Author Events

  • LUNCHEON WITH AUTHOR CLAIRE LOMBARDO

    Join us at Froggy's French Cafe for an author luncheon and discussion with Claire Lombardo discussing her new novel:

    SAME AS IT EVER WAS 

    Doubleday June 18, 2024 $30.00

    Wednesday, June 19, 2024 11:30am-1:30pm

    306 Green Bay Road

    Highwood, IL 60040

    $75 includes lunch and a copy of the book (additional copies on hand for sale)

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

    The New York Times bestselling author of The Most Fun We Ever Had (“wonderfully immersive…deliciously absorbing”—NPR) returns with another brilliantly observed family drama in which the enduring, hard-won affection of a long marriage faces imminent derailment from events both past and present.

    Julia Ames, after a youth marked by upheaval and emotional turbulence, has found herself on the placid plateau of mid-life. But Julia has never navigated the world with the equanimity of her current privileged class. Having nearly derailed herself several times, making desperate bids for the kind of connection that always felt inaccessible to her, she finally feels, at age fifty seven, that she has a firm handle on things.

    She’s unprepared, though, for what comes next: a surprise announcement from her straight-arrow son, an impending separation from her spikey teenaged daughter, and a seductive resurgence of the past, all of which threaten to draw her back into the patterns that had previously kept her on a razor’s edge.

    Same As It Ever Was traverses the rocky terrain of real life, —exploring new avenues of maternal ambivalence, intergenerational friendship, and the happenstantial cause-and-effect that governs us all. Delving even deeper into the nature of relationships—how they grow, change, and sometimes end—Lombardo proves herself a true and definitive cartographer of the human heart and asserts herself among the finest novelists of her generation.

    CLAIRE LOMBARDO is the author of The Most Fun We Ever Had, which has been optioned for television by Reese Witherspoon. Claire is a graduate of the University of Illinois-Chicago and the Iowa Writers' Workshop.  Her short fiction has appeared in, among others, Playboy, Barrelhouse Magazine, Little Fiction, and Longform. Her story, "I Only Want to Talk About Nice Things," was one of 2016's Best of Net, and was #1 on Longform's 2015 fiction list.  Prior to publishing The Most Fun We Ever Had, Claire spent several years working with homeless children and families in Chicago.  She has taught fiction writing at the Iowa Writers' Workshop and Grinnell College and currently works part-time as a bookseller at Prairie Lights Books.  A native of Oak Park, Illinois, she now lives in Iowa City, Iowa with her dog, Renee

    Event date: 
    Wednesday, June 19, 2024 - 11:30am to 1:30pm
    Event address: 
    306 Greenbay Road
    Highwood, IL 60040
  • LUNCHEON WITH AUTHOR JOYCE MAYNARD

    Join us at The Gallery of Lake Forest for a luncheon and discussion with author Joyce Maynard celebrating her new novel:

    HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN

    William Morrow, June 25, 2024 $32.00

    Thursday, July 25, 2024 11:30am-1:30pm

    202 East Wisconsin Avenue

    Lake Forest, IL 60045

    $75 includes lunch and a copy of the book (additional copies on hand for sale)

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

    From New York Times bestselling author Joyce Maynard comes the eagerly anticipated follow-up to her beloved novel Count the Ways—a complex story of three generations of a family and its remarkable, resilient, indomitable matriarch, Eleanor.

    Following the death of her former husband, Cam, fifty-four-year-old Eleanor has moved back to the New Hampshire farm where they raised three children to care for their brain-injured son, Toby, now an adult. Toby’s older brother, Al, is married and living in Seattle with his wife; their sister, Ursula, lives in Vermont with her husband and two children. Although all appears stable, old resentments, anger, and bitterness simmer just beneath the surface.

    How the Light Gets In follows Eleanor and her family through fifteen years (2010 to 2024) as their story plays out against a uniquely American backdrop and the events that transform their world (climate change, the January 6th insurrection, school violence) and shape their lives (later-life love, parental alienation, steadfast friendship). With her trademark sensitivity and insight, Joyce Maynard paints an indelible portrait of characters both familiar and new making their way over rough, messy, and treacherous terrain to find their way to what is, for each, a place to call “home.”

