Author Events

  • Tea and Talk with Charlotte Adelman at the Deer Path Inn

    Join us for a Tea and Talk with Northshore resident Charlotte Adelman, co-author of Midwestern Native Shrubs and Trees at the Deer Path Inn

    Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 2:00 PM

    The Garden Room at the Deer Path Inn, Lake Forest, IL

    $65 includes Afternoon Tea and book

    Space is limited so call Lake Forest Book Store at 847-234-4420 to reserve your place

    The Cleveland Plain Dealer writes "One of the most important recent reference books recently published is Midwestern Native Shrubs and Trees: Gardening Alternatives to Nonnative Species... An extraordinary amount of information is found in this guide, including extensive descriptions of hundreds of non-native plants and their native alternatives to plant in your yard."

    In this companion volume to the bestselling The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Plants, Charlotte Adelman and Bernard L. Schwartz offer another indispensible guide to replacing nonnative plants with native alternatives. This time, their subject is the native woody species that are the backbone of our gardens and landscapes. Among other ecological benefits, native shrubs and trees provide birds and butterflies with vital food and reproductive sites that nonnative species cannot offer. And they tend to be hardier and easier to maintain. The authors provide a comprehensive selection of native woody alternatives that, season by season, provide effects similar to those of nonnative shrubs and trees used for ornamental purposes and shade. These plants are suitable for all garden styles, provide blooms and fall color, and have the same cultivation requirements as their nonnative counterparts. Nature notes alert readers to the native species' unique ecological roles.Unlike other gardening guides, Midwestern Native Shrubs and Trees goes beyond mere suggestion to provide gardeners with the tools they need to make informed, thoughtful choices. Knowing which native species to plant for desired effects empowers landscapers and gardeners to take on a greater role in protecting our midwestern environment.

    Charlotte Adelman and Bernard L. Schwartz are the authors of Prairie Directory of North America: The United States, Canada and Mexico, winner of the 2003 National Garden Club Illinois Tommy Donnan Certificates Publications award and the 2003 Garden Clubs of Illinois' Award as well as The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants: An Illustrated Guide.
    Event date: 
    Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
    Event address: 
    The Garden Room at Deer Path inn
    255 East Illinois Road
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • Local Author Donna Urbikas at Lake Forest Book Store

    Join us at Lake Forest Book Store in welcoming local author Donna Urbikas, author of My Sister’s Mother

    MY SISTER"S MOTHER: A MEMOIR OF WAR, EXILE, AND STALIN's SIBERIA
    University of Wisconsin Press  $26.95
     
    Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 6:00 p.m.

    Books available for purchase and signing

    Register at 847-234-4420

     

    Donna Solecka Urbikas grew up in the Midwest during the golden years of the American century. But her Polish-born mother and half sister had endured dehumanizing conditions during World War II, as slave laborers in Siberia. War and exile created a profound bond between mother and older daughter, one that Donna would struggle to find with either of them. In 1940, Janina Ślarzynska and her five-year-old daughter Mira were taken by Soviet secret police (NKVD) from their small family farm in eastern Poland and sent to Siberia with hundreds of thousands of others. So began their odyssey of hunger, disease, cunning survival, desperate escape across a continent, and new love amidst terrible circumstances. But in the 1950s, baby boomer Donna yearns for a “normal” American family while Janina and Mira are haunted by the past. In this unforgettable memoir, Donna recounts her family history and her own survivor’s story, finally understanding the damaged mother who had saved her sister.

    Donna Solecka Urbikas was born in Coventry, England, and immigrated with her parents and sister to Chicago in 1952. After careers as a high school science teacher and environmental engineer, she is now a writer, realtor, and community volunteer. She lives in Chicago with her husband.

    Event date: 
    Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
    Event address: 
    Lake Forest Book Store
    662 N. Western Ave.
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • Author Luncheon with Rene Denfeld at The Deer Path Inn

    Join us as Lake Forest Book Store hosts a luncheon with Rene Denfeld, celebrating her most recent novel THE CHILD FINDER at The Deer Path Inn
     
    THE CHILD FINDER
    Harper, $25.99 (Due September 5, 2017)
     
    Wednesday, October 18th, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
     The Deer Path Inn
     
    $65 includes lunch and book
     
    Space is limited. Register at 847-234-4420

     

    A haunting, richly atmospheric, and deeply suspenseful novel from the acclaimed author of The Enchanted about an investigator who must use her unique insights to find a missing little girl. "Where are you, Madison Culver? Flying with the angels, a silver speck on a wing? Are you dreaming, buried under snow? Or--is it possible--you are still alive?"

    Three years ago, Madison Culver disappeared when her family was choosing a Christmas tree in Oregon's Skookum National Forest. She would be eight-years-old now--if she has survived. Desperate to find their beloved daughter, certain someone took her, the Culvers turn to Naomi, a private investigator with an uncanny talent for locating the lost and missing. Known to the police and a select group of parents as "the Child Finder," Naomi is their last hope. Naomi's methodical search takes her deep into the icy, mysterious forest in the Pacific Northwest, and into her own fragmented past. She understands children like Madison because once upon a time, she was a lost girl, too. As Naomi relentlessly pursues and slowly uncovers the truth behind Madison's disappearance, shards of a dark dream pierce the defenses that have protected her, reminding her of a terrible loss she feels but cannot remember. If she finds Madison, will Naomi ultimately unlock the secrets of her own life? Told in the alternating voices of Naomi and a deeply imaginative child, The Child Finder is a breathtaking, exquisitely rendered literary page-turner about redemption, the line between reality and memories and dreams, and the human capacity to survive.

