Library Event

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

Mary Doria Russell at Warren-Newport Public Library

Mary Doria Russell, author of Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral

(Ecco $27.99, due March 3)

Tuesday March 3 at 7:00 p.m.

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

Mary Doria Russell, the bestselling, award-winning author of The Sparrow, returns with Epitaph. Mary is a paleoanthropologist with specialties in bone biology and biomechanics who has done extensive field work in Australia and Croatia. She lives with her husband and son in Cleveland, Ohio.

A deeply divided nation. Vicious politics. A shamelessly partisan media. A president loathed by half the populace. Smuggling and gang warfare along the Mexican border. Armed citizens willing to stand their ground and take law into their own hands. . . .That was America in 1881. All those forces came to bear on the afternoon of October 26 when Doc Holliday and the Earp brothers faced off against the Clantons and the McLaurys in Tombstone, Arizona. It should have been a simple misdemeanor arrest. Thirty seconds and thirty bullets later, three officers were wounded and three citizens lay dead in the dirt. Wyatt Earp was the last man standing, the only one unscathed. The lies began before the smoke cleared, but the gunfight at the O.K. Corral would soon become central to American beliefs about the Old West.

Epitaph tells Wyatt's real story, unearthing the Homeric tragedy buried under 130 years of mythology, misrepresentation, and sheer indifference to fact. Epic and intimate, this novel gives voice to the real men and women whose lives were changed forever by those fatal thirty seconds in Tombstone. At its heart is the woman behind the myth: Josephine Sarah Marcus, who loved Wyatt Earp for forty-nine years and who carefully chipped away at the truth until she had crafted the heroic legend that would become the epitaph her husband deserved.

There will be a book signing following the program with books provided by Lake Forest Book Store.


Author Luncheon with Julia Keller at Aspen Drive Library

Julia Keller, author of Summer of the Dead

(Minotaur Books $25.99, due August 26)

Thursday August 28 at 12:00 p.m.

Register online at Aspen Drive Library

An optional lunch from the Picnic Basket can be ordered for $6.00 and must be paid for by Tuesday, August 26 at Cook Park Library or Aspen Drive Library.

Julia was born and raised in Huntington, West Virginia.  She is an essayist for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS. In 2005, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing.  She lives in a high-rise in Chicago and a stone cottage on a lake in rural Ohio.

High summer in Acker's Gap, West Virginia--but no one's enjoying the rugged natural landscape. Not while a killer stalks the small town and its hard-luck inhabitants. County prosecutor Bell Elkins and Sheriff Nick Fogelsong are stymied by a murderer who seems to come and go like smoke on the mountain. At the same time, Bell must deal with the return from prison of her sister, Shirley--who, like Bell, carries the indelible scars of a savage past.
In "Summer of the Dead," the third Julia Keller mystery chronicling the journey of Bell Elkins and her return to her Appalachian hometown, we also meet Lindy Crabtree--a coal miner's daughter with dark secrets of her own, secrets that threaten to explode into even more violence.
Acker's Gap is a place of loveliness and brutality, of isolation and fierce attachments--a place where the dead rub shoulders with the living, and demand their due.

There will be a book signing following the program with books provided by Lake Forest Book Store.



Rebecca Makkai at Warren-Newport Public Library

Rebecca Makkai, author of The Hundred-Year House

(Viking Books $26.95)

Tuesday August 26 at 7:00 p.m.

Register online at Warren-Newport Public Library

Rebecca Makkai is a Chicago-based writer teaching at Lake Forest College. Her first novel, The Borrower, is a Booklist Top Ten Debut, an Indie Next pick , and one of Chicago Magazines choices for best fiction of 2011. Her short fiction has been chosen for The Best American Short Stories for four consecutive years (2008-2011).

A dazzlingly original new novel set on an historic estate that once housed an arts colony. Doug, the husband of the estate's heir, desperately needs the colony files to get his stalled academic career back on track. But what he discovers when he finally gets his hands on them is more than he bargained for. Doug may never learn the house's secrets, but the reader will, as Makkai leads us on a thrilling journey into the past of this eccentric family.

