• Jessica Stephenson

Neighborhood Indie News

It's been a little bit since I had the time to play catch up on blogging, so here goes! Lit. on Fire Used Books has made a major switch of social media efforts over to Twitter, so you can follow us at https://twitter.com/LitonFirePIA (or @LitonFirePIA).

I'm learning to fall in love with Twitter because it is the most accessible way to communicate with authors and publishers directly, and I'm finding that I really enjoy the interactions I can have with my followers there, too! Maybe the newness will wear off with time, but it feels like something just *clicked* recently, and I'm just going to ride that out to see where it takes me!

I will still use Facebook https://www.facebook.com/litonfireusedbooks and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/lit.onfireusedbooks (or @lit.onfireusedbooks) so I won't disappear from other sites, I am just REALLY ready to move away from the limited scope of Facebook policies that work to bury and throttle small business' organic reach. It's harmful, draining, and downright frustrating, so instead of trying to swim upstream, I'm hopping on a floatie, drink in hand, and letting this new adventure carry me downstream with the sun on my skin and the breeze in my hair. Work smarter, not harder, they say!

In other news, Lit. on Fire us SO PROUD to announce that we have been chosen to select and purchase books for Bradley's Women's and Gender Studies Department graduating students for Spring 2019 semester and beyond! I spent most of my weekend working on this from home, providing personalized selections for each individual from which the department head will select titles from. When all is said and done, I plan to share the pdf document with all of you, because there is a wealth of general and academic research titles for those interested intersectional feminism, LGBTQ+ studies, and works that elevate the voices, struggles, and histories of POC. Last but not least, here is a roster of upcoming events happening right here at your neighborhood indie.

You've probably heard ALL about Stevie Wonder (the cat). He has had three operations in the three years since we adopted him.We all keep saying "He's lucky we love him so much," because it's left us with so many vet bills it's just ridiculous. He is the cutest, sweetest boy who loves EVERYONE, but he especially loves his mamma (that's me!) for saving his butt numerous times.

We decided to celebrate his third gotcha-versary by hosting a meet & greet with him here at the shop this Saturday, April 27th from noon-8 pm! For one day only, you can come out and play with him, get snuggles, or even read a book to him! We will happily accept donations to help us cover his exorbitant vet bills, but by no means are you required to do so. We just want to share the love & joy that is this 11 year old ginger baby. We just know you'll fall in love with him!

If you have allergies, be sure to take your meds before coming to see us that day, or be sure to drop in to do your shopping on a different day! Also, I PROMISE to clean up real good afterwards so that allergies won't be a problem moving forward.

I will have a large baby gate set up right outside the shop that day *just in case* so that he isn't able to run out into the busy street and get hurt, so come on in through the gate, close it behind you, then come on inside!

Nonfiction Book Club returns on Wednesday, May 1st from 6-8 pm to discuss Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. A 15% discount will be provided for upcoming book club titles to all members in store, and you can also order upcoming titles online at:

www.litonfireusedbooks.com/online-store with FREE shipping!

All are welcome! Couldn't finish the book? No worries! Let's talk about it anyway! Feel free to bring snacks and/or drinks for yourself or to share.

Plant Based Alchemy is a collaborative dinner experience hosted by Joe Zich (of Easy Going Plant Based and 309 Cultures) and Savannah Hattan (of Jiggers & Juleps and Zion Coffee Co.) right here at Lit. on Fire Used Books.

Mark your calendars for Monday, May 6th, 2019 at 6 pm, and join us for an evening of discussion, dinner, and a complimentary craft cocktail inspired by the modern classic, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

Tickets will be available in store at Lit. on Fire Used Books for $30 per person beginning Friday, April 5th. Seating is limited, so be sure to get your tickets soon!

Joe Zich will be serving a four course meal featuring organic, raw, plant based dishes inspired by themes found throughout the book. Savannah will be creating a one of a kind craft cocktail for that perfect, finishing touch to a transcendental evening. Book discussion will be co-hosted by Jessica Stephenson (of Lit. on Fire Used Books) and led by Joe Zich, whose great passion for literature was rekindled about three years ago when he wandered into Lit. on Fire Used Books and picked up a copy of this book.

Lit. on Fire Used Books has several used copies of the novel available in store if you need to purchase a copy for yourself, and new copies can be ordered by sending a private message to Lit. on Fire Used Books or by request in store, and will be provided at a 15% discount to all attendees. Please have your new book orders submitted no later than Friday, April 19th to ensure availability.

You can also order copies online from your neighborhood indie at:


Join us on Tuesday, May 14th at 6 pm to discuss Party of One by Dave Holmes: A Memoir in 21 Songs. We are all sold out of copies in-store, but message us if you still need to order a copy, or you can place your order online with FREE shipping here:


Anyone can join us for book club, whether you've read the book through or not. The Peoria Area LGBTQ+ OUTings and Events group gets together frequently throughout Peoria in a variety of social settings and events, so check them out! and feel free to join them on one or many of their adventures!


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