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Adam

 

Three things I like: when the Broncos win, planets (Star Trek), and makin' eggs. 

Currently reading: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

$18.99
ISBN: 9780062080233
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Published: William Morrow & Company - February 5th, 2013

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ISBN: 9780553418026
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Published: Broadway Books - October 28th, 2014

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ISBN: 9780312576462
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Published: Picador USA - September 27th, 2011

Kyle

 

Three things I like: The Bard, a well crafted beer, and short walks in the snow. 

Currently reading: Brand New Ancients by Kate Tempest

$15.95
ISBN: 9780804172448
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Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2015

Pure magic. Shakespeare, comic books, Star Trek, and the apocalypse all swirl together into one of my favorite books of the year. Mandel deftly weaves us through multiple characters in the past and present in this strangely real yet fantastically imaginative tale. And unlike many of its fellow world-ender novels, Mandel paints us a future full of hope and new beginnings. 


$18.99
ISBN: 9780062080233
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Published: William Morrow & Company - February 5th, 2013

$17.00
ISBN: 9780812983586
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Published: Random House Trade - June 12th, 2012

Brittany

 

Three things I like: sweet red wine, Marvel movies, the sound of a camera shutter

Currently reading: Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb

By Jeph Loeb, Tim Sale (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781401232597
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Published: DC Comics - October 11th, 2011

$28.95
ISBN: 9781594206276
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Published: Penguin Press - June 16th, 2015

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ISBN: 9780812997576
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Published: Random House - June 16th, 2015

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ISBN: 9781449456146
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - September 17th, 2013

Nathen

 

Three things I like: playing sensual songs on the guitar, coming up with arbitrary theories, and writing about sad people trying to be happy then realizing they've been happy all along.

Currently reading: In Search of Lost Time: Swann's Way

$18.00
ISBN: 9780142437964
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Published: Penguin Books - November 30th, 2004

The kind of novel made to lose yourself in, much like the author did - In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust is comprised of 7 life-changing books composing a semi-fictitious memoir that will take you on a sublime journey through meaning by an author/narrator who learns to truly worship the senses.


Mark

 

Three things I like: nicking recipes from favourite restaurants, climbing over language barriers in faraway places, and spotting lookalikes

Currently reading: Warlock by Oakley Hall

By Oakley Hall, Robert Stone (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590171615
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Published: New York Review of Books - November 21st, 2005

Katie-Sue

 

Three things I like: craft beer, cats, and Harry Potter

Currently reading: Eragon by Christopher Paolini

$10.99
ISBN: 9780375826696
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - April 26th, 2005

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ISBN: 9780307947307
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Published: Anchor Books - August 7th, 2012

Flavia

 

Three things I like: hammocks, gardens, and peanut butter

Currently reading: An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield

$17.00
ISBN: 9780316253031
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 14th, 2015

Elizabeth

 

Three things I like: cheese, tea, and The BBC. 

Currently reading: Duino Elegies & the Sonnets to Orpheus

$15.99
ISBN: 9780062282712
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 5th, 2014

Rebekah

 

Three things I like: coffee, beach yoga, and fairytales

Currently reading: New American Stories edited by Ben marcus and All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy 

By Ben Marcus, Ben Marcus (Editor)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780804173544
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Published: Vintage - July 21st, 2015

Though only a few pages each, I haven't been able to read two of these stories consecutively. Like eating a hearty meal, reading one of these stories requires that you sit back a while upon finishing. Not to say that they are heavy or tedious, rather that they leave a rich, lingering flavor that is best appreciated when allowed to unfold slowly. Great for a long train ride or a quiet evening. 

 


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ISBN: 9781594206627
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Published: Penguin Press - August 18th, 2015

With eerie and visceral prose, Ottessa Moshfegh latches onto the fundamental human experience of realizing that you are a dark, fragile, and volatile creature deep inside. Most of us only experience this realization in solitude, when we stare nakedly into a mirror and examine our deepest fears, embarrassments, and imperfections. Eileen, has this acute awareness with her always. This might seem to be a wholly un-endearing quality for a first-person narrative, but as Eileen seeks for connectivity with others in her world, and for a brief moment finds it, unmistakably, with the most unexpected of persons, she reveals to us an honest and not completely hopeless glimpse of our race in all its desperate wanting.
 
