Author Events

  • Author Luncheon with Jill Santopolo at The Deer Path Inn

    The staff of Lake Forest Book Store welcomes author Jill Santopolo for lunch and presentation of her new novel at The Deer Path Inn

    G. P. Putnum's Son  Releases February 5, 2019
    Thursday February 7, 2019 at 11:30 AM
    at The Deer Path Inn
    225 East Illinois Road

    Lake Forest, IL 60645

    $55 includes lunch and book

    Reservations required, call 847-234-4420

    From the New York Times bestselling author of The Light We Lost comes a tender and moving new novel about a woman at a crossroads after the death of her father, and caught between the love of two men. Nina has always known who she's supposed to be. But is that who she truly is?  Nina Gregory has always been a good daughter. Raised by her father, owner of New York City's glamorous Gregory Hotels, Nina was taught that family, reputation, and legacy are what matter most. And Tim--her devoted boyfriend and best friend since childhood--feels the same. But when Nina's father dies, he leaves behind a secret that shocks Nina to her core. As her world falls apart, Nina begins to see the men in her life--her father, her boyfriend, and unexpectedly, her boss, Rafael--in a new light. Soon Nina finds herself caught between the world she loves, and a passion that could upend everything. More Than Words is a heartbreaking and romantic novel about grief, loss, love, and self-discovery, and how we choose which life we are meant to live.

    Jill Santopolo received a BA in English literature from Columbia University and an MFA in writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She's the author of three successful children's and young-adult series and works as the Associate Publisher of Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group. Santopolo travels the world to speak about writing and storytelling. She is the author of The Light We Lost, a national and international bestseller that has been translated into more than thirty languages. More Than Words is her second novel for adults. She lives in New York City.

    Author Photo Credit to Charles Grantham

    Event date: 
    Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 11:30am to 1:30pm
    Event address: 
    The Deer Path Inn
    255 East Illinois Road
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • Novelist Liam Callanan at Lake Forest Book Store

    Join us in welcoming author Liam Callanan as he celebrates the paperback release of his newest novel.


    Dutton Books  $16.00   Paperback Releases January 15, 2019

    Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 6 PM

    at Lake Forest Book Store

    Books available for purchase and signing

    Seating is limited, so register at 847-234-4420

    Refreshments will be served 

    A missing person, a grieving family, a curious clue: a half-finished manuscript set in Paris. When eccentric novelist Robert Eady abruptly vanishes, he leaves behind his wife, Leah, their daughters, and, hidden in an unexpected spot, plane tickets to Paris.  Hoping to uncover clues--and her husband--Leah sets off for France with her girls. Upon their arrival, she discovers an unfinished manuscript, one Robert had been writing without her knowledge . . . and that he had set in Paris. The Eady girls follow the path of the manuscript to a small, floundering English-language bookstore whose weary proprietor is eager to sell. Leah finds herself accepting the offer on the spot. As the family settles into their new Parisian life, they trace the literary paths of some beloved Parisian classics, including Madeline and The Red Balloon, hoping more clues arise. But a series of startling discoveries forces Leah to consider that she may not be ready for what solving this mystery might do to her family--and the Paris she thought she knew. Charming, haunting, and triumphant, Paris by the Book follows one woman's journey as she writes her own story, exploring the power of family and the magic that hides within the pages of a book.

    Liam Callanan is a novelist, teacher, and journalist, whose first novel, The Cloud Atlas, was a finalist for an Edgar Award. Winner of the George W. Hunt, S.J., Prize for Excellence in Journalism, Arts and Letters, Liam has published in the Wall Street Journal, Slate, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the San Francisco Chronicle, and has recorded numerous essays for public radio. He's taught for the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and he lives in Wisconsin with his wife and daughters.

    Author Photo Credit to Patrick Manning

    Event date: 
    Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
    Event address: 
    Lake Forest Book Store
    662 N. Western Ave.
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • Author Luncheon with Lisa See at Froggy's

    Join us as we welcome Lisa See, the New York TImes bestselling author of the Tea Girl of Humberbird Lane as she celebrates her newest novel


    Scribner Book Company,  Releases March 5, 2019

    Wednesday,  March 13, 2019 at 11:30

    at Froggy's French Cafe
    306 Green Bay Road

    Highwood, IL 60640

    $65 includes lunch and book

    Space is limited and reservations are required.

