Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Free Panel Discussion January 19th 6pm Tolerance in the Age of Trump

Join us on Thursday, January 19th at 6pm for a discussion on racism and diversity in America.
The discussion will be led by Christian Picciolini, author of Romantic Violence: Memoirs of An American Skinhead (and reformed hate group leader) and John K Wilson, author of Trump Unveiled: Exposing the Bigoted Billionaire.
It will be moderated by Brandon Smith, the independent Chicago based journalist whose FOIA request brought the video of the Laquan McDonald shooting to the public.
The night before the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States seems an opportune moment for reflection on race in America. So join us for a bit to eat, a bit to drink, and perhaps a little catharsis.
Christian Picciolini is an award-winning television producer, an author, and a reformed extremist. His work and life purpose are born of an ongoing and profound need to atone for a grisly past, and to make something of his time on this planet by contributing to the greater good.

In 2016, Christian received an Emmy Award for his role as director and producer of an anti-hate campaign for ExitUSA that helped disengage several youths from white supremacist groups. He has worked as an adjunct professor and as the community partnerships manager for Threadless.

Most notably, in 2010 he co-founded Life After Hate, a nonprofit dedicated to helping others gain the knowledge necessary to implement long-term solutions that counter all types of racism and violent extremism.


John K. Wilson is the author of eight books, including Barack Obama: This Improbable Quest, Newt Gingrich: Capitol Crimes and Misdemeanors, Patriotic Correctness: Academic Freedom and Its Enemies, and The Most Dangerous Man in America: Rush Limbaugh's Assault on Reason. He is the co-editor of AcademeBlog.org and the editor of Illinois Academe. He has a Ph.D. in education from Illinois State University, and is the co-organizer of the Chicago Book Expo and the Evanston Literary Festival.


Brandon Smith is a Chicago based journalist. He’s best known for writing about the case of Laquan McDonald, whose murder by a Chicago police officer in 2014 went un-prosecuted for 13 months, until his lawsuit forced the city to release the video.

He has written for, and maintains relationships with, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, The Chicago Reader, In These Times magazine, and the Better Government Association.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Book Buying Suspension

Book Buying Suspension

Book buys will be SUSPENDED after December 23rd.  (Yes, you can buy books from us, but we cannot buy them from you.) 

We will be CLOSED for INVENTORY on Sunday, February 12, 2017.  We will resume buying books for CREDIT on February 13th.

After-words swag!

We have new t-shirts and bags with our after-words sign in bold white and green on black.  T-shirts are available in large and extra-large.  Bags are one size and suitable for carrying many, many books.

Shirts will cost $18 and bags $20.  Perfect for the book lover in your life.

Support Free Speech

after-words is helping support a fellow bookseller in Hong Kong and free speech around the world.
American Booksellers for Free Expression (ABFE) has created a T-shirt calling for the release of a Hong Kong bookseller who has been held for more than a year by the Chinese government. The T-shirt is part of an international campaign to free Gui Minhai, the co-owner of the Causeway Bay Bookstore.
Gui is one of five men connected with the bookstore who disappeared in the fall of 2015 and later resurfaced in police custody on the Chinese mainland. The bookstore is owned by Mighty Current, a publisher of gossipy and sometimes sensationalistic books about Chinese leaders. Gui, a Swedish citizen, is the only bookseller who remains under arrest. The others were allowed to return to Hong Kong after months of detention.
The front of the shirt uses Chinese characters to demand Gui’s release. The back reads, “American independent bookstores and readers for the release of Gui Minhai.”
We are only charging $5 per shirt and all proceeds will go towards more shirts and more support for our fellow bookseller.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

FREE staged reading of Close by Tom Mizell December 8th 7:15 pm

Join us December 8th for a staged reading of an original play by Tom Mizell called Close.
Paul and Mel are two long-time friends and season ticket holders to a small minor league baseball team. When Paul attempts to welcome a newcomer into their group, it reveals the depth of their anxieties and pushes the boundaries of their friendship.
The reading starts at 7:15 pm. This is a FREE event open to the public.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

New at after-words

Music and Murakami.  A deeply personal, intimate conversation about music and writing between the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author and his close friend, the former conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Haruki Murakami's passion for music runs deep. Before turning his hand to writing, he ran a jazz club in Tokyo, and from The Beatles' "Norwegian Wood" to Franz Liszt's "Years of Pilgrimage," the aesthetic and emotional power of music permeates every one of his much-loved books. Now, in Absolutely on Music, Murakami fulfills a personal dream, sitting down with his friend, acclaimed conductor Seiji Ozawa, to talk, over a period of two years, about their shared interest. Transcribed from lengthy conversations about the nature of music and writing, here they discuss everything from Brahms to Beethoven, from Leonard Bernstein to Glenn Gould, from record collecting to pop-up orchestras, and much more. Ultimately this book gives readers an unprecedented glimpse into the minds of the two maestros.

A new novel by Zadie Smith: 
An ambitious, exuberant new novel moving from North West London to West Africa, from the multi-award-winning author of White Teeth and On Beauty
Two brown girls dream of being dancers—but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It's a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either.
Tracey makes it to the chorus line but struggles with adult life, while her friend leaves the old neighborhood behind, traveling the world as an assistant to a famous singer, Aimee, observing close up how the one percent live.
But when Aimee develops grand philanthropic ambitions, the story moves from London to West Africa, where diaspora tourists travel back in time to find their roots, young men risk their lives to escape into a different future, the women dance just like Tracey—the same twists, the same shakes—and the origins of a profound inequality are not a matter of distant history, but a present dance to the music of time.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Autographed Copies at after-words

The pressure’s really piling up on Greg Heffley. His mom thinks video games are turning his brain to mush, so she wants her son to put down the controller and explore his “creative side.”

As if that’s not scary enough, Halloween’s just around the corner and the frights are coming at Greg from every angle.

When Greg discovers a bag of gummy worms, it sparks an idea. Can he get his mom off his back by making a movie . . . and will he become rich and famous in the process? Or will doubling down on this plan just double Greg’s troubles?

Get your autographed copy at after-words