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We’re super proud of and happy for our Spokesperson and Communications Director Jackson Bird. In this very important video, he bravely comes out as trans. Once you’re done watching it, check out the awesome resources Jack has put together - they’re all linked in the description!
Join us in congratulating our friend and adviser, Jack!
The Book Cellar is proud to host author Mark Z Danielewski!
Mark burst onto the literary scene in 2000 with his ferociously ambitious debut novel, House of Leaves, which went on to win the first NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award and has sold more than half a million copies. We continue to sell an amazing 50,000 a year of House of Leaves. His reputation has grown in the last 14 years: Only Revolutions was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award and The Fifty Year Sword was turned into an annual Halloween show at the Walt Disney REDCAT Theatre featuring five voices and large-scale shadow puppets. Now, Mark is embarking on his most ambitious, experimental project yet: a 27-volume novel about a girl and her cat.
Mark says of his novels: “If House of Leaves tackles the movie, Only Revolutions music, and The Fifty Year Sword the campfire story, then The Familiar will show how the novel can stalk, take down and devour the television series.”
The Familiar: One Rainy Day in May (onsale 5/12/15) is the pilot to a 27-volume story taking us from Los Angeles to Mexico, from Singapore to Texas. It features a wide range of characters including a therapist-in-training whose daughters prove far more complex than her patients, a gang member hired to kill, two scientists on the run in Marfa, a recovering addict in Singapore, a programmer near Silicon Beach. At the very heart of the story is a 12-year-old girl who one rainy day sets out from Echo Park to get a dog only to find a different kind of creature, one which will not only alter her life but threaten the world we all think we know and the future we take for granted.
Mark grew up in various places, including NYC, went to Collegiate High School and Yale University, and now lives in Los Angeles. His sister is the singer Poe and in 2000, the two toured across the US together opening up for Depeche Mode and promoting Poe’s album Haunted which incorporates elements of House of Leaves. His father, TadDanielewski, was an avant-garde film director and teacher.
Happy Memorial Day! We'll be open from 10am to 5pm today. See you tomorrow!
Due to the high volume of interest The Book Cellar is excited to be partnering with Old Town School of Music to host this event!! Make sure you get your tickets quick, cause this one is gonna be awesome.
The Book Cellar hosts Youtube star Mamrie Hart, presenting her new book, You Deserve a Drink, in Chicago on her #NoFilter tour.
Mamrie Hart is the host of the bawdy cult-hit, You Deserve a Drink, where she has been entertaining viewers with her signature concoction of tasty libations and raunchy puns since 2011. Part of the "YouTube's Holy Trinity", which includes Grace Helbig (The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-up) and Hannah Hart (My Drunk Kitchen), Mamrie has complied her best drinking stories--and worst hangovers--into one hilarious volume. From the spring break where she and her girlfriends avoided tan lines by staying at an all-male gay nudist resort, to the bachelorette party where she accidentally hired a sixty year old meth head to teach the group pole dancing, to the time she lit herself on fire during a Flaming Lips concert, Hart accompanies each story with an original cocktail recipe, ensuring thatYou Deserve a Drink is as useful as it is entertaining.
The Salon Classics book group meets to discuss A Death in the Family by James Agee.
The Citizen Musician Fellows of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, dedicated to creating community through music, are pleased to present a free concert by Quintet Veinte Cuerdas at 1:30pm on Monday, May 25th at the Book Cellar.