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We are not yet open for browsing! Our apologies for any inconvenience. We are happy to ship books wherever they need to go, and are still offering our contact-free vestibule pickup option, Monday - Friday from 11am - 5pm. Please knock on the inner doors if you need assistance when collecting your book order and we will come to you! For all other inquiries please shoot us an email at email@example.com.
As of Saturday, March 21st at 5pm, The Book Cellar will be closed to the public until further notice for the health and safety of our customers, staff, neighborhood, and city, per Governor Pritzker's shelter in place executive order for the state of Illinois.
That being said, we do have some good news! We can now ship books directly from our distributor's warehouse to your front door. All you have to do is place your order through our website and select our regular USPS shipping option, then we'll take it from there! This will be the fastest way to get your books moving forward, and the best way to continue to support The Book Cellar. As of April 10th, Media Mail shipping is no longer an option due to the unprecedented level of packages USPS is currently handling. All book orders must now be shipped via USPS Priority in order to be insured against lost or damaged products. Thank you for your understanding!
As of May 1st, we are now once again offering a store pickup option! We are still busily shipping out customer orders Monday through Friday, but readers will now have the option to swing by and snag their orders themselves from our pickup table, located in our vestibule. Customer orders will be bagged and clearly labeled. We only ask that you please be respectful of your fellow readers, do your best to avoid contact with other customers' orders collecting your own, and limit the vestibule capacity to one person at a time. An important note: please wait until you are notified your order is ready for pickup! We may need to order your book(s) into the store, and that can take a couple days. We will be sure to let you know as soon as they arrive! To take advantage of this new offer, all you'll need to do is select "In-Store Pickup" when ordering online, or feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the store at (773) 293-2665. Booksellers will be manning the phones from 11am - 5pm Monday through Friday.
We appreciate your patience as response times might be slower than usual due to, well, everything currently going on! We have but two phone lines, and are currently adhereing to social distancing guidelines for our highly reduced staff. If you are unable to reach a bookseller when you call, we are likely busy assisting other customers. Feel free to call us back another time, place your order online with no human interaction necessary, or shoot us an email and we will be sure to get back to you just as soon as we possibly can. Please note: we will only be manning the store phones Monday - Friday from 11am - 5pm. If you attempt to reach us outside of these hours, we will not be there to answer.
As many of you have likely heard, Amazon confirmed that it’s significantly delaying US deliveries of all nonessential items during the coronavirus pandemic. According to product listings on its website, some of these shipments will be delayed by as much as a month. They are also experiencing the same slow shipping times are the rest of us, as they too depend on the currently-incredibly-overburdened Postal Service. So don’t forget to keep looking to your local shops and vendors! We’re here to help!
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The whirlwind of emotions we have experienced is hard to describe. It's our job to deal with words, but it's almost impossible to express how grateful we are to all of you who placed orders, bought gift cards, asked for recommendations, stocked up on wine, promoted us on your social media channels, or left messages of encouragement and support. We truly feel the love you have for your community and for indie bookstores in general.
We know things are changing quickly out there, and we just wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU for your continued support during these uncertain times. We'll never stop saying it! Wherever you're sheltering, stay safe and stay sane out there. It's our firm belief that stories are necessary to manage any uncertainty or crisis.
-The Book Cellar Staff
The Book Cellar Book Club will meet to discuss their August pick, She Would Be King by Wayétu Moore!
The Old St. Pat's Book Club will meet to discuss their July pick, Save Me The Plums by Ruth Reichl.
The DesiLit Book Club will meet virtually to discuss their July pick, The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You by Amulya Malladi!
Keith Ammann brought his DM expertise to the store last year with The Monsters Know What They're Doing: Combat Tactics for Dungeon Masters. Now he's back to even the scales with advice for players of all levels and character classes!
Join Keith for a virtual book talk/Q&A/workshop and take your combat actions to the next level!
Link for Zoom event https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82353662291?pwd=aS9ERTlIdXo1cllCM2g5RG04L2JJUT09
About Live To Tell The Tale: On the heels of The Monsters Know What They're Doing--a compilation of villainous battle plans for Dungeon Masters based on the author's popular blog-- Live to Tell the Tale evens the score, providing beginning and intermediate D&D players the tools they need to fight back. Examining combat roles, class features, party composition, positioning, debilitating conditions, attacking combinations, action economy, and the ever-important consideration of the best ways to run away, Live to Tell the Tale will help you get the most out of your character's abilities.
About Keith Ammann: Keith Ammann has been a Dungeons & Dragons player and DM for more than thirty years. He has been writing his fifth Edition D&D–focused blog The Monsters Know What They're Doing since 2016. He lives in Chicago.
Please join us for a virtual event celebrating the debut memoir of Sharon Dukett! Sharon will joined by local breakout star Rita Dragonette (The Fourteeth of September) to discuss this story of leaving home, reasessing your values, and coming of age in a turbulent time.
Link for Zoom virtual event
About No Rules: It's 1971 in Connecticut, and sixteen-year-old Sharon's parents think that, because she's a girl, she should become a clerical office worker after high school and live at home until she marries and has a family. But Sharon wants to join the hippies and be part of the changing society, so she leaves home and heads to California.
Upon arriving in California, Sharon is thrown into an adult world for which she is unprepared, and she embarks on a precarious journey amid the 1970s counterculture. On her various adventures across the country and while living on a commune, with friends and lovers filtering in and out of her life, she realizes she must learn quickly in order to survive--as well as figure out a way to reconcile her developing spirituality with her Catholic upbringing.
In this colorful memoir, Sharon reflects upon the changes that reshaped her during the 1970s women's movement, and how they have transformed society's expectations for girls and women today--and, through it all, shares moments of triumph, joy, love, and awakening.
About Sharon Dukett: Sharon Dukett has been a computer programmer, deputy director in state government, cocktail waitress, and project manager (PMP certified), and she has designed and embroidered handmade clothing. She travels extensively using loyalty points and avoiding tourist traps. When she is home, she and her husband live in central Connecticut in a house he built that overlooks the Connecticut River―the house they raised their family in. When not writing or blogging, she is reading, skiing, biking, golfing, spending time with family and friends, creating clutter, and committing to more activities than she probably should. She loves reading memoir from a variety of backgrounds―to learn how others feel, experience life, and deal with their struggles. No Rules is her debut memoir.
The Racial Justice Book Club launches with their first (virtual) meeting, discussing Beverly Daniel Tatum's Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?