Chicago Independent Bookstore Day - July 12, 2014
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Nine Chicago independent bookstores are teaming up to create the first Chicago Independent Bookstore Day on July 12, 2014. To encourage Chicago readers to visit their own neighborhood store as well as the other unique stores in different neighborhoods—from Hyde Park to Logan Square to Andersonville—indie stores are offering special deals, free books, and refreshments. Customers will also receive a handful of puzzle pieces from each participating store that will fit together to create an exclusively designed frameable print by Lilli Carré.
Lilli Carré is an interdisciplinary artist and illustrator currently living in Chicago. Her animated films have been shown in festivals throughout the US and abroad, including the Sundance Film Festival, and she is the co-founder of the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation. She has created several books of comics, most recently a children’s comic, Tippy and the Night Parade from Toon Books. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, The New York Times, Best American Comics and Best American Nonrequired Reading, amongst other places.
Stores participating include: The Book Cellar (Lincoln Square), 57th Street Books and Seminary Coop (Hyde Park), Sandmeyer’s (Printer’s Row), Unabridged Books (Lakeview), Open Books (River North), City Lit Books (Logan Square), Powell’s Bookstore (University Village), and Women & Children First (Andersonville). Chicago’s independent bookstores, each with their own unique selection, all offer a variety of readings, discussions, and storytimes and special events for children. Most offer community bulletin boards and space for groups to meet. All are anchors in their neighborhoods, sources of information and entertainment, welcoming places for natives and tourists alike.