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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

Sep
19
Matt Gavin Frank, "Preparing the Ghost" (Friday, September 19 at 7pm)
Matt Gavin Frank reads from and answers questions about his book, Preparing the Ghost.

Memory, mythology, and obsession collide in this strikingly original and enigmatic account of the first man to photograph a giant squid.

Moses Harvey was the eccentric Newfoundland reverend and amateur naturalist who first photographed the near-mythic giant squid in 1874, draping it over a shower curtain rod to display its magnitude. In Preparing the Ghost, what begins as Moses’s story becomes much more, as fellow squid-enthusiast Matthew Gavin Frank boldly winds his narrative tentacles around history, creative nonfiction, science, memoir, and meditations about the interrelated nature of them all.

Matt Gavin Frank was born and raised in Chicago, and recieved an MFA in Poetry and Creative Nonfiction from Arizona State University.

Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Sep
20
Helen Park Bigelow, "Given Time" (Saturday, September 20 at 7pm)
Helen Park Bigelow comes to The Book Cellar to read from her book, Given Time.

Above all, Given Time is a love story. Two strong, artistic people face the kind of diagnosis nobody wants. With searing effect, this memoir shows the full dimensions of terminal illness interspersed by tales of a colorful, unusual past. Given Time is both heart-wrenching and surprisingly uplifting.

Helen Park Bigelow and her husband, Edward B. Bigelow, lived on the Island of Maui as well as in Palo Alto, California, where Helen still lives. She earned her living making pottery during the 1960s and 1970s, and she has led a weekly writing workshop in Palo Alto for twenty-five years. Her first book, David Park, Painter: Nothing Held Back, was published by Hudson Hills Press in 2009.

Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Sep
24
Never Too Old: A YA Book Club for Adults (Wednesday, September 24 at 8pm)
Offsite Potluck! The Never Too Old Book Group meets to discuss The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt.

Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Sep
25
Black Balloon Publishing Presents (Thursday, September 25 at 7pm)
The Book Cellar welcomes Mike Meginnis and Kevin Clouthers!

Mike Meginnis won the 2013 Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize for his debut novel, Fat Man & Little Boy. He has published stories in Best American Short Stories 2012, The Collagist, PANK, and many others. He contributes regularly to HTML Giant andKill Screen, and plays collaborative text adventures at exitsare.com. Mike earned his MFA at New Mexico State University, where he served as a managing editor of Puerto del Sol for two years. He is now the prose editor of Noemi Press and coedits Uncanny Valley with his wife, Tracy Rae Bowling. Mike lives and works in Iowa City. He has never seen the ocean. Kevin Clouther's debut collection, We Were Flying to Chicago, was discovered among the submissions for the 2013 Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize. Kevin is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he completed his thesis under Marilynne Robinson and won the Richard Yates Fiction Award for best short story. He has worked at The Iowa Review, Meridian and The Virginia Literary Review, where he served as Fiction Editor. He teaches creative writing at Stony Brook University, where he coordinates the Program in Writing Reading Series, and at Johns Hopkins. Kevin now lives in Floral Park on Long Island, NY. The Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize is an award for a previously-completed manuscript that comes with $5,000 and a Black Balloon Publishing book deal. This contest has no reading fee and is open to anyone who has previously completed an unpublished original work of fiction of over 50,000 words.

Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Sep
26
Chris Green, "Résumé" (Friday, September 26 at 7pm)
The Book Cellar is happy to host poet Chris Green! Chris Green’s reading is the launch of his new book of poems, Résumé. This book of poetry sees life as a series of jobs: pimp’s assistant, lost pet psychic, petting tent attendant, target changer, aviary security, etc. He is the author of two other books of poetry: The Sky Over Walgreens and Epiphany School. His poetry has appeared in such publications as Poetry, New York Times, New Letters, Verse, and Nimrod. He’s edited four anthologies, including Brute Neighbors: Urban Nature Poetry, Prose & Photography and the forthcoming, I Remember: A Poem by Chicago Veterans of War. He founded LitCity (www.litcity312.com), a comprehensive literary site for Chicago. He teaches in the English Department at DePaul University. More information can be found at www.chrisgreenpoetry.com.

Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Sep
27
The Kates! (Saturday, September 27 at 7pm)
The Kates come by 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)
Sep
28
Michael Veach, "Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage" (Sunday, September 28 at 4pm)
The Book Cellar welcomes whiskey expert Michael Veach as he shares his new book, Kentucky bourbon whiskey: An American Heritage. Michael will be joined by Bill Rix Welter, Master Distiller at Journeyman Distillery in Michigan, and Paul Heltko, Master Distiller at FEW Spirits in Evanston. Expect an evening of good spirits* and good discussion about them. You may want to consider taking the L, though, because the event includes a bourbon tasting! *The spirits will be available for purchased at Provenance, just down the street at 2312 W Leland. Mike Veach is one of the foremost authorities on all things Bourbon, and has spent over 15 years with The Filson Historical Society serving in the role of historian and author. Veach possesses an unsurpassed wealth of knowledge and perspective on an industry that has Kentucky at the forefront of the Bourbon Boom occurring across the United States and abroad.

Mr. Veach is featured in The Bourbon Review and The Louisville Encyclopedia. He wrote the forward for the release of Gerald Carson’s Social History of Bourbon in 2010, and in 2013 published his own now-widely acclaimed book Kentucky bourbon whiskey: An American Heritage.

Prior to his long tenure at The Filson, Veach spent 5 years as the North American Archivist for United Distillers. Since then he has also provided research and consulting services for such institutions as the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History, Brown-Forman, Buffalo Trace, Four Roses, and Heaven Hill Distillery.

In 2006, Mike Veach was inducted into The Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame. He has provided pro-bono services to many major non-profit entities such as The Black Acre Foundation, The Farnsley-Kaufman House, The Farnsley-Moreman Landing, Boy Scouts of America, Girls.Inc in Owensboro and many other organizations including The Filson Historical Society.

Veach holds a BA and MA in History from the University of Louisville. He travels across the country researching, lecturing, and hosting special seminars designed to spread the knowledge of Kentucky Whiskey products and enhance the appreciation of Bourbon. Mr. Veach resides in his hometown of Louisville, KY in the heart of Bourbon Country.

Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Sep
29
Old St. Pat's Book Group (Monday, September 29 at 7pm)
Old St. Pat's meets to discuss The Green Line by E.C. Diskin.

Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Sep
29
Salon Classics Book Club (Monday, September 29 at 7:30pm)
The Salon Classics Book Group meets to discuss John Cheever's OH WHAT A PARADISE IT SEEMS.

Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Sep
30
Mike Thomas, "You Might Remember Me: The Life and Times of Phil Hartman" (Tuesday, September 30 at 7pm)
Mike Thomas joins us to talk about his new book, You Might Remember Me: The Life and Times of Phil Hartman.

Beloved TV comedic actor Phil Hartman is best known for his eight brilliant seasons on Saturday Night Live, where his versatility and comedic timing resulted in some of the funniest and most famous sketches in the television show’s history. Tragically, Hartman’s seemingly charmed life was cut short when he was fatally shot by his troubled third wife, Brynn, who turned a gun on herself several hours later. In You Might Remember Me: The Life and Times of Phil Hartman the years and moments leading up to his untimely end are described in illuminating detail through information gleaned from exclusive interviews with scores of famous cast mates, close friends and family members as well as private letters, audio/video recordings, extensive police records, and more.

Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Oct
1
Book Cellar Book Club (Wednesday, October 1 at 7pm)
The Book Cellar Book Club meets at 7 p.m. to discuss The perfume collector by Kathleen Tessaro.

Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Oct
2
Chuck Schaden and Steve Darnall Present "Nostalgia Digest" (Thursday, October 2 at 7pm)
Nostalgia Digest Magazine celebrates its 40th anniversary of chronicling the "Golden Age" of entertainment. Join Digest founder and Radio Hall of Famer Chuck Schaden and Digest publisher Steve Darnall as they look back on the magazine's first four decades and the future of looking back.

