Indie Bookstore Spotlight: The Book Cellar Inc. (Chicago)
Welcome to Akashic in Good Company, a weekly feature highlighting some of the amazingly talented, hard-working, and committed people Akashic has had the pleasure of working with over the past fifteen years. This week, we are delighted to feature a virtual tour of a wonderful indie bookstore in Chicago: The Book Cellar!
For the past nine years, The Book Cellar has offered literature and libations to Chicago’s North Side. Located in the Lincoln Square neighborhood, our bookstore operates with the philosophy that a strong literary community contributes to the strength of any neighborhood. We seek to provide a community space for all kinds of readers, from the sci-fi fanatics and mystery buffs to aspiring cooks and literary aficionados.
One of the joys of working at an independent bookstore is helping readers discover books they might not have found otherwise. Our selection is staff- and customer-curated and reflects our diverse tastes. While it is a joy to help a customer choose a lost Czech classic, some Russian absurdest theater, or Chicago flash-fiction, we are first and and foremost a new bookstore, offering all the new literary lights as they appear on the scene.
A day of wandering the stacks can make even the heartiest reader thirsty. That is why we also have a cafe and wine bar, featuring light fare, coffee drinks, and carefully-selected wine and beer. We understand at the end of a long day, sometimes the difference between a good book and a great book is a glass of chardonnay.
On any given night, you might pass by our storefront and see the cafe filled with people at one of our many events. We love to host a variety of authors—genre writers, memoirists, chefs, teachers, scientists, illustrators, and the occasional literary giant–to read and share their magical work with our community. We host “The Kates”, a bimonthly comedy series voted “best comedy show in front of a magazine rack” by the Chicago Reader (!), and “Essay Fiesta”, an acclaimed essay series whose proceeds go to 826Chicago. If you are looking to talk shop with fellow readers, you can join one of our book groups catering to the classics, modern Indian lit, young adult fiction, and more!
Posted: Jul 31, 2013