Author Event

AUTHOR TIM RAPPLEYE at LAKE FOREST BOOK STORE

We welcome debut author and former Lake Forest College hockey star Tim Rappleye celebrating the publication of Jack Parker's Wiseguys.

JACK PARKER'S WiISEGUYS: THE NATIONAL CHAMPION BU TERRIERS, THE BLIZZARD OF '78, AND THE MIRACLE ON ICE

University Press of New England $28.00 Released January 2, 2018

Friday, February 2nd 
5:45 pm to 6:45 pm

at the Store

Books available for purchase and signing

Register at 847-234-4420

Over the winter of 1977-78, anyone within shouting distance of a two-mile stretch of Boston's Commonwealth Avenue--from Fenway Park to the trolley curve at Packard's Corner--found themselves pulled into the orbit of college hockey. The hottest ticket in a sports-mad city was Boston University's Terriers, a team so tough it was said they didn't have fans--they took hostages. Eschewing the usual recruiting pools in Canada, Jack Parker and his coaching staff assembled a squad that included three stars from nearby Charlestown, then known as the "armed robbery capital of America."

Jack Parker's Wiseguys is the story of a high-flying, headline-dominating, national championship squad led by three future stars of the Miracle on Ice, the medal-round game the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team won against the heavily favored Soviet Union. Now retired, Parker is a thoughtful statesman for the sport, a revered figure who held the longest tenure of any coach in Boston sports history. But during the 1977-78 season, he was just five years into his reign--and only a decade or so older than his players. Fiery, mercurial, as tough as any of his tough guys, Parker and his team were to face the pressure-cooker expectations of four previous also-ran seasons, further heightened by barroom brawls, off-the-ice shenanigans, and the citywide shutdown caused by one of the biggest blizzards to ever hit the Northeast.

This season was to be Parker's watershed, a roller-coaster ride of nail-biting victories and unimaginable tragedy, played out in increasingly strident headlines as his team opened the season with an unprecedented twenty-one straight wins. Only the second loss of the year eliminated the Terriers from their league playoffs and possibly from national contention; hours after the game Parker's wife died from cancer. The story of how the team responded--coming back to win the national championship a week after Parker buried his wife--makes a compelling tale for Boston sports fans and everyone else who feels a thrill of pride at America's unlikely win over the Soviet national team--a victory forged on Commonwealth Avenue in that bitter, beautiful winter of '78.

When the Wiseguys of Boston University were winning their NCAA Division I hockey championship in 1978, author Tim Rappleye was part of the Lake Forest College hockey team's historic run to the Division II NCAA championship game. The Foresters won the inaugural Division II West Regional Championship in 1978, compiling 23 wins and the best winning percentage in the history of the program. Rappleye went on to cover hockey at five Olympic Winter Games, as a researcher, producer and reporter, winning two Emmy Awards in the process. His first job was as a production assistant at the Lake Placid Miracle on Ice, where four of the characters in Jack Parker's Wiseguys established themselves as national heroes.Rappleye currently lives on the other side of Lake Michigan in Traverse City, Michigan, where he referees youth hockey games when he isn't teaching elementary school. He is currently working on his latest book, In Search of Hobey Baker.

Debut Author Keziah Frost at Lake Forest Book Store

Join Lake Forest Book Store in welcoming author Keziah Frost in celebrating the release of her first novel The Reluctant Fortune Teller

THE RELUCTANT FORTUNE TELLER

Park Row Publishing  $16.00  Due March 6, 2018

Wednesday, March 7th at 6:00 pm  at Lake Forest Book Store

Refreshments will be served

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A retired accountant becomes the town's fortune-teller in this witty and charming debutNorbert Zelenka has always lived life on the sidelines. It's why at seventy-three years old he's broke and alone except for the company of a Chihuahua. But when "Carlotta's Club"--three strong-willed seniors with plenty of time on their hands--decide to make Norbert their latest project, he reluctantly agrees to their scheme: establishing himself as the town's fortune-teller. Soon his life begins changing in unexpected ways.It turns out that years of observing other people make Norbert an excellent card reader. As Norbert's lonesome world expands with new friendships and a newfound self-confidence, he finally finds himself in a place where he belongs. But disaster looms on the horizon. When a troubled young woman goes missing after a bad reading, Norbert must find a strength beyond the cards to bring her home safely.A heartfelt story of coming-of-age late in life, The Reluctant Fortune Teller is a poignant reminder that we're never too old to learn new tricks.

