Author Event

Author Jennifer Haupt in-conversation with Rebekah Frumkin

Join us in welcoming Jennifer Haupt, author of In the Shadows of 10,000 Hills, as she appears in-conversation with Chicago-based writer and author of The Comedown, Rebekah Frumkin.

IN THE SHADOW OF 10,000 HILLS
Central Avenue Publishing  $16.00
 
In 1968, a disillusioned and heartbroken Lillian Carlson left Atlanta after the assassination of Martin Luther King. She found meaning in the hearts of orphaned African children and cobbled together her own small orphanage in the Rift Valley alongside the lush forests of Rwanda. Three decades later, in New York City, Rachel Shepherd, lost and heart-broken herself, embarks on a journey to find the father who abandoned her as a young child, determined to solve the enigma of Henry Shepherd, a now-famous photographer. When an online search turns up a clue to his whereabouts, Rachel travels to Rwanda to connect with an unsuspecting and uncooperative Lillian. While Rachel tries to unravel the mystery of her father's disappearance, she finds unexpected allies in an ex-pat doctor running from his past and a young Tutsi woman who lived through a profound experience alongside her father. Set against the backdrop of a country grieving and trying to heal after a devastating civil war, follow the intertwining stories of three women who discover something unexpected: grace when there can be no forgiveness.
 
THE COMEDOWN
Henry Holt & Company  $27.00
 

A dazzling epic that follows two very different families in Cleveland across generations, beginning with their patriarchs, who become irrevocably intertwined one fateful night. A blistering dark comedy, Rebekah Frumkin's The Comedown is a romp across America, from the Kent State shootings to protest marches in Chicago to the Florida Everglades, that explores delineating lines of race, class, religion, and time. Scrappy, street smart drug dealer Reggie Marshall has never liked the simpering addict Leland Bloom-Mittwoch, which doesn't stop Leland from looking up to Reggie with puppy-esque devotion. But when a drug deal goes dramatically, tragically wrong and a suitcase (which may or may not contain a quarter of a million dollars) disappears, the two men and their families become hopelessly entangled. It's a mistake that sets in motion a series of events that are odd, captivating, suspenseful, and ultimately inevitable. Both incendiary and earnest, The Comedown  steadfastly catalogs the tangled messes the characters make of their lives, never losing sight of the beauty and power of each family member's capacity for love, be it for money, drugs, or each other.

 
Thursday, June 7th at 6:00 pm
at Lake Forest Book Store
 

Books available for purchase and signing

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Jennifer Haupt went to Rwanda as a journalist in 2006, a decade after the genocide that wiped out over a million people, to explore the connections between forgiveness and grief. She spent a month traveling in the 10,000 hills with a guide, interviewing genocide survivors and humanitarian aid workers, and came home to Seattle with something unexpected: the bones of a novel. Her essays and articles have been published in O, The Oprah MagazineThe RumpusPsychology TodayTravel & LeisureThe Seattle TimesSpirituality & Health, and many other publications. In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills is her first novel.

Rebekah Frumkin is a writer based in Chicago. She also teaches writing and literature at Northeastern Illinois University and University of Illinois-Chicago. Her fiction, nonfiction, and journalism have appeared or are forthcoming in Granta, Pacific Standard, McSweeney’s, Catapult, and the Best American Nonrequired Reading, among other publications. Her debut novel, The Comedown will be published by Henry Holt in April 2018. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and an MSJ from the Medill School of Journalism. She is the recipient of the Richard E. Guthrie Memorial Grant and the Meta Rosenberg Fellowship for her fiction. She has taught fiction writing at the University of Iowa and currently teaches creative writing at Open Books in Chicago. She also works as a freelance reporter for the Social Justice News Nexus and In These Times. She speaks and studies German, for which she received a Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace, as well as Spanish and intermediate-level Hindi, for which she received a Critical Languages Scholarship. 

Author Spencer Wise at Lake Forest Book Store

Join us at Lake Forest Book Store as we welcome author Spenser Wise celebrating his new historical novel.

THE EMPEROR OF SHOES
Hanover Square Press  $27.00  Releases June 5, 2018
 
Tuesday, June 12th at 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
at Lake Forest Book Store

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From an exciting new voice in literary fiction, a transfixing story about an expatriate in southern China and his burgeoning relationship with a seamstress intent on inspiring dramatic political change Alex Cohen, a twenty-six-year-old Jewish Bostonian, is living in southern China, where his father runs their family-owned shoe factory. Alex reluctantly assumes the helm of the company, but as he explores the plant's vast floors and assembly lines, he comes to a grim realization: employees are exploited, regulatory systems are corrupt and Alex's own father is engaging in bribes to protect the bottom line. When Alex meets a seamstress named Ivy, his sympathies begin to shift. She is an embedded organizer of a pro-democratic Chinese party, secretly sowing dissonance among her fellow laborers. Will Alex remain loyal to his father and his heritage? Or will the sparks of revolution ignite? Deftly plotted and vibrantly drawn, The Emperor of Shoes is a timely meditation on idealism, ambition, father-son rivalry and cultural revolution, set against a vivid backdrop of social and technological change.

