November 6th, 2017

The body is where our instincts reside and where we fight, flee, or freeze, and it endures the trauma inflicted by the ills that plague society. In this groundbreaking work, therapist Resmaa Menakem examines the damage caused by racism in America from the perspective of body-centered psychology. He argues this destruction will continue until Americans learn to heal the generational anguish of white supremacy, which is deeply embedded in all our bodies. Our collective agony doesn't just affect African Americans. White Americans suffer their own secondary trauma as well. So do blue Americans—our police. My Grandmother's Hands is a call to action for all of us to recognize that racism is not about the head, but about the body, and introduces an alternative view of what we can do to grow beyond our entrenched racialized divide....

November 5th, 2017

This week, we hear from the current generation of classic Chicago literature. Eve Ewing reads from Electric Arches, Angela Jackson reads from Roads, Where There Are No Roads, and Kevin Coval reads from A People's History of Chicago.

Open Stacks Podcast
November 4th, 2017

Lucy Biederman is a lecturer in English at Case Western Reserve University. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and an MFA in creative writing from George Mason University. Her first book, The Walmart Book of the Dead, won the 2017 Vine Leaves Press Vignette Award. She has written four chapbooks of poetry, and her short stories, essays, and poems have appeared recently in Bat City Review...

November 3rd, 2017

Born in the former USSR and raised a proud citizen of Chicago, Julia Alekseyeva is an author-illustrator as well as an academic. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Harvard, and currently teaches in the Film Department at Brooklyn College. Soviet Daughter: A Graphic Revolution is her first full-length graphic novel. She has lived in Kiev, Chicago, New York City, Paris, Cambridge, Kanazawa, and Yokohama, and currently lives in Brooklyn with her partner. Julia will discuss Soviet Daughter on Friday, 11/10, 6pm at the Co-op.

The Bedbug and Selected Poetry, by Vladimir Mayakovsky - My great-...

Reading Is Critical
November 2nd, 2017

James McAdams is the William M. Scholl Professor of International Affairs and director of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame. His many books include Judging the Past in Unified Germany and Germany Divided: From the Wall to Reunification (Princeton). He lives in South Bend, Indiana. James McAdams discusses ...

October 30th, 2017

Margaret Hivnor-Labarbera, Editor

What was the last book you discovered at the Seminary Co-op or 57th Street Books?

On my last trip to the Seminary Co-op Bookstore I found the Penguin Classic of Bruce Chatwin's brilliant (though mendacious) In Patagonia as well as Wendy Doniger's The Ring of Truth: And Other Myths...

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October 29th, 2017

Happy Halloween! This week on Open Stacks, Penguin Book of the Undead editor and medieval history expert Scott G. Bruce shares stories of ghosts, zombies and restless souls. Egyptologist and curator Foy Scalf shares spells from The Egyptian Book of the Dead: Becoming God in Ancient Egypt. Plus, a very spooky What's In the Box with the Co-op's own Jeff & Adam.



Open Stacks Podcast
October 29th, 2017

Journalist Ada Calhoun is the author of two books published by W.W. Norton & Co.: the New York history St. Marks Is Dead: The Many Lives of America’s Hippest Street (2015) and the essay collection Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give (2017). Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give is an unflinching but also loving portrait of her marriage prompted by her popular 2015 Modern Love essay, one of the most-read stories in the New York Times that year. Reviews have called it “...

October 28th, 2017

I started my publishing career as a bookseller. I sold textbooks at a campus-oriented used store adjacent to Northwestern University when I was an undergrad, then did a stint at a branch of the small London chain Books, Etc., before settling in for a couple of years at the late, lamented literary and scholarly bookstore Great Expectations, in Evanston.

Through all that time, I had no idea how much work—and care, attention, and, quite honestly, love—went into actually making the books we sold. I knew sales reps, of course, and some authors, and I respected the work of each. But until I walked in the door at the University of Chicago Press in 1999, I had almost no understanding of what happens with a book before it hits bookstore shelves.

The University of Chicago Press is more than 125 years old. A key component of the University since the founding, it has...

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October 28th, 2017

Julia Mickenberg, author of American Girls in Red Russia (University of Chicago Press), shares her five favorites about the Soviet Union.

Revolutionary Dreams: Utopian Visions and Experimental Life in the Russian Revolution, by Richard Stites

Imagine No Possessions: The Socialist Objects of Russian Constructivism, by Christina Kiaer

Small Comrades: Revolutionizing Childhood in Soviet Russia, 1917-1932, by Lisa Kirschenbaum

Revolution on My Mind: Writing a Diary Under Stalin, by Jochen Hellbeck

My Life in Stalinist Russia: An American Woman Looks Back, by Mary Leder

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