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Independent Bookstores, Part X

There are at least three other independent bookshops in Chicago that are not members of the A.B.A. One of them is a genre specialty bookshop in Logan Square on the North Side of Chicago (like Uncharted Books), one is a religious bookshop just south of the Magnificent Mile, and one is a magic shop in Lincoln Square on the North Side.

Bucket O’Blood Books and Records in Logan Square sells speculative fiction (also known as science fiction), fantasy novels, and horror novels; literary fiction; creative non-fiction; popular science books; and biographies. They make a point of stating they do not sell romance novels or computer books.

In addition to books, they also sell record albums and merchandise. They sell several subgenres of rock and roll/pop music: punk rock, indie, metal, and new wave.

It is open from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays and from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. They buy books on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. When purchasing books, they offer 20% more in store credit than would pay in cash.

The address is 2307 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60647. It is at the intersection of Milwaukee Avenue and California Avenue.

This means it is approximately six blocks southeast of Uncharted Books, which I profiled in Part IX. The phone number is (312) 890-3860.

Pauline Books & Media, located at 172 Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60601 sells Catholic books, films, music, and gifts such as rosaries. Pauline Books & Media publishes Catholic books and operates the network of Pauline Books & Media Centers across the U.S.

Operated by the Daughters of St. Paul, this shop is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays. The phone number there is (312) 346-4228.

Finally, I feel I should point out that in addition to selling costumes and props, Magic, Inc. in Lincoln Square has a wide selection of new and used books and pamphlets on stage magic. The company publishes as well as sells books and pamphlets on stage magic and allied performance arts.

Staffed by professional magicians, the store also carries DVDs. They teach magic lessons and host magic lectures. Famous customers have included Harry Blackstone, Sr.; Harry Blackstone, Jr.; David Copperfield; Penn & Teller; and David Blaine.

Magic, Inc. states it “is the oldest continuously family-run brick and mortar magic shop in North America.” Founded as the Ireland Magic Company by Laurie L. Ireland in 1926, the store was originally located on Dearborn in the Loop.

In 1954, Ireland died. His widow, Frances, married the magician, ventriloquist, and historian of stage magic Jay Marshall (1919-2005), as Sophia Coleman recounted two years ago in The Columbia Chronicle. Jay Marshall & Frances Ireland Marshall relocated the shop from the Loop to Lincoln Square and incorporated the company as Magic, Inc. in 1963.

The current owners are producer, director, and actor Alexander (“Sandy”) Marshall, author of Beating a Dead Horse: The Life and Times of Jay Marshall, and his wife, Susan Palmer Marshall. The visitor to the retail store is more likely to meet Store Manager Pedro R. Nieves, though, because the Marshalls live in New York City.

The address is 5082 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60625. The phone number is (773) 334-2855. It is within walking distance of the Western stop on the Brown Line.

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