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Chicago Independent Bookstore Day


City Lit Books is participating in the First Annual Chicago Independent Bookstore Day on July 12, 2014. Nine Chicago independent bookstores are teaming up to create this event. To encourage Chicago readers to visit their own neighborhood store as well as the other unique stores in different neighborhoods—from Hyde Park to Logan Square to Andersonville—indie stores are offering special deals, free books, and refreshments. Customers will also receive a handful of puzzle pieces from each participating store that will fit together to create an exclusively designed frameable print by Lilli Carré.

City Lit will feature a number of our own events on Saturday July, 12, 2014. 

10:30 Storytime with Miss Irica

12:00 Signing and samples with Martha Bayne, author of the Soup & Bread Cookbook

5:00 Curbside Spendlor Publishing Author Readings and Giveaways


All day long, City Lit will be having a sidewalk sale. So drop in, pick up a book from the sidewalk, catch a song with Miss Irica, and eat something delicious with Martha Bayne! And check out our fellow Chicago booksellers all weekend long! 



We're Famous!

You know that we're excited for the start of summer... great weather, great Logan Square activities, and, of course...GREAT BOOKS.
We at City Lit love summer reads so much that Chicago took notice!
Check us out on this week where our City Lit staffers chat about their favorite beach reads. A mixture of sci-fi, mystery, and YA...I promise you WON'T be able to put these books down!
Let us choose your next great read. Sand and Sun optional (but encouraged!).

Book of the Month - May 2013

Much of American culture was made in Chicago, and to understand the country you have to understand its "third coast." So argues Chicago-born-and-raised writer Tom Dyja. His illuminating The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream, argues that after the Second World War the Windy City functioned as the center of the nation - not just geographically, but also in terms of culture, politics, and business. Innovations such as Mies van der Rohe's glass and steel architecture, Hugh Hefner's Playboy, Chuck Berry's rock and roll, and McDonald's innovative fast food defined modern consumer America. He also describes the end of Chicago's golden era as the election of Richard J. Daley launched a frenzy of new building that came at the expense of the city's creativity and diversity. 

"America," says Dyja, "is a better place when Chicago holds it together." With The Third Coast, Dyja restores Chicago to the central place it once held in the national ethos in a captivating and dazzling alternate history of the American Century.

Thomas Dyja is the author of three novels and two works of non-fiction. A native of Chicago's Northwest Side, he was called a "real Chicago boy" by Studs Terkel.

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