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Oct
4
Illinois Woman's Press Association, "The Anthology" (Saturday, October 4 at 7pm)
The Book Cellar is proud to host the Illinois Woman's Press Association as they celebrate the launch of The Anthology. In 1914 the Illinois Woman's Press Association published an anthology. They called it The Memory Book. It was an insightful collection of stories, poems, commentary and illustrations created by its members. To celebrate this historical milestone and showcase the talented writers who are the Illinois Woman's Press Association today, 21 members of IWPA collaborated to produce a 2014 Anniversary edition, The Anthology. It was published this spring by Dreamers Tapestry, Inc. The Illinois Woman's Press Association, IWPA (founded in Chicago in 1885) is an organization of communications professionals whose objective is to maintain and improve the professional standards of members in mass communications in Illinois, to promote their interest, and to provide for the sharing of ideas and information. Having celebrated its 125 year anniversary in 2010, IWPA continues to hold a firm place in the history of women communicators in Illinois. Today, IWPA embraces members of all gender and generations. IWPA is an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women and found on Wikipedia.

Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Oct
6
Desi Lit Book Group (Monday, October 6 at 7:30pm)
The Desi Lit Book Group meets at 7:30 p.m. to discuss Salaam, love by Nura Maznavi and Ayesha Mattu.

Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Oct
7
Cutting Teeth (Tuesday, October 7 at 7pm)
Meet Julia Fierro as she reads from her debut novel Cutting Teeth.

Also with Cristina Henriquez. (added from Macmillan)
Oct
8
James Finn Garner, "The Wet Nose of Danger" (Wednesday, October 8 at 7pm)
NYT best-seller James Finn Garner celebrates the publication of the third book in his award-winning circus noir series Rex Koko, Private Clown.

A wild farce involving stolen pedigreed dogs, counterfeiting, freak shows, cross-dressing gangsters and (why not?) Nazis, The Wet Nose of Danger hilariously depicts life among the has-beens in the circus skid row of Top Town, narrated by that unstoppable bigshoe, Rex Koko. Join us early across the street for a quick circus performance, followed by a short parade into the store and other acts and hijinks during the reading.

Garner is also the author of Politically Correct Bedtime Stories, which will be available in its 20th anniversary edition.

Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Oct
9
**OFFSITE** Lucy Ives @ The Poetry Foundation (Thursday, October 9 at 6:30pm)
Lucy Ives holds degrees from Harvard and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is the author of Orange Roses, Anamnesis, and the “brief novel” Nineties. Ives is a deputy editor at Triple Canopy and lives in New York City, where she is completing a PhD in comparative literature at New York University. Ives’s talk will center on the subject of “disingenuity,“ or literary falsehood, and the roles of minor exaggeration, preening, bragging, white lies, swagger, and myth in the construction of the figure of the contemporary author.

Location: Street: Poetry Foundation Additional: 61 W Superior St. City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60654 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Oct
9
William Todd Seabrook, "The Imagination of Lewis Carroll" (Thursday, October 9 at 7pm)
William Todd Seabrook visits the Book Cellar to discuss his new chapbook, The Imagination of Lewis Carroll.

He was a logic instructor from Christ College, Charles Dodgson, a man who tied knots in words and stared at chessboards, a man who stammered before adults and soared in front of children, a man who lived in a world that was not our own. But Lewis Carroll didn’t live in Wonderland or the Looking Glass. Where he lived was a world far more bizarre, and far more lonely. Written in a series of quick and curious moments, The Imagination of Lewis Carroll is a magical realist biography that eschews sense for nonsense, and accuracy for truth. Lewis Carroll’s life teetered between fantasy and reality, and the book straddles those worlds. Seabrook pares down an entire life into a handful of instances, leaving the empty spaces to be filled by readers, and so inviting them to experience the world the way Carroll did—through imagination.

William Todd Seabrook is the author of two chapbooks, This Semi-Perfect Universe (Mudluscious 2011), and The Genius of J. Robert Oppenheimer, (Firewheel Editions 2012). His work has appeared in Tin House, PANK, Mid-American Review, and CutBank among others, as well as the 30 Under 30 Anthology (Starcherone 2011). He received his MFA from the University of Colorado and is currently a doctoral candidate at Florida State University.

Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Oct
10
The Kates!!! (Friday, October 10 at 8pm)
Our favorite comediennes, The Kates, were voted Best Comedy Show in Front of a Magazine Rack--no, seriously. They'll take the stage at 8 p.m. in our cafe. Eat, drink, be merry, and laugh hard enough to squirt some wine out of your nose.

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Oct
15
**OFFSITE** First Annual Book Lovers' Lunch featuring Jamie Ford @ Union League (Wednesday, October 15 at 11am)
The Book Cellar is teaming up with Bernie's Book Bank for the 1st Annual Book Lovers' Lunch Chicago!

Join us at 11 a.m. at the Union League Club of Chicago for lunch and a presentation/book signing by special guest Jamie Ford, New York Times-bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and Songs of Willow Frost.

Click here for ticket pricing and registration details!

Location: Street: Union League Club Additional: 65 W Jackson Blvd City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60604 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Oct
15
Jonathan Eig, "The Birth Of The Pill" (Wednesday, October 15 at 7pm)
Jonathan Eig comes to The Book Cellar to celebrate the launch of his newest book, The Birth of the Pill.

The birth-control pill has been called the most important invention of the twentieth century. Yet its creation was anything but certain. This is the story of the eclectic group who created the pill against overwhelming odds: Gregory Pincus, the young scientist who was fired from Harvard University and forced to launch his own lab in a garage; Margaret Sanger, the radical feminist whose beliefs about sex frightened the old guard; Katharine McCormick, the philanthropist with a troubled past who bankrolled the research; and John Rock, the Catholic doctor with movie-star looks who battled his own church to win public support.

Their story is told here with remarkable detail and narrative force by one of America's foremost popular historians.

Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Oct
16
8th Annual Witty Women Writers Night! (Thursday, October 16 at 7pm)
It's that time of year again! The Book Cellar is proud to host some of our favorite, funniest local authors, including the likes of Jen Lancaster, Stacey Ballis, Wendy McClure, Amy Guth, and Claire Zulkey. We'll have their newest releases on sale, along with all the wine you can drink!

Remember, space is limited (and this is a very popular event), so please arrive early guarantee a seat for yourself.

See you soon!

Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Oct
17
Ursula Bielski, "Chicago Haunts" (Friday, October 17 at 7pm)
Local author and Chicago haunt expert Ursula Bielski joins us to share some of Chicago's most devilishly fun ghost stories. Be prepared to sleep with the lights on tonight...

Location: Street: 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60625 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Oct
18
**OFFSITE** Les Klinger @ Sulzer Library (Saturday, October 18 at 1:30pm)
Leslie Klinger visits the Sulzer Regional Library at 1:30 p.m. to share his book The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft--just in time for Halloween!

Following in the footsteps of his annotations of Dracula and Sherlock Holmes, Klinger has now turned his attention to H.P. Lovecraft: The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft weaves together Lovecraft’s most notable stories with a wealth of supporting documents, illustrations, and fascinating arcana about one of literature’s most enigmatic cult figures.

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Oct
18
Jessie Ann Foley, "The Carnival at Bray" (Saturday, October 18 at 7pm)
Join us at 7 p.m. for the launch of Jessie Ann Foley's debut novel, The Carnival at Bray. It’s 1993, and Generation X pulses to the beat of Kurt Cobain and the grunge movement. Sixteen-year-old Maggie Lynch is uprooted from big-city Chicago to a windswept town on the Irish Sea. Surviving on care packages of Spin magazine and Twizzlers from her rocker uncle Kevin, she wonders if she’ll ever find her place in this new world. When first love and sudden death simultaneously strike, a naive but determined Maggie embarks on a forbidden pilgrimage that will take her to a seedy part of Dublin and on to a life-altering night in Rome to fulfill a dying wish. Through it all, Maggie discovers an untapped inner strength to do the most difficult but rewarding thing of all—live. "The narrative subtly and carefully interweaves peer and family drama . . . Every character, every place comes alive with crisp, precise detail. Powerfully evocative.” - Kirkus, Starred Review

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