September 10th, 2017

This week on Open Stacks, music writer Joe Bonomo reads from his "Field Recordings from the Inside," a collection of essays which traces Bonomo's relationship to pop music. Music writer John Corbett and Matt Macaughan of Superchunk discuss Corbett's book, "Vinyl Freak" and their shared passion for record collecting. Plus a new segment with two of our favorite Co-op personalities.


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September 5th, 2017

The New York Review Children's Collection is something of a lifeguard on the lookout for beloved children's classics that have fallen out of print. Besides their being (mostly) old, what qualities unite the series and how do those qualities fit in or challenge contemporary styles of children's literature?

Yes, our series consists of books we’ve known and loved, books our readers remember from their childhoods, the kinds of books you might find in an old country house or quiet branch library.

In order to appeal to a new generation of readers, we've reissued these classics in hardcover with our signature bright red cloth spine, new cover art, creative endpapers, and full color...
Et cetera
September 5th, 2017


Cheryl L. Reed is a veteran journalist. She is the author of Unveiled: The Hidden Lives of Nuns, which chronicles her four years living off and on with nuns across the country. A former editor and reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times and other newspapers, Cheryl has won many awards for her investigative reporting, including Harvard’s Goldsmith Prize. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing-Fiction from Northwestern University and recently was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar teaching investigative reporting in Ukraine where freedom of the press is still in its infancy. She is currently an assistant professor at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communication. Cheryl’s reportage of deadly...
September 3rd, 2017

Tell him like the scrolls of leaves that fall unread 
after prolonged rain has stripped the branches, 

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August 31st, 2017
In the wake of the election, much has been made of supposedly "post-truth politics", where emotional certainty and the dissolution of belief in previously widely trusted sources of political information have endangered factually based political discussion. These three titles, all published in the three years leading up to the election, show that this apparently recent phenomenon is not really all that new. A common thread throughout all three is a focus on the productivity of emotion or affect in generating political understanding. Masco, Ioanide and Brown compellingly argue that emotional political attachments or affective states are not simply an abdication of reasoning; rather, these...
Reading Is Critical
August 29th, 2017

Ola Faleti breathes, writes and works in Chicago. Everything else happens in her imagination. Her work has also appeared in Moonsick Magazine, The James Franco Review, The Harpoon Review, and elsewhere.  She's writing 52 essays this year, take a look She will join Quraysh Ali Lansana, Chris Rice, Martha Bayne, and Garin Cycholl to discuss Rust Belt Chicago: An Anthology...

August 27th, 2017

This week on Open Stacks, Carolyn Purnell talks about the history of the senses and her delectable book "The Sensational Past." Bianca Bosker talks about her book "Cork Dork", which explores the wild world of wine-obsessed sommeliers. Plus, tasting notes from local somm Derrick Westbrook.

Share Open Stacks on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #openstackspod to be entered to win three bottles of Derrick's favorite wines, courtesy of 57th Street Wines, plus your own copy of Cork Dork!






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August 24th, 2017
Gondwana: an ancient supercontinent long dispersed into fragments. Contemplating the ethereal blue is of Antartica, once part of it, Nathaniel Tarn writes in the opening section of his magnificent collection: "They said back then / there was a frozen continent / in those high latitudes encircling globe: / are you moving toward it?" From there, the rising and falling stairs at Fez in Morocco meld into a cantata on marriage, empire, and the meditational nature of climbing. In a series of beautiful, short poems "Il Piccolo Paradiso," Tarn creates a haven of home, bird flight, and innvervating fligh. In another section, the heroic WWII fighter Pilot Lydia Litvyak is personified as Eurydice speaking to her lover captain,...
August 20th, 2017

This week on Open Stacks, we hear from members of the faith community who advocate for reproductive justice. Dr. Willie Parker, author of Life's Work: A Moral Argument for Choice talks about his journey to become an abortion provider in the Deep South. D.A. Dirks discusses their book To Offer Compassion, which tells the story of the Clergy Consultation Service, a group of clergymen who assisted women to find safe abortions before Roe v. Wade. 



Open Stacks Podcast
August 13th, 2017

This week on Open Stacks, we look at issues of incarceration and recidivism.   We'll hear from activist Susan Burton, a formerly incarcerated woman who founded a non-profit called A New Way of Life, which helps formerly incarcerated women to get clean, find a job and stay out of prison for good. She will discuss her life and work as portrayed in her new memoir, Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women.   Also, Michaela Soyer talks about...
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