The Bears and Packers play tonight. It's a big game. If our boys lose, grown men will weep.

How should you prepare for such a potential tragedy? Stop by your neighborhood bookstore and pick up a copy of Rich Cohen’s new book on the 1985 Bears, the Super Bowl (shufflin’) champs, Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football. It's a terrifically written and entertaining trip down memory lane, as you can see in this Chicago excerpt from October (and this excerpt from Sports Illustrated, too). 

So, should the Bears lose tonight (and I’m not saying they will) at least you can harken back to the days when Walter, McMahon, Ditka, the Fridge—and the other Monsters—dominated and scared the shit out of the rest of the NFL.

Want more? This is your lucky month, you literary football fanatic. The author and Glencoe native has a bunch of local book events this week and next.

Tuesday, November 5

Union League of Chicago
65 W. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60604
11:15 am arrival, 11:30 am reading

Book Stall at Chestnut Court
811 Elm St. Winnetka, IL 60093
7:00 pm

Wednesday, November 6

Anderson’s Bookshop
123 W. Jefferson Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
7:00 pm

Thursday, November 7

Standard Club
320 South Plymouth Court Chicago, IL 60604
11:15 am arrival, 11:30 am reading

Wednesday, November 13

Boswell Book Company 
2559 N. Downer Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53211
7:00 pm

Thursday, November 14

Lake Forest Book Store
Cook Park Library
413 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Libertyville, IL 60048
7:00 pm

November 25

Northlight Theatre 
9501 Skokie Blvd. Skokie, IL 60077
7:00 pm