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"I want to know that my voice counts. That people are listening." 

Now off to college on a Posse Scholarship, 826CHI alum Yerika Reyes performs her poem “What Do You Really Want?”

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Julia Cohen’s No One Told Me I Was The Arrow marks our third installment of Read This Poem, introduced by Daniela Olszewska of second installment fame. 

Inspired by 826CHI student Eleanor Carpenter’s quote “All of my clothes were fireproof because I always managed to blow something up,” costume designer and Kittyhawker Kate Grube has constructed our completely incombustible Spring window display. Thanks, Kate! 

Inspired by 826CHI student Eleanor Carpenter’s quote “All of my clothes were fireproof because I always managed to blow something up,” costume designer and Kittyhawker Kate Grube has constructed our completely incombustible Spring window display. Thanks, Kate! 

"There is always something left to love."  RIP, Gabriel Garcia Marquez.The world has lost a legend.

"There is always something left to love."  RIP, Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
The world has lost a legend.

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Russ Woods (who loyal followers may remember) introduces us to Chicago poet Daniela Olszewska for the second installment of Read This Poem, taking a page from Olszewska’s novella, Citizen J.

Relating fondly to her words, we must warn you: this site is indefinitely miked. 

Our new South window display constructed by Megan Kirby and Boring Store Operative Gross shortly before they both disappeared…

Our new South window display constructed by Megan Kirby and Boring Store Operative Gross shortly before they both disappeared…

tqvinn:

When I was given the opportunity to design the cover (and interior) of the new 826CHI book "The Windows Reflect Anything", a collection of stories by Chicago high school students, I knew I wanted to incorporate two things: a literal reference to the title of the book, and hand-drawn typography. Originally I was hoping to combine the two by putting some piece of hand-drawn lettering in a window and staging a carefully taken photography, but time and logistics just made that too difficult. Instead, I decided to do the two things separately and combine them later.

The photo was a result of an afternoon walking around Wicker Park, to have the photo be someone relatively close to 826CHI. After taking dozens of ugly photos along Milwaukee Ave, I ended up taking the photo of the reflection of a CTA train window with myself and the 6 corners artist lofts in the reflection.

The lettering was a little more complicated. The final product wasn’t too far from my initial sketches, but it was discovered after I had finished my first comps of the cover that I had been given the wrong title for the book, and I had to change my lettering from saying "The Windows Reflect Anything to "The Windows Reflect Everything. Unfortunately, that meant I had to lose the interlocking W and A from my earlier version, which was a bit disappointing, but it allowed me to add some different type styling. As a result I had to adjust the W in Windows and draw a new lower half of the cover. I kept all of my previous lettering that wasn’t affected and drew the final word within the same space as the original drawing, then combined the two drawings on the computer. Adding some coloring and laying it over the photography was the final step.

Stop by The Boring Store at 1331 N Milwaukee Ave to see the book, and lots of other not-boring things.

Tommy Quinn of Blank is the New Black for our most recent paperback, The Windows Reflect Everything. 

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In light of National Poetry Month, we’re thrilled to introduce a new weekly feature from 826CHI and The Boring Store, Read This Poem: Chicago Poets Picking Poets.

Special thanks to volunteer David Welch for being our first-ever picker, we couldn’t be happier with his selection from Russ Woods, and we hope you’ll enjoy a quick poetry party in between your nightly scrolling through your dash party. 

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It’s alive! »

Sent by pigeon post this afternoon.

housingworksbookstore:

It’s NATIONAL POETRY MONTH! We have some special events to help you celebrate.
On the 8th, Tom Sleigh, Dennis Nurkse, Rachel Hadas, Nicole Cooley, Peter Cooley, Alex Cigale, and Sophie Cabot Black will be here for the premier reading of Plume Anthology of Poetry 2013.
And at Downtown Literary Festival on the 13th, there are a couple poetry events: an Alice Notley book club happening all day at McNally Jackson, led by Rachel Zucker and Cassandra Gillig, and at 2PM at the Bowery Poetry Club, Timothy Donnelly, Lynne Melnick, Rachel Zucker, Marcella Durand, John Godfrey, Stacy Szymaszek, Kim Lyons, Filip Marinovic, Charif Shanahan, Erika Caufman, John Coletti, and Patricia Spears Jones will be reading Notley poems at "The City Drifting."
Then, The Saltonstall Arts Colony Poetry Reading on the 17th will feature Saltonstall alums Judith Baumel, Jaime Shearn Coan, Jay Deshpande, Robin Beth Schaer, and Ocean Vuong.
And finally, we’re having a poetry sale from the 14th to the 20th! Come in and buy all the poetry books, yeah?

826 National is a proud partner of National Poetry Month. Check out their calendar for events running throughout the month. Today is the 15th Annual Citywide Undergraduate Poetry Festival hosted by Columbia College. More info here.

housingworksbookstore:

It’s NATIONAL POETRY MONTH! We have some special events to help you celebrate.

On the 8th, Tom Sleigh, Dennis Nurkse, Rachel Hadas, Nicole Cooley, Peter Cooley, Alex Cigale, and Sophie Cabot Black will be here for the premier reading of Plume Anthology of Poetry 2013.

And at Downtown Literary Festival on the 13th, there are a couple poetry events: an Alice Notley book club happening all day at McNally Jackson, led by Rachel Zucker and Cassandra Gillig, and at 2PM at the Bowery Poetry Club, Timothy Donnelly, Lynne Melnick, Rachel Zucker, Marcella Durand, John Godfrey, Stacy Szymaszek, Kim Lyons, Filip Marinovic, Charif Shanahan, Erika Caufman, John Coletti, and Patricia Spears Jones will be reading Notley poems at "The City Drifting."

Then, The Saltonstall Arts Colony Poetry Reading on the 17th will feature Saltonstall alums Judith Baumel, Jaime Shearn Coan, Jay Deshpande, Robin Beth Schaer, and Ocean Vuong.

And finally, we’re having a poetry sale from the 14th to the 20th! Come in and buy all the poetry books, yeah?

826 National is a proud partner of National Poetry Month. Check out their calendar for events running throughout the month. Today is the 15th Annual Citywide Undergraduate Poetry Festival hosted by Columbia College. More info here.

Fellow Muggles and Harry Potter fans:
Check out this event run by The Harry Potter Alliance at Loyola’s campus on April 5th. There will be readings of the HP series as well as a wizard rock concert— and all to raise money and awareness for literacy needs in Chicago. 

Fellow Muggles and Harry Potter fans:

Check out this event run by The Harry Potter Alliance at Loyola’s campus on April 5th. There will be readings of the HP series as well as a wizard rock concert— and all to raise money and awareness for literacy needs in Chicago. 

firstbook:

How much do books really matter for kids? Turns out the answer is A LOT!

Peruse through our library the next time you tutor at 826CHI, and rediscover an old favorite to share with your tutee— it surely will make a difference. 

firstbook:

How much do books really matter for kids? Turns out the answer is A LOT!

Peruse through our library the next time you tutor at 826CHI, and rediscover an old favorite to share with your tutee— it surely will make a difference. 

scribnerbooks:

An action shot goes a long way.

Authors at Admiral Moody’s Publishing House prefer the mustache & monocle look, but past authors exhibit a spectrum of possibilities. 

scribnerbooks:

An action shot goes a long way.

Authors at Admiral Moody’s Publishing House prefer the mustache & monocle look, but past authors exhibit a spectrum of possibilities. 

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A Happy Belated Birth-Dave to our founder Dave Eggers from our (very serious, very author-ly) students!

A Happy Belated Birth-Dave to our founder Dave Eggers from our (very serious, very author-ly) students!