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Long-time Book Cellar employee Jon and his wife Amelia are expecting their first child within weeks, and last Thursday, May 24, their apartment and belongings were lost to a 2-11 alarm fire (close to here, in Albany Park).

While they fortunately had renters insurance, they will ultimately be starting again from scratch at the same time they are starting as parents.

Maybe you've interacted with Jon over the years. Always kind and cheery, he has a love and vast knowledge of books, as a co-editor of Knee-Jerk Magazine is involved heavily in the Chicago lit community, and also teaches. 

Amelia is a nurse in the Emergency Department at the Norwegian American Hospital, works at the National Call Center for the Alzheimers Association, and is as delightful a person as you'll ever meet.

Jon and Amelia are the kind of people who make the world a bit brighter; we're trying to make their world a little brighter in this trying time.

Here's two ways to help.

A donation page has been set up. Any amount helps.

And on the evening of Thurs, May 31st, writers and friends from all over Chicago are coming together to rally for Jon and Amelia with a night of readings, comedy, raffle prizes, and community.

Cash or check donations will be accepted, as will baby shower items.


KEITH ECKER, writer, frequent performer all around town, creator of the new webmagazine The Snackpot, and co-host of the popular reading series Essay Fiesta.

LINDSAY HUNTER, author of Daddy's and co-founder ofthe legendary Quickies! reading series.

ADAM LEVIN, author of the praised and mammoth The Instructions and the recent story collection Hot Pink.

JONATHAN MESSINGER, author of the story collection Hiding Out, co-founder of featherproof books, and books editor at Time Out Chicago Magazine.

AMY SUMPTER, one of our favorite comedians, and co-host of The Kates, the immensely popular bi-monthly comedy show that's housed here. 

ROBBIE Q. TELFER, poetry slam performer, author of the poetry collection Spiking the Sucker Punch, and co-founder and curator of The Encyclopedia Show

CHRIS TERRY, writer, editor, teacher, and co-host of Neutron Bomb: Chicago's PunkRock Writing Reading Series.

 The Book Cellar will be closed to the public at 6pm on May 31st. Thank you for your understanding!




Event date: 
Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
4736-38 N Lincoln Ave
60625 Chicago
Events Terms: 
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