Providing Local Color
Legendary location in Evanston
Welcome to Bookends and Beginnings

Located in the heart of downtown Evanston, Illinois, Bookends & Beginnings opened in June 2014 in the space formerly occupied by legendary antiquarian store Bookman’s Alley. We offer new, used, and bargain books; unique, irresistible gift items; literary events; and lots of local color. READ MORE


07/23/2016 - 10:30am

Our seasoned storytellers, AnnNina, and Chris, always choose books around a common theme to share with children ages 2 through 6. We read from the very best books for young children, some classic, others new and worth discovering! 

07/28/2016 - 6:00pm

We'd already been selling lots of Lydia Hess's coloring books for grown-ups--Sacred Nature and 


Find Waldo - and Warhol - in Evanston!

Friday, July 1, through Saturday, July 30, all across Evanston

Where's Waldo? In Evanston, of course! The famous children's book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting twenty-six local businesses throughout Evanston this July. Finding Waldo is a great summer vacation activity for kids and a wonderful way to discover (and support) local businesses. How to participate? Kids pick up their "Find Waldo in Evanston!" passport at Bookends & Beginnings or any participating retailer. The passport contains the names of all participating sites. Kids get their passport stamped or signed for each Waldo they spot. Finding Waldo at twenty or more businesses gets kids into the grand-prize drawing and party on July 30, 4:00 to 5:30 pm at Bookends & Beginnings. The top prize is a six-volume deluxe set of Waldo books--but there will be prizes for all members of the Waldo-finding elite!


For entertainment-deprived parents (and other adults), we are also organizingWhere's Warhol?, based on the book of this title featuring legendary artist Andy Warhol on a tour of time as he visits art of the past. Similar to Where's Waldo, participants pick up a passport at a business and collect stamps or signatures when they locate Warhol. And don't worry, on July 30, there will be a separate raffle drawing with adult-appropriate prizes from participating businesses


For more information, stop by Bookends & Beginnings or contact Laura Brown at Downtown Evanston by phone (847-866-6319) or email.


Nina says: Smith uses the series of cooking lessons she gives her college-age son to frame a series of stories from her own life as a rock star, wife, mother, writer, and teacher. She neatly charts the way life evolves as we move from being kids to parents--and also the way our attitudes toward food evolve along with us.


Nina says: The newest edition to an international collection of cookbooks from the publisher Phaidon that are both biblical in their scope and works of art in and of themselves. This book completely transcends all the cliches of Mexican cuisine in the United States. 


Urban Diversion, by Oak Oak. Omaké Books (France). Trilingual French/Japanese/English. $27.50.

Jeff says: Oak Oak is a street artist from St. Etienne in France whose medium is the wasteland of modern cities—not the glamorous downtowns, but the monotonous, crumbling banlieues. Here he finds the potential for humor, for humanity, for art. Like Banksy, if caught he would surely be arrested for “defacing” public spaces, but in fact it’s the opposite: he puts a human face on them. Urban Diversion was suggested to us by a customer, Carolyn Phelan, but alas, there were no copies of this book obtainable in the United States. So we scavanged a few copies from a bookstore in Germany and are making them available in our store. A children’s book? Absolutely!