Monthly Archive for April, 2019

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CZF 2019 Friday Event: Exhibitor Reading at Quimby’s, Zine Jeopardy at Cards Against Humanity Theater

May ’19
6:00 pm

On Friday night of #CZF2019, Chicago Zine Fest has two special events. The annual Exhibitor Reading will be here at Quimby’s Bookstore, Friday May 17th from 6-8pm. Zine creators share stories and comics from the pages of their publications. Hosted by Megan Kirby. Readers include David Alvarado, Julia Arredondo, Ed Blair, Eileen Chavez, Casey Goonan, Jonas, Jaclyn Miller, LizMarie Palomo, Leslie Perrine, Jami Sailor, and Alejandra Trigoso.

Afterwards head over to the Cards Against Humanity Theater (1551 W. Homer St) for Zine Jeopardy at 9pm. Chicago Zine Fest organizer Johnny Misfit will host and contestants John Porcellino, Julia Eff and Billy the Bunny will go head-to-head as we test their knowledge of all things zine.  More info about that here.

Quimby’s is proud to co-sponsor CZF and congratulates the festival for celebrating 10 years!  The Chicago Zine Fest is a celebration of small press and independent publishers, with an annual festival of workshops, events, and the big expo day where 250+ zinesters set up tables to sell and trade their zines. All the events are free and open to the public. CZF 2019 will be held May 16th, 17th, and 18th. More info at

Want the Facebook Event Invite for this special Friday double header? It’s here.


Art by Neil Brideau.

New Stuff This Week

Quimbys First Five Years, edietd by Steven Svmbersky $10


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Say it with style. Cards by @wolfman_books $4 each. #Quimbys #WolfmanBooks #blankcards #QuimbysBookstoreChicago #QuimbysBookstore

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Wolfman Books Blank Greeting Cards $4 each


Punk 2099 by Sterling Bartlett and Adam Villacin (Secret Headquarters) $6

Pink Lightning Zine by Reginald Pean (Secret Headquarters) $10

New issues of Says Who, $2 each: Kathleen Hanna, Banksy, Nina Simone, Audre Lorde, Che Guevara, Emma Goldman

Read All About It!: 10 Mini-Magazines to Make and Share by Kristyna Baczynski $17.99 – Pull-out zines with activity sheets.

Casting Bodies by Cameron Feeley $7


New comics by Bianca Xunise including: Diary of a Pink Wig $5, Worry Wort by Bianca Xunise $5 & more.

Parody the Platypus by Marc Crisafulli $2.50

Chatterbox by Rachel Bard $5

Nerd Jam #6 & #7 by Olivier Wilkie $5 each

Artifact Zine Formation Chapter One by Edman Andrew $4.50

Graphic Novels

When I Arrived at the Castle by Emily Carroll (Koyama Press) $15

The Scar: Graphic Reportage from the US – Mexico Border by Renato Chiocca & Andrea Ferraris (Fantagraphic Underground) $8

The Nib Magazine Issue Two: Family $14.95

Doll by Guy Colwell (Fantagraphic Underground) $30

Aurora Borealice by Joan Steacy (Conundrum) $20

MacDoodle St. by Mark Alan Stamaty $24.95

Beasts of Burden: Wise Dogs and Eldritch Men by Evan Dorkin & friends $22.99

The Adventures of Alexander Von Humboldt by Andrea Wulf & Lillian Melcher $29.95

Outer Limits

Inseparable: The Original Siamese Twins and Their Rendezvous With American History by Yunte Huang $16.95

Art & Design

Protest Stencil Toolkit, illustrated by Patrick Thomas $24.95

Music Books

Music To My Eyes by Dmitry Samarov (Tortoise Books) $29.99

My Riot: Agnostic Front, Grit, Guts & Glory by Roger Miret with Jon Wiederhorn $17

How Art Made Pop and Pop Became Art by Mike Roberts $39.95

Creative Quest by Questlove $18.99 – Now in soft cover.


Great Expectations by Kathy Acker $16

Hold Fast Your Crown by Yannick Haenel (Other Press) $17.99

Local Interest

City Cycling Chicago by Greg Borzo $9.95


Horror Hound #76 March & April 2019 $6.99

Hi Fructose #51 $8.95

Shindig #89 $13.99

Pop Magazine #40 $30.25

True Crime Special Spring 2019 $12.99

Lit Journals & Poetry

New Life #4 Correspondence $18

Halal If You Hear Me: BreakBeat Poets vol 3 ed. by Fatimah Asghar (Haymarket Books) $19.95

Build Yourself a Boat by Camonghne Felix (Haymarket Books) $16


Elska #22 Stockholm Sweden $20

Other Stuff

More patches and stickers from Goblinko and Secret Headquarters!

