Library Events

  • Anupy Singla at Vernon Area Public Library District

    Anupy Singla, author of Indian For Everyone: The Home Cook's Guide to Traditional Favorites
     

    (Surrey $35.00)
     

    Sunday May 3 at 1:00 p.m.
     

    Register at Vernon Area Public Library District or call 847-634-3650

    Indian for Everyone is the third book by Anupy Singla, by far her most stunning and comprehensive offering yet. Singla is America's favorite authority on Indian home cooking, and her expertise with delicious, healthful recipes has endeared her to fans everywhere. This new book opens up the true simplicity and flavor of Indian food for anyone, regardless of dietary restrictions or familiarity. Her recipes feature popular favorites, regional specialties, and--unlike any other Indian cookbook--alternative preparation styles for every recipe. Included are quick-and-easy adaptations for making a meal vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free, or even in the slow cooker. Beginners appreciate the book's step-by-step instructions, while veteran home cooks now have a reference point for family favorites, including little-known instructions and standard cook times. With deeply personal, detailed stories behind these recipes, readers see how healthy cooking connected Singla's family through many generations and disparate cultural heritages. More than the next great Indian cookbook, this is the next great American cookbook -- sure to become a staple of every family's collection.

     

    Event date: 
    Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
    Event address: 
    Vernon Area Public Library District
    300 Olde Half Day Road
    Lincolnshire, IL 60069
  • Jan-Philipp Sendker at Cook Park Library

    Jan-Philipp Sendker, author of Whispering Shadows

    (Atria / 37 Ink $25.99, due April 14)

    Monday May 11 at 7:00 p.m.

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

    Jan-Philipp Sendker, born in Hamburg in 1960, was the American correspondent for Stern from 1990 to 1995, and its Asian correspondent from 1995 to 1999. In 2000 he published Cracks in the Wall, a nonfiction book about China. The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, his first novel, was an international bestseller. He lives in Berlin with his family.

    The first in a suspenseful new trilogy by the internationally bestselling author of The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, this gripping story follows a retired expat journalist in contemporary China who tries to crack a murder case as he battles his own personal demons.
    American expat Paul Leibovitz was once an ambitious advisor, dedicated father, and loving husband. But after living for nearly thirty years in Hong Kong, personal tragedy strikes and Paul's marriage unravels in the fallout.
    Now Paul is living as a recluse on an outlying island of Hong Kong. When he makes a fleeting connection with Elizabeth, a distressed American woman on the verge of collapse, his life is thrown into turmoil. Less than twenty-four hours later, Elizabeth's son is found dead in Shenzhen, and Paul, invigorated by a newfound purpose, sets out to investigate the murder on his own.

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

    Event date: 
    Monday, May 11, 2015 - 7:00pm
    Event address: 
    Cook Park Library
    413 N. Milwaukee Ave.
    Libertyville, IL 60048
  • Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke at Warren-Newport Public Library

    Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke, authors of The Status of All Things

    (Washington Square Press $15.00, due June 2)

    Wednesday June 3 at 7:00 p.m.

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

    Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke have been best friends for twenty-five years and survived high school and college together. Liz lives in San Diego with her husband and two children. Lisa, a former talk show producer, now lives in Chicago with her husband, daughter, and two bonus children.

    Kate is a 35-year-old social media obsessed woman, who, after being jilted at her rehearsal dinner, discovers she can change her life by what she writes in her Facebook status. Heartbroken and confused over why she was left, she wishes to go back in time--to before her fiance Max, broke things off-- so she can try to save their relationship. Because it turns out, the reason Max ended their engagement has a lot to do with Kate's close friend and co-worker, Courtney. Kate, with all of the power at her finger tips, continuously writes status updates to try keep them apart, but for reasons she doesn't understand, she ends up pushing them together over and over again. And she starts to wonder if it's even possible to literally re-write fate.

