Evanston and the North Shore in general is about to lose a treasure, Bookman’s Alley. Bookman’s Alley is a delightful used bookstore with lots of charm. It’s a place where you can wander and browse and find literary gems you never expected.
Tucked down an alley in downtown Evanston, Roger Carlson, Bookman’s Alley’s owner, who always looked like a character, left advertising to open the shop 30 years ago. As someone who also left advertising, I have to tip my hat to that sort of career change.
The store is a labyrinth stocked with books on every topic. An old model schooner, a leather saddle, Victorian chairs are just some of the antiques that add to the romance.
Chicago Tonight’s video gives you an idea of the value of Bookman’s Alley.
What a great business! What a great career!
Amazon and Barnes & Noble can’t replace this.
- Bookman’s Alley: Paradise Lost? (theflaneurofchicago.wordpress.com)