There will be a book signing following the program with books provided by Lake Forest Book Store.

Keith Koeneman at Vernon Area Public Library

Keith Koeneman, author of First Son: The Biography of Richard M. Daley

(University of Chicago Press $30.00)

Monday March 31 at 7:00 p.m.

Vernon Area Public Library

For more information call 224-543-1485

First Son shows Richard M. Daley to be sensitive yet tough, impatient yet persistent, a street-smart fighter and detail-driven policy expert who not only ran Chicago, but was Chicago. Author Keith Koeneman shares his experience writing this up-close, insider story of political triumph and personal evolution.

Register online at Vernon Area Public Library.

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


Lisa Gardner at Warren-Newport Public Library

Lisa Gardner, author of Fear Nothing

(Dutton $27.95, due January 7)

Wednesday January 8 at 1:00 p.m.

Warren-Newport Public Library

To register call 847-244-5150

My name is Dr. Adeline Glen. Due to a genetic condition, I can’t feel pain. I never have. I never will.

The last thing Boston Detective D. D. Warren remembers is walking the crime scene after dark. Then, a creaking floorboard, a low voice crooning in her ear. . . . She is later told she managed to discharge her weapon three times. All she knows is that she is seriously injured, unable to move her left arm, unable to return to work.

My sister is Shana Day, a notorious murderer who first killed at fourteen. Incarcerated for thirty years, she has now murdered more people while in prison than she did as a free woman.

Six weeks later, a second woman is discovered murdered in her own bed, her room containing the same calling cards from the first: a bottle of champagne and a single red rose. The only person who may have seen the killer: Detective D. D. Warren, who still can’t lift her child, load her gun, or recall a single detail from the night that may have cost her everything.

Our father was Harry Day, an infamous serial killer who buried young women beneath the floor of our home. He has been dead for forty years. Except the Rose Killer knows things about my father he shouldn’t. My sister claims she can help catch him. I think just because I can’t feel pain doesn’t mean my family can’t hurt me.

D.D. may not be back on the job, but she is back on the hunt. Because the Rose Killer isn’t just targeting lone women, he is targeting D.D. And D.D. knows there is only one way to take him down:

Fear nothing.

There will be a book signing following the program with books provided by Lake Forest Book Store.

Jacquy Pfeiffer at Vernon Area Public Library

Jacquy Pfeiffer, co-author of The Art of French Pastry

(Knopf  $40.00, due December 3)

Tuesday December 17 at 1:00 p.m.

Vernon Area Public Library

To register call 224-543-1485

Discover the cookbook that reveals the secrets of classic French pastry with Chef Jacquy Pfeiffer, award-winning pastry chef and co-founder of the renowned French Pastry School in Chicago. Chef Pfeiffer shares experiences from a lifetime in pastry, plus demonstrate the recipe for his exquisite macarons.

What does it take to perfect a flawless éclair? A delicate yet buttery croissant? To pipe dozens of macarons? The answer is: an intimate knowledge of the fundamentals of pastry.

By teaching you how to make everything from pâte à choux to pastry cream, Pfeiffer builds on the basics until you have an understanding of the science behind the ingredients used, how they interact with one another, and what your hands have to do to transform them into pastry. 

Pastry is all about precision, so Pfeiffer presents us with an amazing wealth of information—lists of necessary equipment, charts on how ingredients react in different environments, and the precise weight of ingredients in grams, with a look at their equivalent in U.S. units—which will help you in all aspects of your cooking.

But in order to properly enjoy your “just desserts,” so to speak; you will also learn where these delicacies originated. Jacquy Pfeiffer comes from a long line of pastry chefs and has been making these recipes since he was a child working in his father’s bakery in Alsace. Sprinkled with funny, charming memories from a lifetime in pastry, this book will have you fully appreciating the hundreds of years of tradition that shaped these recipes into the classics that we know and love, and can now serve to our friends and families over and over again.