 


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ISBN: 9780804179034
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Published: Del Rey Books - May 19th, 2015

Uprooted is an unapologetic fairy tale brimming with enchantments, sorcery, and foreboding evil forces; reading it reminded me of why I fell in love with magic. Like my teenage self, Agnieszka is inexperienced, completely naive and a total klutz, yet she kicks some wizarding butt as she learns to trust herself and outsmarts some really pompous bullies. This book has a bit of everything a good fantasy should: undying frienships, gory swordfights, and sparks-flying romance - yes, things get a little steamy - so read it and let's talk about it! But seriously, it's good. 


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ISBN: 9780147516145
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Published: Plume Books - June 9th, 2015

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ISBN: 9780439874021
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 24th, 2015

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ISBN: 9780553446616
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - May 19th, 2015

Danielle

 
Three things I like: soccer, swords, and sandwiches. 
 
Currently reading: Twistrose Key by Tone Almhjell
$10.99
ISBN: 9781442426412
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Published: Atheneum Books - December 7th, 2010

This AMAZING series is what made me fall in love with books! It's the story of a girl who disguises herself as a boy in order to follow her dreams and become a knight. These books are packed with action, adventure, the drive to overcome adversity, and just the right amount of MAGIC!!

--Danielle 


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ISBN: 9780385743563
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Published: Delacorte Press - September 24th, 2013

A world full of superpowers, but no heroes... Set in a post-apocalyptic Chicago, the city is ruled by the most notorious and powerful Epic (as the superpowered are known), Steelheart. One ordinary boy, David, has a plan to take down Steelheart and stop the Epics' reign over humanity. This is an action-packed ride that grabs you from the start, keeps you guessing, and leaves you wanting more.

--Danielle 


$17.99
ISBN: 9780062192134
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - June 11th, 2013

The Game:  Book One is a well written sci-fi-esque young adult novel.  It's a fast paced action packed story with description that will pull you in and leave you wanting more.  I would love to give a detailed synopsis of the story line but it would ruin half of the fun of reading the book.  While it's not necessarily post apocalyptic, fans of the genre will love it!  This book will keep you guessing until the very end and you won't be disappointed.

 -Danielle- 


Heather

 

 

Three things I like: red meat, Nintendo, my bed .

Currently Reading:  Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

 

$15.95
ISBN: 9780679728757
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Published: Vintage Books USA - May 5th, 1992

Terrifying.  McCarthy didn't just change the novel of the American West, he changed the novel period.  The only way this book could be more frightening is if it were written in blood.

-Heather- 


Karrie

 

Three things I like: scuba diving, Indian food, and Moroccan Riads.

Currently reading: The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

$13.99
ISBN: 9780062015839
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Published: William Morrow & Company - August 23rd, 2011

I chose this book because I was in the mood for a love story, but I was pleasantly surprised to find much more. This novel is an intelligently written and engrossing take on time travel and the dilemna of choice-making. Mandery explores the possibility of controlling the outcome of your life while still maintaining purpose. Worth a read!

--Karrie 


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ISBN: 9780770436407
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Hogarth - May 7th, 2013

I usually struggle with plots that move back and forth through space and time, but this book flowed unlike any I've ever read.  It is beautifully written and very moving.  You'll also learn a lot about Chechnya.

-Karrie- 


$15.95
ISBN: 9780804171472
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Published: Vintage - April 14th, 2015

$15.95
ISBN: 9780307455925
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Published: Anchor Books - March 4th, 2014

Suzy T

 
Three things I like:  animals, traveling, golf 
 
Currently reading: The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin
 
$15.00
ISBN: 9780307955913
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Published: Hogarth - March 12th, 2013

The watch was one of my favorite fiction reads last year.  The story describes a sentinel event for the characters during the Afghan war.  Each chapter tells the same event from a different characters point of view.  My heart raced and pounded as if I were present.

-Suzy- 


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***OFFSITE*** Welcome to Night Vale @ Music Box Theare

Join us at Music Box Theatre for an everning with the creepily awesome creators of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast and their new book Welcome to Night Vale!

