Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Poetry Among the Palms: Readings

Ed Roberson and other poets read W.S. Merwin and others inspired by nature and the outdoors among the exhibits at the Garfield Park Conservatory, along with kids’ activities. Presented in partnership with the Poetry Center of Chicago, the Chicago Park District, and the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance.

after-words will be on hand to sell copies of Closest Pronunciation by Ed Roberson $9.95
Thursday, June 29, Garfield Park Conservatory Palm House, 6 p.m. General public. $5 suggested donation.  
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Harry Potter now available through after-words and libro.fm

This announcement marks the first time independent bookstores in the United States have been able to offer Wizarding World digital audiobooks to their customers.

The Wizarding World digital audiobooks include all seven novels in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series as well as the indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the Wizarding World, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It is narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Eddie Redmayne who starred as Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the 2016 film inspired by the Hogwarts Library book.

About Libro.fm:
Libro.fm is the independent store for digital audiobooks. An independent company
based in Seattle, WA, Libro.fm offers tens of thousands of DRM-free digital audiobooks, available for download and through its free iOS and Android apps. A partner of the American Booksellers Association (ABA), Libro.fm works with independent bookstores to create co-branded audiobook storefronts.

About Pottermore:
Pottermore, the digital publishing, e-commerce, entertainment and news company from J.K. Rowling, is the global digital publisher of Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. As the digital heart of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, pottermore.com is dedicated to unlocking the power of imagination. It offers news, features, and articles as well as new and previously unreleased writing by J.K. Rowling.


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Free Screening on June 5th

Free screening of My Cousin Rachel at the Landmark Century Cinema June 5th at 7pm.  Based on the Daphne DuMaurier novel of the same name. 

Philip Ashley's older cousin Ambrose, who raised the orphaned Philip as his own son, has died in Rome. Philip, the heir to Ambrose's beautiful English estate, is crushed that the man he loved died far from home. He is also suspicious. While in Italy, Ambrose fell in love with Rachel, a beautiful English and Italian woman. But the final, brief letters Ambrose wrote hint that his love had turned to paranoia and fear. Now Rachel has arrived at Philip's newly inherited estate. Could this exquisite woman, who seems to genuinely share Philip's grief at Ambrose's death, really be as cruel as Philip imagined? Or is she the kind, passionate woman with whom Ambrose fell in love? Philip struggles to answer this question, knowing Ambrose's estate, and his own future, will be destroyed if his answer is wrong.

Watch a trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVaPJxe0Qxs

Get your free passes here: http://www.foxsearchlightscreenings.com/AfterWords

Friday, April 28, 2017

April 29th is Independent Bookstore Day!

For one day only, Saturday, April 29th, we are having, cookies, promotions and all sorts of deals, all day long. Spend $10 or more and you get to choose a FREE book from our secret stash (while supplies last, 1 book per customer). Store T-Shirts and Store Cloth Tote Bags will also be half price! What a deal!

“Consumers control the marketplace by deciding where to spend their money. If what a bookstore offers matters to you, then shop at a bookstore. If you feel that the experience of reading a book is valuable, then read the book. This is how we change the world: we grab hold of it. We change ourselves.” - Ann Patchett, bestselling author and co-owner of Parnassus Books

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Anniversary Party Friday Night 6pm

after-words is turning 20.  We are having a celebration on Friday night starting at 6.  Have a drink, mingle with other literati, and hear some great jazz.  Thank you for all your support through these eventful decades.  Live performance by the Fat Babies.  http://www.thefatbabies.com/

Thursday, April 13, 2017


In conjunction with General Assembly Chicago and HarperCollins Publishing, we are proud to present a talk by Kelly Leonard centered around his book Yes, And: How Improvisation Reverses \"No, But\" Thinking and Improves Creativity and Collaboration: Lessons from the Second City.

Please join us from 6-8pm on April 19th, 2017.

Kelly Leonard is the Executive Director of Insights and Applied Improvisation at Second City Works.
He is a popular speaker on the power of improvisation to transform people’s lives. He has presented at, the Chicago Ideas Festival, TEDx Broadway, The Aspen Ideas Festival, The Stanford Graduate School of Business and for companies such as Coca Cola, Microsoft and DDB Worldwide. Kelly co-created and co-directs a new initiative with the Center for Decision Research at the Booth School at the University of Chicago that looks at behavioral science through the lens of improvisation. He also hosts the podcast, “Getting to Yes, And,” for Second City Works and WGN radio.

