Volumes Bookcafe in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood
Well, I've been here long before we opened. Volumes is me. I am Volumes.
Where might we be surprised that you have also worked?
SO MANY. In my youth I worked a number of jobs at a golf course. I've also worked retail at Woodfield Mall in the 90s (which, for anyone who remembers those days, knows what chaos that was). I've been a dog walker on the side. A life guard. A Lit agent intern. A college professor. A high school teacher. I've had a lot of jobs. This makes me sound old.
What do you like to read? What's your current favorite book to handsell?
I'm kind of all over the place. I just like reading. I do gravitate towards the weird - and I have a bizarre obsession with any and all books that touch on time - Fiction and Non-Fiction.
Right now I really enjoy handselling Geek Love. It's an old favorite. We made it our book of the month - I hope it surprises and delights people in the way that book did for me. It took my breath away.
Who are you when you're not in the store?
I am Volumes. Volumes is me. Jk. I am here every day so I don't get a lot of free time to just be me.
I'm a big baseball fan, so I am excited for the new season. I'm also a crafter. I can't sit still at home, so if I am not working, I am making bags or book origami or I'm painting. I do a lot of weird stuff. Now I get to channel that into window displays and such for the store, so it loops back
What's your favorite bookstore other than the one you work in?
Prairie Lights is a favorite. I did my undergraduate degree at u Iowa and I used to make Prairie Lights a reward for myself. If I did ok on a test, I could go and wander and buy one book. It usually meant I'd buy five, but I have a lot of fond memories from that store. Boulder Bookstore was my graduate school bookstore, and I spent many an hour in there.
1474 N Milwaukee Ave,
Chicago, IL 60622