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


02/25/2017 - 10:30am to 11:00am

For children ages 2 through 6, Storytime at Bookends & Beginnings is always fun and is themed around topics in children's lives, like pets, coming holidays, food--and occasionally nonsense.

02/28/2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

At noon on the 4th Tuesday of every month, a group of the non-specifically curious convene at Bookends& Beginnings to compare thoughts on a title in Oxford University Press's "Very Short Introduction" series. There are rules governing what we select for these conversations: 1.) a title under consideration may be in no one's area of expertise (which certainly applies this month); and 2.) it must have nothing to do with the last four titles read.


Holiday Catalog










Our holiday catalog is now live! To browse, click here. Titles are available in store as well as online.


Sara says: If there's one book I'd encourage you to read, it's this one. A love story set in modern Iran, it is so beautiful, playful, and haunting--like if Kafka was funnier and actually living in one of his books. It uses fonts to differentiate between the lovers' story, the author's story, and the parts he knows the censor would cut out. It's full of hilarious jabs at absurd Iranian policies (breasts on mannequins banned?), but is also deeply Iranian and heartbroken at what Iran's laws have done to love, art, and life. I made my grandma read this. Everyone should read this.


Nina says: "For knishes, we went on pilgrimages," writes Laura Silver in this irresistible tribute to one of the ultimate Jewish soul foods. Anyone who grew up in New York will gobble this up!


Daytime Visions: An Alphabet, by Isol. Adapted into English by Isol and Elisa Amado. Enchanted Lion Books (New York). $17.95.

Jeff says: Argentinian artist Isol is a brilliant compositor of words and images--in fact, in her books they seem to flow into each other. Ink, for her, is both what's on a page, but also what octopuses squirt out--and so her ink-on-a-page is both. Typically for her, this ABC is far removed from other books of the genre where "C" is for "Cat." Letters stand for complete feelings or situations, so accompanying the letter "S" is an image of a mother bunny leading her baby who can just barely walk. Caption: "One more step." We have other books by Isol, equally ingenious.