Author Events

  • Stephanie Danler at Cellar Gate

    Stephanie Danler, author of Sweetbitter

    (Vintage $16.00, due April 4th in paperback)

    Wednesday April 26 at 6:00 p.m.

    Tickets are $36 for glass of wine and appetizers, with book included; cash bar available for additional beverages

    Register at Lake Forest Book Store 847-234-4420

    Stephanie Danler will discuss and sign copies of her book Sweetbitter

    A thrilling novel of the senses and a coming-of-age tale, following a small-town girl into the electrifying world of New York City and the education of a lifetime at one of the most exclusive restaurants in Manhattan. Perfect for readers of Kitchen Confidential and Blood, Bones and Butter. Twenty-two, and knowing no one, Tess leaves home to begin her adult life in New York City. Thus begins a year that is both enchanting and punishing, in a low-level job at "the best restaurant in New York City."

     

    Event date: 
    Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
    Event address: 
    Cellar Gate Wine Bar
    524 Sheridan Road
    Highwood, IL 60040
  • Independent Bookstore Day

    Join us for a day of celebrating your local independent community bookstore

    Saturday, April 29th

    9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Coffee, donuts will be served all day. Raffle prizes will include a gift basket, store gift cards, and 10% off store memberships/renewals.

    Local children's author Lori Degman will be at the store for a meet and greet and book signing between 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 am. Books available for purchase.

    Event date: 
    Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 9:30am to 5:00pm
    Event address: 
    Lake Forest Books Store
    662 North Western Avenue
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • Mike Conklin at Lake Forest Book Store

    Mike Conklin, author of Goal Fever!

    (Authorhouse $13.99)

    Thursday May 4 at 6:00 p.m.

    Register at Lake Forest Book Store 847-234-4420

    Lake Forest Book Store welcomes back Mike Conklin to discuss his new book Goal Fever!

    The tiny Caribbean island nation of Dominica (pop. 73,000) has an identity problem. Often confused for the Dominican Republic, and with its banana-dependent economy shaky at best, it sets an unusual goal to make a mark on the global stage--qualify for the World Cup soccer tournament finals. Much is at stake, but success in international soccer will solve many problems for this tiny island nation that unites in the effort.

    Mike Conklin is a veteran journalist, having worked at the Chicago Tribune for 35 years as a columnist, reporter and editor. He left to join the faculty at DePaul University's College of Communication and now works at Lake Forest College in the By The Lake Program in the summers.

    Event date: 
    Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
    Event address: 
    Lake Forest Book Store
    662 N. Western Ave.
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • Join author Lauren Wolk at Lake Forest Book Store

    Lake Forest Book Store welcomes Lauren Wolk to discuss her new book Beyond the Bright Sea.

    Lauren Wolk, author of Beyond the Bright Sea

    Dutton Books for Young Readers $16.99 (due May 2, 2017)

    Tuesday, May 9 at 4:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m.

    Register at Lake Forest Book Store 847-234-4420

    From the author of Newbery Honor-winner Wolf Hollow, the moving story of an orphan, determined to know her own history, who discovers the true meaning of family. Twelve-year-old Crow has lived her entire life on a tiny, isolated piece of the starkly beautiful Elizabeth Islands in Massachusetts. Abandoned and set adrift in a small boat when she was just hours old, Crow's only companions are Osh, the man who rescued and raised her, and Miss Maggie, their fierce and affectionate neighbor across the sandbar. 
    Crow has always been curious about the world around her, but it isn't until the night a mysterious fire appears across the water that the unspoken question of her own history forms in her heart. Soon, an unstoppable chain of events is triggered, leading Crow down a path of discovery and danger. Vivid and heart-wrenching, Lauren Wolk's Beyond the Bright Sea is a gorgeously crafted and tensely paced tale that explores questions of identity, belonging, and the true meaning of family. -Kirkus Reviews, starred review 

    Lauren Wolk is an award-winning poet and author. She was born in Baltimore and has since lived in California, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Canada, and Ohio. She now lives with her family on Cape Cod.

