SEPTEMBER 24: Shermin Kruse, author of Butterfly Stitching

This event will take place on Wednesday, September 24th at 6:30 pm.

SEPTEMBER 25: Gentleman Bootleggers: Bryce T. Bauer & Tim Chapman

This event will take place on Thursday, September 25th at 6:30 pm.

SEPTEMBER 27: Debra Pickett, author of Reporting Lives

This event will take place on Saturday, September 27th at 5:00 pm.

Banned Books!

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: 

Book List

Little Brother (Paperback)

$11.99
ISBN-13: 9780765323118
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Tor Teen, 4/2010

Booker T Washington High School in Pensacola, Florida recently cancelled their One Summer/One Book reading program because of the chosen book: Little Brother.  The story deals with teeanged hackers who fight back against police state conditions in San Francisco.  Apparently the principal was not keen on the "anti-authority" tone of the book, nor of the occasional bad language and references to sex.  Author Cory Doctorow took this as an invitation, of course, and has responded by sending 200 copies of the book to students. 

 


$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780689878459
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, 6/2005
And Tango Makes Three consistently tops the list of most-challenged books.  It tells the story of two penguins at a zoo who adopt a little penguin as their own.  Concerns arise because the two adult penguins are both male.  This summer, due to concern about homosexual themes in the book, every library in Singapore was ordered to destroy all copies of Tango.

$13.95
ISBN-13: 9780375714573
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Pantheon, 6/2004

CPS made international headlines in 2013 when they removed Persepolis from their curriculum.  Some stories say the administration ordered all copies to be removed from CPS libraries.  Other stories say the book was only removed from middle school libraries.  Regardless, the book is no longer taught to CPS students.  Any teacher who wishes to use the book in the classroom must go through mandatory training in case students find the book too challenging or "inappropriate."


New Releases

As Summer stampedes to a close, we're already pining for outdoor festivals, reading a great book on the beach, and the hot, muggy Chicago air...well, maybe not that last one. But don't worry! Your friendly, neighborhood bookstore has you covered. Before you up and move to warm climates all year round, remember the one great thing that makes September worthwhile...NEW BOOKS! That's right. September releases have us all clammoring for Summer to up and end so we can get our hands on these amazing new titles. Here are just a few of the most anticipated unreleased or just released titles of the Fall. 

 

Book List

The Bone Clocks (Hardcover)

$30.00
ISBN-13: 9781400065677
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Random House, 9/2014

$24.00
ISBN-13: 9780544272996
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 9/2014

The Children Act (Hardcover)

$25.00
ISBN-13: 9780385539708
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Nan A. Talese, 9/2014

Run (Hardcover)

$26.00
ISBN-13: 9780345540720
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Ballantine Books, 10/2014

$24.00
ISBN-13: 9781566893688
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Coffee House Press, 9/2014

$25.95
ISBN-13: 9780385539128
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Nan A. Talese, 9/2014

Bookclubs Galore

As most of our devoted followers know, we at City Lit Books try to provide the neighborhood with a wide array of bookclubs and (free) events. This week, join bookseller, Chelka, for her Chat 'n' Chew Bookclub!

For those of you who haven't attended, Chat 'n' Chew is all about food: reading about food, talking about food, and, of course, eating delicious, homemade, cookbook-centered food. This month, we'll be discussing a food blogger of your choosing. This could be your well-worn copy of Deb Perlman's Smitten Kitchen cookbook, Joy the Baker's cookbook, Angela Liddon's Oh She Glows Vegan cookbook, or anything else you've read, loved, and consumed!

This bookclub meets this thursday, August 28th at 6:30. So drop in with your favorite blogger cookbook and maybe a treat to share!

For a full list of our bookclubs, check out our Bookclub page!   

 

CCLAP August

Just wanted to let you know about another EXCITING CCLAP Showcase open mic and reading! This month, playwright Amber Hargroder will be reading from her unpublished novel. Hargroder is well-known for her work on the one-woman show, Marilyn Monroe, Whoever you are, which she wrote, directed and starred in, as well as her active participation in the Chicago theatre scene. 

In case you missed it, the CCLAP Showcase features a reading from a local author and six open mic slots to be filled by writers, poets, or storytellers. If you’re interested in participating, send an email over to cclapcenter@gmail.com. If you’re interested in listening (that's fine, too!), make sure to come by the bookstore on Tuesday, August 26th at 6:30 pm. There will be wine, beer, and great literary company!
 
Learn more about CCLAP at cclapcenter.com/events