Join us at our River North Bookstore on Thursday September 4th at 6 p.m. for a special talk and signing with Peter C. Brown, co-author of Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning.
Named one of the “Top Ten Books on Teaching" by the Chronicle of Higher Education, Make It Stick draws on recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and other disciplines to offer concrete techniques for becoming a more productive learner.
More on Make It Stick: ”Many common study habits and practice routines turn out to be counterproductive… More complex and durable learning come from self-testing, introducing certain difficulties in practice, waiting to re-study new material until a little forgetting has set in, and interleaving the practice of one skill or topic with another… Make It Stick will appeal to all those interested in the challenge of lifelong learning and self-improvement.”
The book has been praised in publications such as Psychology Today and The Boston Globe, and co-author Henry L. Roediger recently described the lessons from the book in a New York Times Op-Ed.
Peter C. Brown, a novelist and writer based in St. Paul, MN, will discuss Make It Stick's central arguments, as well as sign copies afterwards.
Hope to see you there!
Join us at our River North Store
on August 13th at 6 p.m. for a intimate acoustic concert from singer-songwriters Ashley Hamel
and Grace Kendall
! The performance is free and open to the public, and will combine the singers’ love of music with literary themes.
is a singer-songwriter, improv comedian, and wizard rocker. She incorporates her diverse stage experience into a live performance full of emotion and humor, expressed through a powerful voice and energetic stage presence.
Grace Kendall is an singer/songwriter and traveler who toured the country for several years singing songs about the Harry Potter books. Now she performs intimate, heartfelt songs on her ukulele, often bringing crowds together to snuggle on the floor and sing sweet harmonies. Her favorite authors are Ray Bradbury, Lemony Snicket and Henry David Thoreau.
Hope to see you there!
It’s time again for our annual book recommendation list, carefully curated by our Publishing Academy authors and their coaches.
Open Books Publishing Academy is a unique opportunity for teen writers to spend their summers with us on a magical quest: writing and publishing their very own novel! This July, we’ve been fortunate to foster the talents of nineteen scribes from all over Chicago, who are diligently working to publish graphic novels and fantasy fiction.
It turns out that the Publishing Academy authors are also the best, smartest, and most eclectic readers around. Without further ado, we present you with their favorite reads, many of which you can conveniently find at Open Books River North or at Open Books Pilsen.
- Vincent recommends Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane. A very inspiring story of a black boy growing up in South Africa during apartheid. It shows how the human spirit can prevail even in the worst conditions.
- Amanda recommends The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. This has to be my favorite series since Harry Potter!
- Olivia recommends Magyk by Angie Sage. It’s a very well-written story with a very unique look at magic.
- Chloe recommends Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. First off, it’s by two brilliant writers and it’s a fun, interesting view of the end of the world. It also has hilarious and dynamic characters.
- Dominic recommends The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. It is full of adventures, comedy, and action. The main character, Percy, needs to figure out how to overcome problems like fighting monsters. As long as you don’t watch the movies, the books will be fine.
- Maryam recommends Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements. It’s a good, quick read about a kid who turns invisible.
- Lou recommends World War Z by Max Brooks. I don’t even like zombies and this is my favorite book. It’s funny, intense, realistic and amazingly well-written. Read it!!!
- John and Alexis recommend The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. It’s a thrilling, action-packed joy ride of betrayal, violence, and complicated romance. It’s a tale of courage, strength, surviving, and triumph.
- Lucy recommends The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. A heart-breaking tale of romance that will leave you wanting to read more until the end.
- Hope recommends Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. A high-fantasy book that it great as its own novel, but also a really good start to a fantastic series. Its protagonist is one of the strongest female characters I’ve ever read — who can hold her own and carry the story.
- Perlita recommends Cirque Du Freak #1 by Darren Shan. It’s so exciting it makes you want to read all of the books. It’s filled with unexpected twists, action, and vampires…an amazing start to a series!
- Jamie (coach) recommends We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. It’s hard to describe what the book is about without giving everything away, but you won’t regret this quick summer read.
- Noel (coach) recommends Wildwood by Colin Meloy. This is a fantastical tale of a young girl, her friend, and her brother, who stumble upon a magical world of talking animals, beginning-of-time mystics, and the age-old struggle of good vs. evil.
- Kaira (coach) recommends American Splendor by Harvey Pekar. Reading Harvey Pekar always reminds us that everyone’s life can be a comic book, and that real life can be just as interesting as a super hero.
Want more guidance? Read last year’s recommendations!
Last week, our Publishing Academy authors sat down in our River North bookstore to have their official photos taken. Thanks to Olivia Leigh of Olivia Leigh Photographie for the incredible pictures! Here are some below, and you can see the rest inside their forthcoming work.
Come out tonight to Timothy O’Toole’s for an evening of live music by Megan Hoyt! Proceeds from food and drink purchases will go towards our programs!
This past Saturday was Chicago Independent Bookstore Day, and we had an awesome time at Open Books River North. A lot of folks came in to champion local booksellers and literacy, and those who stuck around until 2 got to join us for delicious pie from Hoosier Mama!