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Call & Response Books


1390 E Hyde Park Blvd., Chicago, IL 60615

What are the 3 adjectives you would use to describe your bookstore?

Intentional, cozy, inviting

Share a quote from a book or poem that bares your bookstore’s soul.

“A writer’s life and work is not just a gift to mankind, they are its necessity.”

-Toni Morrison (this quote is written on a mural in our store and reflects the importance we attach to writers’ voices and stories, particular writers from backgrounds which have been historically marginalized)

Why was your bookstore founded/what role does it play in the community?/What makes your bookstore unique?

This bookstore was founded with the mission of amplifying books written by authors of what I call the global majority, with the knowledge that still so many times such authors are pushed to the margins of publishing and bookselling. Our stories are worth celebrating, uplifting, and discussing, and I wanted to create an intentional space that both does that and acts as a third place for community members. We provide books for all ages and genre interests, as well as a variety of events including trivia night, storytime readings, author events, silent reading parties, and more.

Image description: A multi-textured blue background, including textures and words from book pages.