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A mysterious stranger, an estranged father, and, most likely–imminent danger. The fictitious town of Night Vale sets small town drama and paranormal activities against the backdrop of the American southwest. “Welcome to Night Vale”–part podcast, part community radio show–shares the happenings of this town with listeners. Now, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, creators of the show, have turned the town’s stories into a novel (called “hypnotic and darkly funny” by The Guardian). From the mundane to the supernatural, they’ll share stories from their new work and give insight into what makes Night Vale so mysterious.

About the Novel:
Nineteen-year-old Night Vale pawn shop owner Jackie Fierro is given a paper marked “KING CITY” by a mysterious man in a tan jacket holding a deer skin suitcase. Everything about him and his paper unsettles her, especially the fact that she can’t seem to get the paper to leave her hand, and that no one who meets this man can remember anything about him. Jackie is determined to uncover the mystery of King City and the man in the tan jacket before she herself unravels.


Joseph Fink created and co-writes the Welcome to Night Vale podcast and touring live show. In his mid-twenties he started Commonplace Books, a very small publishing company, producing two collections of short works which he edited and laid out at his office job when his boss wasn’t looking. Later Jeffrey approached Joseph with the idea of writing a play about time travel. They co-wrote and performed this play in the East Village in August of 2011. Soon afterwards, Joseph started brainstorming a new project he and Jeffrey could co-write and this led to the pilot episode of Welcome to Night Vale. He is from California but doesn’t live there anymore.


Jeffrey Cranor co-writes—along with Joseph Fink—the hit podcast and touring live show Welcome to Night Vale. He also makes theater and dance. He has written more than 100 short plays with the New York Neo-Futurists, co-wrote and co-performed a two-man show (What the Time Traveler Will Tell Us) with Joseph, and collaborated with choreographer (also wife) Jillian Sweeney to create three full-length dance pieces: Imaginary Lines, This could be it, and Vulture-Wally. Jeffrey lives in New York State.

Event date: 
Friday, October 23, 2015 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Event address: 
Music Box Theatre
3733 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago, IL 60613
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062351425
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Harper Perennial - October 20th, 2015

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The Book Cellar Book Club

The Book Cellar Book Club discusses their pick of the month. Title TBA!

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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The Book Cellar Annual Spelling Bee is BACK!

Our annual Adult Spelling Bee returns once again to give Chicago's grown-ups another chance to prove they know "I" before "E" except after "C". Prove to friends, family, and complete strangers that you paid attention in middleschool when your english teacher dropped autochthonous (adj.) in your morning enligh class!    

In addition to a chance to achieve Ultimate Glory, we will be joined by celebrity host Kelsie Huff and literary judges James Kennendy & Robbie Q Telfer! Not to mention PRIZES!!!

Space for competetors is limited, so call (773.293.2665) or email (words@bookcellarinc.com) to reserve your spot today.

Keep that dictionary next to your bedside table... and your cereal bowl, but please don't study and drive! GOOD LUCK

 

 

 

 

Event date: 
Friday, September 4, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625

Live music of Spencer McCreary!

Join us at the Book Cellar for night of live music from acoustic guitarist and singer Spencer McCreary!

About Spencer McCrearyClassically trained on violin and well versed on guitar, McCreary exudes the poise of his disciplined musical upbringing while taking us to new places with his modern style. Lovers of all music will be captivated by acoustic covers and unique originals, both complemented by McCreary’s poignant vocals. The Pennsylvania native and Wheaton College graduate collaborates with six former classmates to comprise their band, Cardinal Harbor. The band has toured throughout Pennsylvania and also in the Midwest. They are currently working on a third studio album.

Event date: 
Saturday, September 5, 2015 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
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"Marvel and a Wonder", Joe Meno

Join us at the Book Cellar to celebrate the launch of Joe Meno's latest book Marvel and a Wonderhosted by Todd Summar of Goreyesque Magazine and featuring Goreyesque guest readers Julia FineAmy GiacaloneJan-Henry Gray, and Jan Bottiglieri.