Born in Boston, Spencer Wise is a graduate of Tufts University and the University of Texas at Austin and worked in the editorial departments at Sports Illustrated and Time Out New York. His work has appeared in Narrative magazine, Hayden's Ferry Review, The Florida Review, and New Ohio Review. He is the winner of the 2017 Gulf Coast Prize in nonfiction. Wise teaches at Florida State University and lives in Tallahassee.

Author photo by Molly Hamill

Former Lake Forester Beth Ann Fennelly at Lake Forest Book Store

Greet former Lake Forest resident, Beth Ann Fennelly at Lake Forest Book Store as we celebrate her most recent book.

HEATING & COOLING - 52 MICRO-MEMOIRS

W. W. Norton & Company  $23.00

Thursday, May 31st at 6:00 PM

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The 52 micro-memoirs in genre-defying Heating & Cooling offer bright glimpses into a richly lived life, combining the compression of poetry with the truth-telling of nonfiction into one heartfelt, celebratory book. Ranging from childhood recollections to quirky cultural observations, these micro-memoirs build on one another to arrive at a portrait of Beth Ann Fennelly as a wife, mother, writer, and deeply original observer of life's challenges and joys. Some pieces are wistful, some wry, and many reveal the humor buried in our everyday interactions. Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs shapes a life from unexpectedly illuminating moments, and awakens us to these moments as they appear in the margins of our lives.

Beth Ann Fennelly is the author of three poetry collections, Unmentionables, Tender Hooks, and Open House; two memoirs, Heating & Cooling and Great with Child; and a novel, The Tilted World, coauthored with her husband, Tom Franklin. She teaches at the University of Mississippi, and is also the state's Poet Laureate. She lives in Oxford, Mississippi.

Children's Book Author Gigi Priebe at Lake Forest Book Store

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join us for a meet and greet with children's book author Gigi Priebe during her stop at Lake Forest Book Store in her tour of our local schools.

THE ADVENTURES OF HENRY WHISKERS #1 and #2

Aladdin Paperbacks  $5.99 each 

Sunday, April 8th 1:30 pm

at Lake Forest Book Store

Gigi Priebe 1:30-2:30

Books available for purchase and signing

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Henry Whiskers must face his fears and rescue his little sister from the scary Rat Alley in this fun, fast-paced debut chapter book set in Queen Mary's historical dollhouse at Windsor Castle. Twenty-five generations of Whiskers have lived in Windsor Castle's most famous exhibit: Queen Mary's Dollhouse. For young, book-loving Henry Whiskers and his family, this is the perfect place to call home. But when the dollhouse undergoes unexpected repairs and Henry's youngest sister, Isabel, goes missing, he risks everything in a whisker-whipping race against time to save her. His rescue mission will take him to the murky and scary world of Rat Alley, and Henry will have to dig deep and find the courage he never knew he had in order to bring his sister back home.

Gigi Priebe is the mother of three, the founder of Stepping Stones, an award-winning children's museum in Norwalk, Connecticut and the author of The Adventures of Henry Whiskers, the first in her middle grade series. When she is not writing,or rewriting, she is a philanthropic advisor and community volunteer in Fairfield County, Connecticut, where she lives with her husband, a cat named Tigger, a dog named Clover, and probably some mice.

Author Allison Pataki at Lake Forest Book Store

Join Allison Pataki at Lake Forest Book Store as she presents her moving new book Beauty in the Broken Places.

BEAUTY IN THE BROKEN PLACES: A MEMOIR OF LOVE, FAITH, AND RESILIANCE
Random House  $26.00  Release May 1, 2018
 
Friday, May 11th at 6:00 PM

at Lake Forest Book Store

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A deeply moving memoir about a young couple whose lives were changed in the blink of an eye, and the love that helped them rewrite their future. Five months pregnant, on a flight to their "babymoon," Allison Pataki turned to her husband when he asked if his eye looked strange and watched him suddenly lose consciousness. After an emergency landing, she discovered that Dave--a healthy thirty-year-old athlete and surgical resident--had suffered a rare and life-threatening stroke. Next thing Allison knew, she was sitting alone in the ER in Fargo, North Dakota, waiting to hear if her husband would survive the night. When Dave woke up, he could not carry memories from hour to hour, much less from one day to the next. Allison had lost the Dave she knew and loved when he lost consciousness on the plane. Within a few months, she found herself caring for both a newborn and a sick husband, struggling with the fear of what was to come. As a way to make sense of the pain and chaos of their new reality, Allison started to write daily letters to Dave. Not only would she work to make sense of the unfathomable experiences unfolding around her, but her letters would provide Dave with the memories he could not make on his own. She was writing to preserve their past, protect their present, and fight for their future. Those letters became the foundation of this beautiful, intimate memoir. And in the process, she fell in love with her husband all over again. This is a manifesto for living, an ultimately uplifting story about the transformative power of faith and resilience. It's a tale of a man's turbulent road to recovery, the shifting nature of marriage, and the struggle of loving through pain and finding joy in the broken places.

