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Literature in Lincoln Square at the Book Cellar

The next time you come to Chicago's Lincoln Square neighborhood, be sure to visit The Book Cellar. We're located in the heart of the culturally diverse neighborhood once known as the city's Germantown. Our neighbors are a collection of other independently owned establishments including boutiques, specialty shops, restaurants, taverns, an independent movie theatre, a world-renowned music school, and the Sulzer Library. With 44,000 people living in the immediate vicinity, easy access to public transportation, and a touch of Old World charm, Lincoln Square has become a destination spot in Chicago.

The Book Cellar, Inc.
4736-38 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625

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Summer Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
10:00am - 10:00pm Saturday 10:00am - 11:00pm
Tuesday and Sunday
10:00am - 6:00pm

Traveling to the Book Cellar
You'll find us on Lincoln Avenue, across from Giddings Plaza and just north of the Chicago Brauhaus. We're only a block away from the Western CTA Brown Line Station at Western and Leland (indicated by the yellow hexagon nearest to Lincoln Avenue on the map below). Just exit the station and head east toward Lincoln Avenue, then make a left. A number of bus lines pass through the area, many stopping at the Brown Line Western Station. We're also about a 15 minute walk from the Ravenswood Metra station, on the UP-N line.

Limited parking is available at the meters located along Lincoln Avenue, across the street from The Book Cellar. There are also two public parking lots with parking meters right around the corner. One is just outside the CTA Brown Line Western Station, and the other is across the street at the corner of Western and Leland. A third lot is a few blocks south on Lincoln Avenue, across from the Old Town School of Folk Music. (Lots are indicated by the orange blocks on the map.) Contact Us Anytime
Please feel free to contact us with any questions, suggestions or requests. We're always happy to hear from our customers. Call us at 773.293.2665 or email.

Fruits of Vine, Fruits of Knowledge at the Book Cellar

What could be a better combination than books, wine by the glass, cozy couches and delicious café fare? Browse for the books you love to read at The Book Cellar in Chicago's Lincoln Square neighborhood, an independent bookstore featuring books by first time authors, local authors and more. The Book Cellar welcomes book clubs and discussion groups. For information about readings and events, call us at 773.293.2665.

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Knee-Jerk Available In-Store!

The Book Cellar is proud to now carry the first print issue of the online literary magzine, Knee-Jerk!

This issue features fiction, essays, Reviews of Things, artwork, comics, illustrations, and lists by David Shields, Roy Kesey, Kim Chinquee, Joe Meno, Dan Kennedy, John McNally, Zoe Zolbrod, Billy Lombardo, Adam Kidder, Kenny Keil, Aaron Delehanty, and many, many more! They also have interviews with historical novelist Glen David Gold and renowned screenwriter, film director, and ghostbuster Harold Ramis!

Stop by today to have a copy to call your own!


 This week in HARDCOVER:


Jay-Z releases his autobiography. Of the book, Jay-Z sez:

When you're famous and say you're writing a book, people assume that it's an autobiography--I was born here, raised there, suffered this, loved that, lost it all, got it back, the end. But that's not what this is. I've never been a linear thinker, which is something you can see in my rhymes. They follow the jumpy logic of poetry and emotion, not the straight line of careful prose. My book is like that, too.

Decoded is first and foremost, a book of rhymes, which is ironic because I don't actually write my rhymes--they come to me in my head and I record them. The book is packed with the stories from my life that are the foundation of my lyrics--stories about coming up in the streets of Brooklyn in the 80's and 90's, stories about becoming an artist and entrepreneur and discovering worlds that I never dreamed existed when I was a kid. But it always comes back to the rhymes. There's poetry in hip-hop lyrics--not just mine, but in the work of all the great hip-hop artists, from KRS-One and Rakim to Biggie and Pac to a hundred emcees on a hundred corners all over the world that you've never heard of. The magic of rap is in the way it can take the most specific experience, from individual lives in unlikely places, and turn them into art that can be embraced by the whole world. Decoded is a book about one of those specific lives--mine--and will show you how the things I've experienced and observed have made their way into the art I've created. It's also about how my work is sometimes not about my life at all, but about pushing the boundaries of what I can express through the poetry of rap--trying to use words to find fresh angles into emotions that we all share, which is the hidden mission in even the hardest hip-hop. Decoded is a book about some of my favorite songs--songs that I unpack and explain and surround with narratives about what inspired them--but behind the rhymes is the truest story of my life.



Some other musical releases this week:

 The Lost Rolling Stones Photos: beautiful and surprising  photographs of oh those beautiful boys. 

 Barbara Streisand presents My Passion for Design, an overview of her love of interior decoration and historic renovation.  


Other great new hardcover books:

 R. Crumb's daughter presents this overview of her artistic development, from small child through 28 year-old budding graphic novelist.  


Rushdie releases his newest child-focused book. He sez:

There’s a line in Paul Simon’s song St. Judy’s Comet, a sort of lullaby, about his reason for writing it. "If I can’t sing my boy to sleep," he sings, "it makes your famous daddy look so dumb." More than twenty years ago, when my older son Zafar said to me that I should write a book he could read, I thought about that line. Haroun and the Sea of Stories, written in 1989-90, a dark time for me, was the result. I tried to fill it with light and even to give it a happy ending. Happy endings were things I had become very interested in at the time.

When my younger son Milan read Haroun he immediately began to insist that he, too, merited a book. Luka and the Fire of Life is born of that insistence. It is not exactly a sequel to the earlier book, but it is a companion. The same family is at the heart of both books, and in both books a son must rescue a father. Beyond those similarities, however, the two books inhabit very different imaginative milieux.



 In a masterful, moving novel about age, memory, and family, Mosley captures the compromised state of his protagonist's mind with profound sensitivity and insight, and creates an unforgettable pair of characters at the center of a novel that is sure to become a true contemporary classic.  


This week in PAPERBACK:

Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider sees the softer light of day.

Mike Lupica's Million Dollar Throw

Jacuzzi culture is dissected by Paul Rudnick in I Shudder: And Other Reactions to Life, Death, and New Jersey.

William Shawcross's comprehensive tome, The Queen Mother: The Official Biography, a life of Queen Elizabeth

Hating Olivia by Mark Safranko

When the Whistle Blows by Fran Slayton


Come put your fingers on the world's literary pulse in the Book Cellar!

TUESDAY LAYDOWN Low-down for 11-9-2010

This week's exciting new releases in Hardcover:


 Everyone's wondering, "What will Bush have to say about Obama?" in this new book which reflects on the biggest choices in his presidency and personal life.

 Mom & Dad, you do not want to be remiss and miss out on picking up this latest installment in the ever-popular Wimpy Kid series


 This just in from Paul Auster, the brilliant author behind Brooklyn Follies and Travels in the Scriptorium

 The unstoppable Stephen King's latest since Under the Dome. Don't worry, this one's half as thick!


 Lynda Barry, the phenomenal graphic memoirist behind What It Is delivers a gorgeous new book entitled Picture This

Now available in Paperback:

Mick Wall's Led Zeppelin biography, When Giants Walked the Earth


Jodi Picoult's House Rules

and more......


Paris Review Issue 194 - Yours @ 50% OFF list!

 We are offering a very excellent deal on the calibration of your literary compass with this awesome sale on the current issue of the illustrious Paris Review

buy it in-store, take it home for $6


buy it online, they'll ship it to you for $8. Search our ABEbooks storefront for The Paris Review

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