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Author Dinner with David McAninch at Froggy's French Cafe

Start your Spring Break early! Escape to Gascony, France with the author David McAninch for the release of his memoir, Duck Season.

(Harper/HarperCollins, $28.99, due March 7, 2017)

Tuesday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $45 for dinner. Book is not included but can be purchased prior to the event for 15% Book Club discount. Book available at event for full price.

Register at Lake Forest Book Store 847-234-4420

Duck Season: a debut memoir about eight months of French culinary delights. In 2012, food writer and Chicago Magazine features editor McAninch was sent on assignment to Gascony, a fertile agricultural region bordering the Pyrenees in southwest France, to write a piece about duck. Although he had passed through the area on other visits, this time the “card-carrying Francophile” was smitten. Everything about Gascony entranced him…. Photo Credit: Romeo Oros

Author Luncheon with Lisa See at Froggy's

Lisa See, author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

(Scribner Book Company $27.00, due March 21)

Tuesday April 4 at 11:30 a.m.

Tickets are $60 for luncheon with book included

Register at Lake Forest Book Store 847-234-4420

Join us in welcoming Lisa See as she discusses her new novel!

In a new novel that's classic See, Li-yan is one of the few young women beginning to move beyond the confines of her mountain village. Still, she can't keep the baby she has out of wedlock, instead wrapping her up and leaving her in a nearby city. While Li-yan enters modern life and daughter Haley, rescued and adopted, grows up a happy California girl, each wonders about the other. - Library Journal

Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, Shanghai Girls, China Dolls, and Dreams of Joy, which debuted at #1. Ms. See is also the author of On Gold Mountain, which tells the story of her Chinese American family's settlement in Los Angeles.

Lake Forest Academy’s English Department, in partnership with the Lake Forest Book Store, invites you to An Evening of Conversation

Jane Hamilton and Gail Tsukiyama with Dr. Patrick Finnessy, Master Chair in English

Tuesday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m., Book Signing 8:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

The Cressey Center for the Arts

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Jane Hamilton lives, works, and writes in an orchard farmhouse in Wisconsin. Her short stories have appeared in Harper’s magazine. Her first novel, The Book of Ruth, won the PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award for best first novel and was a selection of the Oprah Book Club. Her second novel, A Map of the World, was an international bestseller. She is currently on tour with her most recent novel, The Excellent Lombards. Photo Credit: Leslie Brown

Gail Tsukiyama is the bestselling author of seven novels, including Women of the Silk and The Samurai’s Garden, as well as the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Award and the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award. She divides her time between El Cerrito and Napa Valley, California. Photo Credit: Kevin Horan

Dr. Patrick Finnessy is the inaugural recipient of the Dr. Ray Bird Master Chair in English, an endowed position named for a passionate faculty member who inspired both students and faculty during his career at LFA. Dr. Finnessy created the Bird Colloquia to complement the work of an already strong English Department and provide a model within the school for addressing moral courage, the focus of the 2017-2018 Bird Colloquia.

Stephanie Danler at Cellar Gate

Stephanie Danler, author of Sweetbitter

(Vintage $16.00, due April 4 in paper)

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."

 

Lake Forest Book Store Partnering with Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Historical Society for Author Luncheon with Renée Rosen at MLG Restaurant

Renée Rosen, author of Windy City Blues

(Berkley Books $16.00, due Feb. 28)

Wednesday March 1 at 11:30 a.m.

Tickets are $35 for luncheon with book included.

Register at Lake Forest Book Store 847-234-4420

Leeba doesn't exactly fit in, but her passion for music is not lost on her neighbor, Leonard Chess, who offers her a job at his new record company. What begins as answering phones and filing becomes much more as Leeba comes into her own as a songwriter and befriends performers like Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Chuck Berry and Etta James. But she also finds love with a black blues guitarist named Red Dupree. Leeba and Red soon find themselves in the middle of the Civil Rights Movement and they discover that, in times of struggle, music can bring people together.

Renée Rosen is the bestselling author of White Collar Girl, What the Lady Wants, Dollface, and Every Crooked Pot. She lives in Chicago. Photo Credit: Charles Osgood Photography

 

Renée Rosen at Warren-Newport Public Library

Renée Rosen, author of Windy City Blues

(Berkley Books $16.00, due Feb. 28)

Saturday March 18 at 2:00 p.m.

Register at Warren-Newport Public Library or call 847-244-5150

The bestselling author of White Collar Girl and What the Lady Wants explores one woman's journey of self-discovery set against the backdrop of a musical and social revolution. In the middle of the twentieth century, the music of the Mississippi Delta arrived in Chicago, drawing the attention of entrepreneurs like the Chess brothers. Their label, Chess Records, helped shape that music into the Chicago Blues, the soundtrack for a transformative era in American History. But, for Leeba Groski, Chess Records was just where she worked...

