To the editors:
I don’t want to become embroiled in the Guild Books controversy [Hot Type, November 15] since I haven’t visited Guild in years and I’m not familiar with their situation. I did, however, want to offer several small corrections to Z. Merryweather’s letter in your January 3 edition.
I believe the bookstore Merryweather refers to is the Seminary Co-op Bookstore at 5757 S. University Ave. in Hyde Park. The store is a veritable oasis for readers, and is particularly strong in the humanities and social sciences. The store is not affiliated with or funded by the University of Chicago or the Chicago Theological Seminary, despite its proximity to the University and its location in the basement of the Seminary. The store is a true co-op, owned by its members. All are welcome to browse and to purchase, but voracious readers find membership has its advantages, including a 10 percent discount on purchases, a special order facility and mail order privileges. In addition, the co-op now operates 57th Street Books, at the corner of Kimbark. In addition to everything else, the 57th Street store has a marvelous selection of children’s books and quite often hosts book signings and poetry readings. Bookish types may also want to walk a few doors east to O’Gara’s used bookstore while they’re in the neighborhood, and then a few blocks east to Harper to check out Powell’s Bookstore, another used book paradise. Lest I forget, the University of Chicago does have its own bookstore, at 58th and Ellis, which sports a large and impressive selection.
In fact, north-siders and suburbanites might want to make a day of it. Browse through the Smart gallery, stroll about the Quads, gaze upon Henry Moore’s sculpture Nuclear Energy, survey the past at the Oriental Institute, check out Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, and have lunch at the Medici on 57th. Stop by Mitchell Tower (corner of 57th and University) and pick up a copy of the University’s weekly paper the Chronicle, which lists dozens of concerts, lectures, films and other events. This year marks the University of Chicago’s centennial, and there are hundreds of special events planned. Most of them are free and well worth the trip.