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The Book Cellar

The Book Cellar

4736-38 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625

United States

773-293-2665; wordsbookcellarinc.com

Type: Bookstore — new books

Web site: http://www.bookcellarinc.com/index.php

Events: http://www.bookcellarinc.com/event

Twitter account: @bookcellar

Amenities: food/drink

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Upcoming events

Jul
24
Poetry Reading with Alessandra Simmons, Wendy Vardaman, Naoko Fujimoto, Kristy Odelius, and Timothy Yu (Thursday, July 24 at 7pm)
We are excited to welcome poets from the anthology St. Peter's B-list: Contemporary Poems Inspired by the Saints to the Book Cellar to read excerpts of their work.

Alessandra Simmons is a writer and editor, currently working for a fundraising consulting firm in Chicago. She holds her MFA in Creative Writing from Indiana University. While at IU, she was the editor of Indiana Review. Her current obsessions are saints, sweeping, succulents & podcasts.

Wendy Vardaman has a Ph.D. in English from University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Engineering from Cornell University. Co-editor and webmaster of Verse Wisconsin and co-founder/editor and webmaster of Cowfeather Press, her poems, reviews, and interviews have appeared online and in a variety of anthologies and journals.

Naoko Fujimoto was born in Nagoya, Japan. She is a poet, artist, and occasionally a pianist. Her current favorite word is “spatula” - she found seventeen spatulas in her apartment; none of them are from her purchase— but she is not an admitted spatula collector or detective of all seventeen spatulas.

Kristy Odelius is a poet and professor living in Chicago, Illinois. She teaches creative writing and literature at North Park University, where she is an Assistant Professor in the English department. She is a co-editor and co-founder of Near South, a Chicago-based journal of innovative writing. Last November, her poem "Vertigo to Eros" was nominated for a 2003 Pushcart Prize, and she recently received the 2004 Charles Goodnow Memorial Award in Poetry.

Timothy Yu was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. He earned his BA at Harvard and a PhD at Stanford University. Yu’s scholarly and creative work explores the intersections of race and avant-garde writing traditions.

Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Jul
25
Catherine Fitzpatrick, "Going On Nine" (Friday, July 25 at 7pm)
In Going on Nine, On a sweltering St. Louis afternoon, a child swipes her mother's ring, snatches her sister's nightgown, and runs outside to play "bride." She promptly loses the ring, rips the gown, assumes it’s about to rain daggers, and runs away from home to find a 'better' family than her own wonderful family. What happens next is a summer-long journey around her deceptively sleepy neighborhood, a full-circle quest in which Grace Townsend travels on foot and by horseback, rides shotgun in a shiny new Plymouth Belvedere, hunkers in the back of a rattletrap vegetable truck, crawls into a crumbling tunnel, treks out to a fire in the hinterlands, explores the closet of a prom queen, keeps vigil in the bedroom of a molestation victim, and helps tame a killer dog. Told in the unique voice of an eight-year-old girl and, in wise hindsight by the woman she becomes, Going on Nine is steeped with a sense of place and of a time gone by. Nostalgic but not cloying, each chapter introduces another family in a turning-point situation, reason enough why Grace remembers the summer of 1956 for the rest of her life, and why adults and older YA readers will love Going on Nine. Catherine Underhill Fitzpatrick grew up in the 1950s and 1960s in suburban St. Louis. After graduating from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, she worked as a staff feature writer in Hannibal, St. Louis, and Milwaukee. In September of 2001, Catherine was in Manhattan to cover New York Fashion Week. At first word of the terrorist attacks, she rushed toward Ground Zero and filed award-winning eyewitness reports that are memorialized in Washington DC’s Newseum and the State Historical Society of Missouri archives. Catherine’s articles, stories, and essays have appeared in The Vocabula Review, Prick of the Spindle, Sew News, Fan Story, Yesterday’s Magazette and Reminisce Magazine. Her debut novel, A Matter of Happenstance, is a four-generation family saga that explores the power of personal character over coincidence. Catherine is a board member of the Chicago-area TallGrass Writers Guild.

Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Jul
26
The Kates!! (Saturday, July 26 at 7pm)
Our favorite all-female comedy group The Kates revisit the Book Cellar for a night of comedy! 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)
Jul
28
Old St. Pat's Book Group (Monday, July 28 at 7:30pm)
The Old St. Pat's Book Group meets at 7:30 p.m. to discuss Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken.

Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Jul
28
Salon Classics Book Group (Monday, July 28 at 7:30pm)
The Salon Classics Book Group discusses I know why the caged bird sings by Maya Angelou.

Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Jul
30
Never Too Old: A YA Book Club for Adults (Wednesday, July 30 at 8pm)
The Never Too Old Book Group meets to discuss this month's selection, I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak.

Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Aug
1
Tom Lukas, "Special Operations" (Friday, August 1 at 7pm)
Join us as Tom Lukas reads from his debut novel, Special Operations. Following the death of a local policeman, a mysterious person known as the Illuminator descends upon a small New England town to exact justice in a cruel and unusual way. As the story unfolds, what we encounter is a captivating psychological thriller with a story less about the "what" than the "why," a hero who could just as easily be the villain, and an ending with far more questions than answers. Tom Lukas left his career as master carpenter and licensed homebuilder at age thirty-three to earn a degree in English Literature because he wanted to become a writer. At Virginia he found a home at the eText Center and in the American Studies program which emphasized electronic publishing, and applied this new form of craftsmanship as project manager for the National Endowment for the Humanities award-winning literary archive The World of Dante, and in editing the New York Public Library's first electronic literary archive African American Women Writers of the Nineteenth Century. At age fifty he published his first work in North American Review.

Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Aug
4
Desi Lit Book Club (Monday, August 4 at 7pm)
The Desi Lit Book Group meets at the Book Cellar to discuss The Lost Pearl by Lara Zubieri.

Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Aug
5
**OFFSITE** Jeanine Hays & Bryan Mason @ Room and Board Showroom (Tuesday, August 5 at 6pm)
Drop by the Room and Board Showroom to hear bloggers and designers Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason discuss their book, Remix: Decorating with Culture, Objects, and Soul. In their book, they take you into homes where cultural, global décor breathes beauty and soul into contemporary interiors. Whether you love to source pieces from your travels or simply wish to evoke the destination of your dreams, Remix shows how bold color, unique patterns like ikats and suzanis, original art, and handcrafted furnishings and accessories can help you express your cultural experiences in stylish, unforgettable rooms.

Location: Street: 55 East Ohio Street City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60611 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Aug
6
The Book Cellar Book Club (Wednesday, August 6 at 7pm)
The Book Cellar Book Group meets to discuss A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole.

Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Aug
6
**OFFSITE** Lil Bub's Big Show @ Metro (Wednesday, August 6 at 7:30pm)
Lil BUB'S BIG SHOW (LIVE!) featuring DAVID YOW @ METRO

$6 General Admission, $12 Seated, $75 Meet & Greet Upgrade/ All Ages / Doors: 7:30 PM / Show: 8:00 PM

Visit www.metrochicago.com for tickets!

Just in case getting to see his cute face wasn't enough: proceeds benefit Tree House Humane Society & Lil BUB's Big Fund for the ASPCA!

Location: Street: Metro Additional: 3730 N Clark St City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60613 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Aug
7
Bear Hugs With Real Men Read Fundraiser (Thursday, August 7 at 11am)
For every book you buy book from us (from 11AM-7PM) we will match it in donations to Real Men Read!

Read more about the Real Men Read foundation here.

Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Aug
7
Quincy Mills @ The Carter G. Woodson Regional Library (Thursday, August 7 at 6:30pm)
Quincy Mills, author of Cutting along the color line: Black Barbers and Barber Shops In America, will be speaking at the Carter G. Woodson Regional Library!

