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.
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!
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!
September 21st-27th is Banned Books Week: an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. We're honoring intellectual freedom with our Banned Books Event on Friday, September 26th. We've invited local authors Esme Codell, Beatriz Badikian-Gartler, Kathleen Larkin, and Deirdre Harrison to come by City Lit and read passages from their favorite banned books. We'll also be showcasing local high school students who will read from banned books, and some live local music.
Banned Books Week is an important event, bringing attention to issues of censorship and freedom. However, we encourage you to read banned books all year long! Here are a few of our favorite frequently-challenged titles: