Artists Book House and Evanston Made present "One For the Books"

We are delighted to be on hand at Evanston Made’s Holiday Market at 921 Church Street in Evanston, on December 12, 2021 from 1-4 pm. Artists Book House pairs with Evanston Made for One For The Books, a Sunday afternoon festival celebrating books, writers, reading, and stories.

One For the Books features favorite local writers reading their work, writing workshops, and booths with area bookshops, authors, and small presses, as well as book artists selling their wares.

Partner bookshops include our fellow indie bookshops Booked! and Page 1 Books.

Local writers Jevoid Simmons, Mia McCollough, Toya Wolfe, Megan Stielstra, Donovan Mixon, and Betsy Bird will read from their work, starting at 1 PM. For a schedule of readings and a listing of independent vendors at One For The Books, please visit or

Our table will feature some of this season's best-selling and most-recommended Book Stall titles, as well as books associated with recent Family Action Network programs, and titles by the wonderful writer Megan Steilstra. Megan will be reading from her work at 2:30 PM. If you've ever seen her read her work, you'll not have forgotten the experience--she is amazing!

MEGAN STIELSTRA is the author of The Wrong Way to Save Your Life, winner of the 2017 Book of the Year Award from the Chicago Review of Books, as well as Everyone Remain Calm and Once I Was Cool (both recently reissued by Northwestern University Press). Her work has appeared in The Best American Essays 2013, the New York TimesThe BelieverPoets & WritersLongreadsTin House, and elsewhere. A longtime company member with the live storytelling/performance group 2nd Story, she has told stories for National Public Radio, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Goodman Theatre, and with The Paper Machete live news magazine at the Green Mill. Megan teaches creative nonfiction at Northwestern University and is a mentor editor with the OpEd Project supporting women's voices in public discourse.

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Event date: 

Sunday, December 12, 2021 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Event address: 

921 Church Street
Evanston, IL 60601
The Wrong Way to Save Your Life: Essays By Megan Stielstra Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062429209
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Harper Perennial - August 1st, 2017

From an important new American writer comes this powerful collection of personal essays on fear, creativity, art, faith, academia, the Internet, and justice.

Everyone Remain Calm: Stories By Megan Stielstra Cover Image
ISBN: 9780810143944
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Published: Northwestern University Press - August 15th, 2021

The stories in Everyone Remain Calm reveal landscapes where the surreal and the familiar clash, to visceral effect. A woman yearns for—and dreads—the snowfall that arrives whenever her ex-boyfriend returns to the home she shares with their son.

Once I Was Cool: Personal Essays By Megan Stielstra Cover Image
ISBN: 9780810143920
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Northwestern University Press - August 15th, 2021

Once I Was Cool contrasts past aspirations with the mess and magic of the present. In her younger days, essayist Megan Stielstra saw Jane’s Addiction at the Aragon Ballroom and fantasized about living on the same block, right in the thick of music and revelry. As an adult, she lives in a turreted condo across the street, with her husband, a child, and an onerous mortgage.