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News from the home front

Two great pieces of news were passed along today by the good folks at Gapers Block:

First, the original Goose Island brewpub (on Clybourn Avenue in Chicago) will remain open, thanks to a renegotiated lease.

"I could not be happier," said founder John Hall in a press release. "I felt terrible, like I was losing a part of my family. We would not have been able to reach an agreement with our landlord without the support of our loyal customers. I was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support with e-mails, letters, and petitions."
I'm very glad that my earlier eulogy was premature.

Second, Ben Tanzer's Most Likely You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine (which I reviewed here) is the latest selection of the Gapers Block Book Club. I'll take a tiny bit of credit for that, since I pitched his debut Lucky Man to the club a while back. Though they passed on that one, he apparently got their attention and his next book has now made the cut. As it should be - an engaging local writer and an entertaining book with plenty to discuss. Perfect for the book club.

Correction: Per Alice's comment below, Ben Tanzer's book was reviewed by but is NOT the next selection of the Gapers Block Book Club. I assumed, very much in error, that if a book was reviewed there, that meant it was the club selection as well. My bad. However, I stand by my earlier "great news" comment - a strong review like this one is always great news.

November 12, 2008 in Books, Chicago Observations | Permalink


Yes, Goose Island staying open is definitely good news! I can't imagine what the building owner was thinking when he tried to boot them.

Posted by: Andrew at Nov 12, 2008 1:33:38 PM

Hey Pete, Just to clarify that Veronica reviewed Ben Tanzer's book, but it's not a book club selection. Since we're also a lit blog as well as a book club, we occasionally do book reviews. Our next book club pick is "A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry.

Posted by: Alice at Nov 12, 2008 5:34:04 PM