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Books With Pictures Five-Year Anniversary Celebration & Sale!

🌟ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AND SALE!🌟 To celebrate Books with Pictures’ five years in business, we’re having our biggest sale ever, from tomorrow, June 2, through Sunday the 6th! We’ll have selected books and back issues for sale on the sidewalk for 65% off all week starting tomorrow, plus extra sales in store each day: Wednesday, June 2: Superhero graphic novels are 25% off — and Pup Tent, the awesome new florist in our lot, will be in costume as… well, it’s a surprise. Thursday, June 3: Zines and small-press comics are 50% off, and nonfiction graphic novels are 25% off. Friday, June 4: Single issue comics are 75% off. Excludes books released 5/26 and 6/2. Excludes curated $3 back issue section. Saturday, June 5: Non-superhero graphic…

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Book Club: Witch Boy

Named a Fall 2017 Publisher’s Weekly Flying Start and winner of the Best Mainstream Comic Prism Award, the Cybils Award, and the EBSCO SEE-IT Award, THE WITCH BOY is Molly Ostertag’s debut middle grade graphic novel. Even magic has rules . . . Everyone in Aster’s family is born with magic. Boys grow up to be shapeshifters; girls into witches. No exceptions. But Aster can’t seem to get the hang of shapeshifting. Instead, he spends his time spying on the witchery lessons the girls are getting. He seems to have a knack for casting spells and wants to know more, but the only person he can share his growing gift with is Charlie, a girl from the non-magical side of town. Then, during a night…

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Book Club: LaGuardia

In an alternate world where aliens have integrated with society, pregnant Nigerian- American doctor Future Nwafor Chukwuebuka, has just smuggled an illegal alien plant named Letme Live through LaGuardia International and Interstellar Airport . . . and that’s not the only thing she’s hiding. She and Letme become part of a community of human and alien immigrants; but as their crusade for equality continues and the birth of her child nears, Future–and her entire world–begins to change. Created by Hugo and Nebula award- winning author Nnedi Okorafor and artist Tana Ford, LaGuardia is a biting satire of race, immigration, and what it means to be an “illegal alien” in America. Join us for our every-other-week graphic novel book club for tea and sweets and this…

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Holler if You Hear Me Launch

Local comics artists Ryan Alexander-Tanner and Tatum Howlett will be at Books With Pictures for a signing and presentation to celebrate the release of Holler If You Hear Me, Comic Edition. The book is an adaptation of Greg Michie’s late-90’s memoir that tells the story of a white teacher working in Chicago’s Latinx-majority Back of the Yards neighborhood. The original text was widely recognized as an alternative to typical “white savior” narratives, instead advising teachers to embrace and be changed by the culture they enter into, acknowledging the messiness and complexity of teaching, and, most importantly, providing a platform for the students to share their own stories, in their own words. Each chapter ends with a long-form interview of a student, providing them a forum…

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Submission: BIPOC Edition

Thanks to a generous grant by Regional Arts & Culture Council, Submission Reading Series is able to present “Submission: BIPOC Edition.” This reading features our two guest editors of color, Janice Lee (fiction) and Skyler Reed (poetry), as well as the winners of our BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of color-only) open reading period, Juan Reyes (fiction) and Zaji Cox (poetry). This reading is free and open to the public. Light snacks and bubbly water will be served. Doors – 5:00pm Reading – 5:30pm sharp Chat – 7ish-8pm _ _ _ Zaji Cox has been creating stories since she started reading at age three, discovering her passion for writing when she wrote her first short story at nine years old. She began seriously considering it…

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Book Club: Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me

Author Mariko Tamaki and illustrator Rosemary Valero-O’Connell bring to life a sweet and spirited tale of young love in Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me, a graphic novel that asks us to consider what happens when we ditch the toxic relationships we crave to embrace the healthy ones we need. Laura Dean, the most popular girl in high school, was Frederica Riley’s dream girl: charming, confident, and SO cute. There’s just one problem: Laura Dean is maybe not the greatest girlfriend. Reeling from her latest break up, Freddy’s best friend, Doodle, introduces her to the Seek-Her, a mysterious medium, who leaves Freddy some cryptic parting words: break up with her. But Laura Dean keeps coming back, and as their relationship spirals further out of…

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Puffs Reading for Social Justice

Have you ever wondered what happened at a Certain School of Magic and Magic? Have you ever wanted to meet more of Cedric Diggory’s friends? Most importantly, do you want to affirm and support members of the trans community? Come see a staged reading of “Puffs” by Matt Cox at Books with Pictures! Suggested donation $10. All proceeds will go directly to TransActive. Where: Books With Pictures When: Saturday, February 15th at 8 PM What: A reading of “Puffs: Or, Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic” Who: Organized by LGBTQIA+ nerds and their allies. For: To support TransActive. TransActive Gender Center provides a holistic range of services and expertise to empower transgender and gender nonconforming children, youth and their…

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Roll for Initiative! After Realm Launch Party & Fundraiser

Michael Avon Oeming (Powers, Cave Carson, Dick Tracy) and Taki Soma (Rapture, Sinergy) are creating a new quarterly comic, After Realm Quarterly. In the aftermath of Ragnarok, Oona, an elven ranger, sets out into the post-apocalyptic chaos to discover the fate of the old gods. But first, she must fulfill an oath to a lost friend that could doom what’s left of the Nine Realms. It’s Dungeons-And-Dragons-And-Norse-Gods. It’s a Really Good Time. Mike will be signing at the event, and will be doing randomized head sketches for $30 donations to the Hero Initiative. Randomized head sketches? How’s that work? Mike will have a list of six characters he’s known for, and a six-sided die. You make your charitable donation, roll the die– and Mike makes…

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Book Club: Upgrade Soul

For their 45th anniversary, Hank and Molly Nonnar decide to undergo an experimental rejuvenation procedure, but their hopes for youth are dashed when the couple is faced with the results: severely disfigured yet intellectually and physically superior duplicates of themselves. Can the original Hank and Molly coexist in the same world as their clones? In Upgrade Soul, McDuffie Award–winning creator Ezra Claytan Daniels asks probing questions about what shapes our identity—Is it the capability of our minds or the physicality of our bodies? Is a newer, better version of yourself still you? Join us for our twice-monthly book club, with tea, treats, and friends. This week, we read Upgrade Soul!!

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