In this talk, Kelly Leonard will reveal principles of improvisation that individuals and organizations can use to thrive in a world increasingly shaped by speed, social communication, and decentralization. Attendees will have an opportunity to engage in hands-on improvisation exercises led by Kelly throughout the talk.

For over twenty years, Kelly oversaw Second City’s live theatrical divisions where he helped generate original productions with such talent as Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Amy Poehler, Seth Meyers, Steve Carell, Keegan Michael Key, Amy Sedaris and others.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Poetry Reading April 13th at 5pm

In celebration of National Poetry Month, after-words bookstore is proud to host Poets and Patrons, along with the Illinois State Poetry Society, for a reading by local poets.

Join us April 13th, 2017 at 5pm.

We will hear from 15 different local poets, all members of Poets and Patrons, the Illinois State Poetry society or both.

Poets & Patrons evolved from earlier attempts to create a meeting ground for poets and poet enthusiasts in the Chicago area.  Established in 1954, it was set up as a non-profit outreach group for poets who wished to receive professional criticism through four workshops each year. In 1956, Poets & Patrons created a Chicagoland Poetry Contest, open to all in the area.

More recently, Poets and Patrons has expanded its outreach to offer free writing workshops at area museums (Write! Chicago), participation in the Printers Row Lit Fest, and open readings for its members. Visit their website at www.poetsandpatrons.net for further information.

The Illinois State Poetry Society (ISPS) was chartered in 1991.  The society was formed “To encourage the crafting and enjoyment of poetry in the state of Illinois.”  Equally important is the goal to offer opportunities for improving and sharing the crafting of poetry.

ISPS members meet all over Illinois to gather and critique poetry.   From its 12 charter members, ISPS has grown to more than 130 members. 

The society sponsors workshops on poetry writing for all ages.  There are also opportunities for featured readings by members throughout the year.  Monthly gatherings at a coffee house are one such example. Themed poetry displays at participating public libraries also showcase members’ work.

ISPS sponsors a poetry contest every year. Information is available on their website, www.illinoispoets.org. The society also participates in the Manningham contest for students, with a follow-up awards gathering for winners and mention of their poems on the ISPS website.

Below is a list of the participating poets:

Peter Halliday  (P&P)
Jocelyn Ajami  (P&P)
Susan Moss (ISPS and P&P)
Diane O'Neill (P&P)
Mary Ann Eiler (ISPS)
Judith Tullis (ISPS and P&P)
Caroline Johnson (P&P and ISPS)
Melissa Huff (ISPS)
Myron Stokes (ISPS)
David Nekimken (P&P)
Beth Staas (P&P and ISPS)
Sheila Elliott (ISPS)
Joe Carey (ISPS)
Fereshteh Azad (ISPS)

Thursday, March 30, 2017

April 9th 4-7 Poetry Slam with WORLDOFi

after-words bookstore is pleased to welcome the members of the creative arts collective WORLDOFi as our co-hosts for a poetry slam/open mic competition.

Sunday, April 9st.  The competition will start at 4pm.  We will announce the winner at 7pm.

WORLDOFi is a creative arts company that aims to provide underground artists from all backgrounds with a platform to propel themselves forward in their careers.  The collective includes poets, writers, visual artists, clothing designers, and musicians.

WORLDOFi is dedicated to integrating communities and enriching culture by spreading art from city to city around the world. 

WORLDOFi’s clothing line is designed by the co-founder of the company. It is used to lift the spirits while also informing the community of the injustices in society. With art being one of the leading forces in social activism, WORLDOFi hopes to propel the fight for equality.

WORLDOFi was established in Chicago and has executive and artist representation in Chicago and Miami. 

We welcome you to join us for a display of both visual art and the performances of local poets. 
Or, if you want to sign up to perform yourself, we would love to hear you.  Slam participant sign-up will be on a first-come first-served basis.  The winner(s) of the competition will receive exclusive WORLDOFi apparel.

There will also be a silent auction of one of the pieces on display during the slam.
All proceeds from this event will be donated to the National MS Society.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Support after-words and get audiobooks

after-words is excited to share that we are now offering audiobook memberships through our partner @Librofm. Your first book is $0.99 and you can choose from over 70,000+ titles. https://libro.fm/after-words

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Buying Resumes

Hey everyone...book buying for store credit has resumed.  Any day, any time. 20-25 books at a time.  See our website for more specific guidelines, or you can also call or email.