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There are 56 "Little Libraries" within 25 miles.

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430 South Michigan Avenue, Auditorium Building, 10th Floor, Chicago, IL 60605
Swedenborg Library (0.1 miles)
77 West Washington Street, Suite 1700, Chicago, IL 60602
50 West Washington Street, 29th Floor (Daley Center), Chicago, IL 60602
200 West Madison Street, 3rd Floor, Suite 336, Chicago, IL 60606
20 North Wacker Drive, Civic Opera Building, Suite 1776, Chicago, IL 60606
111 North State Street, Chicago, IL 60602
325 North Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60610
29 East Madison Street, Borchardt Learning Center, Chicago, IL 60602-4405
144 South Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60603
318 West Adams Street, 5th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606
65 East Wacker Place, 21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60601
233 South Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606
77 East Madison Street, Chicago, IL 60602
77 West Jackson Blvd., 16th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604
Poster Plus (0.4 miles)
30 E Adams Street, Suite 1150, Chicago, Illinois 60603
Multiple venues, Chicago, IL
Hudson Booksellers (0.4 miles)
500 West Madison Street, Chicago, IL 60661
18 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603
451 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60654
104 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603
225 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1300, Chicago, IL 60601
111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603
111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603
1 East Jackson Boulevard, 10th Floor (DePaul Center), Chicago, IL 60604
122 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603

Local events

Dec
20
The Mystery Discussion Group
Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, Saturday, December 20 at 2pm
Title: Twelve Clues of Christmas

Author: Rhys Bowen

She may be thirty-fifth in line for the throne, but Lady Georgiana Rannoch cannot wait to ring in the New Year—before a Christmas killer wrings another neck… On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—well, actually, my true love, Darcy O’Mara, is spending a feliz navidad tramping around South America. Meanwhile Mummy is holed up in a tiny village called Tiddleton-under-Lovey with that droll Noel Coward! And I’m snowed in at Castle Rannoch with my bumbling brother, Binky, and sourpuss sister-in-law, Fig. So it’s a miracle when I contrive to land a position as hostess to a posh holiday party in Tiddleton. The village is like something out of A Christmas Carol! But no sooner have I arrived than a neighborhood nuisance, a fellow named Freddie, falls out of a tree dead. On my second day, another so-called accident results in a death – and there’s yet another on my third. Perhaps a recent prison break could have something to do with it…that, or a long-standing witch’s curse. But after Darcy shows up beneath the mistletoe, anything could be possible in this wicked wonderland.

Includes an English Christmas companion, full of holiday recipes, games, and more!

Location: Street: 7419 Madison St. City: Forest Park, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60130-1502 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Dec
21
Authors Discussion & Signing: Alex Buckholder & John Hogan
Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, Sunday, December 21 at 2pm
This will be the second visit from Alex Buckholder and John Hogan to Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore for their latest book Forgotten Fires Of Chicago: The Lake Michigan Inferno and a Century of Flame .

Description:

Chicago's war against cinder, flame and smoke did not end with the Great Fire of 1871. That conflagration was only one engagement in a ceaseless and often unrecognized conflict, fought in the most unlikely places. In 1909, fire ripped through the dynamite room of a staging facility one and a half miles off the Lake Michigan shoreline, transforming the pipe-laying operation into a raging inferno. During the World's Columbian Exposition, thousands of fairgoers watched in horror as twelve firefighters were trapped in a blazing ice warehouse. An operagoer left a smoking bomb under his seat at the Auditorium Theater in 1917, and the newly invented smoke ejector arrived too late to save firemen and laborers cut off in a sewer in 1931. Join John Hogan and Alex Burkholder for the history of these forgotten fires and the heroes who fight them.

Location: Street: 7419 Madison St. City: Forest Park, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60130-1502 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Dec
22
Old St. Pat's Book Group
The Book Cellar, Monday, December 22 at 7pm
This month, Old St. Pat's Book Group meets to discuss Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay By Michael Chabon.

