The atmosphere is warm and friendly with oak bookcases labeled with the historical era or subject matter of the books on the shelves. There are two windsor chairs, a rocking chair, and a church pew to sit on while reviewing books prior to your purchases, all set on a portion of Bruce plaid carpet framed with forest green carpeting.
Also, there is a good chance that you can discuss your opinion about a book with the author who caused your joy, thoughtfulness, queries, & maybe anger. That is because C&S has frequent signings for authors. of histories, biographies, & mysteries, for both adults & children. In some cases, we have visits from the famous (e.g. Napoleon, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Luther, Twain, Elizabeth I, Joan of Arc, Isabella of Castile, F.D.R., etc.) who have "passed on" who you can argue with when they appear. They are portrayed by members of C&S's History Discussion Group in our Meeting of Minds series. Finally, it's the bookstore that makes the tomes you read come alive.Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore
has been awarded Best of Chicago 2014 for Shopping & Style by CBS Chicago
Pictures of What You Missed by not being at Centuries & Sleuths on this Date:
August 20, 2015 Authors Under the Awning with
JoBe Cerny, D. C. Brod & Frances McNamra
Along with guest visits from Linda Sinkevitch (Customer), Emily Victorson (Publisher) & Tracy Aleksy (Consultant)
[Photos by John Cline]
August 13, 2015 Authors under the Awning
Emily Kaplan, Michele May & Sue Myers
Returned and met new readers shown in the photo and Jim Berry (not pictured) from Mineapolis on
his Annual Family Reunion & Pilgrimage to Centuries & Sleuths
August 9, 2015 Authors Discussion & Signing with
Tony Perona (writing with his Daughter Elizabeth) under pen name Elizabeth Perona for Murder on the Bucket List,
D.C. (Deborah) Brod for Getting Lucky, and
Michael A. Black for his Executioner/Mack Bolan Series... Dragon Key, Desert Falcon, Deadly Salvage....
August 6, 2015 Authors Under the Awning with
Diane Pirrone, Joan Bard-Collins & Kate Hannigan
July 30, 2015 Authors Under the Awning with:
Raymond Benson, Michael Black, & J. Michael Major
July 23, 2015 Author Discussion with Michael McCarthy for his book
Ashes Under the Water: The SS Eastland & the Shipwreck that Shook America
July 16, 2015 Authors under the Awning
Diane Pirrone, Robert Goldsborough & Sue Myers
(The rain that evening drove us inside, but we had a good turnout & people bought books.)
July 10, 2015 Friday with Guest Authors of Young Adult Literature,
Kate Hannigan for The Detective's Assistant and Kristen Kittscher for The Wig in the Window.
July 9, 2015 Authors under the Awning with Michael Black, Luisa Buehler & Lee Williams
July 2, 2015 Authors under the Awning with Sue Myers, M.E. May and E.M.Kaplan
June 25, 2015 The Untold Facts about the Custer Debacle (139th Anniversary of the Battle of the Little Big Horn)
Lecturer: Don Sender (Military Historian)
June 12, 2015 Debut Signing for Mob Cop: My Life in the Chicago Police Dept.
by Fred Pascente with Sam Reaves our well known Chicago author.
May 30, 2015 Sisters in Crime Meeting with Guest Speaker Adam Henkels
May 30, 2015 Author Discussion & Signing for Annie Hansen for Bean in Love
May 29, 2015 Discussion & Signing with Patricia Skalka for her lastest novel, Death at Gills Rock
5-27-15 Author Discussion & Signing for Lou Urenek's The Great Fire:
One American's Mission to Rescue Victims of the 20th Centuries First Genocide (1922: Geneocide of Armenian & Greek Christians in Turkey)
Robert Goldsbourough and Mary McLaughlin Mary Mc Laughlin
Tim Chapman's signing for his Kiddieland and Other Misfortunes on Sunday March 8, 2015 at 3 PM with
his fellow authors J. Michael Major, Libby Fischer Hellmann and D.M. Pirrone talk about the Short Story.
Mystery Writers of America: Midwest Region Meeting March 8, 2015 Sunday at 1:00 PM with
Guest Speaker Chicago storyteller Dana Norris who gave tips and tricks on presenting our work to audiences better.
Mystery Discussion Group Meeting for February 21, 2015 with author Diane Pirrone for SHALL WE NOT REVENGE
Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 2:00 PM
Author Discussion & Signing with
John Mc Evoy for High Stakes (A Jack Doyle Race Track Mystery)
Jack Fredrickson for Silence the Dead (Based on a True Crime with the Wrong Head Found with an Exhumed Body.)
What does your favorite author have to say?
By August P. Aleksy
August Aleksy enjoys a book in his store Centuries & Sleuths.
Having been a bookseller for almost 21 years, which is a relative short time to many of my colleagues, I have made several observations.
The first one I would like to relate is the missed opportunity that readers have experienced.
This lost chance comes when you are buying a signed book without attending the author discussion that preceded the inscription. This could be at a bookstore, library, university or any other place when and where an author tells you about themselves, their writing, their education, their experiences, etc. that relates to making the book a reality.
I say “discussion” because the “media events” in which a celebrity only inscribes his name in his/her purported volume and doesn’t talk for any length of time to the purchaser, is something a real reader can miss.
The reader who acquires a book for the enjoyment of traveling in a world, an atmosphere, and meeting people that he/she wants to know more about is the person I am speaking to.
At an author discussion you can meet the source of your enjoyment and find out whom or what inspired them to write in such a way. You’ll be able to see the difference between a journeyman writer and the artist who weighs and measures every word so that it fits.
You’ll hear the stories behind the books that you’ve read. It gives you a greater appreciation of the author and the process that writing entails.
Signed books are fine things, but after you’ve been to one of our author events you come away with more than a signed volume. You come away with your own stories to tell and possibly a new and different perspective on the guest speaker’s books.
Also, there is another special thrilling experience. That is meeting a new author. You can say you bought their first published book, the first in a series, and all that. However, you met and listened to them as they spoke with all the enthusiasm of a novice. In some cases, you feel like you’ve made a new friend who speaks to you via their stories.
Speaking of friendship, many of our authors actually remember the names of those readers who frequent their appearances at the bookstore. And, you can say you met them when... .
Don’t miss this opportunity enhance the personal value of your newly purchased book and make a few literary friends too.