    Rene Denfeld is an author, journalist, and death penalty investigator. She has written for the New York Times Magazine, the Oregonian, and the Philadelphia Inquirer, and is the author of four nonfiction books. The Enchanted received the Prix du Premier Roman Etranger in France. Rene lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is the happy mom of three kids adopted from foster care. Author photo credited to Gary Norman

    Event date: 
    Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 11:30am to 1:30pm
    Event address: 
    The Deer Path Inn
    255 East Illinois Road
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • A Conversation with Ruth Ozeki

    Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being has been selected as the title for 2017’s Lake Forest Reads: Ragdale, a one book/one community program.

    Lake Forest Reads: Ragdale 2017 will culminate with our main event, A Conversation with Ruth Ozeki, ​moderated by Professor of English Davis Schneiderman, Associate Dean of the Faculty, Lake Forest College. 

    Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 7:00 PM

    Event is free but requires registration at www.lakeforestreadsragdale.org

    First 20 adults to register for the Summer Reading Program at Lake Forest Library will receive a copy of A Tale for the Time Being

    About the book:​ Two characters narrate a Tale for the Time Being; a sixteen-year-old Japanese-American girl living in Tokyo and keeping a diary, and a Japanese-American writer living on an island off British Columbia who finds the diary washed up on the shore after the tsunami in 2011. The Seattle Times called it “a terrific novel that explores quantum physics, military applications of computer video games, Internet bullying and Marcel Proust as well, all while creating a vulnerable and unique voice for the 16-year-old girl at its center. Ozeki has produced a dazzling and humorous work of literary origami.”

    About the program: ​Lake Forest Reads: Ragdale is a one book/one community program that fosters a culture of reading and a sense of community in our city. Each year a title is selected from the works of writers affiliated with the Ragdale Foundation, the artists’ residency that has supported authors and their creative process for over 35 years. Program partners create events to help the community deepen their understanding of the chosen book title and encourage discussions in the community. Program Partners include the ​Lake Forest Library, Friends of Lake Forest Library, Lake Forest College, and the Ragdale Foundation. The Lake Forest Book Store is the official bookstore of Lake Forest Reads: Ragdale.

    About the author: Ruth Ozeki is a novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest. She is the award-winning author of three novels, My Year of MeatsAll Over Creation, and A Tale for the Time Being, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her critically acclaimed independent films, including Halving the Bones, have been screened at Sundance and aired on PBS. She is affiliated with the Brooklyn Zen Center and the Everyday Zen Foundation. She lives in British Columbia and New York City.

    Event date: 
    Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
    Event address: 
    Lake Forest College
    Calvin Durand Hall, 555 North Sheridan Road
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • A Reading and Guided Meditation with Ruth Ozeki at Lake Forest Book Store

    Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being has been selected as the title for 2017’s Lake Forest Reads: Ragdale, a one book/one community program.

    Welcome Ruth Ozeki for a reading from A Tale for the Time Being and in guided meditation at Lake Forest Book Store.

    Penguin Books $17.00

    Friday, October 27, 2017 at 6:00 PM

    Space is limited so register at 847-234-4420

    A brilliant, unforgettable novel from bestselling author Ruth Ozeki shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who s lived more than a century. A diary is Nao s only solace and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao s drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future. Full of Ozeki s signature humor and deeply engaged with the relationship between writer and reader, past and present, fact and fiction, quantum physics, history, and myth, A Tale for the Time Being is a brilliantly inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home.

    Ruth Ozeki is a novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest. She is the award-winning author of three novels, My Year of MeatsAll Over Creation, and A Tale for the Time Being, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her critically acclaimed independent films, including Halving the Bones, have been screened at Sundance and aired on PBS. She is affiliated with the Brooklyn Zen Center and the Everyday Zen Foundation. She lives in British Columbia and New York City.

    Event date: 
    Friday, October 27, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
    Event address: 
    Lake Forest Book Store
    662 N. Western Ave.
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • Release Day Party for Katherine Reay and Her New Novel, The Austen Escape

    Join us at Lake Forest Book Store for the Release Day party for Katherine Reay and her new novel, The Austen Escape

    Thomas Nelson $15.99  (In paperback, due November 7th)

    Thursday, November 9th at 6:00 PM

    Register to attend Katherine's book "birthdate" at 847-234-4420

    Birthday cake and refreshments will be served

    Falling into the past will change their futures forever. Mary Davies finds safety in her ordered and productive life. Working as an engineer, she genuinely enjoys her job and her colleagues - particularly a certain adorable and intelligent consultant. But something is missing. When Mary's estranged childhood friend, Isabel Dwyer offers her a two-week stay in a gorgeous manor house in England, she reluctantly agrees in hopes that the holiday will shake up her quiet life in just the right ways. But Mary gets more than she bargained for when Isabel loses her memory and fully believes she lives in Jane Austen's Bath. While Isabel rests and delights in the leisure of a Regency lady, attended by the other costume-clad guests, Mary uncovers startling truths about their shared past, who Isabel was, who she seems to be, and the man who now stands between them. Outings are undertaken, misunderstandings play out, and dancing ensues as this company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation, work out their lives and hearts.

    Katherine Reay has enjoyed a life-long affair with the works of Jane Austen and her contemporaries--who provide constant inspiration both for writing and for life. She is the author of three previous novels, and her debut, Dear Mr. Knightley, was a 2014 Christy Award Finalist, winner of the 2014 INSPY Award for Best Debut, and winner of two Carol Awards for Best Debut and Best Contemporary. Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University and is a wife, mother, runner, and tae kwon do black belt. After living all across the country and a few stops in Europe, Katherine and her family recently moved back to Chicago.

    Event date: 
    Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
    Event address: 
    Lake Forest Book Store
    662 N. Western Ave.
    Lake Forest, IL 60045