Quincy T. Mills traces the lineage from these nineteenth-century barbers to the bustling enterprises of tofay, demonstrationg that the livelihood offered by the servive economy was crucial to the development of a black commercial sphere and the barber shop as a democratic sicuak space. The gripping examination of the historical progression of this iconic cultural establishment draws a clear line between black entreprenuership and the desire for equality.

Location: Street: 9525 S Halsted St City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60628 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Aug
8
The Kates!!! (Friday, August 8 at 8pm)
The Kates drop by the Book Cellar for a night of comedy! Show up early to get good seats and good drinks!

Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Aug
9
Rebecca Makkai (Saturday, August 9 at 7pm)
Rebecca Makkai, The Hundred-Year House

author event. bookstore.

http://www.bookcellarinc.com (added from Penguin)
Aug
9
Rebecca Makkai, "The Hundred-Year House" (Saturday, August 9 at 7pm)
Come join us as Rebecca Makkai reads from her new novel, The Hundred-Year House. In this brilliantly conceived, ambitious, and deeply rewarding novel, Makkai unfolds a generational saga in reverse, leading the reader back in time on a literary scavenger hunt as we seek to uncover the truth about these strange people and this mysterious house. With intelligence and humor, a daring narrative approach, and a lovingly satirical voice, Rebecca Makkai has crafted an unforgettable novel about family, fate and the incredible surprises life can offer. Rebecca Makkai is a Chicago-based writer whose first novel, The Borrower, is a Booklist Top Ten Debut, an Indie Next pick, an O Magazine selection, and one of Chicago Magazine's choices for best fiction of 2011. Her short fiction has been chosen for The Best American Short Stories for four consecutive years (2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008), and appears regularly in journals like Harper's, Tin House, Ploughshares, and New England Review.

Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Aug
13
Ellen Sussman, "Wedding in Provence" (Wednesday, August 13 at 7pm)
Ellen Sussman drops by the Book Cellar to read from her new book, A Wedding in Provence. In this novel, Olivia and Brody invite their friends and family to their wedding in Provence. But when Olivia's older daughter from her first marriage invites a man she met on the plane to join her, the delicate balance of the entire weekend is upset. Soon Olivia's best friend, the owner of the inn who is hosting the wedding, discovers that her husband has cheated on her. Then Brody's mother shows up without his father, who has gone into hiding. How can one choose love in the midst of chaos? Told from the point of view of Olivia and her two daughters, A Wedding in Provence is a moving novel about love, trust, secrets and family. Ellen Sussman is the New York Times bestselling author of four novels and the editor of two critically acclaimed anthologies, Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave and Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex. She teaches through Stanford Continuing Studies and in private classes.

Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Aug
14
**OFFSITE** Hampton Sides @ Belmont Library (Thursday, August 14 at 6pm)
Hampton Sides visits Belmont Library to read from his new book, In the kingdom of ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette. This book chronicles the voyage of George Washington De Long and his 32 crewmen into the uncharted Arctic waters. With twists and turns worthy of a thriller, this book is a tale of heroism and determination in the most unforgiving territory on Earth. A native of Memphis, Hampton Sides is editor-at-large for Outside magazine and the author of the international bestseller Ghost Soldiers, which was the basis for the 2005 Miramax film The Great Raid. Ghost Soldiers won the 2002 PEN USA Award for nonfiction. A graduate of Yale with a B.A. in history, he lives in New Mexico with his wife, Anne, and their three sons.

Location: Street: 1659 West Melrose Street City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60657 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Aug
14
**OFFSITE** Dan Epstein @ Liar's Club (Thursday, August 14 at 7pm)
Dan Epstein visits Liar's Club to discuss his new book, Stars and Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial Summer of 76,in which he takes a look at the most pivotal season of the decade. As the USA erupted in a red-white-and-blue explosion saluting its two-hundredth year of independence, Major League Baseball players waged a war for their own liberties by demanding free agency. From the road to the White House to the shorts-wearing White Sox, Stars and Strikes tracks the tumultuous year after which the sport---and the nation---would never be the same. Dan Epstein is an award winning journalist, pop culture historian, and avid baseball fan who has written for Rolling Stone, SPIN, Men’s Journal, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, MOJO, Guitar World, Revolver, LA Weekly and dozens of other publications. He is the author of the acclaimed Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging ‘70s. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