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

     

    Event date: 
    Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 7:00pm
    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 The Summer Wind (Lowcountry Summer Trilogy)

    (Gallery Books $16.00)

    Thursday June 25 at 1:00 p.m.

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

    This heartwarming women's fiction series from beloved New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe centers on Marietta Colson Muir, a dowager of Charleston society who has retired to her historic summer home on Sullivan's Island called Conquest, and her three granddaughters Carson, Eudora, and Harper. It's summer once again on idyllic Sullivan's Island, but Eudora, or Dora as she's affectionately called by her family, is feeling anything but perfect. With a perpetually withdrawn son and an impending divorce, the pressure is just too much to handle, and Dora cracks, suffering what the doctors are calling 'Broken Heart' syndrome. Mamaw, Lucille, Harper, and Carson all rally around Dora to support her and nurse her back to health--however, it seems Dora isn't the only one falling apart this summer. Between Lucille's health scare and an unexpected surprise that has Carson reconsidering her life's direction, it looks like all the women of Sullivan's Island could use some TLC. When Sullivan's is hit with a tropical storm, it will be up to the three sisters to band together and weather the tempest together--both the one outside their windows, and the raging sea of emotions within each one of them.

    New York Times best-selling author Mary Alice Monroe is the author of The Beach House, Skyward, Sweetgrass, Swimming Lessons, Time Is a River, Last Light over Carolina, The Butterfly's Daughter, and other books.

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

    Event date: 
    Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
    Event address: 
    Warren-Newport Public Library
    224 N. O'Plaine Road
    Gurnee, IL 60031
  • Rebecca Makkai at Highland Park Public Library

    Rebecca Makkai, author of Music for Wartime: Stories

    (Viking $26.95, due June 23)

    Wednesday August 12 at 10:30 a.m.

    Register at Highland Park Public LIbrary at 847-432-0216

    A spellbinding short story collection from a master of the form, the acclaimed author of The Hundred-Year House.
    Rebecca Makkai's first two novels, The Borrower  and The Hundred-Year House have established her as one of the freshest and most imaginative voices in fiction. Now, the acclaimed writer returns with a highly anticipated collection of short stories marked with her signature mix of intelligence, wit, and heart.

    A reality show producer manipulates two contestants into falling in love, while her own relationship falls apart. Just after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a young boy has a revelation about his father's past when a renowned Romanian violinist plays a concert in their home. In an unnamed country, a composer records the folk songs of two women from a village on the brink of destruction.
    Makkai has been anthologized four times in The Best American Short Stories as well as The Best American Nonrequired Reading. These wide-ranging and deeply moving stories--some inspired by her family history--will delight her many fans.

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

     

    Event date: 
    Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
    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 and Stacey Ballis, authors of I Regret Nothing: A Memoir and Recipe for Disaster

    (New American Library $26.95, Berkley Books $16.00)

    Saturday August 15 at 2:00 p.m.

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

    I Regret Nothing: A Memoir

    "How one woman tackled some of the things on her mid-40s bucket list. For fans of Lancaster's (Twisted Sisters, 2014, etc.) particular brand of humor, she's back in full swing with another memoir full of embarrassing moments, comments about her size and weight, and general midlife-crisis events triggered by realizing she has turned 46 and should create a list of things to accomplish before she dies. "- Kirkus Reviews

    Recipe for Disaster

    To an outside observer, Anneke Stroudt is a mess--her shirts are stained, her fingernails stubby, her language colorful. But, despite her flaws, Anneke's life is close to perfect. She has a beautiful historic house to restore and a loving fiance who cooks like a dream.
    Until Anneke's charmed existence falls apart when she loses both her job and her future husband in one terrible day. In need of a new start, she packs up her disgruntled schnauzer and moves into her half-finished home, where she throws her pent-up frustration--and what little savings she has--into finishing the renovation.

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

    Event date: 
    Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
    Event address: 
    Warren-Newport Public Library
    224 N. O'Plaine Road
    Gurnee, IL 60031