Thursday, October 26, 2023 | Off-Site Book Launch @ The Nichols Concert Hall | 6:00 PM: Kevin Pang and Rick Bayless: A Very Chinese Cookbook

October News & Events

Dear Nina,

Cookbooks and food writing have always been central to the identity of Bookends & Beginnings. So I can’t tell you how thrilled I am that we are hosting the Chicago launch of a fantastic new cookbook by former Chicago Tribune food writer Kevin Pang and his father Jeffrey Pang: A Very Chinese Cookbook: 100 Recipes from China & Not China (But Still Really Chinese). Here are the three main reasons you need to attend this fabulous foodie event:

1.      This is going to be the best Chinese (& Not-from-China-But-Still-Really-Chinese) cookbook you own! It was produced in conjunction with America’s Test Kitchen and every recipe has that trademark ATK combination of clarity and reliability.

2.      Chicago international rockstar chef Rick Bayless loves this book, so much so that he offered to spend the evening with us to talk Kevin about it.

3.      And you can get books signed by BOTH of them after the presentation! These books will make the most awesome holiday gifts for your loved ones!

I hope to see you there—or at one of our other exciting October events. And we’d especially love you to drop by this Thursday evening at 6 pm when I’ll be talking to Danny Caine, author of How To Resist Amazon and Why, about his newest book, How to Protect Bookstores and Why. Danny’s book asks some hard questions about why we need bookstores to survive—and offers some really thoughtful strategies for making sure they do.

Look below for info on all our October events.

And, as always, read on!



Upcoming Events

October 4, 2023 | In-Store Book Launch | 6 PM: Lori Rader-Day with Susanna Calkins: The Death of Us

October 5, 2023 | In-Store Event | 6 PM: Danny Caine with Nina Barrett: How to Protect Bookstores and Why

October 6, 2023 | In-Store Event | 6:00 PM: Justine Mastin, Larisa Garski, & Shelby Forsythia: Self-Care for Grieving Caregivers

October 8, 2023 | In-Store Event | 12:00 PM: Wendy Parris: Field of Screams

October 12, 2023 | In-Store Event | 6:00 PM: Kim De Rose: For Girls Who Walk Through Fire

October 12, 2023 | Off-Site Event | 7:00 PM: Rachel Jamison Webster: Benjamin Banneker and Us

October 21, 2023 | In-Store Book Launch | 6:30 PM: Allison Titus: High Lonesome

October 23, 2023 | In-Store Event | 6:30 PM: Tasting History with Max Miller - SOLD OUT but free signing line tickets still available!

October 26, 2023 | Off-Site Book Launch | 6:00 PM: Kevin Pang and Rick Bayless: A Very Chinese Cookbook

An In-Store Book Launch at Bookends & Beginnings

Lori Rader-Day with Susanna Calkins: The Death of Us

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 @ 6 PM

One rainy night fifteen years ago, a knock at the door changed Liss Kehoe’s life forever.

On that night, Liss’s lifelong rival Ashley Hay handed over her infant son Callan—and was never heard from again. Since then, Liss has raised Callan as her own, loving him as fiercely as any mother would. But in the back of her mind, she’s always wondered whether Ashley is still out there somewhere—and feared what might happen if she comes back.

When Ashley does reappear, it’s not in the way Liss expected. After all these years, Ashley’s car has been found…in the quarry pond on Kehoe property. But the discovery of the car dredges up more questions than answers. What really happened on the night of Ashley’s disappearance? Was it a tragic accident, or something far more sinister? Someone in town knows the truth, and they’ll go to great lengths to keep it quiet.

“Lori Rader-Day hits it out of the park with The Death of Us, which has everything I love in a suspense thriller: unreliable characters, family secrets and plenty of unexpected twists and turns. Atmospheric and unputdownable, this should be on everyone’s to-read list.”

–Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of Local Woman Missing

Lori Rader-Day will be joined in conversation by Susanna Calkins.

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An In-Person Author Talk at Bookends & Beginnings

Danny Caine with Nina Barrett: How to Protect Bookstores and Why

Thursday, October 5, 2023 @ 6:00 PM

Many of our customers already know Danny Caine for his groundbreaking book How to Resist Amazon and Why, which was THE bestselling non-fiction book at Bookends & Beginnings in 2021. Danny’s new book How to Protect Bookstores and Why   approaches many of the same themes from a different perspective, showcasing both the strengths and the struggles of 11 diverse stores by telling their stories, based on interviews with the owners. Drawing lessons from these stories, Danny offers a positive and constructive series of strategic actions customers can take to make sure their local bookstore can survive and thrive in an ever more challenging environment.

And Bookends & Beginnings is one of the stores featured in the book! Based on an interview Danny did last fall with store owner Nina Barrett just as we were trying to navigate our outsize rent increase at the alley store, the chapter about Bookends delves deep into issues like the rising rents threatening retail in many downtowns, and the challenges that private businesses face in serving as the economic engines that keep public downtowns vital.

Please join Danny and Nina for a conversation about bookselling and bookstores, and all the ways that you can help ensure all of your beloved indies stay healthy for years to come. Our MiniBar will be open and we’d love for you to relax and become part of the conversation!

