Monthly Archive for April, 2018

2nd Annual #MyChicagoBookstore Crawl on 4/28

Apr
28
11:00 am

Don’t miss the Second Annual Indie Bookstore Crawl, actually called the #MyChicagoBookstore Challenge, on Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 28, 2018 

Chicagoland continues to prove itself to be the dream destination for book lovers and readers of all ages! More than two dozen independent bookstores in the greater Chicago area—from Lake Forest to Beverly, and Naperville to Andersonville—are collaborating on a second annual #MyChicagoBookstore Challenge, which encourages book lovers to indulge in bookstore tourism by visiting 10 or more stores in a single day.    

 

The annual challenge is being held again on Independent Bookstore Day (IBD), which is a one-day national party celebrating indie book stores on the last Saturday in April. Each store creates its own unique events—including guest authors, special kids’ story times, readings, contests, giveaways, and special sales.

 

To begin their trip, readers can pick up a #MyChicagoBookstore passport and their first stamp with an initial purchase of $25 or more from the store of their choice. 

Additional bookstore visits throughout the day (no purchase required) enable them to collect an additional stamp at each subsequent bookstore. The payoff comes for visits at the following levels:

  • Visit TEN stores and get 10% off at all bookstores listed below for the ENTIRE YEAR!
  • Visit FIFTEEN stores and get 15% off at all bookstores listed below for the ENTIRE YEAR!

Also, readers are encouraged to post a snapshot of themselves and their Independent Bookstore Day haul on Instagram (#CHIBD18) or Twitter (#CHIBD18 or @chibookstore)

 

The #MyChicagoBookstore Challenge is being sponsored by the Chicagoland Independent Bookstore Allliance (ChIBA), an association formed in 2016 to raise awareness about the vitality of the area’s indie stores. ChIBA also maintains a Facebook page—#MyChicagoBookstore—where Chicago area bookstores post information about the readings and other literary events they host, acting as a central “billboard” for literary culture in the greater Chicago area.

The 27 participating stores are:

Quimby’s Bookstore, 1854 W. North Ave., Chicago 60622 / 773.342.0910 / quimbys.com / Quimby’s specializes in small press zines, books, comics and ephemera, favoring the unusual and the aberrant.

57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St., Chicago 60637  / 773.684.1300 / semcoop.com / The South Side’s neighborhood bookstore since 1983, 57th Street Books houses a substantial selection of general interest titles, including kids’ books, popular fiction, cookbooks, sci-fi, and mysteries.

Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, 824 W. Superior St., Suite 100, Chicago 60042 / Open since 1933 and home of AuthorsVoice.net.

Anderson’s Bookshops / Selling books independently since 1875 / andersonsbookshop.com

Downers Grove  / 5112 Main St., Downers Grove 60515 / 630.963.2665

La Grange / 26 S. La Grange Rd., La Grange 60525 / 708.582.6353

Naperville / 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville 60540 / 630.355.2665

The Book Bin, 151 Church St., Northbrook 60062 / 847.498.4999 / bookbinnorthbrook.com / This 45-year-old iconic Northbrook bookstore is renowned for its friendly, personalized service. Not a superstore—just a super store!

The Book Cellar, 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 60625 / 773.293.2665 / bookcellarinc.com / Your Independent Book Store in Lincoln Square!

The Book Stall at Chestnut Court, 811 Elm St., Winnetka 60093 / 847.446.8880 / thebookstall.com / At The Book Stall you get great reviews, sage advice and recommendations, and personalized service for all ages and interests. If you love books, look no further than an indie store!

The Book Table, 1045 Lake St., Oak Park 60301 / 708.386.9800 / booktable.net / We are a fiercely independent, discount new and used bookstore in downtown Oak Park. 

Bookends & Beginnings, 1712 Sherman Ave., Alley #1, Evanston 60201 / 224.999.7722 / bookendsandbeginnings.com / Cozy eclectic store nestled in an alley in the heart of Evanston. New & used books, gifts, outstanding cookbook section, kids’ books in 28 foreign languages.

Bookie’s, 10324 S. Western Ave., Chicago 60643 / 773.239.1110 / bookieschicago.com / Now in its new, expanded location, Bookie’s has been providing books and gifts to readers of all ages on the South Side for over 28 years.

Centuries and Sleuths, 7419 Madison St., Forest Park 60130 / 708.771.7243 / centuriesandsleuths.com / We have what you want, though you may not know you want it.

