Augustus Rose

Ted Gregory & Adam SelzerA Conversation with Author Augustus Rose
Sunday, February 04, 2018, 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Join author Augustus Rose for a discussion of his obsessions: cults, subcultures, urban exploration, speculative science, metaphysics, alchemy, conspiracy theories, underground art movements, and the artist Marcel Duchamp, all subjects at the center of his debut novel, The Readymade Thief.

Hailed by NPR and Oprah as a book you don’t want to miss, The Readymade Thief is a thrilling, unexpected, uncategorizable, and addictive novel.

Copies of The Readymade Thief will be available for purchase and signing. Come for coffee, cookies, and conversation.


In connection with the visit from Augustus Rose, we've programed a series of events related to subjects explored in The Readymade Thief.

Adult Book Discussion: The Readymade Thief
Tuesday, December 05, 2:00 - 3:30 PM
This month's Adult Book Discussion book will be The Readymade Thief by Augustus Rose. Betrayed by her family after taking the fall for a friend, Lee finds refuge with a group of runaways holed up in an abandoned building they call the Crystal Castle. But the façade of the Castle conceals a far more sinister agenda, one hatched by a society of men set on decoding a series of powerful secrets hidden in plain sight. And they believe Lee holds the key. Copies of The Readymade Thief are avaialble at the Library Service Desk.

Art Documentary Film Fest
Fridays, January 05–February 02, 1:00 PM
Leading up to our conversation with The Readymade Thief author Augustus Rose on February 4th, we’re presenting a series of episodes from the PBS documentary series Art:21.

Drawing Club
Mondays, January 08–29, 4:00–5:30 PM
Grades 3–6

Come draw with other kids in your community and let’s see what we can create together.

Puzzle Day
Monday, January 29, 9:30–8:30 PM
Stop in for crosswords, mazes, and word searches, and enter to win jigsaw puzzles.

Making Marcel Duchamp
Wednesday, January 24, 6:00–8:00 PM
In The Readymade Thief, a homeless teen gets involved with a shadowy society obsessed with the artist Marcel Duchamp. To prepare for Augustus Rose’s visit, we’ll examine Duchamp’s work and then create our own Marcel Duchamp-inspired collages.

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Urban Exploration
Sunday, January 28, 2:00–3:00 PM
What’s in that abandoned building? What’s behind that broken wall? Why has this place been left to slowly rot? These are the questions urban explorers are trying to answer. To prepare for our visit with The Readymade Thief author Augustus Rose, Chicago historian Adam Selzer paints an overview of urban exploration in the city of Chicago.

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