Women & Children First is a GREAT Chicago bookstore that began in 1979. It's been a lovely place to spend an afternoon and find something wonderful to read -- everybody in town talks about this bookstore.
Recently the store has faced big changes, and usually "big changes" and "bookstore" have equaled very bad things. But in this case? It's simply a transition. The owners are selling it to staff, who want to save the bookstore and do a few new things with it too! They've got an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds and lots of great ideas.
There's lots of STUFF to be had! Writers and artists across the region have donated fun things to the cause, so head on over and check this out. (I've donated a signed first edition of ONE CAME HOME.) Shopping for the holidays? Buy a gift and do a good deed at the same time.
Go Women & Children First! I'm so glad you're here to support our community!
I'm trying to get my head around this new project, so I'm spending less time online. It's good news! Writing! Yay! And in light of that, I've done something to my Facebook account...
A note about Facebook: Yes, I've "deactivated" my Facebook account. According to FB, this means my account has disappeared, but all the information is saved. (FB says I can "reactivate it" anytime, so hey why not?) And -- by the way -- this has nothing to do with YOU. It's me -- all me. I'm doing this because Facebook has a way of making me think about it, and I could use the brain space right now. :)
Please feel free to contact me through this site -- that's what it's here for!
I leave you with photos of mushrooms. I'm a fan of them. Look at the angles, the geometry on these beauties! I love the shape of the basic mushroom too -- the arcs, the bit of texture. Lovely, lovely, lovely! I've even found mushrooms that seem to melt in full sun only an hour or so after they've pushed themselves out of the ground. It startles me when I find them -- all that effort for a few moments? Wow.
Sidenote: My husband will not let me eat foraged mushrooms. He rather set his foot down and I suppose that's wise. Telling them apart is difficult! But I've got books that identify wild mushrooms, and honestly, the fact that these books exist in my library, that I page through them from time to time . . . well, it makes him nervous. So I've promised not to eat foraged mushrooms. Don't offer them to me -- I've got to say 'no.' (If you knew my husband, you'd agree that his goodwill is worth a lot more than say, a wild mushroom omelet.)
Okay, back to work! Hope you're enjoying the fall!
My husband and I spent a good chunk of the summer in Spring Green, Wisconsin. (6 weeks so half? or something? How does one count "summer" really?) I spent those weeks living across the street from Arcadia Books for that time, and so I can say without hesitation that this book store is SOMETHING. It is special. Every book on the shelf feels hand-chosen. You feel like you know the owner, manager and everybody who works there by the books on the shelves.
They also have a good selection of the new books, but what I loved was browsing the shelves. There were always surprises! For instance, there was a section labelled something like "Personal Growth" (I don't remember exactly what it was called, except that I expected to find self-help workbook type stuff) and there will be a memoir about joining a choir. Yes! Cool!
I did try to remain incognito, but I was in there SO often and the people that work there are SO great, that after awhile I just had to confess. Nancy and I got our photo taken together. Above is the action sequence!
So go to Arcadia Books in Spring Green, Wisconsin okay? It's wonderful! (While you're there, take in a play at American Players Theatre, and maybe do a house tour of Taliesin or House on the Rock. You can easily make a weekend out of that place.
If you want to do more than that, go to Mineral Point, Wisconsin (artists, brewery, restaurant), Mount Horeb, Wisconsin (brewery, cute town, bike trail), New Glarus (great brewery -- get the red foiled stuff, and a town that does a "Little Switzerland" thing) and of course, Madison (way too much fun stuff to list in a parenthetical).
Yes, I did a little sight-seeing in southern Wisconsin this summer. Why not?
And I got going on my next book. It was so nice to be in a quaint town right across from a bookstore to inspire me! Below, are some of the titles that I discovered in Arcadia Books: