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About The Front Table

The Front Table was founded by Richard Barnard in the early 1990s as a printed newsletter. As the decade wore on and technology changed, he and Dedi Felman began mailing the list to interested members electronically and posting it on the store’s website. When Dedi Felman left the Co-op in 1997, Front Table continued on as a physical pamphlet edited by Philip Leventhal. These editions carried book reviews and reading lists and were continuously available until Leventhal moved on in 2003. Today, The Front Table continues as an online extension of the Seminary Co-op Bookstores’ tradition of excellence, local focus and selection, and as a lifeline to our members & friends throughout the world.

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About The Seminary Co-op

The Seminary Cooperative Bookstores is a cooperative bookstore with three branches in the Chicago area. Its flagship, known colloquially as the Seminary Co-op or simply the Sem Co-op, is located in the basement of the Chicago Theological Seminary, next to the campus of the University of Chicago, and stocks the largest selection of academic volumes in the United States.

Since 1983, the Co-op has also operated 57th Street Books, a general interest bookstore also in the Hyde Park neighborhood. 57th Street has an exceptional children’s section and science fiction, mysteries, graphic novels, and periodicals in addition to more general fare.