Let's welcome April with a glorious poem.
Poetry month sure is swell for a tome
by Neruda, Bukowski, or the great Dr. Seuss.
Poems not your thing? Don't be a goose!
City Lit's blog
Let's welcome April with a glorious poem.
We're super excited for this Friday's upcoming discussion between authors Elizabeth McKenzie and Peter Ferry! Peter Ferry's Old Heart was the Chicago Writers Association Novel of the Year for 2015. And Elizabeth McKenzie's The Portable Veblen has been getting stellar reviews, including from one of our booksellers, Timothy Moore, who calls it "One of the best novels I've read in years. Genuinely funny, but also important!"
Don't just take his word for it!
Fresh Air's Maureen Corrigan gave a rave review of the book, which you can listen to here!
Jennifer Senior, of the New York Times, says that "One of the great pleasures of reading Elizabeth McKenzie is that she hears the musical potential in language that others do not — in the manufactured jargon of economics, in the Latin taxonomy of the animal kingdom, even in the names of our own humble body parts (who knew about the eye’s “zonule of Zinn”?)." You can read more of her review here!
Rick Kogan spoke with both Elizabeth McKenzie and Peter Ferry this weekend in a fascinating literary discussion, which you can listen to here!
That will prepare you for this Friday's event! We'll se you then!
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!
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!
Looking for the perfect gift for the holidays? When you stop in, you'll find our shelves decorated with our Holiday Pick tags! These are quality holiday picks selected by our discerning booksellers. Plus, check out our Pick of the Day on Instagram!
Have something else in mind? Feel free to ask our friendly booksellers for recommenedations!
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.
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!
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.