They will be meeting at a member's house for holiday celebrations!

Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
Dec
22
Sarah Ruhl
Women & Children First, Monday, December 22 at 7pm
7 p.m.

100 essays I don't have time to write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children, and Theater

Reading & Signing

Sarah Ruhl's plays include In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play (Pulitzer Prize finalist, Tony Award nominee), The Clean House (Pulitzer Prize finalist, winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize); Passion Play, a cycle; Dead Man's Cell Phone (winner of the Helen Hayes Award); and, most recently, Stage Kiss and Dear Elizabeth. She has been the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, the Helen Merrill Emerging Playwrights Award, the Whiting Writers' Award, the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award for a midcareer playwright. She is currently on the faculty of the Yale School of Drama and lives in Brooklyn with her family.

Location: Street: 5233 N. Clark St. City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60640-2122 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Dec
24
Holiday Hours!
The Book Cellar, Wednesday, December 24 at 10am
December 24th we will be open from 10am to 2pm!

Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Dec
25
CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS
The Book Cellar, Thursday, December 25 at 10am
The Book Cellar is closed December 25th and 26th for the holiday! We hope Santa brought you all books!

Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Jan
1
**CLOSED** Happy New Year!!
The Book Cellar, Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 00am
Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Jan
3
Lennard Davis
Chicago McCormick Place Convention Center, Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 1pm
Lennard Davis (Enabling Acts) (added from Random House)
Jan
5
Desi Lit Book Group
The Book Cellar, Monday, January 5, 2015 at 7:30pm
Desi Lit Book Group meets to discuss The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri.

Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Jan
7
Book Cellar Book Club
The Book Cellar, Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 7pm
The Book Cellar Book Group meets to discuss The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton.

Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Jan
8
Las Chavas: Poetry and Film from Honduras
The Poetry Foundation, Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 7pm
Join Richard Blanco, the fifth inaugural poet of the United States; Brad Coley, director of the forthcoming documentary Las Chavas; and Cheryl Chapman, executive director of Our Little Roses, the only all-girl orphanage in Honduras, for an evening of poetry and film at the Poetry Foundation. This event is held in conjunction with the publication of 12 love poems written by the residents of Our Little Roses, edited by Blanco and poet Spencer Reece, which will appear in the January 2015 issue of Poetry magazine. The program features a reading and a screening of an excerpt from the documentary about the lives and work of Our Little Roses. (lilithcat)… (more)
Jan
9
The Kates!!!
The Book Cellar, Friday, January 9, 2015 at 8pm
Join us for a night of comedy with our favorite comedians, The Kates! Arrive early for seats and drinks.

Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Jan
10
G.K. Chesterton Society Meeting
Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 2pm
Title: The Nine Tailors

Author: Dorothy L. Sayers

Location: Street: 7419 Madison St. City: Forest Park, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60130-1502 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Jan
12
Afterwards Book Group
The Book Cellar, Monday, January 12, 2015 at 7pm
Join Afterwards Book Group as they discuss The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman!

Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Jan
13
Wes Moore
Union League Club of Chicago, Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 12pm
Wes Moore (The Other Wes Moore, Discovering Wes Moore (The Young Adult Adaptation), The Work)

Wes Moore is a Rhodes Scholar, a combat veteran of Afghanistan, and has worked as a Special Assistant to Secretary Condoleezza Rice at the State Department as a White House Fellow. He was a featured speaker at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, named one of Ebony magazine’s Top 30 Leaders Under 30 (2007), and most recently, dubbed one of the top young business leaders in America in Crain’s. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey. (added from Random House)… (more)
Jan
13
Chad Broughton - "Boom, Bust, Exodus" - International House
Seminary Co-op Bookstore, Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 6pm
In partnership with the International House, we are pleased to present UChicago's own Chad Broughton on his latest work, Boom, Bust, Exodus: The Rust Belt, the Maquilas, and a Tale of Two Cities

In 2002, the town of Galesburg, a slowly declining Rustbelt city of 33,000 in western Illinois, learned that it would soon lose its largest factory, a Maytag refrigerator plant that had anchored Galesburg's social and economic life for decades. Workers at the plant earned $15.14 an hour, had good insurance, and were assured a solid retirement. In 2004, the plant was relocated to Reynosa, Mexico, where workers sometimes spent 13-hour days assembling refrigerators for $1.10 an hour.