    Event date: 
    Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
    Event address: 
    Lake Forest Book Store
    662 N. Western Ave.
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • Jennifer Smith at Lake Forest Book Store

    Jennifer Smith, author of Windfall

    (Delacorte Press $18.99, due May 2, 2017)

    Wednesday May 10th at 6:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m.

    Wine and cheese will be served.

    Register at Lake Forest Book Store 847-234-4420

    Please join Lake Forest Book Store in welcoming accomplished author and former Lake Forest High School attendee Jennifer Smith as she presents her new novel for young adults, Windfall.

    Alice doesn't believe in luck--at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she's been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday--just when it seems they might be on the brink of something--she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes. At first, it seems like a dream come true, especially since the two of them are no strangers to misfortune. As a kid, Alice won the worst kind of lottery possible when her parents died just over a year apart from each other. And Teddy's father abandoned his family not long after that, leaving them to grapple with his gambling debts. Through it all, Teddy and Alice have leaned on each other. But now, as they negotiate the ripple effects of Teddy's newfound wealth, a gulf opens between them. And soon, the money starts to feel like more of a curse than a windfall. As they try to find their way back to each other, Alice learns more about herself than she ever could have imagined . . . and about the unexpected ways in which luck and love sometimes intersect. 

    Jennifer Smith is the author of seven novels for young adults, including The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. She is a former student at Lake Forest High School and later earned a master's degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Her work has been translated into thirty-three languages. She currently lives in New York City. 

    Event date: 
    Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
    Event address: 
    Lake Forest Book Store
    662 N. Western Ave.
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • Author Nathan Hill at Lake Forest Book Store

    Join us in welcoming Nathan Hill, author of THE NIX, to Lake Forest Book Store for a Meet and Greet and Book Signing.

    Knopf Publishing Group $17.00, due in paperback May 2nd, 2017

    Friday, May 12th at 6:00 p.m.

    Register at Lake Forest Book Store 847-234-4420

    The Nix is a novel about a son, the mother who left him as a child, and how his search to uncover the secrets of her life leads him to reclaim his own.

    Nathan Hill's short fiction has appeared in many literary journals, including The Iowa Review, AGNI, The Gettysburg Review, and Fiction, which awarded him its annual Fiction Prize. A native Iowan, he lives with his wife in Naples, Florida. 

    Event date: 
    Friday, May 12, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
    Event address: 
    Lake Forest Book Store
    662 N. Western Ave.
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • Author Luncheon with Fabio Viviani

    Author Luncheon with Fabio Viviani and his cookbook Fabio's 30 Minute Italian

    Fabio Viviani, author of Fabio's 30-Minute Italian

    (St. Martin's Press, $27.99, due  May 2, 2017

    Wednesday, May 17 at 11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m.

    Register at Lake Forest Book Store 847-234-4420

    Dinner doesn't have to be daunting. In half an hour or less you can cook up an Italian meal at home like a professional chef. In this case, just like Top Chef star Fabio Viviani. Infused with his warmth and humor, this book brings Fabio into your kitchen.

    Fabio shows home chefs how to cook -Grandma Style- (that is, like an intuitive Italian), and even those on a tight schedule will soon be whipping up great dinners. Fabio's 30 Minute Italian provides lots of time saving tips, from freezing batches of herbs and dressing to making your own pasta dough in three minutes tops.

    Along the way, Fabio shares stories from his early life in Florence where he apprenticed at age five to his wheel-chair-bound and wooden-spoon-wielding great-grandmother to his American life cooking dinner for his wife and infant son in Chicago. Gorgeously illustrated throughout, and filled with his through--the-roof energy and charisma, Fabio's 30 Minute Italian is guaranteed to make you enjoy your time in the kitchen--and the results!

    Author photo courtesy of the author.

    Fabio Viviani is a chef, culinary personality, restauranteur, and former Top Chef-fan favorite. His restaurants have received great critical acclaim.Vivani has 17 restaurants currently open, with 4 more to come in 2017. A frequent guest on the Food Network and food programs on several other channels, Viviani is the host of the award-winning web series -Chow Ciao! on Yahoo and Fabio's Kitchen.

