This Saturday (April 30) is the second annual Independent Bookstore Day, where 400 independent bookstores across the country are hosting free events, offering major discounts, and selling exclusive merchandise you won’t find anywhere else (like a Neil Gaiman coloring book).
To celebrate Independent Bookstore Day, the Chicago Review of Books is giving away all 3 books listed below to one lucky bibliophile.
To win, just visit one of your local independent bookstores this Saturday, April 30, take a photo, and tag us when you post it on Twitter (@bookschicago) or Facebook (/bookschicago). Plus, if you include the book you’re purchasing at the store in your photo, you’ll double your chances to win. Make sure to tag your bookstore, too!
- Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica, a mystery/suspense novel set in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood (Note: the winner will receive this title after it pubs on May 17).
- Black City Saint by Richard A. Knaak, a gritty fantasy set in 1920s Chicago.
- XX by Campbell McGrath, one poem for each year of the twentieth century, “written in a vast range of forms, and in the voices of figures as varied as Picasso and Mao, Frida Kahlo and Elvis Presley.”
If you live in Chicago, here’s a list of independent bookstores to visit, with a link to their Independent Bookstore Day events. (If you live elsewhere, check here).
- Women & Children First (Andersonville)
- Volumes Bookcafe (Wicker Park)
- Unabridged Bookstore (Lake View)
- The Book Cellar (Lincoln Square)
- 57th Street Books (Hyde Park)
- Bookends & Beginnings (Evanston)
Adam Morgan is the founding editor of the Chicago Review of Books and the Southern Review of Books. His essays and criticism have appeared in The Paris Review, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago magazine, and elsewhere.