Library Events

  • Lunch with Delia Ephron at Cook Park Library

    Delia Ephron, author of Siracusa

    (Blue Rider Press $26.00, due July 12)

    Friday July 29 at 12:30 p.m.

    Register at Cook Park Library or call 847-362-2330

    Optional box lunches for $8 from the Picnic Basket. Visit the library by July 21 to order and pay.

    Join us for box lunches with critically acclaimed author Delia Ephron where she will discuss her seductive new novel.

    An electrifying novel about marriage and deceit from bestselling author Delia Ephron that follows two couples on vacation in Siracusa, a town on the coast of Sicily, where the secrets they have hidden from one another are exposed and relationships are unraveled. With her inimitable psychological astuteness and uncanny understanding of the human heart, Ephron delivers a powerful meditation on marriage, friendship, and the meaning of travel. Set on the sun-drenched coast of the Ionian Sea, Siracusa unfolds with the pacing of a psychological thriller and delivers an unexpected final act that none will see coming.

    Delia Ephron is a novelist and screenwriter. Her most recent book, Frannie in Pieces, received four starred reviews, was a Book Sense Pick, and was named to the New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age list. She is also the author of Big City Eyes, Hanging Up, and How to Eat Like a Child. Her screenwriting credits include The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, You've Got Mail, Bewitched, Hanging Up, and Michael. She lives in New York City with her husband and their dog, Honey Pansy Cornflower Bernice Mambo Kass.

    Event date: 
    Friday, July 29, 2016 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm
    Event address: 
    Cook Park Library
    413 N. Milwaukee Ave.
    Libertyville, IL 60048
  • John Mayer at Highland Park Public Library

    John Mayer, author of Steppenwolf Theatre Company of Chicago: In Their Own Words

    (Methuen Publishing $94.00 hardcover, $29.95 paperback, due Aug. 11)

    Thursday August 11 at 7:00 p.m.

    Highland Park Public Library at 847-432-0216

    In 1974, a group of determined, young high school actors started doing plays under the name of Steppenwolf Theatre Company, eventually taking residence in the basement of a church in Highland Park, a suburb of Chicago. Thus began their unlikely journey to become one of the most prominent theatre companies in the world.

    Steppenwolf Theatre Company has changed the face of American Theatre with its innovative approach that blends dynamic ensemble performance, honest, straightforward acting, and bold, thought-provoking stories to create compelling theatre.

    This is the first book to chronicle this iconic theatre company, offering an account of its early years and development, its work, and the methodologies that have made it one of the most influential ensemble theatres today.

    Through extensive, in-depth interviews conducted by the author with ensemble members, this book reveals the story of Steppenwolf's miraculous rise from basement to Broadway and beyond.

    John Mayer was a high-school classmate of Jeff Perry and Gary Sinise, two of the founding members of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. He is Chair of the Theatre Department at California State University, Stanislaus in Turlock, California, USA.

    Event date: 
    Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
    Event address: 
    Highland Park Public Library
    494 Laurel Ave.
    Highland Park, IL 60035
  • Jen Lancaster and Stacey Ballis at Warren-Newport Public Library

    Jen Lancaster, author of By the Numbers

    (New American Library $27.00, due June 21)

    Stacey Ballis, author of Wedding Girl

    (Berkley Books, $16.00, due May 3)

    Saturday August 13 at 2:00 p.m.

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

    By the Numbers

    The New York Times bestselling author of The Best of Enemies serves up a hilarious new novel of the "sandwich generation."

    A former vice president at an investor relations firm, Jen Lancaster is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve previous books The Best of Enemies; I Regret Nothing; Twisted Sisters; The Tao of Martha; Here I Go Again; Jeneration X; If You Were Here; My Fair Lazy; Pretty in Plaid; Such a Pretty Fat; Bright Lights, Big Ass; Bitter Is the New Black).

    Wedding Girl

    "You've Got Mail" meets "Julie & Julia" in the new foodie fiction from the author of Recipe for Disaster.

    Stacey Ballis is the author of nine foodie novels. She was an educator for more than fifteen years in Chicago, including teaching high school English in the Chicago Public Schools and serving as director of education and community programs for Goodman Theatre for seven seasons, before pursuing a full-time career in writing and consulting.


    Event date: 
    Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
    Event address: 
    Warren-Newport Public Library
    224 N. O'Plaine Road
    Gurnee, IL 60031
  • Mary Alice Monroe at Warren-Newport Public Library

    Mary Alice Monroe, author of A Lowcountry Christmas

    (Gallery Books $19.99, due October 25)

    Tuesday November 22 at 7:00 p.m.

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

    A wounded warrior and his younger brother discover the true meaning of Christmas in this timeless story of family bonds. A poignant continuation of the Lowcountry Summer series.

    Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels. Her books have received numerous awards. An active conservationist, she lives in the lowcountry of South Carolina.

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

    Event date: 
    Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
    Event address: 
    Warren-Newport Public Library
    224 N. O'Plaine Road
    Gurnee, IL 60031