About Centuries and Sleuths
Celebrating its independence in specialty bookselling for 30 years, Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore's atmosphere is warm and friendly, with oak/cherry bookcases, shelves clearly labeled with the historical era / topic, mystery, or related subjects of their books, and comfortable seating, inviting you to browse your chosen subject(s). You won't "get lost in the stacks", but you can definitely get lost in the books.
If you're unsure where to start, our knowledgeable, helpful staff will be happy to act as your guide through fact or fiction, history or mystery, and adults' or children’s books. We'll even giftwrap your book purchases upon request.
Often, you can discuss your opinion about a book with other like-minded (or not) readers, or even with the author who excited your curiosity, rapture, or dissent, because five different reader/writer discussion groups meet here regularly; and we host frequent author and community events.
You can follow our events, order books online, and see "staff picks" of books we recently enjoyed, or our groups are discussing, on our web page, Facebook, or Instagram. Or sign up to receive our monthly newsletter. By all means, get to know us better!
We are profoundly grateful for your book and gift certificate orders that helped sustain us during the pandemic lockdown.
With some trepidation, we tentatively move from Stage 4 to Stage 3 in the Illinois COVID-19 precautions. Barring a peak and relapse, we're able to open our door, and welcome customers back into the store. Since we're not out of the woods yet, we do so within the current guidelines:
Wear your mask
Use hand sanitizer (yours or ours) before handling books; or wash your hands
Keep a 2 bookcase width between you and other customers
If attending a discussion group, please don't move chairs closer together or bring food
Phone (708/771-7243) and online orders (firstname.lastname@example.org ) are accepted in the usual manner. Due to the uncertainty of the ultimate pandemic timeline, we strongly recommend you call us before attending events beyond the current Illinois phase proclamation.
Thank you all, wishing you wellness..
Centuries and Sleuths