Author Events

  • AREA AUTHOR CHRISTINA CLANCY AT LAKE FOREST BOOK STOIRE

    Join the staff at Lake Forest Book Store as we celebrate the return of In-house author events as we host area author Christina Clancy as she presents her second novel  entitled "Shoulder Season"

    SHOULDER SEASON by Christina Clancy
    St. Martin's Press (July 6, 2021) $27.99
     
    Wednesday, September 29, 2021
    6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    at Lake Forest Book Store

    Books available for purchase and signing

    Register for this free event at 847-234-4420

    Refreshments will be served.

    A dazzling portrait of a young woman coming into her own, the youthful allure of sex, drugs, and rock and roll, and what we lose—and gain—when we leave home.

    The small town of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin is an unlikely location for a Playboy Resort, and nineteen-year old Sherri Taylor is an unlikely bunny. Growing up in neighboring East Troy, Sherri plays the organ at the local church and has never felt comfortable in her own skin. But when her parents die in quick succession, she leaves the only home she’s ever known for the chance to be part of a glamorous slice of history. In the winter of 1981, in a costume two sizes too small, her toes pinched by stilettos, Sherri joins the daughters of dairy farmers and factory workers for the defining experience of her life.

    Living in the “bunny hutch”—Playboy’s version of a college dorm—Sherri gets her education in the joys of sisterhood, the thrill of financial independence, the magic of first love, and the heady effects of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. But as spring gives way to summer, Sherri finds herself caught in a romantic triangle—and the tragedy that ensues will haunt her for the next forty years.

    From the Midwestern prairie to the California desert, from Wisconsin lakes to the Pacific Ocean, this is a story of what happens when small town life is sprinkled with stardust, and what we lose—and gain—when we leave home. With a heroine to root for and a narrative to get lost in, Shoulder Season is a sexy, evocative tale, drenched in longing and desire, that captures a fleeting moment in American history with nostalgia and heart.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR: In addition to writing, Christina Clance teaches spin classes (the sweating, not the weaving kind) and taught English at Beloit College for almost a decade. Her short stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times "Modern Love" column, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Sun Magazine, and in literary journals like Glimmer Train Stories, Hobart, Pleiades, The Minnesota Review and on Wisconsin Public Radio. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband and her two children, Olivia and Tim.

    Event date: 
    Wednesday, September 29, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
    Event address: 
    Lake Forest Book Store
    662 N. Western Ave.
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • LOCAL AUTHORS MIKE CONKLIN AND MITCH ENGEL AT LAKE FOREST BOOK STORE

    Mike Conklin and Mitch Engel join us at Lake Forest Book Store to present their new book chronicling the extraordinary achievements of a Tanzanian school for the physically handicapped. 

    MIRACLES BY THE MOUNTAIN: THE STORY OF FARAJA SCHOOL
    Faraja Fund Foundation (February 1, 2021)  $49.00
     
    Wednesday, October 6, 2021 
    6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    at Lake Forest Book Store

    Books will be available for purchase and signing

    Please RSVP for this free event at 847-234-4420

    Refreshments will be served

    Miracles by the Mountain: The Story of Faraja Primary School is a beautiful book that describes the miraculous events that came together for the school to materialize 20 years ago and the success stories that continue to unfold there. It is a testament to the vision and love of Don and Joann Tolmie. Authors Mitch Engel and Mike Conklin agreed that “Faraja is a feel-good story that needed to be told.” In the book they share stories about the Faraja students whose lives have been forever changed by this remarkable school founded in love and grace and still operating according to these same qualities.The photos are both breath-taking and heart-warming and readers should never again doubt the huge impact that can be made by humble individuals with noble intentions. The authors have donated the book & all proceeds to The Faraja Fund Foundation.

    ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Mike Conklin started his media career at a small-town weekly newspaper, graduated to local dailies and broadcasting, before making a long stop at the Chicago Tribune, as a beat reporter, columnist, and syndicated feature writer. He has written for the New York Times, a variety of magazines, reviewed books, and taught communication and writing in the U.S. and China. Mike now has turned his attention to fictional books, having just completed his third novel.

    Mitch Engel headed up one of the nation's largest ad agencies at age 37, ran his own strategic consulting business, and eventually was lured into a senior executive position with a Fortune 500 company. After flunking retirement several times, he finally took residence behind his keyboard in 2007. Since then, he has written four novels, co-authored a fifth book, and co-created the content for a popular Chicago tourism app.

    Event date: 
    Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
    Event address: 
    Lake Forest Book Store
    662 N. Western Ave.
    Lake Forest, IL 60045