Keziah Frost works as a psychotherapist who specializes in pet grief. She developed The Reluctant Fortune Teller while enrolled in the Faber Academy under Tom Bromley. She shares her life with five little dogs, one audacious cat, and her encouraging human family. This is her first novel.

Author photo credit to Tom Davy

Slow Cooker Pop-up Event with Addie Gundry at Lake Forest Book Store

Come to the store for our Pop-up event and taste samples from Addie Gundry's newly released Essential Slow Cooker and Retro Recipes

ESSENTIAL SLOW COOKER RECIPES: 103 FUSS-FREE SLOW COOKER MEALS EVERYONE WILL LOVE

St. Martin's Griffin  $20.00  Due January 9, 2018

RETRO RECIPES FROM THE '50s AND'60s: 103 VINTAGE APPETIZERS, DINNERS, AND DRINKS EVERYONE WILL LOVE

St. Martin's Griffin  $20.00  Due January 9, 2018

Sunday, February 4th at 1:00 PM at Lake Forest Book Store
 

Books will be available for purchase and signing

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A slow cooker is the ideal partner in crime when it comes to tackling dishes that can be too time- and work-intensive for every day, like French onion soup or chicken cordon bleu. And in Essential Slow Cooker Recipes: 103 Fuss-Free Slow Cooker Meals Everyone Will Love, we're going way beyond the expected soups and stews. Cutthroat Kitchen winner Addie Gundry offers up recipes for appetizers like BBQ Meatballs, breads like Slow Cooker Dinner Rolls, make-ahead breakfasts like Banana Pecan French Toast, and desserts like Pineapple Upside Down Cake, not to mention slow cooker twists on beloved recipes like Lasagna, Meatloaf, and Stuffed Peppers. Each recipe is paired with a finished-dish full-bleed color photo.

Gundry, a Food Network Cutthroat Kitchen winner and executive producer of RecipeLion, adds to her 103 Recipes series (Everyday Dinner Ideas, etc.) with Retro Recipes from the '50s and '60s: 103 Vintage Appetizers, Dinners, and Drinks Everyone Will Love. This collection of popular recipes from the 1950s and '60s contains what you might expect to find in a cookbook from the time or written on weathered index cards in grandma's recipe box. Recipes include easy beef stroganoff and a turkey tetrazzini. A book about this era couldn't overlook cocktail-party fare, and Gundry includes several options, among them a party cheese ball, crab puffs, and cream-cheese-stuffed celery. The featured desserts could only come from midcentury America, and include a creamsicle Jell-O mold, magic tomato soup cupcakes, and Harvey Wallbanger cake. There are also recipes for sweets still popular today, such as crispy rice treats, grasshopper pie, and classic peanut-butter cookies. The recipes are not always diligently researched: for example, beef Wellington rose to popularity in the 1960s, not the 1950s, and most likely thanks to Julia Child and not President Nixon (although he was famous for serving beef Wellington at nearly every state dinner he held during his presidency). Nevertheless, Gundry has made it easy for theme-party planners to find the necessary recipes all in one place.

Addie Grundry received her masters in culinary arts at Auguste Escoffier in Avignon, France. She has worked for chefs including Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, and Martha Stewart on management, restaurant openings, brand development, editorial, marketing, and sales. In 2015, she won Cutthroat Kitchen on The Food Network. As the executive producer for RecipeLion, Addie creates culinary content for multiple web platforms and communities. She excels at making easy recipes elegant. Her previous cookbooks include Everyday Dinner Ideas and Essential Slow Cooker Recipes.