Renée Rosen is the bestselling author of White Collar Girl, What the Lady Wants, Dollface, and Every Crooked Pot. She lives in Chicago. Photo Credit: Charles Osgood Photography

Barbara Rinella as The Accidental Empress at Gorton Theater

Book Dramatization with Barbara Rinella featuring:

The Accidental Empress

(Howard Books $26.00)

Wednesday September 30 at 3:30 p.m. (Doors open at 3:00 p.m.)

The Friends of Lake Forest Library sponsor this event each year as a thank you to the community for its support of the Fall Book Sale.

New York Times bestselling author Allison Pataki follows up on her critically acclaimed debut novel, The Traitor's Wife, with the little-known and tumultuous love story of "Sisi" the Austro-Hungarian Empress and captivating wife of Emperor Franz Joseph. Thrust onto the throne of Europe's most treacherous imperial court, Sisi upsets political and familial loyalties in her quest to win, and keep, the love of her emperor, her people, and of the world.
With Pataki's rich period detail and cast of complex, bewitching characters, The Accidental Empress offers a captivating glimpse into one of history's most intriguing royal families, shedding new light on the glittering Hapsburg Empire and its most mesmerizing, most beloved "Fairy Queen."

 

Where's Waldo at Lake Forest Book Store

Find Waldo in Lake Forest!

Wednesday July 1 - 31

Elusive Book Character Creates Summertime Fun
to Support the Shop Local Movement

Where's Waldo? In Lake Forest, of course.  The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting twenty-five different local businesses throughout our community this July. Those who spot him can win prizes, including buttons, book coupons and more.

Waldo figures will be well hidden in local business establishments. Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity, and a wonderful way for residents to support local business and the Shop Local movement.
Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Lake Forest!” passport with the names of all the participating sites, and get their passport stamped or signed for each Waldo they spot. The first 125 Waldo seekers to get their passports stamped or signed at ten or more sites can bring their passports back to Lake Forest Book Store to collect prizes. Collecting store stamps or signatures at twenty or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers entry into a grand prize drawing on July 31, with the top prize being a 6-volume deluxe set of Waldo books.  

Where’s Waldo is the creation of Martin Handford, whose entertaining drawings of crowd scenes swept the world in the late eighties. Since then, the Where’s Waldo books have held a cherished spot on bookstore shelves the world over. There are now over 63 million Waldo books in print worldwide and they’ve been translated into over 30 languages. An entire generation has grown up searching for Waldo and his cast of wandering companions.
In celebration of Waldo's longevity and popularity, his American publisher, Candlewick Press, is once again teaming up with the American Booksellers Association and 250 independent bookstores all across the country, including Lake Forest Book Store here in Lake Forest, for some hide and seek fun as well as to encourage communities to patronize their local businesses.  There is no charge to participate, and the hunt lasts for the entire month of July. For more information about hunting for Waldo and Woof in Lake Forest, call Lake Forest Book Store at 847-234-4420.

 

Author Luncheon with Susanna Daniel at The Grille on Laurel

Luncheon with Susanna Daniel, author of Sea Creatures

(Harper Perenniel $14.99)

Wednesday February 18, 2015 at 11:30 a.m.

Tickets are $40.00 and include luncheon with book

Register at Lake Forest Book Store at 847-234-4420

Susanna Daniel was born and raised in Miami, Florida. Her first novel, Stiltsville, was awarded the PEN/Bingham prize for debut fiction. She is a graduate of Columbia University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

When Georgia Quillian returns to her hometown of Miami, her family in tow, she's hoping for a fresh start. They've left Illinois trailing scandal in their wake, fallout from her husband's severe sleep disorder. For months, their three-year-old son, Frankie, has refused to speak a word. On a whim, Georgia takes a job as an errand runner for a reclusive artist, and suddenly the future offers new possibilities: time spent with her intense but kind employer might, it seems, help Frankie find the courage to speak--and help Georgia reconcile the woman she was with the woman she has become. But late that summer, as a hurricane bears down on South Florida, she must face the fact that her decisions may have put her only child in danger.

"Daniel returns to Stiltsville's South Florida in a second novel filled with domestic upheaval, difficult choices, and far-reaching consequences....Daniel's verdant descriptions of salt and sea continue to shine, as does her portrayal of a mother struggling to protect her son."--"Publishers Weekly"

 

Steve Apfelbaum at Conserve Lake County

Steve Apfelbaum, author of Nature's Second Chance: Restoring the Ecology of Stone Prairie Farm

(Beacon Press $16.00)

Wednesday April 30 at 6:15 p.m.

Independence Grove, Libertyville

Steve Apfelbaum, author of Nature's Second Chance and principal ecologist and chairman of Applied Ecological Services, will bring a unique and inspiring perspective on the possibilities of helping nature recover. As a labor of love he restored 80 acres of prairie, wetland, spring brook, and forest at Stone Prairie Farm in Wisconsin. And through Applied Ecological Services, he has led large-scale innovative projects around the world that have been designed to better reconcile human needs and living natural systems. 

The event is free for members of Conserve Lake County; the fee for guests is $35.00. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Register at Conserve Lake County.

Books will be available for purchase and signing, courtesy of Lake Forest Book Store.

 

 

 

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