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Take the #MyChicagoBookstore Challenge on Independent Bookstore Day 4/29

Apr ’17
11:00 am

On Saturday, April 29th Quimby’s Bookstore, along with two dozen independent bookstores all over the Chicago area, are collaborating to make this year’s Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) an event that celebrates the vibrancy of Chicagoland as a dream destination for book lovers. Each store creates its own unique events and Quimby’s is no exception.

Quimby’s is celebrating IBD in two ways. First, we welcome co-authors Steven Nodine and Eric Beaumont will celebrate the release of Brick Through the Window: An Oral History of Punk Rock, New Wave & Noise in Milwaukee, 1964-1984, celebrating our midwest sister city Milwaukee (because hey, let’s show some major metropolises the love on this one-day party). More info on that event at 7pm here.

Secondly, Quimby’s will collaborate with at least 24 stores, jointly sponsoring the #MyChicagoBookstore Challenge, which encourages book lovers to indulge in bookstore tourism by visiting 10 or more stores on that one day.

To begin their trip, readers can pick up a #MyChicagoBookstore carabiner and their first “luggage tag” from the store of their choice (from any of the independent bookstores listed below) with an initial purchase of $25 or more. Get it? “Luggage Tag,” as in Chicago being a dream destination for book lovers? As in, where books take you, somewhere?! SO CLEVER.

Bookstore visits throughout the day (no purchase required) enable them to collect an additional tag 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, and enter to win more prizes!

On Instagram Use #CHIBD17

On Twitter: Use #CHIBD17 or @chibookstore

The #MyChicagoBookstore Challenge is being sponsored by the Chicagoland Independent Bookstore Allliance (ChIBA), an association formed last year to raise awareness about the vitality of the area’s indie stores. ChIBA also maintains a Facebook page–#MyChicagoBookstore—where all member stores can post readings and other literary events to create one central “billboard” for literary culture in the greater Chicago area.

#MyChicagoBookstore Luggage Tag Challenge Participating Stores:

Quimby’s Bookstore 1854 W. North Ave, Chicago

57th Street Books 1301 E. 57th St., Chicago

Anderson’s Bookshop (three stores): 5112 Main St., Downers Grove, 26 S. La Grange Rd., La Grange, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville

The Book Bin 151 Church St., Northbrook

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

The Book Stall Chestnut Court, 811 Elm St., Winnetka

The Book Table 1045 Lake St., Oak Park

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

Bookie’s 2419 W. 103rd St., Chicago

Centuries and Sleuths 7419 Madison St., Forest Park

Magic Tree Bookstore 141 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park

Newberry Library Bookshop 60 W. Walton St., Chicago

Open Books (two stores): 905 W. 19th St., Chicago (Pilsen), 651 W. Lake St., Chicago (West Loop)

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

Read It & Eat 2142 N. Halsted St., Chicago

RoscoeBooks 2142 W. Roscoe St., Chicago

Sandmeyer’s Bookstore 714 S. Dearborn St., Chicago

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

Volumes Bookcafe 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago

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

Women & Children First 5233 N. Clark St., Chicago

Quimby’s Welcomes the Authors of Brick Through the Window: An Oral History of Punk Rock, New Wave & Noise In Milwaukee 4/29

Apr ’17
7:00 pm

In late-1970s Milwaukee, a compact circle of locals drew from their city’s cultural heritage, as well as the examples of New York, London and Los Angeles, to embrace the new in the form of a dynamic punk rock scene.  Drawing on influences from 1960s garage rock and early ‘50s rock ‘n’ roll, Milwaukee punks created a formidable body of work.  A new book published by Brickboys/Splunge Communications, Inc., tells the story in the words of the pioneers and participants.

Brick Through the Window: An Oral History of Punk Rock, New Wave & Noise in Milwaukee, 1964-1984 chronicles a small number of people who made history in a setting that produced internationally recognized bands such as the Violent Femmes, Die Kreuzen, Plasticland and Oil Tasters. Original interviews with such visionaries as the late Mark Shurilla and Richard LaValliere tell stories of imagination, creativity, resourcefulness and sacrifice.  Compiled from hundreds of hours of interviews, Brick Through the Window brings vividly to life a short-lived period of creativity and excitement in a heartland American town that was home to a musical subculture more prolific and diverse than that of many larger cities.

And guess what? The last Saturday in April is Independent Bookstore Day (IBD), so enjoy it here with this extraordinary book! Click here for more info about taking the #MyChicagoBookstore challenge for an opportunity to get discounts on books!

For the men and women who created the world of music in Milwaukee, the most American of cities, this book is not just an important historical document; it’s critical.  Their story is told, and told well.  In interviews with the players, and fantastic photos, the adventures and misadventures are chronicled with more gusto than the beer that made Milwaukee famous.”  –Wayne Kramer, singer/guitarist/activist, founder, the MC5

Co-authors Steven Nodine and Eric Beaumont will celebrate the release of Brick Through the Window with a discussion and book signing, with recordings of music mentioned in the book.

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Invite your friends with the Facebook invite for this event!

Sat, April 29th, 7pm  –  Free Event

More info about Independent Bookstore Day here!