#ChiLoveBooks Challenge: Third Annual Independent Bookstore Day Crawl 4/27

Apr ’19
11:00 am

More than two dozen independent bookstores in the greater Chicago area—from Lake Forest to Beverly, and Naperville to the Loop—are collaborating on a third annual #ChiLoveBooks Challenge, which encourages book lovers to indulge in bookstore tourism by visiting 10 or more stores in a single day. Quimby’s is proud to participate.

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 #ChiLoveBooks 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 in one day and get 10% off at all bookstores listed below for an ENTIRE YEAR!
  • Visit FIFTEEN stores in one day and get 15% off at all bookstores listed below for an ENTIRE YEAR!  

Also, readers are encouraged to post a snapshot of themselves and their Independent Bookstore Day haul on #ChiLoveBooks.

The #ChiLoveBooks 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, and the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association (GLIBA).

“We are so lucky—Chicago has such a vibrant bookstore scene all year round. But Indie Bookstore Day is my favorite day of the year because of the #ChiLoveBooks Challenge! More than two dozen independent bookstores are participating again this year, and it’s so much fun for Chicago book lovers to zip around town, collecting stamps on their passports and getting cool book-ish swag. It’s such a great day!”—Lynn Mooney, co-owner, Women & Children First, Andersonville

Third Annual Indie Bookstore Crawl,
called the #
ChiLoveBooks Challenge,
on Independent Bookstore Day – Saturday, April 27th, 2019
Map of store locations here.

Facebook Event for the crawl here.

The 28 participating stores are:

Quimby’s Bookstore, 1854 W. North Ave., Chicago 60622 / 773.342.0910 /

57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St., Chicago 60637 / 773.684.1300 /

Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, Inc., 824 W. Superior St., Suite 100, Chicago 60642 / 312.944.3085 / and

Anderson’s Bookshops / : 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 /

The Book Cellar, 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 60625 / 773.293.2665 /

The Book Stall, 811 Elm St., Winnetka 60093 / 847.446.8880 /

The Book Table, 1045 Lake St., Oak Park 60301 / 708.386.9800 /

Bookends & Beginnings, 1712 Sherman Ave., Alley #1, Evanston 60201 / 224.999.7722 /

Bookie’s / : Beverly, Chicago / 10324 S. Western Ave., Chicago 60643 / 773.239.1110, Homewood / 2015 Ridge Road, Homewood 60430 / 708.377.0789

Centuries and Sleuths, 7419 Madison St., Forest Park 60130 / 708.771.7243 /

City Lit Books, 2523 N. Kedzie Blvd., Chicago / 773.235.2523 /

The Dial Bookshop, 410 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 210, Chicago 60605 /

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

Open Books / West Loop / 651 W. Lake St., Chicago 60661 / 312.475.1355, x100, Pilsen / 905 W. 19th St., Chicago 60608 / 312.243.9776 /

Pilsen Community Books, 1102 W. 18th St, Chicago 60608 /

Powell’s Books Chicago, 1501 E. 57th St., Chicago 60637 / 773.955.7780 /

Read It & Eat, 2142 N. Halsted St., Chicago 60614 / 773.661.6158 /

RoscoeBooks, 2142 W. Roscoe St., Chicago 60618 / 773.857.2676 /

The Rosenberg Bookshop at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., Chicago 60610 / 312.255.3520 /

Sandmeyer’s Bookstore, 714 S. Dearborn St., Chicago 60605 / 312.922.2104 /

Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago 60637 / 773.752.4381 /

Volumes Bookcafe, 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 60622 / 773.697.8066 /

Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. and 826CHI, 1276 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 60622 / 773.772.8108 /

Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., Chicago 60640 / 773.769.9299 /

CHIPRC’s Zine Club: Everything’s Gone Green Edition, at Quimby’s 4/23

Apr ’19
7:00 pm

Tuesday, April 23rd, 7pm

Here at Quimby’s, 1854 W. North Avenue in Wicker Park


Spring is a time when we honor all that our planet provides for us, so we’re celebrating the earth by exploring zines about going green in every sense of the phrase! This month at our book club-style event for people who read zines, we’ll be talking about our favorite titles that focus on nature, from plants and animals to outdoor adventures and climate justice. Zine newbies and longtime enthusiasts alike are welcome to join us for a fun discussion and snacks.

If you’d like to participate in our Mystery Zine Swap, bring a zine (concealed in some way) to trade with someone else on the spot!

This event is produced by Chicago Zine Fest organizer Cynthia E. Hanifin. Thank you to CZC member Anna Jo Beck for designing this month’s beautifully verdant flyer!

Here’s the Facebook Invite for this!