The Art of French Pastry, full of gorgeous photography and Pfeiffer’s accompanying illustrations, is a master class in pastry from a master teacher.

There will be a book signing following the program with books available for purchase from Lake Forest Book Store.

Scott Turow at Highland Park Public Library

Scott Turow, author of Identical (Grand Central  $28.00)

Monday December 2 at 7:00 p.m.

Highland Park Public Library

To register call 847-681-7031

State Senator Paul Giannis is a candidate for Mayor of Kindle County. His identical twin brother Cass is newly released from prison, 25 years after pleading guilty to the murder of his girlfriend, Dita Kronon. When Evon Miller, an ex-FBI agent who is the head of security for the Kronon family business, and private investigator Tim Brodie begin a re-investigation of Dita's death, a complex web of murder, sex, and betrayal-as only Scott Turow could weave-dramatically unfolds...

There will be a book signing following the program with books provided for sale by Lake Forest Book Store.


Brain Quest Challenge at Vernon Area Library

Workman Publishing Brain Quest Challenge

Sunday July 28 at 1:00 p.m.

Vernon Area Public Library

To register call 224-543-1486

Brain Quest will bring its fast-paced, curriculum-based question and answer game to life with a “Brain Quest Challenge” event. During the challenge, kids ages 7-12 will have the chance to flaunt their smarts by answering questions individually or as part of a team. All attendees will receive Brain Quest® themed giveaways and official challenge participation certificates. With Brain Quest, it’s Fun to Be Smart. Don’t believe us? Come see for yourself!




Jeff Shaara at Libertyville Civic Center (Cook Memorial Library Event)

Jeff Shaara, author of A Chain Of Thunder

(Ballantine Books $28.00, due May 21)

Friday May 31 at 6:30 p.m.

at Libertyville Civic Center

135 W. Church Street


Cook Memorial Library

Registration Required.

To register call 847-362-2330.

Continuing the trilogy that began with A Blaze of Glory, New York Times bestselling author Jeff Shaara returns to chronicle another decisive chapter in America’s long and bloody Civil War. In A Chain of Thunder, the action shifts to the fortress city of Vicksburg, Mississippi. There, in the vaunted “Gibraltar of the Confederacy,” a siege for the ages will cement the reputation of one Union general—and all but seal the fate of the rebel cause. 
In May 1863, after months of hard and bitter combat, Union troops under the command of Major General Ulysses S. Grant at long last successfully cross the Mississippi River. They force the remnants of Confederate Lieutenant General John C. Pemberton’s army to retreat to Vicksburg, burning the bridges over the Big Black River in its path. But after sustaining heavy casualties in two failed assaults against the rebels, Union soldiers are losing confidence and morale is low. Grant reluctantly decides to lay siege to the city, trapping soldiers and civilians alike inside an iron ring of Federal entrenchments. Ten days later, the starving and destitute Southerners finally surrender, yielding command of the Mississippi River to the Union forces on July 4—Independence Day—and marking a crucial turning point in the Civil War.
Drawing on comprehensive research and his own intimate knowledge of the Vicksburg Campaign, Jeff Shaara once again weaves brilliant fiction out of the ragged cloth of historical fact. From the command tents where generals plot strategy to the ruined mansions where beleaguered citizens huddle for safety, this is a panoramic portrait of men and women whose lives are forever altered by the siege. On one side stand the emerging legend Grant, his irascible second William T. Sherman, and the youthful “grunt” Private Fritz Bauer; on the other, the Confederate commanders Pemberton and Joseph Johnston, as well as nineteen-year-old Lucy Spence, a civilian doing her best to survive in the besieged city. By giving voice to their experiences at Vicksburg, A Chain of Thunder vividly evokes a battle whose outcome still reverberates more than 150 years after the cannons fell silent.

There will be a book signing following the program with books provided by Lake Forest Book Store.