Allison Pataki is the author of the bestselling novels Sisi, The Traitor's Wife, and The Accidental Empress, as well as the co-author of Where the Light Falls, with her brother Owen Pataki, and two children's books. Her novels have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Pataki and her husband, Dave Levy, are passionate about raising awareness of the difficulties of life after a stroke or traumatic brain injury. The daughter of former New York State governor George E. Pataki, Allison Pataki graduated cum laude from Yale University and lives in New York City with her family.

Author Kristin Cavallari at Lake Forest Book Store

Join us for a Meet & Greet Book Signing with author Kristin Cavallari at Lake Forest Book Store as we celebrate her new book.

TRUE ROOTS: A MINDFUL KITCHEN WITH MORE THAN 100 RECIPES FREE OF GLUTEN, DAIRY, AND REFINED SUGAR
Rodale Books  $25.99  Releases April 3, 2018
 
Wednesday, April 25th  6:00pm - 8:00pm
at Lake Forest Book Store
 
 
This is a ticketed event, so customers must call and sign up.  The ticket price is the book cost $25.99 plus tax.
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From New York Times bestselling author of Balancing in Heels Kristin Cavallari comes a cookbook that reveals what she eats every day. In her first book, Kristin Cavallari shared her personal journey along with her tips on everything from style to relationships. And now, with True Roots, Cavallari shows you that improving the way you eat doesn't have to be difficult--a clean and toxin-free diet can and should be fun, easy, and enjoyable. She learned the hard way that dieting leads nowhere good, and that a clean lifestyle is the ticket to feeling and being healthy. So how does Kristin eat? Organic as much as possible, wild-caught fish, grass-fed beef, fresh fruits and vegetables, and nothing white--no white flour, sugar, or salt. She avoids anything heavily processed and anything that has been stripped of natural nutrients. She maintains a lifestyle free of toxic chemicals and is passionate about creating delicious and hearty food from real ingredients. She wants her food to be true, as close to its natural state as possible. Her recipes--green banana muffins, bison and veggie kabobs, and even zucchini almond butter blondies--are proof that a healthy lifestyle isn't boring or bland. Feed yourself real food and see how much better you feel, both mentally and physically.

Kristin Cavallari is a television host, designer, entrepreneur, and author of the New York Times bestseller Balancing in Heels. She starred in MTV 's hit series Laguna Beach and The Hills. Kristin has a recurring role on E! co-hosting the pre-show during award season . She designs her own shoe line and founded and creatively runs the lifestyle brand Uncommon James. Kristin lives in Nashville with her husband, NFL quarterback Jay Cutler, and their three children.

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Local Author Mark Litzsinger at Lake Forest Book Store

Local resident Mark Litzsinger discusses his newly updated book entitled

OUT OF THE SHADOWS: REVEALING THE PATH TO RECOVERY 

RML Press $17.00 Released January 1, 2018

at Lake Forest Book Store

Thursday, April 12th at 6 P.M.

Books available for purchase and signing

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Imagine living in a darkness so deep, you can't eat well, you can't sleep well, you can't concentrate on anything for very long--in short, your life is not as it once was. Depression often feels like moving through a fog so thick it envelopes every aspect of your entire life.

Depression had its claws in Mark Litzsinger for years, but by taking the hands offered to him from family, friends, and medical professionals, he was able to climb out of the shadows and back into his life. You too can make the same journey.

This updated book provides a hand to hold as you deal with depression. It is designed to help you--and your family, friends, and doctors--understand the disease and develop a plan for getting the best care to overcome depression.

A graduate of Texas Christian University, Mark Litzsinger is the former chairman of Follett Corporation. Now retired, he spends time sailing and traveling. Mark shows his Samoyeds, Sanibel and Aston, as well as his collection of antique cars, including a 1935 Packard Twelve 1207 Coupe Roadster. In addition, he invented the Leash Grip, which gives a dog walker a firmer, more comfortable handle, and the Leash Grip Extender, which allows one person to walk multiple dogs. Mark also gives talks about his experiences with depression. He is a firm believer in giving back to society. Out of the Shadows is his first book.

