Indies First

by kelly on November 21, 2013


Throw your Jamba Juice in the trash, skip the line for Santa, and put the mall in your rearview mirror. Black Friday is for suckers. Saturday, November 30, is the day to do your Christmas shopping at the small, independently owned businesses in your community.

Independent bookstores are participating in Small Business Saturday in a big way by inviting authors to be guest-booksellers for the day. If you’re in Spokane, you can meet Jess Walter at Auntie’s. James Patterson will be behind the counter at Classic Bookshop in Palm Beach; you can find Wally Lamb at RJ Julia in Madison, CT. And yours truly will be selling books at The Book Cellar in Lincoln Square from 12 to 4. If you are in Chicago, please come see me!

Indiebound has an updated map and list of authors who will be at stores across the country. Spend your book money in your community this year, and help keep independent bookstores strong.



All Along the Boulevard

July 11, 2013
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When John Wright suggested in 1849 that the city of Chicago try to better live up to its motto “Urbs in Horto”–“City in a Garden”–he offered a plan.

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What Sandburg Missed

June 20, 2013
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Sandburg’s vivid ode to his scrappy city, “Chicago” (1914)—a muscular piece of verse if ever there was one—is kind of a bromance.

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“A Revolver”

February 7, 2013
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Rick Kogan writes in the Tribune about the remarkable timeliness of the newly discovered Carl Sandburg poem, “A Revolver.” Here is the poem, found by a volunteer at the rare book room in the U of I library.

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February 7, 2013
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Good thing I was born long after the sun set on this era–otherwise I probably would’ve been a blowsa-bella with an Arkansas toothpick.

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New giveaway!

January 15, 2013

Head on over to Goodreads to enter a new giveaway of FIVE SIGNED COPIES of In Need of a Good Wife. Times a wastin’!

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My kind of ABCs

December 20, 2012
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Look at these beautiful new editions of Penguin Classics, with covers designed by Jessica Hische. Some of you know that my daughter shares names with two of these authors–should I buy them for her shelf?

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