July Updates
Sunday - Tuesday 10 - 6
Wednesday - Saturday 10 -8
MiniBar Wednesday - Saturday 5 - 8
Upcoming Events
July, 2023 | In-Store (& Elsewhere) Event | All Open Hours: Where's Waldo? Scavenger Hunt

July 17, 2023 | Bookends University Virtual Course | 7:00 PM: Allison Epstein: How to Level Up Your Dialogue (Two Week Creative Writing Workshop)

July 20, 2023 | In-Store Event | 4-5:45 p.m.: Minibar Happy Hour: discounted drinks to kick off Sidewalk Sale weekend!

July 20, 2023 | In-Store Author Talk | 6:00 PM: Chloe Angyal with Kate Harding: Pas de Don't

July 21-23, 2023 | In-Store (& Elsewhere) Event | All Open Hours: Evanston Sidewalk Sale & Chalk Art Contest—Used Book Sale at Bookends (Donate your used books for store credit!)

July 29, 2023 | In-Store Celebration | 3:00 PM: Where's Waldo? Closing Party

August 1, 2023 | In-Store Author Talk | 6:00 PM: Reginald Gibbons with Cornelia Maude Spelman: Sweetbitter

August 12, 2023 | In-Store Chapbook Launch | 6:00 PM: Robbie Q. Telfer: lonely line breaks: ChatRQT

August 16, 2023 | In-Store Spectacular | 6:00 PM: Minibar Magic Show with Greg Whalen

An In-Person Event at Bookends & Beginnings (& Beyond!)
Where's Waldo Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, July 1 through Saturday, July 29, All Open Hours
Yes, it's back again! During the whole month of July Bookends & Beginnings will sponsor the annual Downtown Evanston Where's Waldo scavenger hunta great summer vacation activity for kids and a wonderful way to discover (and support) local businesses. Throughout the month, the famous stripey-shirted character won't just be hiding out in books, the way he usually does. He'll be hiding out in nearly three dozen fabulous independent businesses downtown and on Central Street. Kids pick up their "Find Waldo in Downtown/North Evanston!" passport at Bookends & Beginnings and get their passport stamped or signed at each store for each Waldo they spot. Finding Waldo at 20 or more businesses gets kids into the final party on Saturday, July 29, where they can pick one of the prizes donated by all the participating businesses.
Participating Businesses
A Virtual Course at Bookends University
Monday, July 17, 2023 @ 7:00 PM
An Online Class with Bookends University
Tuesday, July 18, 2023 @ 7:00 PM
An In-Person Author Talk at Bookends & Beginnings
Thursday, July 20, 2023 @ 6:00 PM
Used Book Sidewalk Sale July 21-23—Bring Us Your Books!

Downtown Evanston's Sidewalk Sale will be the weekend of July 21, and Bookends & Beginnings is planning a big used book sale—but we need your help!

If you've been thinking, "I should really make an appointment to trade in some of these old books at Bookends & Beginnings," now is the time to act. Please take a look at the BookTrade page on our website to see what kind of books we're looking for, then make an appointment by e-mailing used@bookendsandbeginnings.com.
An In-Person Book Launch at Bookends & Beginnings
Thursday, July 27, 2023 @ 6:00 PM
An In-Store Book Launch at Bookends & Beginnings
Tuesday, August 1, 2023 @ 6:00 PM
An In-Store Chapbook Launch at Bookends & Beginnings
Saturday, August 12, 2023 @ 6:00 PM
lonely line breaks: ChatRQT came about when Robbie Q. Telfer asked ChatGPT about his poetry, and it replied with entirely made up poem titles and synopses that Robbie Q. Telfer had not written. Telfer wants to defend ChatGPT’s integrity, so he has written some of the poems that it has said he has already written. Now ChatGPT is no longer a liar, but a prognosticator. This collection is proof that poetry is really very easy to write and all you need is a helpful robot to get you started. Welcome to the future of art!
Robbie Q. Telfer has performed and taught in hundreds of places in nine different countries. His work appears in places like SEISMA, Connecticut River Review, cream city review, Sinking City Review, The New Territory, and many others. He's been an individual finalist at the National Poetry Slam and has a poetry collection from Write Bloody Publishing. He currently works for The Morton Arboretum and Friends of Illinois Nature Preserves trying to protect and celebrate what's left of our wild spaces.
An In-Store Spectacular at Bookends & Beginnings
Wednesday, August 16, 2023 @ 6:00 PM
Please join us in the downstairs event space for a drink from the Minibar and 30 minutes of magic, humor, and storytelling! Greg Whalen is a full-time professional entertainer who lives right here in Evanston. He has an M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Illinois, and he studied with the Royal Shakespeare Company in London. His work as a voice actor can be heard on The History Channel, Disney Channel and countless other places! Mr. Whalen’s magic show—although it is designed for grown-ups, not children—is PG-rated, light-hearted, engaging and full of whimsy.
The fourth volume in the immensely popular Field Guide series, The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Graphic Literature gives readers unprecedented insight into the techniques of 28 of today’s most innovative creators of poetry comics, graphic narratives, and image-text hybrids. From mark-making and page composition to deeper renderings of place, character, and voice, this much-needed guide to the field illuminates and demystifies the process of creating image+text work. Editors Kelcey Ervick and Tom Hart also provide a historical introduction that links today’s graphic literature to visual storytelling of the past and helpful pedagogical resources to round out the volume.
Co-editor Kelcey Ervick and contributors Naoko Fujimoto, Scott Roberts, Marnie Galloway, and Lauren Haldeman will join us in our downstairs event space to launch The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Graphic Literature.
Books You Could Read Now—
Browse, Order, or Preorder from Us!
Bookends & Beginnings is a community-centered and community-sustained, full-service, general-interest independent bookstore, now in our ninth calendar year. We are a member of the Chicago Independent Bookstore Alliance (ChIBA), the Great Lakes Independent Bookstore Association (GLIBA), and the American Booksellers Association (ABA). Show your support by shopping in our store (and other Chicago-area independent bookstores), by bringing your local and out-of-town friends and family to shop with us, by attending our events, and by "liking" us on Facebook and posting reviews on other social media. Remember that you can always see event photos and news updates on our Facebook page, which is updated almost daily. There you can also subscribe to our events feed with a single click.
Above all, keep reading good books! 
Bookends & Beginnings
1620 Orrington Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201 

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