Wed-Sat 9am-9pm | Sun 9am-8pm
(Closed Mondays & Tuesdays)





Yes, this is real life.

Why a Bookbar?

First of all, why the heck not? Second, because books and wine (and coffee and tasty plates) pair perfectly together. Third, and most importantly, because Chambana needs a 'third place'- a place where people can come together around conversation, great books, and shared interests, without having to have some kind of membership to belong. 

We want you here, just as you are. 

Plus, Champaign-Urbana deserves an indie bookshop all its own. 

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Thanks for your interest in holding your event at The Literary! We love hosting book signings, book launches, author events, community events, and more, and we're so glad you thought of us. We are a teeny, tiny team and we get a ton of event request, so please be aware that there may be a delay of a week or more between when you submit your request and when you hear back. Rest assured that if we think your event is a fit, you'll hear back. If you have not heard from us within a month of submitting, then, unfortunately, we will not be able to host your event.

A confirmation email from will be sent to you upon approval.

Please note that we're currently booking events 4 months in advance.

If your event is a small private party, we are able to book approximately 2-4 weeks in advance of the date of an event. Please do not send review copies to the store, as we cannot guarantee their return.


Thanks again!