World Book Night reception April 18th 6:30 p.m.

A celebration for World Book Night and its givers will be held Thursday April 18th at 6:30 at After-Words Books.

We at after-words are happy to be hosting a reception and conversation celebrating World Book Night and its givers.

World Book Night U.S. is an ambitious campaign to give away half a million free, specially printed books across America. Volunteer book lovers will help promote reading by going into their communities and distributing free copies of a book they enjoy to new or light readers, reaching them especially in underserved places – and even some fun spots. Volunteers from your area will be picking up the books they selected to share in locations as diverse as VA hospitals, nursing homes, prisons, ballparks, mass transit, diners, and more.

If you would like more information on World Book Night and how you can participate next year, you can visit: http://www.us.worldbooknight.org/

Or, come drink some wine with us and join the conversation.


On the Road Contest Results


We have chosen our winners and they have already been notified. Thank you to all that participated.



Prize Pack Give Away for the movie of On the Road

Dear Customers,

To coincide with the opening of the film version of On the Road, opening March 22 at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema we are having a give away for two prize packs. Included are a copy of the book, soundtrack, official Movie Companion, poster, postcard and a pass for you and a friend to see the movie at Landmark Century Centre Cinema.

To enter for your chance to win, become a member of our database by contacting us via our website “contact us” form with your name, address, email and phone number. In the message section of the form you must write On the Road Contest. If you are already in our database, just complete the form anyway to enter. One entry per customer. If we receive multiple entries with the same contact information, those entries will be disqualified. Incomplete entries will not be considered.

To be eligible to win you must send us a completed contact form from our website:

Enter now through March 21 for your chance to win!

Can’t wait to hear from you,


Free Signing for Gold Coast Madam March 7 at 6pm

Now living a quiet life of a typical Florida retiree (church, walks, grandchildren), Rose Laws, a vibrant 77-year-old, is itching to tell you her incredible life story of hardships, heartache, triumphs, and fun--especially about the decades she spent sexing up Chicago. She started arranging dates for men with women in the 1960s to earn enough money to get her children out of a brutal orphanage they were put in after she left a violent marriage. She moved on to running the Addison Motel, offering the area's first advertised 4-hour rates. She ultimately moved downtown, went first class, and amassed a 5,000-person client list of the city and country's rich and powerful (politicians, judges, lawyers, pro athletes, movie stars, business tycoons, and mobsters), earning herself the media nickname "Gold Coast Madam." Take this historical opportunity to meet Rose Laws and ask her all about her reign as perhaps Chicago's most famous madam ever. Rose Laws and co-author Dianna Harris will do short readings from their book, take questions, and autograph copies.