DECEMBER 7th: Song of the Fool: On the Road with Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers

This event will take place on Sunday, December 7th at 2:00pm.

DECEMBER 13th: Jessie Ann Foley, author of The Carnival at Bray

This event will take place on Saturday, December 13th at 5 pm.

DECEMBER 14th: Weekend Readers Book Club, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

This event will take place on Sun., December 14th at 3pm.

A Book Under Every Tree

"One can never have enough socks," said Dumbledore.  "Another

Christmas has come and gone and I didn't get a single pair.  People

will insist on giving me books."

--Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 

We confess: we buy books for Dumbledore, too.  If you're like us and prefer giving books, why not stop by City Lit?  We have loads of titles in store; we can special order most books for you (and have them in 2 or 3 days!); and we can recommend great reads for the most stubborn people on your shopping list.  Every bookseller here has personal favorites, and we have a gift guide containing all our favorite 2014 releases.  We've also enjoyed browsing this year's New York Times' 100 Notable Books.  Most of their favorites are in stock at City Lit, and we can share our own opinions about them, too!  Check out some of their favorites below (then stop by to see them in person):

Book List
$15.00
ISBN-13: 9781555976712
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Graywolf Press, 4/2014

$26.00
ISBN-13: 9780374118587
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 4/2014

Bark: Stories (Paperback)

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780307740861
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Vintage, 10/2014

$28.00
ISBN-13: 9781608198061
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Bloomsbury USA, 5/2014

Small Business Saturday, Small Business Shopping

After your Thanksgiving food coma comes Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  Don't forget the "holiday" inbetween: Small Business Saturday!  We've prepared our 2014 Gift Guide, and we're ready to steer you towards some awesome purchases.  We have books for everyone on your list.  Seriously.  Even that person who swears they don't read.  We also have staff picks all over the store, so you won't want for suggestions.  To give you a head start, here are some of our favorite titles from 2014.

Book List
$24.95
ISBN-13: 9780385353304
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Knopf, 9/2014

$28.00
ISBN-13: 9780812994995
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Random House, 10/2014

Ruby (Hardcover)

$25.00
ISBN-13: 9780804139090
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Hogarth, 4/2014

An Age of License (Paperback)

$19.99
ISBN-13: 9781606997680
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Fantagraphics Books, 9/2014

$35.00
ISBN-13: 9780374261177
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: FSG Originals, 11/2014

Love us? Vote for us!

 

We just got nominated for Time Out Chicago's "Love Chicago Awards," and we couldn't be more thrilled!  If you love City Lit, we'd love to have you vote for us!  It's very quick and clickable.  Promise.  If you visit the voting site, make sure to select "Northwest Side" as your neighborhood, and you'll find us listed under "Shops."  We wouldn't have received a nomination without your support, so we already feel like big winners!

Voting is open until November 11th.  Winners will be announced the week of December 4th.  Thanks for your love! 

 

Grab a hot cider, a blanket, and a scary book.

If you've been in the store lately, you'll have seen our Halloween-themed table.  We have all our favorite creepy reads out on display.  In case you didn't see it, or haven't visited City Lit in awhile, we're posting some scary books on our website.  When you want to get the shivers, grab one of these titles and prepare to be spooked!

Book List

Horns (Paperback)

$15.99
ISBN-13: 9780061147968
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks, 3/2011
This is the perfect time to introduce yourself to Joe Hill. Not only is "Horns" an awesome book--it's also coming out as a movie (which is supposed to be fantastic). If you didn't know, Joe Hill is Stephen King's son. Scary is in his blood.

Bird Box (Hardcover)

$25.99
ISBN-13: 9780062259653
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Ecco Press, 5/2014
We're sort of biased, because Josh Malerman came to City Lit for a truly amazing event. But "Bird Box" should be on your Halloween reading list regardless. It's creative, well-written, and incredibly spooky.

$24.95
ISBN-13: 9780393240238
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 9/2014
If you're looking for non-fiction, check out this new book from Caitlin Doughty. “Alternately heartbreaking and hilarious, fascinating and freaky, vivid and morbid, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes is witty, sharply drawn, and deeply moving. Like a poisonous cocktail, Caitlin Doughty's memoir intoxicates and enchants even as it encourages you to embrace oblivion; she breathes life into death.” (Dodai Stewart, deputy editor of Jezebel.com)

$22.00
ISBN-13: 9780143122357
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Penguin Classics Hardcover, 9/2013
People who go ghost-hunting deserve what they get, right? They certainly get what's coming to them in Shirley Jackson's novel. "The Haunting of Hill House" is a classic ghost-story that still has the power to scare the daylights out of you.

$9.99
ISBN-13: 9781492605799
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 8/2014
Okay, this one's not exactly scary. But it's a fun way to celebrate Halloween with your kiddos! Enjoy ghosts and witches flying across the Chicago skyline.