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.
Meeting of Minds XVIII (November, 2013)
Dashiell Hammett (Brendan Riley);
Raymond Chandler (John Cline);
and Craig Rice (Carol Hauwald)
***Author Discussion & Signing***
Clio's Chroniclers: The History Discussion Group (January, 2013)
Comment on A Covert Affair: Paul & Julia Child in the OSS in World War II
March 8, 2013 Signing with John F. Hogan & Alex A. Burkholder
Fire Strikes the Chicago Stock Yards:
A History of Flame & Folly in the Jungle
Feburay 8, 2013 Signing with Chris Lynch and Leslie Goddard
When Hollywood Landed at Midway Airport
Chicago's Sweet Candy History