57th Street Books 35th Anniversary Celebration and Grand Re-opening

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 10:30am - 11:30am


Celebrate 35 years of bookselling and community on Chicago's South Side at 57th Street Books, with story time with Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and ribbon cutting in honor of our newly reimagined store!

At 57th Street Books

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1983 was a special year for literature. Alice Walker's The Color Purple  won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, J.M. Coetzee's  The Life and Times of Michael K. won the Booker Prize, and the University of Chicago Press published its first round of Phoenix Poets, including poet David Ferry. Harold Washington, a Seminary Co-op shareholder, was elected as the 41st mayor of Chicago, and Hanna Holborn Gray, an esteemed historian and Seminary Co-op shareholder, was completing the fifth year of her storied tenure as University of Chicago’s 10th president. Sara Paretsky's V.I. Warshawski made her debut the prior year, and a young Barack Obama was two years away from buying shares in the Seminary Co-op and six years away from meeting our neighbor, Michelle Robinson.  

Of course it was also the year that 57th Street Books opened its doors for the first time, quintupling the space that Jim and Helaine Staver’s bookshop occupied. As we celebrate the last 35 years, and plan ahead for the next 35 years, we invite you to visit our newly reimagined store on Saturday, October 20 at 10:30am for a special story time with Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, followed by reflections on 57th Street Books' storied history and integral relationship with readers, old and young, throughout Chicago, birthday cake, and a ribbon cutting in honor of our grand re-opening. With a vastly expanded children’s department, a clearer focus on new releases across genres in Room One, and a renewed commitment to maintaining a top-shelf collection of diverse and delightful general interest books, we are excited to welcome the next generation of enthusiasts to one of the most charming and beloved neighborhood bookstores in the world.

Happy anniversary, 57th Street Books!

Event Location: 
57th Street Books
1301 E 57th Street
Chicago 60637