July News
You know summer’s in full swing when that goofy character Waldo goes and hides in independent businesses all around Evanston, and kids can let parents tag along as they go on a quest to find him. Yes, the Where’s Waldo scavenger hunt is back this year, starting today, July 1. Kids who find Waldo in at least 20 of the 25 participating businesses have a chance to win fabulous prizes at the party hosted by Bookends & Beginnings on July 31.

We’re proud to have hosted this Waldo event every summer since we opened—but this year more than ever. It’s been a tough year for small businesses everywhere, and we are thrilled that these two dozen other businesses made it through. Like us, they help define downtown Evanston’s character and make visiting our downtown a fun and memorable experience.

Even if you don’t have a few adorable kids to tag along with, we hope you’ll make a point of spending your dollars locally at these and other Evanston businesses, whenever possible. And thanks as always to Annie Coakley and Laura Brown at Downtown Evanston for coordinating the scavenger hunt and for all they do to make Evanston Evanston.

Oh, did I forget to mention summer reading???? Our tables and shelves are packed with brand new releases and older classics, and our staff is always happy to give you a few recommendations. I hope you’re taking a little time off after this crazy, intense year to go sit around on a beach, or swing in a hammock, or rock on a porch—and that you’re bringing a few books with you!

Event details and book suggestions follow, so please read on in the newsletter.
And, as always, read on!

July Virtual Events

July 1–31 Find Waldo in Downtown Evanston
Thursday, July 29, 6 pm Sci-Fi Book Club: A Master of Djinn
Saturday, July 31, 3 pm Find Waldo Party
July Events
Find Waldo in Downtown Evanston!
July 1 – 31
Waldo returns once again this summer, hiding in the windows and businesses of downtown Evanston. To participate, you can pick up a Find Waldo passport here at Bookends & Beginnings or at any of the participating businesses listed in the intro to the newsletter.

1. When you spot Waldo at any one of the businesses listed on the passport, write in the number that Waldo is holding in the space provided. HINT: Our Waldo is hiding in the Alley Store, not the new store on Sherman Avenue.

2. When you’ve found at least 20 different Waldos, snap a picture of your passport and email to lbrown@downtownevanston.org or drop off at Bookends & Beginnings, 1712 Sherman Ave. (entrance in the alley) or 1716 Sherman Ave. Deadline to submit the passport is July 31 at 12 pm.

3. If you turn in the passport, you’ll be entered a raffle to win a variety of prizes from local businesses. The raffle drawing will take place on Saturday, July 31 at 3 pm at the Find Waldo Party at Bookends & Beginnings. If you cannot make it, you will be contacted via email.
STORE CLOSED ON JULY 4TH. Happy Independence Day!
Thursday, July 29, 6 – 7:00 pm
Cairo, 1912: Though Fatma el-Sha’arawi is the youngest woman working for the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities, she’s certainly not a rookie, especially after preventing the destruction of the universe last summer.

So when someone murders a secret brotherhood dedicated to one of the most famous men in history, al-Jahiz, Agent Fatma is called onto the case. Al-Jahiz transformed the world forty years ago when he opened up the veil between the magical and mundane realms, before vanishing into the unknown. This murderer claims to be al-Jahiz, returned to condemn the modern age for its social oppressions. His dangerous magical abilities instigate unrest in the streets of Cairo that threaten to spill over onto the global stage.

Alongside her Ministry colleagues and a familiar person from her past, Agent Fatma must unravel the mystery behind this imposter to restore peace to the city—or face the possibility he could be exactly who he seems…

Anyone is welcome to join our Science Fiction Book Club, led by Brooke, who is excited to share her passion for diverse science fiction books. If you haven't looked at the science fiction or fantasy shelves in a while, you may be surprised at the influx of talented women, POC, and LGBTQ+ writers that are writing some of the most interesting and compelling works in the genres. Brooke's goal is to highlight these traditionally underrepresented groups. Each month, we'll explore a new read from a diverse SF/F author. Stop by the store to chat with Brooke if you want more info about the club, or send her an email at brooke@bookendsandbeginnings.com.
Thu, Jul 29, 2021 6:00 PM CST
Sci-Fi Book Club: A Master of Djinn
What Are We Reading This Month?
Whether you're curious about what we read, need a recommendation, or just want to scoff at our taste, here's a list of what your favorite booksellers are reading! If you see something that interests you, let us know! We're more than happy to talk about these titles.
In the words of renowned snarky book critic Lauren Oyler, "Sally Rooney. Sally Rooney!"
This is my first experience reading the Irish literary sensation, and thus far I can say I understand much of the praise she's received though I think a lot (certainly not all) of the criticism is fairly warranted. Her new novel is captivating and effortlessly readable, yet there are some areas where the plot becomes oddly stagnant. Is the book wanting for some humor? Certainly. Could I really judge it too harshly, though, since Rooney is operating at a level that so few writers nowadays have achieved? Certainly not.
I enjoyed The House in the Cerulean Sea so much that I immediately turned to Klune's upcoming book. Wallace is dead and isn't ready to cross over. Full of quick wit and quips this is a must for those who are looking for a ghost story mixed with a love story.
A woman who feels her life has reached a dead end gets transported to a magical library where she gets to see how her life would have ended up if she had made different decisions along the way, from career choices to how she takes care of her cat. A fun and accessible read that asks big questions about what makes life worth living.
This is a big, old-fashioned, sprawling novel spanning nearly a century that mostly centers on two compelling female characters: one, a woman who falls in love with flying in the early days of aviation and goes on to become a World War II pilot, and the other, a self-destructive Hollywood starlet who’s playing the aviatrix in the movie about her life—which might or might not be a big fiction. You’ll want to take your time with this one.
A contemporary take on the epistolary novel with a surrealist premise—the late-stage capitalist nightmare of accidentally uploading your consciousness to your company's internal messaging system—Several People Are Typing walks a delicate line between bizarre humor and sharp satire. What drives his criticism home is how accurately Kasulke nails the unique, specific quirks of language, emojis, and in-jokes that every online office culture develops (:dusty-stick:).
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