Chef and Cookbook Author Heath Schecter at Lake Forest Book Store

We welcome chef and cookbook author, Heath Schecter for a presentation, discussion and demonstration of techniques

I'M A CHEF & MY KIDS WANT BUTTERED NOODLES: A COLLECTION OF RECIPES

Createspace Independent Publishing Platform  $30.00 Released November 14, 2017

Wednesday, February 7th at 6:00 P.M at Lake Forest Book Store

Books available for purchase and signing

Refreshments will be served.

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Chef Heath Schecter told his wife, in 2001, that he wanted to write a cookbook...16 years later he did. As a chef, he creates a lot of cool dishes...yet, his kids won't eat most of them...and they are missing out. This cookbook is a collection of his recipes created over the years, from starters, soups & salads, main courses, sous vide cooking, desserts, sides, sauces, seasonings and more. The recipes are very approachable and the steps are laid out to recreate them. He is very proud of this book; however, what he is most proud of, is that 25% of the proceeds will be donated to the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation (which raises money for child cancer research) in memory of his friend's daughter, the little warrior, Mia B Gurevitz.

Chef Heath Schecter has worked in restaurants for over 25 years, covering every position from the bottom up. He has a bachelor's degree in Architecture from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, and attended culinary school at the Arizona Culinary Institute in Scottsdale, AZ. He was contracted to write (published) recipes for a sous vide company, and has worked with celebrity chef Beau Macmillan at the Sanctuary Resort in Paradise Valley, AZ. Heath currently works as a corporate executive chef within the food manufacturing business, where he has created sauces, spice blends, and ready-to-eat deli salad. Heath also spends time in Lake Forest, IL with his friend, a James Beard house nominee, Chef Dominic Zumpano of The Gallery restaruant. Heath is currently a co-chef at The Gallery. Heath is available for private chef services. You can visit his website at www.chefheath.com

 

Local Author Tyler Smith at Lake Forest Book Store

Lake Forest Book Store welcomes Please add to website for Friday March 2nd event at 6:00 pm in store.

CALLED FOR TRAVELING: MY NOMADIC LIFE PLAYING PRO BASKETBALL AROUND THE WORLD
Sports Publishing  $25.00 Released October 24, 2017

Friday, March 2nd at 6:00 P. M. at Lake Forest Book Store

Books available for purchase and signing

Refreshments will be served

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Called for Traveling is a pro basketball journey that spans four continents, seven countries and twelve teams over eleven hilarious and adventurous years. After playing his college ball at Penn State, Tyler Smith had a path in mind of where he wanted his pro basketball career to lead. Bringing his own toilet paper to away games, courts made of concrete, and fully-geared riot police at every stadium were not part of his original dream. Where were all the big contracts people talked about? Would he even have a job next season—or next week? And would he be playing for free this month because the team didn’t feel like paying him? In this highly unstable and unorthodox overseas lifestyle as a professional basketball player, Smith draws readers in quickly with his humor and ability to share his clever stories that seem outrageous, but are 100 percent true. His attitude and faith are tested relentlessly through bounced paychecks, injuries, and the seemingly endless frustrating reality of people around him speaking a language he could not understand. From Italy to Japan to Uruguay, and even the NBA, the challenges and adventures only accelerate as Tyler’s wife and kids are added to the overseas equation. His unique story is highly engaging whether or not you’re a basketball junkie. Called for Traveling is an honest and entertaining inside look at one man’s journey playing pro basketball around the world.

Tyler Smith, former Lake Forest Scout, three-year starter on the men's basketball team at Pennsylvania State University (PSU) and Academic All-American played a key role during PSU's run to the 2001 NCAA Sweet 16 when they defeated North Carolina en route to PSU's best season in almost fifty years. Following his graduation from PSU, Smith played professional basketball for eleven years in the US and overseas. He now lives in State College, Pennsylvania with his wife Cara and daughters Hannah, Lexi, and Tori.

