JULY 16TH: Rebecca Rotert, author of Last Night at the Blue Angel, in conversation with Elizabeth Taylor

This event will take place on Wednesday, July 16 at 6:30 at City Lit Books. 

JULY 17TH: Laura Postma, author of I am Warhol

This event will take place on Thursday, July 17th at 6:30 at City Lit Books. 

JULY 26TH: Brian Benson, Author of Going Somewhere

This event will take place on Saturday, July 26 at 5:00 at City Lit Books.  

It's Official...

As I'm sure you're all actively following, this Saturday is Chicago's first annual Independent Bookstore Day! With nine bookstores around Chicago participating in giveaways, book signings, and other special events unique to each store, it's bound to be a blast. 

We were excited enough knowing that our faithful Logan Squarers and Chicagoans would take note and take part. But just the other day, we received some pretty exciting news...

Chicago's own Rahm Emanuel declared that July 12, 2014 is OFFICIALLY Chicago Independent Bookstore Day in Chicago! Not only that, he namedropped us in his Proclamation! Whether or not this will translate to a citywide holiday with businesses and schools closing, we'll keep you posted...

 

 PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, books were spawned by the evolution of the act of transcription and written language in pursuit of greater communication, which can be traced to ancient civilization; and 

WHEREAS, the birth of books forever changed the course of history, fortifying culture by exchanging ideas and increasing scholarship, and bolstering communication amongst people the world over; and

WHEREAS, the independent bookstore has long played an indelible role alongside libraries in offering unique collections and volumes, and rare editions and assorted subjects to every reader’s predilection; and

WHEREAS, the availability of multifarious varieties of books has long been one of the hallmarks of an advancing, evolving society; and

WHEREAS, often times, it is the independent bookstore’s intimate setting and warm, knowledgeable staff that sets it apart from other institutions; and

WHEREAS, the City of Chicago is home to a number of these cultural and community gems, many of which, boast families or groups, or circles of lifelong resident-customers in and around the historic Hyde Park, Lincoln Square, Logan Square, Downtown, Printer’s Row, Lakeview, and Andersonville neighborhoods; and

WHEREAS, 57th Street Books, the Book Cellar, City Lit Books, Open Books, Powell’s Bookstore, Sandemeyer’s, Seminary Co-Op, Unabridged Books, and Women and Children First continue to advance Chicago’s literary palate all while satisfying its diverse intellectual cravings; and

WHEREAS, each of these independent book stores will mark Saturday, July 12, 2014 with very special activities to celebrate their enduring presence and invaluable cultural standing in and around Chicagoland:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RAHM EMANUEL, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO, do hereby proclaim July 12, 2014 to be CHICAGO INDEPENDENT BOOK STORE DAY IN CHICAGO and urge all Chicagoans to take part in this auspicious day in recognition of a stories tradition of literature, language, and learning in our city. 

Dated this 8th day of July, 2014. 

Signed,

Rahm Emanuel

Mayor

 


Chicago Independent Bookstore Day

 THE FIRST ANNUAL CHICAGO INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY!

City Lit Books is participating in the First Annual Chicago Independent Bookstore Day on July 12, 2014. Nine Chicago independent bookstores are teaming up to create this event. To encourage Chicago readers to visit their own neighborhood store as well as the other unique stores in different neighborhoods—from Hyde Park to Logan Square to Andersonville—indie stores are offering special deals, free books, and refreshments. Customers will also receive a handful of puzzle pieces from each participating store that will fit together to create an exclusively designed frameable print by Lilli Carré.

City Lit will feature a number of our own events on Saturday July, 12, 2014. 

10:30 Storytime with Miss Irica

12:00 Signing and samples with Martha Bayne, author of the Soup & Bread Cookbook

5:00 Curbside Spendlor Publishing Author Readings and Giveaways

 

All day long, City Lit will be having a sidewalk sale. So drop in, pick up a book from the sidewalk, catch a song with Miss Irica, and eat something delicious with Martha Bayne! And check out our fellow Chicago booksellers all weekend long! 

 

 

We're Famous!


THE IMPORTANCE OF A GREAT BEACH READ... 
You know that we're excited for the start of summer... great weather, great Logan Square activities, and, of course...GREAT BOOKS.
 
We at City Lit love summer reads so much that Chicago took notice!
 
Check us out on Racked.com this week where our City Lit staffers chat about their favorite beach reads. A mixture of sci-fi, mystery, and YA...I promise you WON'T be able to put these books down!
 
Let us choose your next great read. Sand and Sun optional (but encouraged!).
 
 
 

BYO Book Slam

07/10/2014 6:30 pm
CITY LIT BOOKS PRESENTS OUR FIRST ANNUAL BYOBOOK SLAM 
Whether you're dying to tell someone about the best.book.ever, or you're looking for your next favorite novel, Book Slam is for you.  Join City Lit's booksellers as we try to convince you to pick up our favorite titles.  We'd also love to have you participate!  Bring your own favorite book and prepare to give a short spiel on the who-what-where-when-why.  We'll take turns showcasing our choices.  Hopefully we'll all walk away with a long list of books to read, and a new group of literary soulmates.

This month's topic: Beach Reads!
Bonus: It's BYO-book, BYO-bag, and BYO-beer.  Ease those nerves before your turn on stage!
 
   
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