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Bob Eckstein will be here at The Book Cellar to discuss his book Footnotes from the World's Greatest Bookstores (of which we are one)! He will be in conversation with New Yorker cartoonist Pat Bynes.
Come enjoy a show of the popular cartoons of Bob Eckstein while he shares anecdotes from his unusual career spanning from an award-winning illustrator and humorist to becoming the world's leading snowman expert to becoming a New Yorker cartoonist to today, painting the world's greatest bookstores for new book, Footnotes from the World's Greatest Bookstores. This collection of illustrations hopes to raise awareness for independent bookstores.
While the material is PG-rated, the stories, artwork and cartoons are geared for adults. The free program will include hearing back stories from his bookstore book, his drawings of the Oscars and Super Bowl, a Q & A and, afterwards, Bob Eckstein will sign copies of his new book.
About Bob Eckstein:
Bob Eckstein is New York Times and New Yorker writer and cartoonist. He has also written for The New York Daily News, Atlas Obscura, The Wall Street Journal, Reader's Digest, Village Village, GQ, Playboy, MAD, The Spectator (UK), and many other places. His one other book The History of the Snowman (Simon & Schuster, 2007) is a popular holiday classic. His new book Footnotes from the World’s Greatest Bookstores was selected by Wall Street Journal as one of the Most Anticipated Books of 2016 and a New York Times bestseller that is now beloved around the world.
About Footnotes from the World's Greatest Bookstores:
From beloved New Yorker cartoonist Bob Eckstein comes this New York TImes bestselling collection of paintings and stories from some of the world’s most cherished bookstores.
The collection of seventy-five evocative paintings and colorful anecdotes invites you into the heart and soul of every community: the local bookshop, each with its own quirks, charms, and legendary stories.
The book features an incredible roster of great bookstores from across the globe and stories from writers, thinkers and artists of our time, including David Bowie, Tom Wolfe, Jonathan Lethem, Roz Chast, Deepak Chopra, Bob Odenkirk, Philip Glass, Jonathan Ames, Terry Gross, Mark Maron, Neil Gaiman, Ann Patchett, Chris Ware, Molly Crabapple, Amitav Ghosh, Alice Munro, Dave Eggers, Garrison Keillor and many more.
Page by page, Eckstein perfectly captures our lifelong love affair with books, bookstores, and book-sellers that is at once heartfelt, bittersweet, and cheerfully confessional.
Join the nationwide party celebrating local indie bookstores!
Festivities at The Book Cellar will include:
• Exclusive books and merchandise available day only!
• Surprise discounts on every book purchase!
• Specialty literary cocktails and Garret’s Popcorn!
• Raffle for book-lover prizes!
• Photo-op with literary legends, Austen and Poe!
• At 1PM, special guest, Eli’s Cheesecake author, Maureen Schulman, with tips and tastes to share!
We are also participating in the #MyChicagoBookstore Challenge, which encourages book lovers to indulge in bookstore tourism by visiting 10 or more stores on that one day.
To begin your trip, you can pick up a #MyChicagoBookstore carabiner and a first "luggage tag" from the store of your choice with an initial purchase of $25 or more.
Additional bookstore visits throughout the day (no purchase required) enable you to collect an additional tag at each subsequent bookstore. The payoff comes for visits at the following levels:
Visit TEN stores and get 10% off at participating bookstores for the ENTIRE YEAR!
Visit FIFTEEN stores and get 15% off at participating book stores for the ENTIRE YEAR!
Participating Stores Include:
57th Street Books
The Book Bin
The Book Cellar
The Book Stall at Chestnut Court
The Book Table
Bookends & Beginnings
Centuries and Sleuths
Magic Tree Bookstore
Newberry Library Bookshop
Powell’s Books Chicago
Read It & Eat
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co./826CHI
Women & Children First
Ali Noorani will be at The Book Cellar to discuss his book There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration.
Noorani will be in converation with WBEZ reporter Odette Yousef.
