Readings from Contributors of the Chicago Quarterly Review Story Time! Thomas Grace, author of Kent State: Death and Dissent in the Long Sixties

Friday, February 24th at 6:30pm

Saturday, February 25th at 10:30am

Saturday, February 25th at 5:00pm

Sometimes, Love Hurts...

At City Lit Books, we're so excited for Valentine's Day that we've put together a new book table to commemorate the season of love! Except, sometimes, well, love hurts!

Tumultuous love does make for some great literature though! You've certainly know of the classics, Gutave Flaubert's Madame Bovary, Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice (and Emma, etc), Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina. You can even get theatrical with Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

But we'd recommend you take a look at some other gems at our table. For every renown classic like Love in the Time of Cholera there's a gem that's just waiting to break your heart. 

Take Ludmilla Petrushevskaya's There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister's Huband, and He Hanged Himself. Translated by Anna Summers, Ludmilla's work has been compared with the likes of Angela Carter, Beckett, Tolstoy, and has been cited as "Russia's preeminent comtemporary fiction writer." Check out our Bad Romance table for her collection of stories!

Or how about Michael Czyzniejewski's collection of "breakup stories," entitled I Will Love You For The Rest Of My Life. The title alone leaves room for heartbreak! Amelia Gray calls this collection "Sharp and funny, with reach and heart, these stories serve an exhibit of the many ways love can get the hell out." 

Not looking for short stories? We invite you to consider Paula Fox's Desperate Characters, which follows a Otto and Sophie Bentwood living in Brooklyn, whose lives, and marriage, quickly begin to fracture after Sophie is bitten by a possibly rabies-infected cat. 

These are just a few of the exciting titles we have at our Bad Romance table! Check it out the next time you visit! 

I Will Love You for the Rest of My Life: Breakup Stories Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781940430287
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Curbside Splendor Publishing - March 31st, 2015

There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister's Husband, and He Hanged Himself Cover Image
By Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, Anna Summers (Translator), Anna Summers (Introduction by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780143121527
Availability: Special Order
Published: Penguin Books - January 29th, 2013

Desperate Characters Cover Image
By Paula Fox, Jonathan Franzen (Introduction by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780393351101
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 30th, 2015

New Year, New Book Clubs!

At City Lit Books, we’re excited to announce three new book clubs starting in January and February!

Bookseller Tim hosts the OBSCURE LIT Book Club, which explores underrated but influential classics from unknown and popular authors alike. OBSCURE LIT will meet the third Thursday of every month at 6:30pm. The first meeting will take place January 21 to discuss Cane by Jane Toomer.

Bookseller Joe will host the SOC 201 Book Club, which will move beyond the headlines to explore a sociopolitical topic in-depth. The Club will meet the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm. The club will meet for the first time February 2 to explore The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander.

Bookseller Devon will host the FOUND IN TRANSLATION Book Club, which will dive into fresh English translations of stand-out fiction from around the world. They’ll meet the first Thursday of each month at 6:30pm. The selection for the first meeting on February 4 is The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli.

And the WEIRD AND WONDERFUL and IN BRIEF Book Clubs are still going strong! WEIRD AND WONDERFUL will next meet January 6 to discuss The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness. IN BRIEF is reading The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamada Ngozi Adichie for its January 26 meeting.

All book clubs meet at City Lit and there’s no need to sign up—just show up ready to discuss! All Book Club books are 10% off!

Cane Cover Image
By Jean Toomer, Rudolph P. Byrd (Afterword by), Henry Louis Gates (Afterword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780871402103
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - June 13th, 2011

The New Jim Crow Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781595586438
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: New Press - January 16th, 2012

The Story of My Teeth Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566894098
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Coffee House Press - September 15th, 2015

Ada Calhoun's Article in the New York Times

Ada Calhoun wrote this wonderful article, "My Old City Was Gone. (Or Was it?)" for the New York Times! She'll be reading and discussing her book, St. Marks is Dead tonight at 6:30! We're so excited!

"Who understands the soul of any place? Who deserves to be here? Who is the interloper and who the interloped-upon? Who can say which drunk N.Y.U. student stumbling down St. Marks Place will wind up writing the next classic novel or making the next great album?"

You can read more of her article here!

 

 

 
St. Marks Is Dead: The Many Lives of America's Hippest Street Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780393240382
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 2nd, 2015

Indies First Day at City Lit Books!

City Lit Books is pleased to announce Indies First Day, on November 28, Small Business Saturday! Independent businesses throughout town are coming together to celebrate their local bonds as part of the third annual Small Business Saturday

Created by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday serves as the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday shopping season for small businesses across the United States. It is a day dedicated to supporting the local businesses that help to create jobs, boost the economy, and preserve neighborhoods. Last year, U.S. consumers who were aware of Small Business Saturday reported spending an estimated $14.3 billion with independently-owned businesses on the day, based on the Small Business Saturday Insights Survey, making a big impact on local communities. The day has been championed by elected officials in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., including President Obama.

