20200321

Mandatory Shutdown


In order to comply with the governor’s order, after-words bookstore will be shutting its doors to the public until further notice.

For the health and safety of our staff, we are asking them to stay home as well.  We will be monitoring emails, so if you have any questions or concerns, please contact us   We will do our best to respond with-in 24 hours.
 
We intend to re-open – strong as ever – once the order has been lifted.  

On a personal note, I am looking at this as an opportunity to read as many books as I can.  And catch up on all of the household projects that I never seem to get around to.  This could be like an extended version of the snow days I always wished for when I was in grammar school.

I wish everyone good health and a happy quarantine.  We will see you on the other side.

20200319

after-words and COVID-19


We hope that you and your families are safe and healthy.  To this point, ours are.

In order to maintain our current status quo, we are making some changes that we thought you should know about.  Those changes are detailed below, but don’t be afraid to reach out via phone or email 
with any questions or concerns.

We wish you all the best as we all try to navigate this brave new world.  Hopefully, this will all be temporary.

First of all, The Polli-Nation art show that we had planned to host this weekend has been postponed.  We’ll let you know the new date when we re-schedule.

New Store Hours starting 3-20-20:

11am-7pm Monday through Saturday until further notice. We will be CLOSED on Sundays for the foreseeable future.

We are endeavoring to stay open for all your book needs. Browsing is maybe not the best idea.  Please call ahead and we are happy to pull books for you and have them ready at the counter.  We can also ship to you, free of charge within the city of Chicago. 
If you want to help us out during this difficult period, you can buy a gift certificate to use at a later date or, if you get bored in your quarantine, consider calling us to ship you a book.  We will mail it to you with our appreciation.

Book buys:
We will be limiting -- but not stopping – our book buying for store credit.
We just want to limit everyone’s exposure to non-porous surfaces.  You can pick up and drop off, but we won’t be doing large book buys (try to keep it under 20).  And we ask that you leave the books with us and let us contact you via email or phone with your new total for credit.

Birthday Coupons:
All March coupons will be good until the end of April.  If you are entitled to an April birthday coupon, we will not be mailing them out but we will honor it - just ask!

Outstanding Orders:
If you have a book currently on order, we will be contacting you individually next week to update the status of your order.  Obviously, some warehouses and publishers offices are closed.  More may follow suit.

We are Open

New Hours Effective 3-20-20
Mon – Sat 11 am—7 pm
CLOSED Sunday
Let us know what you want, 
we can have it at the counter for you.
Call 312-464-1110
Email: bdvorkin@aol.com

20200210

February 25th Hood Feminism



In celebration of the release of Hood Feminism (Viking, $26.00) by Mikki Kendall,
after-words bookstore invites you to re-consider the Feminist Movement. 

Panelists include Linda Tirado, author of Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America




Today’s feminist movement has a glaring blind spot, and paradoxically, it is women.
Mainstream feminists rarely talk about meeting basic needs as a feminist issue, argues Mikki Kendall. Food insecurity, access to quality education, safe neighborhoods, a living wage, and medical care are all feminist issues. All too often the focus is not on basic survival for the many, but on increasing privilege for the few.

How can we stand in solidarity as a movement, Kendall asks, when there is the distinct likelihood that some women are oppressing others?

In her searing collection of essays, Mikki Kendall takes aim at the legitimacy of the modern feminist movement arguing that it has chronically failed to address the needs of all but a few women. Drawing on her own experiences with hunger, violence, and hypersexualization, Hood Feminism delivers an irrefutable indictment of a movement in flux. Kendall has written a ferocious clarion call to all would-be feminists to live out the true mandate of the movement in thought and in deed.