Library Events

  • 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
  • Nelson DeMille at Stevenson High School (Vernon Area Public Library Event)

    Nelson DeMille, author of Radiant Angel

    (Grand Central Publishing $28.00, due May 26)

    Sunday June 7 at 1:00 p.m.

    Stevenson High School (Vernon Area Public Library Event)

    Tickets are $30 which includes the hardcover book and priority placement in book signing queue.

    Register at Vernon Area Public Library District

    Lake Forest Book Store in partnership with the Vernon Area Public Library, with support from Cook Memorial Public Library present New York Times Bestselling Author Nelson DeMille

    The inimitable John Corey returns from #1 New York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille in the highly anticipated RADIANT ANGEL.

    After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life.
    But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia.
    When Vasily Petrov, a colonel in the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service posing as a diplomat with the Russian U.N. Mission, mysteriously disappears from a Russian oligarch's party in Southampton, it's up to Corey to track him down. What are the Russians up to and why? Is there a possible nuclear threat, a so-called radiant angel? Will Corey find Petrov and put a stop to whatever he has planned before it's too late? Or will Corey finally be outrun and outsmarted, with America facing the prospect of a crippling attack unlike anything it's ever seen before?
    Prescient and chilling. DeMille's new novel takes us into the heart of a new Cold War with a clock-ticking plot that has Manhattan in its crosshairs.

    Nelson DeMille is a former U.S. Army lieutenant who served in Vietnam and is the author of eighteen acclaimed novels, including the #1 "New York Times" bestsellers "Night Fall, Plum Island, The Gate House, The Lion," and "The Panther." His other "New York Times" bestsellers include "The Charm School, Word of Honor, The Gold Coast, Spencerville, The Lion's Game, Up Country, Wild Fire," and "The General's Daughter," the last of which was a major motion picture.
     

    Event date: 
    Sunday, June 7, 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
    Event address: 
    Stevenson High School, West Auditorium
    One Stevenson Drive
    Lincolnshire, IL 60069
  • Annie Barrows at Cook Park Library

    Annie Barrows, author of The Truth According to Us

    (Dial Press $28.00, due June 9)

    Tuesday June 16 at 7:00 p.m.

    Register at Cook Memorial Public Library District 847-362-2330

    Author Annie Barrows discusses her new book that illuminates the power of loyalty and forgiveness, memory and truth, and the courage it takes to do what's right.


    Annie Barrows once again evokes the charm and eccentricity of a small town filled with extraordinary characters. Her new novel, The Truth According to Us, brings to life an inquisitive young girl, her beloved aunt, and the alluring visitor who changes the course of their destiny forever.
    In the summer of 1938, Layla Beck's father, a United States senator, cuts off her allowance and demands that she find employment on the Federal Writers' Project, a New Deal jobs program. Within days, Layla finds herself far from her accustomed social whirl, assigned to cover the history of the remote mill town of Macedonia, West Virginia, and destined, in her opinion, to go completely mad with boredom. But once she secures a room in the home of the unconventional Romeyn family, she is drawn into their complex world and soon discovers that the truth of the town is entangled in the thorny past of the Romeyn dynasty.


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

    Event date: 
    Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
    Event address: 
    Cook Park Library
    413 N. Milwaukee Ave.
    Libertyville, IL 60048
  • 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
  • Jenny Milchman at Warren Newport Public Library

    Jenny Milchman, author of As Night Falls

    (Ballantine Books $26.00, due June 30)

    Thursday July 16 at 2:00 p.m.

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

    From the acclaimed author of "Ruin Falls" and "Cover of Snow" comes a breathless new novel of psychological suspense about a dark, twisted turn of events that could shatter a family.
    Sandy Tremont has always tried to give her family everything. But, as the sky darkens over the Adirondacks and a heavy snowfall looms, an escaped murderer with the power to take it all away draws close.

    There will be a book signing following the program with books provided by Lake Forest Book Store.
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    Event date: 
    Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
    Event address: 
    Warren-Newport Public Library
    224 N. O'Plaine Road
    Gurnee, IL 60031
  • Rebecca Rotert at Vernon Area Public Library

    Rebecca Rotert, author of Last Night at the Blue Angel

    (William Morrow and Company $14.99)

    Thursday July 23 at 7:00 p.m.

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

    Hear author Rebecca Rotert in conversation with book reviewer and popular book club facilitator Judy Levin as they discuss Vernon Area Public Library's summer reading selected book, Last Night at the Blue Angel.

    Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s Chicago jazz scene, a stylish literary debut about a talented but troubled singer, her precocious ten-year-old daughter, and their heartbreaking relationship.

     Part stylish period piece, part heartbreaking family drama, it's a vivid page-turner--and the major debut of an extraordinary new writer.

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

    Event date: 
    Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
    Event address: 
    Vernon Area Public Library District
    300 Olde Half Day Road
    Lincolnshire, IL 60069
  • 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
  • Mary Kubica at Cook Park Library

    Mary Kubica, author of Pretty Baby

    (Mira Books $24.95 July 28)

    Thursday August 20 at 7:00 p.m.

    Register at Cook Memorial Public Library District or call 847-362-2330

    A chance encounter sparks an unrelenting web of lies in this stunning new psychological thriller from national bestselling author Mary Kubica.
    She sees the teenage girl on the train platform, standing in the pouring rain, clutching an infant in her arms. She boards a train and is whisked away. But she can't get the girl out of her head...
    Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: she works for a nonprofit, takes in stray cats. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow.

    Mary Kubica holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children and enjoys photography, gardening and caring for the animals at a local shelter. THE GOOD GIRL is her first novel.

    Event date: 
    Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
    Event address: 
    Cook Park Library
    413 N. Milwaukee Ave.
    Libertyville, IL 60048