In Boom, Bust, Exodus, Chad Broughton offers a ground-level look at the rapid transition to a globalized economy, from the perspective of those whose lives it has most deeply affected. We live in a commoditized world, increasingly divorced from the origins of the goods we consume; it is easy to ignore who is manufacturing our smart phones and hybrid cars; and where they come from no longer seems to matter. And yet, Broughton shows, the who and where matter deeply, and in this book he puts human faces to the relentless cycle of global manufacturing.

It is a tale of two cities. In Galesburg, where parts of the empty Maytag factory still stand, a hollowed out version of the American dream, the economy is a shadow of what it once was. Reynosa, in contrast, has become one of the exploding post-NAFTA "second-tier cities" of the developing world, thanks to the influx of foreign-owned, export-oriented maquiladoras--an industrial promised land throbbing with the energy of commerce, legal and illegal. And yet even these distinctions, Broughton shows, cannot be finely drawn: families in Reynosa also struggle to get by, and the city is beset by violence and a ruthless drug war. Those left behind in the post-Industrial decline of Galesburg, meanwhile, do not see themselves as helpless victims: they have gone back to school, pursued new careers, and learned to adapt and even thrive.

In an era of growing inequality and a downsized middle class, Boom, Bust, Exodus gives us the voices of those who have borne the heaviest burdens of the economic upheavals of the past three decades. A deeply personal work grounded in solid scholarship, this important, immersive, and affecting book brings home the price and the cost of globalization. Chad Broughton is a senior lecturer of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. He is Faculty Director for the Chicago Studies Program, Acting Director of the Pubic Policy Studies Program, and Affiliated Faculty with the Center for Latin American Studies. His current ethnographic fieldwork takes place in downstate Illinois, the US-Mexico border, and rural southern Mexico. He explores how the North American Free Trade Policies have brought about sweeping changes for factory workers, borderland workers in the maquiladoras, and Mexican smallholders in the state of Veracruz. Just a few of his numerous conference presentation titles include "Anti-Poverty Field Research and Advocacy," "Surviving NAFTA," "Downsizing Masculinity," "Reforming Poor Women," and "Making Workers: An Ethnography of Welfare-to-Work." RSVP on Facebook here

Location: Street: 1414 E 59th St City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60637-1507 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Jan
13
Drinking Gourd: An Evening of Poetry and Music
The Poetry Foundation, Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 7pm
Celebrate Willie Lin, the winner of this year’s Drinking Gourd Poetry Prize, a first-book award for poets of color. Her poems have appeared in Bone Bouquet, Cincinnati Review, Washington Square Review, and other journals. Judge Chris Abani has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the PEN/Hemingway Award, the PEN Beyond the Margins Award, the Hurston Wright Award, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship, among many honors. Born in Nigeria, Abani is currently a Board of Trustees Professor of English at Northwestern University. The evening includes a performance by consummate bassist and Shamisen Lute player Tatsu Aoki. Born in Japan into an artisan family, artist, composer, and musician Tatsu Aoki works in a wide range of musical genres including traditional Japanese music, jazz, and experimental.

Co-sponsored with the Northwestern Poetry & Poetics Colloquium (lilithcat)
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Jan
13
CHANG-RAE LEE
The Book Stall at Chestnut Court, Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 7pm
On Such a Full Sea

We're delighted to welcome award-winning author Chang-Rae Lee for a talk about his bestselling novel—a stunning, surprising, and riveting story set in a vividly imagined future America. The book, highly popular with Book Stall readers when it first came out in hardcover, is new in paperback. A bonus: We will have a special Book Discussion Group meeting at the store to discuss the book on Wednesday, Jan. 14 from 9:30 - 11 am. Elise Barack will be our leader. ($5 charge to participate in the discussion, fully redeemable for merchandise in the store.)

