Library Events

  • Mary Doria Russell at Warren-Newport Public Library

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

    (Ecco Press $27.99, due March 3)

    Tuesday March 3 at 7:00 p.m.

    Register online at Warren-Newport Public Library

    Mary Doria Russell 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.

    Event date: 
    Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
    Event address: 
    Warren-Newport Public Library
    224 N. O'Plaine Road
    Gurnee, IL 60031
  • Daniel Bolger at Warren-Newport Public LIbrary

    Daniel Bolger, author of Why We Lost: A General's Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars

    (Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $28.00)

    Saturday March 7 at 2:00 p.m.

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

    DANIEL P. BOLGER completed thirty-five years in the U.S. Army, retiring as a lieutenant general in 2013. He graduated from The Citadel and earned his master's degree and doctorate from the University of Chicago. He commanded the Coalition Military Assistance Training Team in Iraq in 2005-06, 1st Cavalry Division in Baghdad in 2009-10, and NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan in 2011-13. His military awards include five Bronze Star medals (one for valor) and the Combat Action Badge.

    A high-ranking general's gripping insider account of the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and how it all went wrong.

    Over a thirty-five-year career, Daniel Bolger rose through the army infantry to become a three-star general, commanding in both theaters of the U.S. campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. He participated in meetings with top-level military and civilian players, where strategy was made and managed. At the same time, he regularly carried a rifle alongside rank-and-file soldiers in combat actions, unusual for a general. Now, as a witness to all levels of military command, Bolger offers a unique assessment of these wars, from 9/11 to the final withdrawal from the region. Writing with hard-won experience and unflinching honesty, Bolger makes the firm case that in Iraq and in Afghanistan, we lost -- but we didn't have to. Intelligence was garbled. Key decision makers were blinded by spreadsheets or theories. And, at the root of our failure, we never really understood our enemy. "Why We Lost" is a timely, forceful, and compulsively readable account of these wars from a fresh and authoritative perspective.

    Event date: 
    Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 2:00pm
    Event address: 
    Warren-Newport Public Library
    224 N. O'Plaine Road
    Gurnee, IL 60031
  • Renee Rosen at Vernon Area Public Library District

    Renee Rosen, author of What the Lady Wants: A Novel of Marshall Field and the Gilded Age

    (New American Library $15.00)

    Thursday March 19, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.

    Register online at Vernon Area Public Library District

    Renee Rosen is the author of "Dollface" and the young adult novel, "Every Crooked Pot." She lives in Chicago where she is at work on a new novel.

    A fictional biography of the "Merchant Prince" Marshall Field, told from the point of view of his mistress Delia "Dell" Spencer, daughter of Franklin Spencer, one of Chicago's wealthiest purveyors of dry goods. Marshall Field was a visionary retail tycoon who made his fortune wooing women customers with his famous motto: ""Give the lady what she wants." "His legendary charm also won the heart of socialite Delia Spencer and led to an infamous love affair.
    The night of the Great Fire, as seventeen-year-old Delia watches the flames rise and consume what was the pioneer town of Chicago, she can't imagine how much her life, her city, and her whole world are about to change. Nor can she guess that the agent of that change will not simply be the fire, but more so the man she meets that night....

    "Set against the backdrop of the great Chicago fire, the rebuilding and resurgence of the city, and the ensuing excesses of the Gilded Age, this historical novel has all the requisite features of an irresistible page-turner." - Booklist

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

     

    Event date: 
    Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 1:00pm
    Event address: 
    Vernon Area Public Library District
    300 Olde Half Day Road
    Lincolnshire, IL 60069
  • Erik Larson at Warren-Newport Public Library

    Erik Larson, author of Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

    (Crown Publishing Group (NY) $28.00, due March 10)

    Wednesday April 8 at 1:00 p.m.

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

    Erik Larson is the author of four national bestsellers: "In the Garden of Beasts," "Thunderstruck," "The Devil in the White City," and "Isaac's Storm," which have collectively sold more than 5.5 million copies. His books have been published in seventeen countries.

    "When veteran captain William Thomas Turner accepted the pinnacle position within Cunard Steamship Company, commander of the RMS "Lusitania", he never imagined the danger that lay ahead. The liner's final voyage is told by intertwining narratives of Turner with those of notable passengers such as Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat, trailblazing architect Theodate Pope, and suffragette Margaret Mackworth. Hardest to shake are descriptions of impulsive Captain Schwieger and his disheveled German crewmates torpedoing vessels, reveling in the shrill of explosions; and imposing British spymaster Blinker Hall stealthily monitoring Schwieger's U-20 as it discreetly, or so it thought, hunted targets. Rounding out the primary cast are a trio of political players: an ambitious Kaiser Wilhelm, a disciplined Winston Churchill, and an infatuated (and ergo distracted) Woodrow Wilson. Using archives on both sides of the Atlantic, Larson describes the "Lusitania"'s ominous delayed departure and its distressing reduced speed. He vividly illustrates how these foreboding factors led to terror, tragedy, and ultimately the Great War." - Library Journal

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

     

    Event date: 
    Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 1:00pm
    Event address: 
    Warren-Newport Public Library
    224 O'Plaine Road
    Gurnee, IL 60031
  • Elizabeth Berg at Warren-Newport Public Library

    Elizabeth Berg, author of The Dream Lover

    (Random House $28.00, due April 14)

    Tuesday April 14 at 7:00 p.m.

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

    Refreshments will be served.

    Elizabeth Berg is the author of twenty one novels, including Once Upon a Time, There Was You, The Last Time I Saw You, Home Safe, Dream When You're Feeling Blue, and The Year of Pleasures. Durable Goods and Joy School were selected as ALA Best Books of the Year, and Talk Before Sleep was shortlisted for the ABBY Award in 1996. The winner of the 1997 New England Booksellers Association Award for her body of work, Berg lives near Chicago.

    "New York Times " bestselling author Elizabeth Berg has written a lush historical novel based on the sensuous Parisian life of the nineteenth-century writer George Sand.
    At the beginning of this powerful novel, we meet Aurore Dupin as she is leaving her estranged husband, a loveless marriage, and her family's estate in the French countryside to start a new life in Paris. There, she gives herself a new name--George Sand--and pursues her dream of becoming a writer, embracing an unconventional and even scandalous lifestyle.
    Paris in the nineteenth-century comes vividly alive, illuminated by the story of the loves, passions, and fierce struggles of a woman who defied the confines of society. Sand's many lovers and friends include Frederic Chopin, Gustave Flaubert, Franz Liszt, Eugene Delacroix, Victor Hugo, Marie Dorval, and Alfred de Musset. As Sand welcomes fame and friendship, she fights to overcome heartbreak and prejudice, failure and loss. Though considered the most gifted genius of her time, she works to reconcile the pain of her childhood, of disturbing relationships with her mother and daughter, and of her intimacies with women and men. Will the life she longs for always be just out of reach--a dream?

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

     

     

    Event date: 
    Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 7:00pm
    Event address: 
    Warren-Newport Public Library
    224 N. O'Plaine Road
    Gurnee, IL 60031
  • 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