City Lit Books, 2523 N. Kedzie Blvd., Chicago / 773.235.2523 / citylitbooks.com / Located in the heart of Logan Square, City Lit is a literary hot spot thanks to its well-curated selections of fiction, non-fiction, science fiction and children’s books, along with its rotating calendar of author events and book clubs. 

The Dial Bookshop, 410 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 210, Chicago 60605 / hello@dialbookshop.com / dialbookshop.com / The Dial is a used and new bookshop located on the second floor of Chicago’s historic Fine Arts Building on Michigan Ave, overlooking Grant Park. 

Lake Forest Book Store, 662 N. Western Ave., Lake Forest 60045 / lakeforestbookstore.com / 847-234-4420 

Magic Tree Bookstore,141 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park 60301 / 708.848.0770 / magictreebooks.com / The Magic Tree Bookstore: your locally owned, indie bookstore since 1984. Board books to YA, games to adult fiction–we have what your brain needs.

Open Books (two stores)

Pilsen, 905 W. 19th St., Chicago 60608 / 312.243.9776 / open-books.org/shop/open-books-pilsen 

West Loop, 651 W. Lake St., Chicago 60661 / 312.475.1355, x100 / westloop@open-books.org / Open Books is a nonprofit community bookstore that transforms lives through reading, writing, and the UNLIMITED power of used books. 

Pilsen Community Books, 1102 W. 18th St, Chicago 60608 / hello@pilsenbooks.org / pilsencommunitybooks.org / A used and new community bookstore in Pilsen. Proceeds help us buy books for classrooms in Pilsen and surrounding neighborhoods. 

Powell’s Books Chicago, 1501 E. 57th St., Chicago 60637 / 773.955.7780 / powellschicago.com / Since 1970, Powell’s has offered the best used and bargain books–all 20 to 80% off retail. Located in Hyde Park, 3 blocks west of the Museum of Science and Industry.

Read It & Eat, 2142 N. Halsted St., Chicago 60614 / 773.661.6158 / readitandeatstore.com / Chicago’s destination for culinary books and experiences.

RoscoeBooks, 2142 W. Roscoe St., Chicago 60618 / 773.857.2676 / roscoebooks.com / RoscoeBooks is a neighborhood independent bookstore for kids and adults who love books and love to read. 

Sandmeyer’s Bookstore, 714 S. Dearborn St., Chicago 60605 / 312.922.2104 / sandmeyersbookstore.com / Family owned and operated, Sandmeyer’s Bookstore in historic Printing House Row has offered the finest selection of books since 1982.

Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago 60637 / 773.752.4381 / semcoop.com / Widely regarded as one of the best academic bookstores in the world, the Co-op is located on the University of Chicago campus (next door to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House) and has acted as an epicenter of cultural and intellectual life in Hyde Park since 1961.

Volumes Bookcafe, 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 60622 / 773.697.8066 / volumesbooks.com / Hybrid bookstore/cafe catering to all of your boozy + caffeine needs amid a busy & eclectic neighborhood. 

Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. and 826CHI, 1276 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 60622 / 773.772.8108 / secretagentsupply.com / We encourage the exploration of endless possibility through the power of writing. Sales support 826CHI’s free programs for Chicago students.

Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., Chicago 60640 / 773.769.9299 / womenandchildrenfirst.com / Chicago’s feminist bookstore since 1979, we are as political as we are literary.

#bookstoreday and @indiebookstoreday #ShopWhereYouAre #MyChicagoBookstore #CHIBD18 @chibookstore

Here’s the Facebook event thingy for this!

Here’s a link to the #chibd18 Map so you can plan your trip! 

Art by Meera Lee Patel, author of Made Out of Stars, My Friend Fear: Finding Magic in the Unknown and Start Where You Are.

New Stuff This Week

Goblinko patches, stickers & wrapping paper!

The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death, Decay, and Disaster by Sarah Krasnostein $26.99 – Remember Harvey Keitel in Pulp Fiction? Pankhurst is like that. But before she was a trauma cleaner, Sandra Pankhurst was many things: husband and father, drag queen, gender reassignment patient, sex worker, small businesswoman, trophy wife. . . But as a little boy, raised in violence and excluded from the family home, she just wanted to belong. Now she believes her clients deserve no less. A woman who sleeps among garbage she has not put out for forty years. A man who bled quietly to death in his living room. A woman who lives with rats, random debris and terrified delusion. The still life of a home vacated by accidental overdose.

