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The Madness of Mad Street. | 03.24.20

If we say “these are strange times” often enough, there’s a danger that they will become normal. So we’re going to continue with the “temporary” strangeness that seems to have been with us since the beginning. There’s always been a madness in March, so we’re embracing it at the bookstore, appropriately named Mad.

Since our opening just over a week ago, it’s been a joy to meet so many of you through email and social media. And we’ve met a few new friends through traditional media. Kathleen Rooney wrote this piece that was published in the Chicago Tribune over the weekend. And we were on WGN last night with Nick Digilio, or maybe we should say this morning… it was midnight after all. Here’s a link to the show if it was past your bedtime. Our conversation begins around 47:45. And just today, Chicago magazine just published this piece by Taylor Moore.

So, we are in a shelter-in-place situation. While we would argue with the classification of books as non-essentials, we will not argue with the shelter-in-place order. How do you get these essential non-essentials into your home? Reach out and we will make it happen. Call the store at 312-929-4140. Email us at books@madstreetbooks.com. Place an order through the web at madstreetbooks.com. Reach out to us through social media. (It’s been so fun selecting books for “quarantine” book clubs.) We’re offering $1 shipping whether you live across the country or around the corner.

If you have small kids, you know that routine is important. To help “establish” that routine, we’re going to continue with the virtual Toddler Jam with Miss Dawn-Marie. She’s no longer allowed to come to the store to record the hour-long singalong through Facebook live, so we’re going to record the session ahead of time and post it through Facebook and on our website. Look for it Wednesday mornings at 10:00.

Although pub dates for particular books might be changing, the actual day of the week for new releases is not. Every Tuesday feels a bit like Christmas morning for a bookseller. This Tuesday we’re particularly excited about two new releases.

  • The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel. Readers familiar with Mandel’s Station Eleven know that it’s publication was a literary event, beloved by critics, booksellers, and readers. It is a post-pandemic story that may feel a little too familiar right now, but it is a wonderful read. In her new novel, The Glass Hotel, Mandel’s once again delivers exceptional writing, plotting and character development.
  • The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin. For those not familiar with Jemisin, you should know that she’s a three-time Hugo Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author. For those who are familiar, you should know that this is N. K. Jemisin's first novel set in the real world. No reader of smart, original, serious contemporary fiction should be without her.

Thanks for reading.
Mary & Javier

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