Other stores featured in the book include Birchbark Books & Native Arts in Minneapolis, MN (owned by author Louise Erdrich); Avid Bookshop in Athens, GA; A Room of One’s Own in Madison, WI; Shakespeare and Company in Paris, France; Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse in Baltimore, MD; Semicolon Bookstore & Gallery, Chicago, IL; Moon Palace Books in Minneapolis, MN; Two Dollar Radio in Columbus, OH; Biblioasis Bookshop in Windsor, ON, Canada; and Source Booksellers in Detroit, MI.

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An In-Store Event at Bookends & Beginnings

Justine Mastin, Larisa Garski, & Shelby Forsythia: Self-Care for Grieving Caregivers

Friday, October 6, 2023 @ 6:00 PM

How do you care for others' mental health when it’s the end of the world as we know it…and no one feels fine?

The planet is burning, friends and family are falling to cults and QAnon, and we’re all living through the collective trauma of a global pandemic. Among therapists and healers, burnout is rampant; hopelessness and despair are, too. In their book, The Grieving Therapist, psychotherapists Larisa Garski, LMFT, and Justine Mastin, LMFT, give voice to the difficulties of therapising in today’s world—and offer a grief-informed framework for taking care of yourself as you take care of others. 

Mastin and Garski will be joined by local grief guide Shelby Forsythia, author of Your Grief, Your Way and Permission to Grieve

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In-Store Event at Bookends & Beginnings

Wendy Parris: Field of Screams

Sunday, October 8, 2023 @ 12:00 PM

Field of Screams is a new pulse-pounding supernatural mystery about twelve-year-old Rebecca, who has always wanted to hunt ghosts . . . until she meets one. Kiersten White, bestselling author of the "Sinister Summer" series, calls it "Chilling, thrilling, and full of heart!”

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An In-Store Event at Bookends & Beginnings

Kim De Rose: For Girls Who Walk Through Fire

Thursday, October 12, 2023 @ 6:00 PM

Every week, Elliott D'Angelo-Brandt attends a support group for teen victims of sexual assault, but all they do is talk. Elliott’s done with talking. What she wants is justice.

And she has a plan for getting it: a spell book that she found in her late mom’s belongings that actually works. Elliott recruits a coven of fellow survivors from the group. As they each take a turn casting a hex against their unrepentant assailants, the girls find themselves leaning on each other in ways they never expected—and realizing that revenge has heavy implications.

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An Off-Site Event at The Evanston History Center

Rachel Jamison Webster: Benjamin Banneker and Us

Thursday, October 12, 2023 @ 7:00 PM

Join Bookends & Beginnings at The Evanston History Center for a presentation from Rachel Jamison Webster on her book, Benjamin Banneker and Us.

Click here for more information and to register for this event.

Registration is required for this event as seating is limited.

Admission: $10, Free for Evanston History Center members.

A book signing will follow the presentation.

An In-Store Book Launch at Bookends & Beginnings

Allison Titus: High Lonesome

Saturday, October 21, 2023 @ 6:30 PM

High Lonesome is a radio left on in a candlelit room, playing softly into the shadows as the hours fall through the evening. Interruptions of static, a slow confetti of grief drifting into the corners, mysterious white noise dispatches. Here is a meditation on estrangement—from an other, from the world, from the self—and its long aftermath spent learning how to cultivate tenderness and devotion in a world “where nobody / is tender enough,” a practice that alternates between sorrow and transcendence. These poems are little ceremonies of attention to a variety of lonelinesses, both human and non-human. Strange, lyrical and funny, the third collection of poems by Allison Titus simultaneously reckons with and marvels at “the luminously borrowed / experiment that living is” in a world that feels terrible and hopeful, beautiful and precarious.

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An In-Person Tiered Event at Bookends & Beginnings
Monday, October 23, 2023 @ 6:30 PM

This event is sold out,

but signing line tickets remain available!

The signing line will start at 7:30 pm or whenever Max finishes autographing books purchased at the event. Books will be available for purchase on site as long as supplies last. COST: FREE

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An Off-Site Book Launch at the Nichols Concert Hall

Kevin Pang and Rick Bayless: A Very Chinese Cookbook

Thursday, October 26, 2023 @ 6:00 PM

America's Test Kitchen and Bookends & Beginnings are thrilled to be celebrating the launch of A Very Chinese Cookbook at Nichols Concert Hall.

James Beard Award-winning author and "Hunger Pangs" co-host Kevin Pang will be in conversation with "Mexico—One Plate at a Time" host and Frontera Grill founder Rick Bayless.

Written by Kevin Pang with his father, Jeffrey, A Very Chinese Cookbook is an outgrowth of the pair's phenomenally successful "Hunger Pangs" series for America's Test Kitchen. Like the show, the book offers a wide-ranging and affectionately irreverent look at Chinese cooking, plus more than 100 recipes and a shopping guide covering dozens of ingredients. A Very Chinese Cookbook is ideal for both the Chinese food-curious and experienced cooks seeking a weekend soup dumpling project.

This is a ticketed event, which includes the purchase of a book.

$45 includes admission and a copy of A Very Chinese Cookbook, by Kevin and Jeffrey Pang.

$80 includes admission, a copy of A Very Chinese Cookbook, by Kevin and Jeffrey Pang, and a copy of More Mexican Everyday, by Rick Bayless.

Members of one household attending together may purchase a "couples" ticket at the link below, which is $90 for two tickets and both books. 

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