Location: Street: 811 Elm Street City: Winnetka, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60093-2236 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Jan
13
Wes Moore
University of Chicago - Urban Education Institute, Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 7pm
Wes Moore (The Other Wes Moore, Discovering Wes Moore (The Young Adult Adaptation), The Work)

Wes Moore is a Rhodes Scholar, a combat veteran of Afghanistan, and has worked as a Special Assistant to Secretary Condoleezza Rice at the State Department as a White House Fellow. He was a featured speaker at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, named one of Ebony magazine’s Top 30 Leaders Under 30 (2007), and most recently, dubbed one of the top young business leaders in America in Crain’s. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey. (added from Random House)… (more)
Jan
14
Wes Moore
New Trier Township High School, Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 7pm
Wes Moore (The Other Wes Moore, Discovering Wes Moore (The Young Adult Adaptation), The Work)

Wes Moore is a Rhodes Scholar, a combat veteran of Afghanistan, and has worked as a Special Assistant to Secretary Condoleezza Rice at the State Department as a White House Fellow. He was a featured speaker at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, named one of Ebony magazine’s Top 30 Leaders Under 30 (2007), and most recently, dubbed one of the top young business leaders in America in Crain’s. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey. (added from Random House)… (more)
Jan
14
Tim Johnston, "Descent"
The Book Cellar, Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 7pm
Author Tim Johnston stops by The Book Cellar to read from his adult debut book, Descent. While the main plot point of Descent is ripped from the headlines—the mysterious disappearance of a teenage girl out for a morning run—the telling of the story, particularly how the girl’s disappearance affects each family member, is rendered with exquisite psychological depth and in crystalline prose. And the portrait of each of these family member’s trials, as well as the mystery of what happened to Caitlin, the missing girl, is matched by a stunning setting: the Rocky Mountains, which are as menacing as they are awe-inspiring. Tim Johnston is the author of the story collection Irish Girl and the novel Never So Green. Published in 2009, the stories of Irish Girl won an O. Henry Prize, the New Letters Award for Writers, and the Gival Press Short Story Award, while the collection itself won the 2009 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction. He holds degrees from the University of Iowa and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In 2011-12 he was the Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Washington Fellow at The George Washington University, and he currently teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Memphis.

Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Jan
15
Carolyn Kane - "Chromatic Algorithms: Synthetic Color, Computer Art, and Aesthetics After Code" - Logan Center
Seminary Co-op Bookstore, Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 5pm
At the Logan Center on January 15, 5pm.

These days, we take for granted that our computer screens—and even our phones—will show us images in vibrant full color. Digital color is a fundamental part of how we use our devices, but we never give a thought to how it is produced or how it came about.

Chromatic Algorithms reveals the fascinating history behind digital color, tracing it from the work of a few brilliant computer scientists and experimentally minded artists in the late 1960s and early ‘70s through to its appearance in commercial software in the early 1990s. Mixing philosophy of technology, aesthetics, and media analysis, Carolyn Kane shows how revolutionary the earliest computer-generated colors were—built with the massive postwar number-crunching machines, these first examples of “computer art” were so fantastic that artists and computer scientists regarded them as psychedelic, even revolutionary, harbingers of a better future for humans and machines. But, Kane shows, the explosive growth of personal computing and its accompanying need for off-the-shelf software led to standardization and the gradual closing of the experimental field in which computer artists had thrived. Even so, the gap between the bright, bold presence of color onscreen and the increasing abstraction of its underlying code continues to lure artists and designers from a wide range of fields, and Kane draws on their work to pose fascinating questions about the relationships among art, code, science, and media in the twenty-first century

Location: Street: 915 E 60th St City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60637-1507 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Jan
15
Jac Jemc, "A Different Bed Every Time"; Aaron Burch, "How to Predict the Weather"
The Book Cellar, Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 7pm
Authors Jac Jemc and Aaron Burch come to The Book Cellar to read from their new books!