Zines

Chickfactor #18 $15 – Issue #18 is here of the legendary indie nerd fanzine edited by Gail O’Hara, who cofounded CF with Pam Berry in 1992 (yes, Belle & Sebastian wrote a song about it). This issue features big, fun interviews with Kendra Smith, The Softies, Alvvays, Lindy Morrison & Amanda Brown (The Go-Betweens), Girl Ray, Frances McKee (the Vaselines), Gerard Love (Teenage Fanclub, Lightships), Governess, Marisa Anderson, Tanita Tikaram, A Jukebox Jury with Kathy Foster, Rebecca Cole & Joanna Bolme; and the usual polls, loads of reviews & other stuff!

Awesome Things #2 by Liz Mason $3 – A continuation of the list all things awesome: Einstein-Rosen bridges, loop libraries, nudging the cat’s belly so it pendulum swings, or co-worker quotes like, “That guy seems like a warlock. Not like a cool warlock. Like an alcoholic warlock.”

Old Haunts #1 by Dan B $2

Chomp #5 A Hard Man is Good to Find $15

Inspect Connection $5

Trauma Is Really Strange by Steve Haines, art by Sophie Standing $13

Rick Astley Zine by Allison Felus $3 – Allison decontructs “Never Gonna Give You Up” and the Stock Aitken Waterman production team behind a few of Astley’s hits, and includes a testament in personal defense of his oeuvre (for the first two albums anyway). Rickroll this zine into your life. You had to know someone was going to make that joke, right? -LM

Punk Around #1 Nizhny Life $3

Comics & Minis

Moonlight by Cole Johnson $5 – Delicious fragments and tidbits of an artist’s life, or anyone’s life really. Each strip possesses a magical, pensive nostalgia full of familiarity and mystery all at once. It’s easy to get swept away in the dreamlike narratives Johnson weaves for us. ~CH

Revolution Channel #1 Towers on the Moon by Erik Thompson $10

Phantasmagoria by Rafael Huerta $10

Black Bean Zine #0 by Simone Simone $1

Malcolm-10 by Turtel Onli $2

Migratory Patterns by Kane Shirley $10

Exes #1 Comics by Dave K and Cole J $2

Isle of Flotsam #2 by Caleb $3

Moments of Adventure #1 & #2 by Colin Mathieson $4.95 each

Just Encased vol 1 $7

Graphic Novels

R. Crumb Sketchbook Jan 1975-Dec 1982 (Taschen) $40 – Combines volumes 5 and 6 from the second R. Crumb Sketchbook boxed set. 444 pages about his move to CA, his marriage to Aline, birth of his daughter, further adventures of Mr. Natural, mischievous Snoids, Arcade comics strips and more!

The Art of Edena by Moebius (Dark Horse) $34.99 – A companion to the World of Edena graphic novel, this collects four fantastic Edena-related short stories and a motherlode of Moebius illustrations.

Big Planet Comics Red anthology (Big Planet/Retrofit) $6 – Anthology featuring artists from or working in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia, such as Robin Ha, Jared Morgan & more.

The Hookah Girl: And Other True Stories by Marguerite Dabaie (Rosarium Publishing) $6.95 – Semi-autobio of a childhood as a Christian Palestinian in America.

Dark Garbage by Jon Michael Frank $15

Forward by Lisa Maas (Arsenal Pulp) $18.95 – Two women, both of whom are unable to move “forward” and put the pieces of their lives back together.

Prisoner 155 Simon Radowitzky by Agustin Comotto (AK Press) $ 26 – The first English-language book devoted solely to the Ukranian expat, assassin, prisoner, and Spanish Revolution veteran, who died a factory worker in Mexico City.

Lucy & Andy Neanderthal: The Stone Cold Age 2 by Jeffrey Brown $7.99 – Paleo pranks between neanderthal siblings!

The Bridge: How the Roeblings Connected Brooklyn to New York by Peter J. Tomasi $24.99 – Would you jump off a bridge if we told you to? Perhaps the Brooklyn Bridge? Would you buy this book about the making of it?