    Call 847-234-4420

    A new novel from Lisa See, the New York Times bestselling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, about female friendship and family secrets on a small Korean island.

    Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju, are best friends that come from very different backgrounds. When they are old enough, they begin working in the sea with their village's all-female diving collective, led by Young-sook's mother. As the girls take up their positions as baby divers, they know they are beginning a life of excitement and responsibility but also danger.

    Despite their love for each other, Mi-ja and Young-sook's differences are impossible to ignore. The Island of Sea Women is an epoch set over many decades, beginning during a period of Japanese colonialism in the 1930s and 1940s, followed by World War II, the Korean War and its aftermath, through the era of cell phones and wet suits for the women divers. Throughout this time, the residents of Jeju find themselves caught between warring empires. Mi-ja is the daughter of a Japanese collaborator, and she will forever be marked by this association. Young-sook was born into a long line of haenyeo and will inherit her mother's position leading the divers in their village. Little do the two friends know that after surviving hundreds of dives and developing the closest of bonds, forces outside their control will push their friendship to the breaking point.

    This beautiful, thoughtful novel illuminates a world turned upside down, one where the women are in charge, engaging in dangerous physical work, and the men take care of the children. A classic Lisa See story--one of women's friendships and the larger forces that shape them-- The Island of Sea Women introduces readers to the fierce and unforgettable female divers of Jeju Island and the dramatic history that shaped their lives.

    Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of The Island of Sea WomenThe Tea Girl of Hummingbird LaneSnow Flower and the Secret FanPeony in LoveShanghai GirlsChina Dolls, and Dreams of Joy, which debuted at #1. She is also the author of On Gold Mountain, which tells the story of her Chinese American family's settlement in Los Angeles. See was the recipient of the Golden Spike Award from the Chinese Historical Association of Southern California and the History Maker's Award from the Chinese American Museum. She was also named National Woman of the Year by the Organization of Chinese American Women.

    Author photo credit to Patricia Williams


    Event date: 
    Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 11:30am to 1:30pm
    Event address: 
    Froggy's French Cafe
    306 Green Bay Road
    Highwood, IL 60040
  • Author Luncheon with Renee Rosen at The Deer Path Inn

    Join author Renee Rosen for lunch at The Deer Path Inn as she presents her newest book release.


    Berkley Books, Releases April 30, 2019

    Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 11:30AM

     at The Deer Path Inn
    255 East Illinois Street

    Lake Forest, IL 60045

    $55 includes lunch and book

    Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call 847-234-4420

    Mad Men meets The Devil Wears Prada as Renée Rosen draws readers into the glamorous New York City of 1965 and Cosmopolitan magazine, where a brazen new editor-in-chief--Helen Gurley Brown--shocks America and saves a dying publication by daring to talk to women about all things off-limits...

    New York City is filled with opportunities for single girls like Alice Weiss, who leaves her small midwestern town to chase her big-city dreams and unexpectedly lands the job of a lifetime working for the first female editor-in-chief ofCosmopolitan magazine, Helen Gurley Brown.

    Nothing could have prepared Alice for the world she enters as editors and writers resign on the spot, refusing to work for the woman who wrote the scandalous bestseller Sex and the Single Girl, and confidential memos, article ideas, and cover designs keep finding their way into the wrong hands. When someone tries to pull Alice into a scheme to sabotage her boss, she is more determined than ever to help Helen succeed. While pressure mounts at the magazine and Alice struggles to make her way in New York, she quickly learns that in Helen Gurley Brown's world, a woman can demand to have it all.

    Renée Rosen is the author of Windy City BluesWhite Collar GirlWhat the Lady Wants, and Dollface, as well as the young adult novel Every Crooked Pot

    Author photo credit to Charles Osgood

    Event date: 
    Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 11:30am to 1:30pm
    Event address: 
    The Deer Path Inn
    255 East Illinois Road
    Lake Forest, IL 60045