About Ali Noorani:
Ali Noorani is the Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, an advocacy organization promoting the value of immigrants and immigration. Growing up in California as the son of Pakistani immigrants, Ali quickly learned how to forge alliances among people of wide-ranging backgrounds, a skill that has served him extraordinarily well as one of the nation’s most innovative coalition builders.
Before joining the Forum, Ali was executive director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, and he has served in leadership roles within public health and environmental organizations.
In 2015, Ali was named a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds a Master’s in Public Health from Boston University and is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. Ali lives in Washington, D.C. and is the author of “There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration,” (Prometheus, April 2017).
About There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communitise Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration:
This compelling approach to the immigration debate takes the reader behind the blaring headlines and into communities grappling with the reality of new immigrants and the changing nature of American identity. Ali Noorani, the Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, interviews nearly fifty local and national leaders from law enforcement, business, immigrant, and faith communities to illustrate the challenges and opportunities they face. From high school principals to church pastors to sheriffs, the author reveals that most people are working to advance society's interests, not exploiting a crisis at the expense of one community. As he shows, some cities and regions have reached a happy conclusion, while others struggle to find balance.
Whether describing a pastor preaching to the need to welcome the stranger, a sheriff engaging the Muslim community, or a farmer's wind-whipped face moistened by tears as he tells the story of his farmworkers being deported, the author helps readers to realize that America's immigration debate isn't about policy; it is about the culture and values that make America what it is. The people on the front lines of America's cultural and demographic debate are Southern Baptist pastors in South Carolina, attorneys general in Utah or Indiana, Texas businessmen, and many more. Their combined voices make clear that all of them are working to make America a welcome place for everyone, long-established citizens and new arrivals alike.
Especially now, when we feel our identity, culture, and values changing shape, the collective message from all the diverse voices in this inspiring book is one of hope for the future.
About Odette Yousef:
Odette Yousef is WBEZ's North Side reporter. Prior to WBEZ, she worked as a General Assignment reporter at WABE an NPR member station in Atlanta, Georgia. She also was an Editorial Assistant for NPR’s Talk of the Nation in Washington, DC. Odette has a B.A. from Harvard University in Economics and East Asian Studies and she has won numerous awards, including a Lisagor Award, Edward R. Murrow and the Atlanta Press Club’s Radio Journalist of the Year.
Join us at The Book Cellar to celebrate the launch of Benjamin Ludwig's debut novel, Ginny Moon!
About Benjamin Ludwig:
A life-long teacher of English and writing, Benjamin Ludwig lives in New Hampshire with his family. He holds an MAT in English Education and an MFA in Writing. Shortly after he and his wife married they became foster parents and adopted a teenager with autism. Ginny Moon is his first novel, which was inspired in part by his conversations with other parents at Special Olympics basketball practices.
About Ginny Moon:
Meet Ginny Moon. She's mostly your average teenager. She plays flute in the high school band, has weekly basketball practice, and reads Robert Frost poems in English class. But Ginny is autistic. And so what's important to her might seem a bit...different: starting every day with exactly nine grapes for breakfast, Michael Jackson, her baby doll, and crafting a secret plan of escape. After being traumatically taken from her abusive birth mother and moved around to different homes, Ginny has finally found her forever home - a safe place with parents who will love and nurture her. This is exactly what all foster kids are hoping for, right? But Ginny has other plans. She'll steal and lie and exploit the good intentions of those who love her - anything it takes to get back what's missing in her life. She'll even try to get herself kidnapped. Told in an extraordinary and wholly original voice, Ginny Moon is at once quirky, charming, heartbreaking, and poignant. It's a story about being an outsider trying to find a place to belong and about making sense of a world that just doesn't seem to add up. Taking you into the mind of a curious and deeply human character, Benjamin Ludwig's novel affirms that fiction has the power to change the way we see the world.
The Desi Lit Book Group meets to discuss their May pick, Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag.