Author Events

  • LUNCHEON WITH LOCAL AUTHOR SHELLEY JOHNSTONE-PASCHKE & CO-AUTHOR KIMBERLY SCHLEGE WHITMAN AT LAKE FOREST BOOK STORE

    Join the staff of Lake Forest Book Store for Lunch  with Shelley Johnstone-Paschke and Kimberly Schlegel Whitman celebrating their new book commemorating familial inspired tables and entertaining styles of 34 tastemasters.

    A LOVING TABLE: CREATING MEMORABLE GATHERINGS
    Gibbs Smith  $55.00  Released April 19, 2022
     
    Wednesday, May 25, 2022  11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
    at Onwentsia Club
    300 Green Bay Rd
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
     

    Ticket price $110 to include lunch and a  copy of the book

    Seating is limited so RSVP early at 847-234-4420

    Thirty style-setting women pay tribute to how their mothers and grandmothers have influenced their own styles of entertaining at home. Whether they proudly incorporate recipes passed down from a grandmother's collection or follow a mother's lessons for making guests feel comfortable, it is clear that family role models have had a strong influence. Blending inherited dinnerware or decorative pieces in their modern tables is also big in the way women embrace their heritage for entertaining. From formal to casual occasions, city to country, and grand to intimate, indoor and outdoor tables beautifully designed tell a story about how these women host guests at their tables. Each style maker shares tips and lessons in entertaining that she learned from the women in her life.

    Shelley Johnstone Paschke, owner of her eponymous design firm, has been nationally recognized for her elegant European-influenced Interiors with a fresh modern twist. Her work has been featured in House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Chicago Magazine, Luxe, The New York Times, ArchDigest.com, Veranda.com, and Tory Daily. In addition, she has been named to the Luxe "Gold" List multiple times and recognized as a "Next Wave" interior designer by House Beautiful. Shelley and her team have worked on projects from Rhode Island to Florida, London, Dallas, and Chicago. Shelley lives in Lake Forest, Illinois.

    Kimberly Schlegel Whitman has developed her extraordinary talent for hosting parties into an entrepreneurial empire, from her luxury event rental business (sold in 2006) to a line of monogrammable linens and party napkins (sold in 2018). She is the author of eight books on entertaining, her most recent being Parties Around a Punch Bowl and Monnograms for the Home. She designed a specialty line of summer clothing for Dillard's in 2021 and 2022. Kimberly lives in Dallas.

    Event date: 
    Wednesday, May 25, 2022 - 11:30am to 1:30pm
    Event address: 
    Lake Forest Book Store
    662 N. Western Ave.
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • LUNCHEON WITH AUTHOR MARY LAURA PHILPOTT AT THE ONWENTSIA CLUB

    Join us for lunch and conversation at the Onwentsia Club as the Lake Forest Book Store hosts best-selling author Mary Laura Philpott with her recently published memoir.

    BOMB SHELTER: LOVE, TIME AND OTHER EXPLOSIVES

    Atria Books  $27.00  Released April 12, 2022

    Thursday, June 23, 2022 11:30AM to 1:30PM
    at the Onwentsia Club
    300 Green Bay Rd
    Lake Forest, IL 60045

    $85 ticketed event includes lunch and a copy of the book.

    Space is limited, so RSVP at 847-234-4420

     

    From the bestselling author of I Miss You When I Blink comes a poignant and powerful new memoir that tackles the big questions of life, death, and existential fear with humor and hope. A lifelong worrier, Philpott always kept an eye out for danger, a habit that only intensified when she became a parent. But she looked on the bright side, too, believing that as long as she cared enough, she could keep her loved ones safe. Then, in the dark of one quiet, pre-dawn morning, she woke abruptly to a terrible sound--and found her teenage son unconscious on the floor. In the aftermath of a crisis that darkened her signature sunny spirit, she wondered: If this happened, what else could happen? And how do any of us keep going when we can't know for sure what's coming next? Leave it to the writer whose critically acclaimed debut had us "laughing and crying on the same page" (NPR) to illuminate what it means to move through life with a soul made of equal parts anxiety and optimism (and while she's at it, to ponder the mysteries of backyard turtles and the challenges of spatchcocking a turkey). Hailed by The Washington Post as "Nora Ephron, Erma Bombeck, Jean Kerr, and Laurie Colwin all rolled into one," Philpott returns in her distinctive voice to explore our protective instincts, the ways we continue to grow up long after we're grown, and the limits--both tragic and hilarious--of the human body and mind.

     

    Mary Laura Philpott, nationally bestselling author of I Miss You When I Blink and Bomb Shelter, writes essays and memoirs that examine the overlap of the absurd and the profound in everyday life. Her writing has been featured by The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and The Atlantic, among many other publications. A former bookseller, she also hosted an interview program on Nashville Public Television for several years. Mary Laura lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her family.

    Event date: 
    Thursday, June 23, 2022 - 11:30am to 1:30pm
    Event address: 
    Onwentsia Club
    300 Green Bay Road
    Lake Forest, IL 60045