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Author Michael Zadoorian at Lake Forest Book Store

Join us at Lake Forest Book Store in Welcoming author Micheal Zadoorian as he celebrates the release of his new novel entitled Beautiful Music

BEAUTIFUL MUSIC
Alkashic Books $29.00 Releases May 1, 2018
 
Friday, May 18th at 6:00 pm
at Lake Forest Book Store
 

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Set in early 1970s Detroit, a racially divided city still reeling from its violent riot of 1967, Beautiful Music is the story of one young man’s transformation through music. Danny Yzemski is a husky, pop radio–loving loner balancing a dysfunctional home life with the sudden harsh realities of freshman year at a high school marked by racial turbulence. But after tragedy strikes the family, Danny’s mother becomes increasingly erratic and angry about the seismic cultural shifts unfolding in her city and the world. As she tries to hold it together with the help of Librium, highballs, and breakfast cereal, Danny finds his own reason to carry on: rock ‘n’ roll. In particular, the drum and guitar–heavy songs of local legends like the MC5 and Iggy Pop. In the vein of Nick Hornby and Tobias Wolff, yet with a style very much Zadoorian’s own, Beautiful Music is a touching story about the power of music and its ability to save one’s soul.

Michael Zadoorian is the author of the critically praised The Leisure Seeker--now a film starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland, to be released by Sony Pictures Classics in 2018. Zadoorian is a recipient of a Kresge Artist Fellowship in the Literary Arts, the Columbia University Anahid Literary Award, the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, and the Michigan Notable Book Award. His other books are Second Hand: A Novel, and the story collection The Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit. His fiction has appeared in the Literary Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, American Short Fiction, Witness, Great Lakes Review, and the North American Review. He lives with his wife in the Detroit area.

Author photo by John Roe of Roe Photo

Author Tom Weinberg at Lake Forest Book Store

Chicagoan TOM WEINBERG discusses the recent publication of his expedition to Central America 

CHASING THE LOST CITY: CHRONICLES OF DISCOVERY IN HONDURAS
Eckhartz Press $36.00
 
Thursday, February 1st at 6:00 pm
at Lake Forest Book Store

Books available for purchase and signing

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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. 

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 Dinner with Robert Kurson at Froggy's

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Join us in welcoming local author Robert Kurson to celebrate the release of his new book, Rocket Men

ROCKET MEN: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon
Random House  $28.00  Releases April 3, 2018
 
Thursday, April 19th at 6:30 pm
at Froggy's French Cafe
306 Green Bay Road
Highwood, IL

 

$65 per individual includes dinner and book or $100 for couple includes 2 dinners and 1 book

Reservations are required as space is limited

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The riveting inside story of three heroic astronauts who took on the challenge of mankind's historic first mission to the Moon, from the New York Times bestselling author of Shadow Divers. By August 1968, the American space program was in danger of failing in its two most important objectives: to land a man on the Moon by President Kennedy's end-of-decade deadline, and to triumph over the Soviets in space. With its back against the wall, NASA made an almost unimaginable leap: It would scrap its usual methodical approach and risk everything on a sudden launch. With just four months to prepare--a fraction of the normal time required to plan a space mission--the agency committed to sending the first men in history to the Moon. And it would all happen at Christmas. In a year of historic violence and discord--the Tet Offensive, the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy, the riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago--the Apollo 8 mission would be the boldest, riskiest test of America's greatness under pressure. In this gripping insider account, Robert Kurson puts the focus on the three astronauts and their families: the commander, Frank Borman, a conflicted man on his final mission; idealistic Jim Lovell, who'd dreamed since boyhood of riding a rocket to the Moon; and Bill Anders, a young nuclear engineer and hotshot fighter pilot making his first space flight. Drawn from hundreds of hours of one-on-one interviews with the astronauts, their loved ones, NASA personnel, and myriad experts, and filled with vivid and unforgettable detail, Rocket Men is the definitive account of one of America's finest hours that reads like a real-life thriller. In these pages, Kurson reveals the epic dangers involved, and the singular bravery it took, for mankind to leave Earth for the first time--and arrive at a new world.

Robert Kurson earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin and a law degree from Harvard Law School. His award-winning stories have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Esquire, where he was a contributing editor. He is the author of three New York Times bestsellers: Shadow Divers, the 2005 American Booksellers Association's nonfiction Book Sense Book of the Year; Crashing Through, based on Kurson's 2006 National Magazine Award-winning profile in Esquire of the blind speed skier, CIA analyst, and entrepreneur Mike May; and Pirate Hunters. His latest book, Rocket Men, tells the story of the historic Apollo 8 mission to the Moon. He lives in Chicago.

Author photo by Matt Ferguson

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