From Jac Jemc, A Different Bed Every Time

A Different Bed Everytime: A thief steals the air from a room. Children invent a nursery rhyme to make sense of their fate. A band of girls rot from the outside in. These characters stumble through joy and murder and confusion, only to survive and wait for the next catastrophe to arrive. Moments so brief and disturbing you can't afford to look away. Jac Jemc's affecting stories mine the territory between what is real and the stories we tell to create understanding.

Jac Jemc lives in Chicago where she writes fiction and poetry. Her first novel, My Only Wife (Dzanc Books) was named a finalist for the 2013 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award. A chapbook of stories, This Stranger She'd Invited In, was made available from Greying Ghost Press in March 2011. Jac's nonfiction was featured on the long list for Best American Essays 2014 and her story "Women in Wells" was featured in the 2010 Best of the Web anthology. Jac received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has completed residencies at Ragdale and the Vermont Studio Center. She is the web nonfiction editor for Hobart and poetry editor at decomP. In 2012 she was the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Professional Development Grant and in 2014 she was named as one of 25 Writers to Watch by the Guild Literary Complex.

From Aaron Burch, How to Predict the Weather

How to Predict the Weather: Ranging from lyrical commands to surreal narratives, Aaron Burch’s short fictions swirl with whimsy, meditation, sadness, and hope; blur the line between real and imagined; and focus on loss of lovers, of family members, and even of one’s self! From the founder and editor of the literary journal Hobart.

Aaron Burch is the author of How to Predict the Weather (Keyhole Books). His stories have appeared in New York Tyrant, Barrelhouse, and Quick Fiction, among others. He is also the editor of Hobart: another literary journal. His new book Backswing is out now.

Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Jan
17
Barbara Mahany, "Slowing Time: Seeing the Sacred Outside Your Kitchen Door"
The Book Cellar, Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 5pm
Barbara Mahany stops by The Book Cellar to read from her new book Slowing Time: Seeing The Sacred Outside Your Kitchen Door! “Enraptured by the miracle of this holy Earth’s turning,” Mahany has learned to pay close attention to the seasons. She takes readers through the bounty of the calendar: winter, spring, summer, and autumn. For each season, she provides “A-Count-Your-Blessings-Calendar,” 14 suggestions for “paying the art of supreme attention,” or “meditative post-its to remind us that we abound in holiness.”Each section includes essays pinpointing the divine in ordinary moments; a “Wonderlist” of that season’s glories; field notes on natural phenomena such as moon phases, plant life, bird activity; and a recipe, such as Beef Stew with Pomegranate Seeds Nestled Beside Aromatic Rice, a hearty winter’s night dinner. Because Mahany is Catholic and her husband is Jewish, her family encounters the Divine in the rituals and idioms of two faith traditions. She draws from that shared experience, and from the spirit of the almanac, scrapbook, and field guide, to offer a springboard for the reader’s own “meandering into the Holy.” Whether the summons is to unfurl a blanket on the fire escape or in a meadow, to settle in for a night of stargazing or an afternoon’s cloud parade, or to bundle up for a winter’s night moonwalk, Mahany offers scores of simple suggestions on how to behold the everyday miracle in each season. Barbara Mahany is a former reporter and columnist for the Chicago Tribune. In her page-two column, she told stories of her family’s life that drew in thousands of readers for decades. She explores the sacred mysteries with a voice recognizable and clear. A sought-after speaker, retreat leader, and writing teacher, she lives with her family in Wilmette, Illinois.

Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Jan
19
Essay Fiesta!!
The Book Cellar, Monday, January 19, 2015 at 7pm
Essay Fiesta takes over The Book Cellar once again for an evening of Live Lit. Get here early to grab a seat and grab a drink! All donations go to 826Chicago!

Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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