Algeria Is Beautiful Like America by Olivia Burton $24.99

Politics & Revolution Books

May Made Me: An Oral History of the 1968 Uprising in France by Mitchell Abidor (AK Press) $20

Outer Limits

How to Swear: An Illustrated Guide by Stephen Wildish $14.95 – Fuck yeah! This visual guide to this fine art employs quick-read charts, diagrams, explications and strategies while offering guidance, history and etymology, quips, insults, answers to lingering questions, and much more.

Fiction

The Disco Days Trilogy books by by David F. Ross – Adventures about music in Scotland in the 80s and 90s.

Lit Journals & Poetry

McSweeney’s 52: In Their Faces a Landmark: Stories of Movement and Displacement edited by Nyuol Lueth Tong $26

Breakbeat Poets vol 2: Black Girl Magic edited by Mahogany L. Browne, Idrissa Simmonds & Jamila Woods (Haymarket) $19.95 – Anthology to celebrate and canonize the words of Black women across the diaspora.

Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet #37 $5 – New issue of the occasional outburst of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and chocolate.

Paper Darts vol 7 $20

Mags
RFD #173 Spr 18 First Time $11.95
Taproot #26 Heal $12

Local Interest

West by Southwest to Stickney: Draining the Central Area and Exorcising Clout by Richard Lanyom (Lake Claremont Press) $21.95

Chris Robé Presents Breaking the Spell: A History of Anarchist Filmmakers, Videotape Guerrillas, and Digital Ninjas 5/12

May
12
7:00 pm

Don’t miss this event! Saturday, May 12th Chris Robé presents Breaking the Spell: A History of Anarchist Filmmakers, Videotape Guerrillas, and Digital Ninjas with film clips and discussion at Quimby’s.

Breaking the Spell offers the first full-length study that charts the historical trajectory of anarchist-inflected video activism from the late 1960s to the present.  Robé fills in historical gaps by bringing to light unexplored video activist groups like the Cascadia Forest Defenders, eco-video activists from Oregon; Mobile Voices, Latino day laborers; and Outta Your Backpack Media, indigenous youth from the Southwest. Chris’s groundbreaking discussion deepens our understanding of more well-researched video activist movements by situating them within a longer history and wider context of radical video activism. Chris will show archival film clips and discuss their historical significance. The book is published by PM Press

“Christopher Robé’s meticulously researched Breaking the Spell is an invaluable guide to the contemporary anarchist media landscape that will prove useful for activists as well as scholars.” —Richard Porton, author of Film and the Anarchist Imagination

Breaking the Spell is a highly readable history of U.S. activism against neoliberal capitalism from the perspective of “Anarchist Filmmakers, Videotape Guerrillas, and Digital Ninjas,” the subtitle of the book.

—Dorothy Kidd. Professor and Chair, Department of Media Studies, University of San Francisco

Chris Robé is an associate professor in Film and Media Studies at Florida Atlantic University. He has published essays on radical media in journals like Jump Cut, Rethinking Marxism, and Journal of Film and Video and written a monograph titled Left of Hollywood: Cinema, Modernism, and the Emergence of U.S. Radical Film Culture. He is also a frequent contributor to the online journal PopMatters.

For more info:

Facebook Event Invite for this event.

on Chris Robe and the book: http://www.pmpress.org/content/article.php/ChrisRobe

Contact the author at  crobe@fau.edu or Steven at PM Press steven@pmpress.org

This book on Quimazon!

Free event.

New Stuff This Week

Pansy Beat by Michael Economy & friends (KrimsKrams Island LLC ) $35 . . Pansy Beat was a short-lived fanzine published by Michael Economy in New York from 1989 to 1990, totaling five quarterly issues. Each issue’s 50-some black-and-white pages documented the exuberant downtown gay and drag club scene of that era and included one free condom. The zine offered a glimpse into an exhilarating alternative universe during the darkest years of the AIDS crisis. Interviews profiled downtown personalities on the verge of global stardom, many still working to this day. Artists such as Lady Bunny, Billy Erb, Connie Fleming, Kenny Kenny, Lady Miss Kier and Larry Tee first shared their memorable selves in print on the pages of Pansy Beat. The zine also featured interviews with Edwige Belmore, Leigh Bowery and Quentin Crisp. This book celebrates Pansy Beat’s brief but influential life, including a reprinting of all five issues in their original format, previously unseen photographs by staff photographer Michael Fazakerley, new full-color artwork by some of the original contributors, plus new essays and interviews. . . #pansybeat #fanzine #zinecollection #quimbys #quimbysbookstore #quimbysbookstorechicago

