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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
$15.99
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
$15.99
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
Email teresa@citylitbooks.com or call for price at 773-235-2523
ISBN: 9780544381001
Availability: Out of Print
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

Have a City Lit Summer!

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees,

just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was

beginning over again with the summer.” 

--F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Great Gatsby"

Whether your summer goal is to build a treehouse, travel to Europe, or find "the next Gone Girl," City Lit has you covered.  We'll point you towards the cookbooks, where you'll find a great selection of recipes for grilling, mixing cocktails, and making ice cream.  We can help you find the perfect series for your kiddos to read while you drive to your lake house.  Our shelves boast titles like Where to Bike Chicago and Backyard Beekeeper.  Need a gift for a summer birthday party?  Check.  Need to spruce your garden?  Check.  Want to learn the constellations with your 7-year-old?  Check.  Don't forget: reading isn't just for the school year.  City Lit is here all summer long to help with all your book (and journal and greeting card and bookmark) needs! 

The Daylight Marriage Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781616203689
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Algonquin Books - May 5th, 2015

Another mystery where a couple fights and the wife disappears. The story is told from both characters' perspectives. This is a frequently successful recommendation for fans of "Gone Girl.


Everyday Bicycling: How to Ride a Bike for Transportation (Whatever Your Lifestyle) Cover Image
Email teresa@citylitbooks.com or call for price at 773-235-2523
ISBN: 9781621067252
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Microcosm Publishing - December 2012

Summer is the perfect time to pick up the bicycling habit.  While we have books like "Where to Bike Chicago" in store, Elly Blue's book provides practical advice for those just starting to bike.  "Everyday Bicycling" will teach you how to shop for a bike, and then how to ride it safely in the city.  Once you've mastered everyday biking, you can move on to our biking-for-fun titles.


The Emerald Atlas Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780375872716
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Yearling Books - April 24th, 2012

The Emerald Atlas is the start of an adventure trilogy for middle grade readers. If your kids loved Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, the Emerald Atlas will be right up their alley. Perfect for "I'm bored" days, or for long car rides.


The BBQ Companion: 180+ Barbeque Recipes from Around the World Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781742709369
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Hardie Grant Books - April 7th, 2015

A big and beautiful book to keep by your grill. This visually stunning title will be your bible all summer as your cook vegetables and burgers in your backyard.


How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Revised: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399173288
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Tarcherperigee - January 6th, 2015

Matt Kepnes was just at City Lit, and presented his travel tips to a huge crowd. If you plan to visit Europe, Asia, or even Michigan, pick up this book so you can have amazing adventures on a budget.

 


Have a City Lit Summer

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees,

just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was

beginning over again with the summer.”

--F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Great Gatsby"

 

Whether your summer goal is to build a treehouse, travel to Europe, or find "the next Gone Girl," City Lit has you covered. We'll point you towards the cookbooks, where you'll find a great selection of recipes for grilling, mixing cocktails, and making ice cream. We can help you find the perfect series for your kiddos to read while you drive to your lake house. Our shelves boast titles like Where to Bike Chicago and Backyard Beekeeper. Need a gift for a summer birthday party? Check. Need to spruce your garden? Check. Want to learn the constellations with your 7-year-old? Check. Don't forget: reading isn't just for the school year. City Lit is here all summer long to help with all your book (and journal and greeting card and bookmark) needs!

The Daylight Marriage Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781616203689
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Algonquin Books - May 5th, 2015

Another mystery where a couple fights and the wife disappears. The story is told from both characters' perspectives. This is a frequently successful recommendation for fans of "Gone Girl." 


Everyday Bicycling: How to Ride a Bike for Transportation (Whatever Your Lifestyle) Cover Image
Email teresa@citylitbooks.com or call for price at 773-235-2523
ISBN: 9781621067252
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Microcosm Publishing - December 2012

Summer is the perfect time to pick up the bicycling habit.  While we have books like "Where to Bike Chicago" in store, Elly Blue's book provides practical advice for those just starting to bike.  "Everyday Bicycling" will teach you how to shop for a bike, and then how to ride it safely in the city.  Once you've mastered everyday biking, you can move on to our biking-for-fun titles. 


The Emerald Atlas Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780375872716
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Yearling Books - April 24th, 2012

The Emerald Atlas is the start of an adventure trilogy for middle grade readers. If your kids loved Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, the Emerald Atlas will be right up their alley. Perfect for "I'm bored" days, or for long car rides. 


The BBQ Companion: 180+ Barbeque Recipes from Around the World Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781742709369
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Hardie Grant Books - April 7th, 2015

A big and beautiful book to keep by your grill. This visually stunning title will be your bible all summer as your cook vegetables and burgers in your backyard. 


How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Revised: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399173288
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Tarcherperigee - January 6th, 2015

Matt Kepnes was just at City Lit, and presented his travel tips to a huge crowd. If you plan to visit Europe, Asia, or even Michigan, pick up this book so you can have amazing adventures on a budget. 


#WeNeedDiverseBooks

February is coming to a close, and that means the end of Black History Month.  However, we believe in supporting authors of color every month of the year!  If you've been by the store, you've seen our center table filled with books by Black writers: James Baldwin, Roxane Gay, Jacqueline Woodson, Alice Walker, and Richard Wright.  We'll recommend those books all year long; but we'd like to highlight some 2015 books by writers of color, too.  After all, who isn't excited about the new Toni Morrison?? Add these books to your to-read list, and find more at WeNeedDiverseBooks.org. 

The Book of Phoenix Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780756410193
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Daw Books - May 5th, 2015

This Side of Home Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781599906683
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - February 3rd, 2015

Make It Messy: My Perfectly Imperfect Life Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780385744003
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Delacorte Press - June 9th, 2015

God Help the Child Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780307594174
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 21st, 2015

Stella by Starlight Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442494978
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - January 6th, 2015

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