    Event date: 
    Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 11:30am to 1:30pm
    Event address: 
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • Local Author Holly Curtis at Lake Forest Book Store

    Holly Curtis, author of Large Fry Small Fry Medium Orange

    Join Lake Forest Book Store in welcoming local author Holly Curtis, author of the recently published LARGE FRY SMALL FRY MEDIUM ORANGE.

    Thursday, June 18th at 6:00 p.m.

    Register at Lake Forest Book Store 847-234-4420

    Holly Curtis, Chicago area resident, author, and certified EDIT (Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapist) visits Lake Forest Book Store

    In Large Fry, Small Fry Medium Orange, follow Holly Curtis' life from an unforthunate childhood growing up in New York City leading to a decade-long, life-threatening struggle with an eathing disorder, through recovery and a fulfilling life.  Holly Curtis offers great advice and tips for both sufferers and families of sufferers.

    Holly attended Northwestern University and currently resides in Chicago.

     

    Event date: 
    Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
    Event address: 
    Lake Forest Book Store
    662 N. Western Ave.
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • Lisa Jewell In-Conversation with Local Author Katherine Reay

    Lisa Jewell, author of I Found You, in-conversation with local author Katherine Reay
     
    Atria Books (due April 25, 2017) $26.00
     
    Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
     
    Register at Lake Forest Book Store 847-234-4420
     
     
     
     
    Please join Lake Forest Book Store when we hosting best-selling UK author, Lisa Jewell appearing in-conversation with local author Katherine Reay. Lisa Jewell, celebrating her new novel I Found You (due April 25, 2017).
     

    Lisa was born in London studied at Barnet College and Epsom School of Art & Design studying Fashion Illustration and Communication. While working in the fashion industry, she published her first novel, Ralph’s Party, at Penguin books in 1998. It went on to become the best-selling debut novel of that year. She has since written a further nine novels including the best-seller novels, The Making of Us and Before I Met You. She now lives in north London with her husband and two daughters

     
    Event date: 
    Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 6:00pm
    Event address: 
    662 N. Western Ave.
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • Meet and Greet and Book Signing with Patrick McCaskey

    Join us as we host long-time friend of Lake Forest Book Store and local author Patrick McCaskey for a "Meet and Greet" and book-signing of his latest book, Pilgrimage.

    Patrick McCaskey, author of Pilgrimage

    Sporting Chance Press, $20.00

    Saturday, June 17th at 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    Register at Lake Forest Book Store 847-234-4420

    The third book on Sports and Faith Series by Patrick McCaskey, Pilgrimage explores the various Christian shrines and holy places popularizd by recent days trekkers and seekers. Pilgrimages to such destinations as the Holy Land, Rome, Lourdes, Fatima, the Way of Saint James, Canterbury, Assisi, Guadalupe and others are explored and then related to stories of sports and faith. Like his two other Sports and Faith Series books, Pilgrimage examines the lives of many athletes, coaches, and others who live exemplary lives. Many of the athletes described in this book are young. Their athletic preparation, discipline, conditioning, and spiritual and mental training will help them lead faithful lives,

    Patrick McCaskey, born in Evanston, IL,. is the grandson of famed Chicago Bears founder George Halas. Currently he is a Co-Owner, Board Member and a’ Vice President with the Chicago Bears. He has authored five books: Bear with Me: A Family History of George Halas and the Chicago Bears, Sports and Faith: Stories of the Devoted and the Devout, Pillars of the NFL: Coaches Who Have Won Three or More Championships, Sports and Faith: More Stories of the Devoted and the Devout, and Pilgrimage: A Sports and Faith Series Book. Patrick and his wife, Gretchen, have three sons: Ed (maried to Elizabeth), Tom, and Jim. They also have a granddaughter, Grace, and a grandson, Pat.

    Event date: 
    Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
    Event address: 
    Lake Forest Book Store
    662 North Western Avenue
    Lake Forest, IL 60045