Hundreds of other independent bookstores across the country will be celebrating Indies First with in-store activities and events on November 28. Stay tuned for updates on our activities soon! Additionally, Indies First encourages authors—and anybody who wants to sell a book through a website—to support independent bookstores online by making an indie “Buy” button the FIRST among all e-retailer choices on their websites year-round.

Other participating Indies First stores and authors may be found on www.indiesfirst.com.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and join the conversation using the hashtag #indiesfirst! We'll be giving updates soon on the City Lit Books website! Stay tuned! 

Bookseller Recommendation: Nina Revoyr's LOST CANYON is a Must Read!

LOST CANYON is thrilling, and, yes, reminiscent of "Deliverance," but with a surprising, and welcome, twist! The book follows the fortune of four hikers that get caught up in a dangerous game of cat and mouse...and bear. But issues with race, class, and perspective really makes this story stand out - and while the descriptions of nature don't interest me personally (like many of the characters in the book, I'm an "urbanite" at heart), the book's intelligent and surprising take on social issues certainly do! This is a must read! 

-Tim

Lost Canyon Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781617753541
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Akashic Books - August 25th, 2015

National Book Award Finalists!

Happy Fall! It's officially the time of year for cozy sweaters, warm drinks, and new books. If you're not sure where to begin with all these new releases, we suggest starting with the long list for the 2015 National Book Award finalists in fiction. These are some seriously awesome authors! 
 
 
A Cure for Suicide Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781101870129
Availability: Special Order
Published: Pantheon Books - July 21st, 2015

Refund: Stories Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781619026230
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Counterpoint LLC - November 10th, 2015

Did You Ever Have a Family Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781476798172
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Gallery/Scout Press - September 1st, 2015

The Turner House Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9780544303164
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Houghton Mifflin - April 14th, 2015

Fates and Furies Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781594634475
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - September 15th, 2015

Fortune Smiles: Stories Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780812997477
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House - August 18th, 2015

Welcome to Braggsville Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062302137
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow & Company - September 8th, 2015

Honeydew: Stories Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780316297226
Availability: Special Order
Published: Little Brown and Company - January 6th, 2015

A Little Life Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780385539258
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Doubleday Books - March 10th, 2015

Mislaid Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062364777
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ecco Press - May 19th, 2015

Three Years and Counting

A million thanks to every one of you who has passed through our doors!  This week marks our third anniversary, and we couldn't be more thrilled.  We're so lucky to be in such a busy, supportive, exciting neighborhood with wonderful customers and lovely businesses. People like discussing how risky it is to be a bookstore in the digital age, but we've never felt anything except support.  Our customers have reaffirmed our belief that there's a need for bookstores and there's still a love for the physical book.  We're so privileged to wake up every day in order to recommend new titles and share our favorite books with amazing people.  

This is also a great opportunity to remind you of our Odyssey Program.  Basically, it's our way of thanking you for a being loyal customers.  When you spend money at our store, we reward you!  We wouldn't be here without you, and it's our pleasure to make you feel special.  Next time you're at City Lit, tell us your name at the counter and we'll make sure you're signed up.

Literary One-Hit Wonders

The publication of Go Set a Watchman will officially remove Harper Lee's One Hit Wonder status.  Who else is a well-known one hit wonder?  A surprising number of authors, actually!  Here are some favorites from writers who only published one novel.

Memoirs of a Geisha Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679781585
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage Books USA - January 18th, 1999

Gone with the Wind Cover Image
By Margaret Mitchell, Pat Conroy (Preface by)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781451635621
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner Book Company - May 3rd, 2011

Wuthering Heights Cover Image
By Emily Bronte, Pauline Nestor (Introduction by), Lucasta Miller (Preface by)
$8.00
ISBN: 9780141439556
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - December 31st, 2002

Black Beauty Cover Image
By Anna Sewell, Meg Rosoff (Introduction by)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780141321035
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Puffin Books - March 27th, 2008

The Bell Jar Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780060837020
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Perennial - August 2nd, 2005

Happy, Happy Pride!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are so full of love over here at City Lit Books! Check out these books from our Pride table to keep you in the pride spirit, today and all days.

 

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780618871711
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mariner Books - June 2007

The Argonauts Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9781555977078
Availability: Special Order
Published: Graywolf Press - May 5th, 2015

Howl: And Other Poems Cover Image
$7.95
ISBN: 9780872860179
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: City Lights Books - January 2001

It's Not Over: Getting Beyond Tolerance, Defeating Homophobia, and Winning True Equality Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780544381001
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Houghton Mifflin - April 7th, 2015

King and King Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781582460611
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Tricycle Press - March 2003

Giovanni's Room Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780345806567
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage Books - September 12th, 2013

The Laramie Project and the Laramie Project: Ten Years Later Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780804170390
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage Books - June 3rd, 2014

It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living Cover Image
By Dan Savage (Editor), Terry Miller (Editor)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780452297616
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Plume Books - January 25th, 2012

Big Gay Ice Cream: Saucy Stories & Frozen Treats: Going All the Way with Ice Cream Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780385345606
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - April 28th, 2015

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