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Pansy Beat by Michael Economy & friends (KrimsKrams Island LLC ) $35

Reefer Madness, edited by Crag Yoe (Dark Horse) $19.99 – Degradation! Crime! Madness! Hysteria surrounded marijuana as a perceived gateway drug from the 1930’s to the 1950’s and beyond. Adventure Comics, by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, and works by Frank Frazetta, Jerry Robinson, Jack Kirby, and many more, reveal the social reaction to this era of “Reefer Madness”. Like the anti-drug propaganda film, these stories range from comically misinformed to soberly concerned about the influence of Mary Jane on the youth of America. Eisner and Harvey Award winner Craig Yoe brings us his newest collection of wacky, wild, and culturally relevant comics. See how marijuana was perceived in the days of ignorance before it was legalized by the visionary people of Oregon, Washington, and Colorado! See marijuana demonized as a “Satan’s cigarettes” in 1950’s comics!

Zines

Pound the Pavement #18 God Bless Graffiti Coalition by Josh MacPhee and Daniel Tucker $6 – Essays and information on the legality/criminality of graffiti, Graffiti as civic engagement & more!

Penises Are Confusing #36 $2.50

Welcome to Magnum Pleasure #7 $2.50

Mantid Mania #1 Origins by Mike Smith $5

Dave Zine #14 Davezine the Bad Roommates Issue by David G. Cookson $4

Comics & Minis

Laskimooses #40 Here Comes Trouble by Tohori Matti Hagelbergin $7

Three Loops by JJ McLuckie $10

Star Beasts #1 The Mighty Menace by Stephanie Young & Allison Lassiter $7

Graphic Novels

Your Black Friend and Other Strangers by Ben Passmore (Silver Sprocket) $20

Head Lopper Volume 2: Head Lopper and the Crimson Tower by Andrew MacLean & friends $16.99

Copra Round 5 by Michel Fiffe (Bergen Street Press) $21.95

Paper Girls Volume 4 by Brian K Vaughan & friends $14.99

Stripburger #70 Twenty Five Years $10

Art & Design

Metamorphosis by Tavar Zawacki (Urban Spree Books) $39.95 – He took the world by storm with his iconic ABOVE arrow icon, painting in over 100 different cities spanning 50 countries across the globe.

Desperately Seeking Banksy by Ian Castello-Cortes (Gingko Press) $16.95 – Streamlined for the casual Banksy fan. Features 2017s Bridge Farm Primary School and The Walled Off Hotel, as well as up-to-the-minute artwork selection.

Skateboarding Is Not a Fashion: The Illustrated History of Skateboard Apparel by Jurgen Blumlein, Dirk Vogel & Cap10 (Gingko Press) $59.95 – Neither it is a crime! Hang Ten, Jams, Vans, Jimmy’Z — it’s all here. Original commentary from designers, company founders, and pro skateboarders who have defined skateboarding’s look for entire generations. Comments from Stacy Peralta, Lance Mountain, Tony Alva, Steve Caballero, and many more, talking about safety gear ranging from helmets to kneepads and gloves, not to mention accessories such as bags.

Handstyle Lettering: From Calligraphy to Typography by Victionary (Gingko Press) $35

Blank State: An Architectural Coloring Book by Fundamental.berlin (Gingko Press) $14.95

Store Front II (Mini): A History Preserved: The Disappearing Face of New York by Karla L Murray and James T Murray (Gingko Press) $29.95

Mayhem & Outer Limits

The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple by Jeff Guinn $17

The Phantom Atlas: The Greatest Myths, Lies and Blunders on Maps by Edward Brooke-Hitching $29.95 – This richly illustrated book shows a world of ghost islands, invisible mountain ranges, mythical civilizations, ship-wrecking beasts, and other fictitious features introduced on maps and atlases. A cartographical beauty!

Does It Fart?: The Definitive Field Guide to Animal Flatulence by Nick Caruso & Dani Rabaiotti, illustrated by Ethan Kocak $15

What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves by Benjamin K. Bergen $16.99

Secret Chicago: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure by Jessica Mlinaric (Reedy Press) $20.95

A People’s History of Civilization by John Zerzan (Feral House) $13 – Essays ranging from the beginning of civilization to today’s general crisis.

Magazines

True Detective Mar 18 $9.99
Fortean Times #364 $12.50
Earth First vol 37 #4 $6.95

Sexxxy

Meat #26 $14

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