Author Phot Credit to John Patishnock

Author John Bacon at Lake Forest Book Store

Join Lake Forest Book Store in welcoming author John U. Bacon celetrating the publication of his account of the tragic explosion of the munitions ship Mont-Blanc during World War I.

THE GREAT HALIFAX EXPLOSION: A WORLD WAR I STORY OF TREACHERY, TRAGEDY, AND EXTRACORDINARY HEROISM
William Morrow & Company $29.99  Released November 7, 2017

Wednesday, March 14th at 6:00 P.M. at Lake Forest Book Store

Books available for purchase and signing

Refreshments will be served

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The riveting, tick-tock account of the largest manmade explosion in history prior to the atomic bomb, and the equally astonishing tales of survival and heroism that emerged from the ashes, from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author John U. Bacon. After steaming out of New York City on December 1, 1917, laden with a staggering three thousand tons of TNT and other explosives, the munitions ship Mont-Blanc fought its way up the Atlantic coast, through waters prowled by enemy U-boats. As it approached the lively port city of Halifax, Mont-Blanc's deadly cargo erupted with the force of 2.9 kilotons of TNT--the most powerful explosion ever visited on a human population, save for HIroshima and Nagasaki. Mont-Blanc was vaporized in one fifteenth of a second; a shockwave leveled the surrounding city. Next came a thirty-five-foot tsunami. Most astounding of all, however, were the incredible tales of survival and heroism that soon emerged from the rubble. This is the unforgettable story told in John U. Bacon's The Great Halifax Explosion a ticktock account of fateful decisions that led to doom, the human faces of the blast's 11,000 casualties, and the equally moving individual stories of those who lived and selflessly threw themselves into urgent rescue work that saved thousands. The shocking scale of the disaster stunned the world, dominating global headlines even amid the calamity of the First World War. Hours after the blast, Boston sent trains and ships filled with doctors, medicine, and money. The explosion would revolutionize pediatric medicine; transform U.S.-Canadian relations; and provide physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, who studied the Halifax explosion closely when developing the atomic bomb, with history's only real-world case study demonstrating the lethal power of a weapon of mass destruction. Mesmerizing and inspiring, Bacon's deeply-researched narrative brings to life the tragedy, brvery, and surprising afterlife of one of the most dramatic events of modern times.

John U. Bacon is the author of five New York Times bestsellers, including Three and OutFourth and Long; and Endzone. He appears often on NPR and national television, and teaches at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and the University of Michigan. He lives in Ann Arbor with his wife and son.

Author Photo credited to John Schultz

 

Author Tom Weinberg at Lake Forest Book Store

Please join the staff of Lake Forest Book Store in welcoming local author, Tom Weinberg celebrating the recent publication of a pictoral review of his expedition to Central America entitled Chasing The Lost City.

CHASING THE LOST CITY: CHRONICLES OF DISCOVERY IN HONDURAS

Eckhartz Press  $36.00  Released September 1 2017

Thursday, February 1st at 6:00 P.M

Books will be available for purchase and signing

Refreshments will be served

Free and Open to the public, call 847-234-4420

For more than 20 years, TV producer Weinberg was obsessed with the centuries-old legend of the Lost City of the Monkey God, aka Ciudad Blanca, hidden deep in the dense Central American jungle. The book is composed of his journals written in Honduras, more than 180 stunning photographs and the author’s personal thoughts and feelings about what became a world-famous 21st century discovery. It’s a beautiful coffee table book to be savored and revisited for many years. (See his website https://www.chasingthelostcity.com/  for more details)

Tom Weinberg started as a print journalist and went on to become a pioneering TV documentary and nonfiction producer for 40 years. He has achieved national acclaim for the more than 500 programs he has produced for PBS and WTTW, including winning four Emmy’s. He was executive producer of The 90’s, a breakthrough independently produced national PBS series. He created/produced the independent film and video showcase, Image Union, for ten years. He founded Fund for Innovative TV (FITV) and mediaburn.org, the video archive with 8000+ documentary and nonfiction videos and more than 16 million page views. His awards include duPont-Columbia award for documentary; Chicago Producer of the Year; Silver Circle award from TV Academy; Studs Terkel Community Media award and others. His has worked with and produced for MTV, WGN-TV, NBA on CBS, and Tokyo Broadcasting. His work has been shown in festivals and museums including Rio Cine, Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim, among others. He is a fourth-generation Chicagoan with lots of kids and grandchildren.