Location: Street: 1665 W Fullerton Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60614 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Aug
15
Stars and Strikes (Friday, August 15 at 7pm)
Meet Dan Epstein as he reads from his new book Stars and Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial Summer of ‘76. (added from Macmillan)
Aug
18
Essay Fiesta! (Monday, August 18 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)
Aug
20
Local Author Night: Scott Miles, "The Downriver Horseshoe", Sheila Flaherty, "East of Mecca", Jessica Vealitzek , "The Rooms Are Filled" (Wednesday, August 20 at 7pm)
Join us for this month's Local Author Night!

Scott Miles drops by to share his collection of stories, The Downriver Horseshoe.

The Downriver Horseshoe draws its stories from the landscapes and people of the industrial, south side of Metro Detroit called Downriver. It is Americana with a gritty, blue-collar twist-filled with quirky, rough-hewn characters like Duke Peterson, a retired cookie-truck driver who, at the behest of his nasty, invalid wife, has to hock his grandfather's old shotguns to make rent; there is George Rimbaud, a morally confused mailman who continually crosses the line and intertwines his life (and sex life) with people along his route; and also Simon Touhy, a young man who falls in love with a prosthetic leg found at his worksite on Mt. Trashmore, a landfill converted to public ski slope. With the luck and pride of Downriver at their side, these men march on, making the best decisions they can in an area that can be bleak and beautiful and dangerous on the same block.

Scott Miles is from Downriver Detroit and lives in Chicago. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, he's had his short stories published in nationally distributed magazine such as LIT, Cimarron Review, Atticus Review, Storyglossia, Crime Factory, Beloit Fiction Journal, The MacGuffin, Oyez Review, The Summerset Review, and Pebble Lake Review.

Sheila Flaherty comes to The Book Cellar to read from her debut novel, East of Mecca, which tells a timely, harrowing and heartbreaking story of love and betrayal, the transcendent power of friendship, and the ultimate price of oppression. Through the narrator's eyes, we witness the hardships and injustices faced by Saudi women. More surprising- and more unsettling, perhaps- are the oppression and domestic miseries borne by wives and daughters in some expat communities, which Flaherty depicts with unflinching realism and compassion.

Flaherty is a writer and clinical psychologist. She holds a Bachelor's degree in psychology and a Master's in Behavioral Sciences from the University of Houston. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern University.

Jessica Vealitzek will also be coming to read from her new book, The Rooms Are Filled, that explores the age old questions of changing to become who we are, of learning to live our own lives. Two lost souls come together by circumstance: nine-year-old Michael, a Minnesora farm boy transplanted to suburban Chicago after his father dies, and his proper, young - closeted- teacher, Julia Parnell, a woman trying to begin again after a failed attempt to live openly.

The Rooms Are Filled is the timeless story of learning to live in one's own life, of changing so that we can become who we are.

Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Aug
22
TallGrass Writers Guild presents writings on "Dressing Up" (Friday, August 22 at 7pm)
Join TallGrass Writers Guild members, including award winning poets, essayists, and fiction writers, as they present original writings on the many ways they interpret on the fascinating theme of "Dressing Up". Email tallgrassguild@sbcglobal.net for details.

The TallGrass Writers Guild is open to all who write seriously at any level, whether they write little or much and whether or not they write for publication. TWG publishes a bi-monthly newsletter for its 150 members. The newsletter contains calls for manuscripts, announcements, organization and member news, book reviews of traditionally-bound books and audiobooks, and a calendar of cultural events including literary, fine and performing arts.

Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Aug
25
Old St. Pat's Book Group (Monday, August 25 at 7pm)
Old St. Pat's Book Group meets at the Book Cellar to discuss The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Aug
25
Salon Classics Book Group (Monday, August 25 at 7:30pm)
The Salon Classics Book Group meets to discuss Wallace Stegner's Angle of Repose.

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

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