael Lewis’s Flash Boys to Matt Taibi’s The Divide, still relevant classics from Marx and Smith, bookstore favorites like David Graeber’s Debt, and, of course, The Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmies.
Complete list/ordering info here.

In the immortal words of Cyndi Lauper, “money changes everything.” In the words of Seminary Co-Op booksellers in May 2014, Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century changes everything. Seriously, we’ve sold over 150 copies of the game-changing new book on economics, and at over 800 pages and a high price tag, that’s pretty incredible. But, it’s not the only book to take a good hard look at the state of world financial affairs today. So, we put together a window of some of the other groundbreaking books that’ve come out recently, from Michael Lewis’s Flash Boys to Matt Taibi’s The Divide, still relevant classics from Marx and Smith, bookstore favorites like David Graeber’s Debt, and, of course, The Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmies.

Complete list/ordering info here.

Here’s some Friday night ENTERTAINMENT! for ya:
Original Gang of Four members HUGO BURNHAM & DAVE ALLEN in conversation w/KEVIN DETTMAR, author of the new 33 1/3 book on GoF’s seminal album Entertainment!, at the Seminary Co-Op, Fri.  5/23 6pm
More info here

Here’s some Friday night ENTERTAINMENT! for ya:

Original Gang of Four members HUGO BURNHAM & DAVE ALLEN in conversation w/KEVIN DETTMAR, author of the new 33 1/3 book on GoF’s seminal album Entertainment!, at the Seminary Co-Op, Fri.  5/23 6pm

More info here

CAPITAL in the age of mechanical reproduction.
(yes, it’s in stock: http://www.semcoop.com/book/9780674430006)

CAPITAL in the age of mechanical reproduction.

(yes, it’s in stock: http://www.semcoop.com/book/9780674430006)

Our buddies down the street at Zaleski & Horvath have started doing this taco night thing every Friday & Saturday from 6-11pm. A BYOB policy, creative ingredients, great flavors, and proximity to our store all contributed to our enthusiasm for it, and started a bit of a taco/Mexican/Latin American/Spanish fever around here. Thus, we put together a window of cookbooks, Spanish language literature, and kids’ books centered around Spanish and Hispanic culture and cuisine. Then, Z&H agreed to give away a taco to every customer who buys Devil’s Snake Curve after author Josh Ostergaard’s talk here on Friday 5/16, so that’s in there too. Don’t ask what the connection is, just celebrate the fact that, around here, libros y tacos go together.

Order the books: http://www.semcoop.com/tacos-y-libros

Our buddies down the street at Zaleski & Horvath have started doing this taco night thing every Friday & Saturday from 6-11pm. A BYOB policy, creative ingredients, great flavors, and proximity to our store all contributed to our enthusiasm for it, and started a bit of a taco/Mexican/Latin American/Spanish fever around here. Thus, we put together a window of cookbooks, Spanish language literature, and kids’ books centered around Spanish and Hispanic culture and cuisine. Then, Z&H agreed to give away a taco to every customer who buys Devil’s Snake Curve after author Josh Ostergaard’s talk here on Friday 5/16, so that’s in there too. Don’t ask what the connection is, just celebrate the fact that, around here, libros y tacos go together.

Order the books: http://www.semcoop.com/tacos-y-libros

Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
By Roz Chast

A graphic memoir for the New Yorker set; funny, sad, enlightening, & touching, Chast is a triple threat: illustrator, writer & truth teller. This time she writes about her parents & her care for them in the last stages of their lives.After 11 years of not going home again, Chast visits her parents (George & Elizabeth) when they’re well into their 90s. The Brooklyn apartment they’ve inhabited for the last 40 years is as broken down as their bodies… Chast begins to visit more often & eventually moves her parents to an assisted living facility close to her in Connecticut.
Chast draws & writes of looking after a domineering mother & a meek father, watching them deteriorate before her eyes. She deals with George & Elizabeth’s many falls, dementia, annoying habits & lots & lots of paperwork.
This work is a beautiful expression of the daughter/parent relationship, warts & all. Chast’s parents die two years apart, and CAN’T WE TALK… is a poignant telling of care, sacrifice, and letting go.
Order it here: http://www.semcoop.com/book/9781608198061

Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

By Roz Chast

A graphic memoir for the New Yorker set; funny, sad, enlightening, & touching, Chast is a triple threat: illustrator, writer & truth teller. This time she writes about her parents & her care for them in the last stages of their lives.

After 11 years of not going home again, Chast visits her parents (George & Elizabeth) when they’re well into their 90s. The Brooklyn apartment they’ve inhabited for the last 40 years is as broken down as their bodies… Chast begins to visit more often & eventually moves her parents to an assisted living facility close to her in Connecticut.
Chast draws & writes of looking after a domineering mother & a meek father, watching them deteriorate before her eyes. She deals with George & Elizabeth’s many falls, dementia, annoying habits & lots & lots of paperwork.

This work is a beautiful expression of the daughter/parent relationship, warts & all. Chast’s parents die two years apart, and CAN’T WE TALK… is a poignant telling of care, sacrifice, and letting go.

Order it here: http://www.semcoop.com/book/9781608198061