 

Author Luncheon with Georgia Hunter at The Deer Path Inn

Join Lake Forest Book Store in welcoming author Georgia Hunter and the paperback release of We Were the Lucky Ones.

WE WERE THE LUCKY ONES
Penguin Random House $16.00 Releases January 2, 2018
 
Wednesday, January 24th
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Deer Path Inn
Lake Forest, IL

$40 includes lunch and book

Space is limited, register at 847-234-4420

It is the spring of 1939 and three generations of the Kurc family are doing their best to live normal lives, even as the shadow of war grows closer. The talk around the family Seder table is of new babies and budding romance, not of the increasing hardships threatening Jews in their hometown of Radom, Poland. But soon the horrors overtaking Europe will become inescapable and the Kurcs will be flung to the far corners of the world, each desperately trying to navigate his or her own path to safety. As one sibling is forced into exile, another attempts to flee the continent, while others struggle to escape certain death, either by working grueling hours on empty stomachs in the factories of the ghetto or by hiding as gentiles in plain sight. Driven by an unwavering will to survive and by the fear that they may never see one another again, the Kurcs must rely on hope, ingenuity, and inner strength to persevere. An extraordinary, propulsive novel, We Were the Lucky Ones demonstrates how in the face of the twentieth century’s darkest moment, the human spirit can endure and even thrive.

When Georgia Hunter was fifteen years old, she learned that she came from a family of Holocaust survivors. We Were the Lucky Ones was born of her quest to uncover her family’s staggering history. Hunter’s website, georgiahunterauthor.com, offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the extensive research this project has entailed. She lives in Connecticut.
Author Photo credit to Andrea Carson.

Author Luncheon with Elizabeth Berg at Froggy's

Join the staff at Lake Forest Book Store as we host a luncheon celebrating local author Elizabeth Berg on publication of her new book The Story of Arthur Truluv

THE STORY OF ARTHUR TRULUV
Random House (Released November 21, 2017)
 
Wednesday, November 15th at 11:30 a.m.
Froggy's French Cafe

Highwood, IL 

$60 includes lunch and book

Register at 847-234-4420

 "Truluv is a moving novel about three people who have lost the person they love most, and must find their way back to happiness. Arthur, a widower, meets Maddy, an angry and friendless teenage girl, while visiting his late wife at the cemetary, where he goes every day for lunch. Against all odds, the two strike up a friendship that pulls them out of a serious rut. They band together with Arthur's nosy neighbor Lucille, to create lives that are truly worth living. Proving that life's most precious moments are sweeter when shared, they go from strangers, to friends, to an untraditional but loving family. Betrayal, loneliness, romance and family are at the heart of this honey of a book, a must-read for fans of Elizabeth Berg's early work. This is a story about life being affirmed at all ages, old and young, and about finding hapiness when hope seems lost. Readers will laugh, cry, and love Truluv"--

Elizabeth Berg is the author of many bestselling novels, including Open House (an Oprah's Book Club selection), Talk Before Sleep, and The Year of Pleasures, as well as the short story collection The Day I Ate Whatever I WantedDurable Goods and Joy School were selected as ALA Best Books of the Year. She adapted The Pull of the Moon into a play that enjoyed sold-out performances in Chicago and Indianapolis. Berg's work has been translated into twenty-seven languages, and three of her novels have been turned into television movies. She is the founder of Writing Matters, a quality reading series dedicated to serving author, audience, and community. She teaches one-day writing workshops and is a popular speaker at venues around the country. Some of her most popular Facebook postings have been collected in Make Someone Happy. She lives outside Chicago.

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

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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.

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