About Joe Meno: 

Joe Meno is a fiction writer and playwright who lives in Chicago. A winner of the Nelson Algren Literary Award, a Pushcart Prize, a Great Lakes Book Award, and a finalist for the Story Prize, he is the author of six novels, Office Girl, The Great Perhaps, The Boy Detective Fails, Hairstyles of the Damned, How the Hula Girl Sings, and Tender as Hellfire. His short story collections are Bluebirds Used to Croon in the Choir and Demons in the Spring. His short fiction has been published in the likes of McSweeney’s, One Story, Swink, LIT, TriQuarterly, Other Voices, Gulf Coast, and broadcast on NPR. He was a contributing editor to Punk Planet, the seminal underground arts and politics magazine. His non-fiction has appeared in The New York Times and Chicago Magazine.

What Critics are saying about Marvel and a Wonder

“Evoking William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy, Meno’s suspenseful, mordantly incisive, many-layered tale can also be read as an equine Moby-Dick. As he tracks the bewildering seismic shifts under way in America, Meno celebrates everyday marvels, including the hard-proven love between grandfather and grandson.”
—Booklist, Starred review


“Faulkner-ian epic for the contemporary age… . [Meno] draws on the grave themes and austere styles of writers like Cormac McCarthy and Daniel Woodrell to offer a mix of biblical allegories, tinder-dry prose, and noble characters trying to survive in a wretched world… . The novel’s prose is marvelous is its spare, convincing grit while the story’s themes of family, redemption, sacrifice, and faith echo the plays of Sam Shepard at times… . A grandiose, atmospheric portrait of Middle America in all its damaged glory.”
—Kirkus Reviews


“The latest by Meno is a compelling mash-up of magic and the absurd with the grittiness of a world inhabited by punks, thieves, and losers, as a grandfather and his grandson take a road trip through 1990s rural America in search of their stolen horse… . This is a provocative reflection on the lives of the disenfranchised in the waning days of the 20th century, with a bittersweet resolution that will resonate with readers.”
—Publishers Weekly

 

Event date: 
Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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$15.95
ISBN: 9781617753947
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Published: Akashic Books - September 2015

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"Little Magazine in Contemporary America", Ian Morris and Joanne Diaz

Join The Book Cellar in welcoming Ian Morris (ed.) and Joanne Diaz (ed.) as they discuss their latest work, Little Magazine in Contemporary America!  

About Ian Morris:

Ian Morris is the author of the novel When Bad Things Happen to Rich People, is coeditor (with Joanne Diaz) of The Little Magazine in Contemporary America (University of Chicago Press, 2015) and is managing editor of Punctuate, Columbia College Chicago.

About Joanne Diaz:

Joanne Diaz is the author of two collections of poetry, My Favorite Tyrants (winner of the Brittingham Prize, University of Wisconsin Press, 2014) and The Lessons (winner of the Gerald Cable first book award, Silverfish Review Press, 2011).   Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in AGNI, The American Poetry Review, At Length, DIAGRAM, The Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, The Southern Review, and Third Coast. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation. Joanne is also the interview editor for The Spoon River Poetry Review, where she has conducted interviews with Linda Gregerson, Jason Bredle, Rachel Webster, and Jacob Saenz. As a contributor to the Bedford/St. Martins LitBits Blog, she shares her insights on literature, writing, and pedagogy. She is an assistant professor in the English department at Illinois Wesleyan University.

About Little Magazine in Contemporary America:

Little magazines have often showcased the best new writing in America. Historically, these idiosyncratic, small-circulation outlets have served the dual functions of representing the avant-garde of literary expression while also helping many emerging writers become established authors. In this collection, Ian Morris and Joanne Diaz gather the reflections of twenty-three prominent editors whose little magazines have flourished over the past thirty-five years. Highlighting the creativity and innovation driving this diverse and still vital medium, contributors offer insights into how their publications sometimes succeeded, sometimes reluctantly folded, but mostly how they evolved and persevered. Other topics discussed include the role of little magazines in promoting the work and concerns of minority and women writers, the place of universities in supporting and shaping little magazines, and the online and offline future of these publications.

Event date: 
Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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By Ian Morris (Editor), Joanne Diaz (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780226120492
Availability: Out of Print
Published: University of Chicago Press - April 10th, 2015

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