    A native of New Hampshire, Joyce Maynard began publishing her stories in magazines when she was thirteen years old.  She first came to national attention with the publication of her New York Times cover story, “An Eighteen Year Old Looks Back on Life”, in 1972, when she was a freshman at Yale. Since then, she has been a reporter and columnist for The New York Times, a syndicated newspaper columnist whose “Domestic Affairs” column appeared in over fifty papers nationwide, a regular contributor to NPR and national magazines including Vogue, The New York Times Magazine, and many more. She is a longtime performer with The Moth. She is the author of eighteen books, including the New York Times bestselling novel, Labor Day and To Die For (both adapted for film), Under the Influence and the memoirs, At Home in the World and The Best of Us. Maynard is also the founder of Write by the Lake, a week-long workshop on the art and craft of memoir, held every year since 2001 at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.

    Event date: 
    Thursday, July 25, 2024 - 11:30am to 1:30pm
    Event address: 
    202 East Wisconsin Avenue
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • BRUNCH WITH NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR CHRIS WHITAKER

    Join us at The Gallery of Lake Forest for brunch and discussion with author Chris Whitaker:

    ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK

    Crown Publishing, June 25, 2024 $30.00

    Sunday, July 28, 2024 11:30am-1:30pm

    202 East Wisconsin Avenue

    Lake Forest, IL 60045

    $75 includes brunch and a copy of the book (additional copies on hand for sale)

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

    From the New York Times bestselling author of We Begin at the End comes a soaring thriller and an epic love story that spans decades. 

    1975 is a time of change in America. The Vietnam War is ending. Muhammad Ali is fighting Joe Frazier. And in the small town of Monta Clare, Missouri, girls are disappearing. When the daughter of a wealthy family is targeted, the most unlikely hero emerges—Patch, a local boy, who saves the girl, and, in doing so, leaves heartache in his wake. Patch and those who love him soon discover that the line between triumph and tragedy has never been finer. And that their search for answers will lead them to truths that could mean losing one another. A missing person mystery, a serial killer thriller, a love story, a unique twist on each, Chris Whitaker has written a novel about what lurks in the shadows of obsession, and the blinding light of hope.

    Chris Whitaker is the award-winning author of Tall Oaks, All the Wicked Girls, We Begin at the End, and The Forevers (YA). An instant New York Times and international bestseller, We Begin at the End was a Waterstones Thriller of the Month, a Barnes & Noble Book Club Pick and a Good Morning America Buzz Pick. The novel won the CWA Gold Dagger Award, the Theakston Crime Novel of the Year, the Ned Kelly International Award, and numerous awards around the world. We Begin At The End has been translated into twenty-nine languages, with screen rights going to Disney, where ‘Hamilton’ director Thomas Kail and producing partner Jennifer Todd will develop the book for television. Chris lives in the UK.

    Event date: 
    Sunday, July 28, 2024 - 11:30am to 1:30pm
    Event address: 
    202 East Wisconsin Avenue
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • AN EVENING WITH ALLISON PATAKI IN CONVERSATION WITH LISA BARR

    Join author Allison Pataki in-conversation with Lisa Barr discussing her new book:

    FINDING MARGARET FULLER

    Wednesday, August 21, 2024 6:00PM - 7:30PM

    202 East Wisconsin Avenue

    Lake Forest, IL 60045

    $65 includes passed hors d'oeuvres, a glass of wine and a copy of the book

    *additional copies on hand for sale

    *cash bar available

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

    An epic reimagining of the life of Margaret Fuller—America’s forgotten leading lady and the central figure of a movement that defined a nation—from the New York Times bestselling author of The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post.

    Massachusetts, 1836. Young, brazen, beautiful, and unapologetically brilliant, Margaret Fuller accepts an invitation from Ralph Waldo Emerson, the celebrated "Sage of Concord," to meet his coterie of enlightened friends shaping a nation in the throes of its own self-discovery. By the end of her stay, she will become "the radiant genius and fiery heart" of the Transcendentalists, a role model to young Louisa May Alcott, an inspiration to Nathaniel Hawthorne's character of Hester Prynne and the scandalous Scarlet Letter, a friend to Henry David Thoreau as he ventures into the woods of Walden Pond . . . and a muse to Emerson himself. But Margaret craves more than poetry and interpersonal drama, and she finds her restless soul in need of new challenges and adventure.

    And so she charts a singular course against a backdrop of dizzying historical drama: From Boston, where she hosts a women-only literary salon for students like Elizabeth Cady Stanton; to the editorial meetings of The Dial magazine, where she hones her pen as its co-founder; to Harvard’s library, where she is the first woman to study within its walls; to the gritty New York streets where she spars with Edgar Allan Poe and reports on the writings of Frederick Douglass. Margaret defies conventions time and again as an activist for women and an advocate for humanity, earning admirers and scathing critics alike.

    When the legendary Horace Greeley offers an assignment in Europe, Margaret again makes history as the first female foreign news correspondent, mingling with luminaries like Frederic Chopin, Walt Whitman, George Sand, and more. But it is in Rome where she finds a world of passion, romance, and revolution, taking a Roman count as a lover—and sparking an international scandal. Evolving yet again into the roles of mother and countess, Margaret enters a new fight for Italy’s unification.

    With a star-studded cast and epic sweep of historical events, this is a story of an inspiring trailblazer, a woman who loved big and lived even bigger—a fierce adventurer who transcended the rigid roles ascribed to women, and changed history for millions, all on her own terms.

    Allison Pataki is the New York Times bestselling author of FINDING MARGARET FULLER, THE MAGNIFICENT LIVES OF MARJORIE POST, THE QUEEN'S FORTUNE, THE TRAITOR'S WIFE, THE ACCIDENTAL EMPRESS, SISI: EMPRESS ON HER OWN, WHERE THE LIGHT FALLS, as well as the nonfiction memoir BEAUTY IN THE BROKEN PLACES and two children's books, NELLY TAKES NEW YORK and POPPY TAKES PARIS. Allison’s novels have been translated into more than twenty languages. A former news writer and producer, Allison has written for The New York Times, ABC News, The Huffington Post, USA Today, Fox News and other outlets. She has appeared on The TODAY Show, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, Good Day New York, Good Day Chicago and MSNBC’s Morning Joe. Allison graduated Cum Laude from Yale University with a major in English. A member of The Historical Novel Society and a certified Yoga instructor, Allison lives in New York with her husband and family.

    Lisa Barr is the New York Times bestselling author of Woman on Fire, The Unbreakables, and the award-winning historical thriller Fugitive Colors. She has served as an editor for The Jerusalem Post, managing editor of Today's Chicago Woman and Moment magazine, and as an editor and reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times. She has appeared on Good Morning America and Today for her work as an author, journalist, and blogger. Actress Sharon Stone is set to produce and star in the film adaptation of Woman on Fire. Lisa lives in the Chicago area with her husband and three daughters (aka: Drama Central).

    Event date: 
    Wednesday, August 21, 2024 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
    Event address: 
    202 E Wisconsin Avenue
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • LUNCHEON WITH AUTHOR KIMBERLY MCCREIGHT

    Join us at Froggy's French Cafe for a luncheon and discussion with author Kimberly McCreight as she presents her new novel:

    LIKE MOTHER, LIKE DAUGHTER

    Knopf, July 9, 2024 $28

    Thursday, September 5, 2024 11:30am - 1:30pm

    306 Greenbay Road

    Highwood, IL 60040

    $70 includes lunch and a copy of the book (additional copies on hand for sale)

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

    From the New York Times best-selling author of Reconstructing Amelia: A daughter races to uncover her mother's secret life in the wake of her disappearance in this "breathless, shocking thriller." —Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times best-selling author.

    When Cleo, a student at NYU, arrives late for dinner at her childhood home in Brooklyn, she finds food burning in the oven and no sign of her mother, Kat. Then Cleo discovers her mom’s bloody shoe under the sofa. Something terrible has happened.

    But what? The polar opposite of Cleo, whose “out of control” emotions and “unsafe” behavior have created a seemingly unbridgeable rift between mother and daughter, Kat is the essence of Park Slope perfection: a happily married, successful corporate lawyer. Or so Cleo thinks.

    Kat has been lying. She’s not just a lawyer; she’s her firm’s fixer. She’s damn good at it, too. Growing up in a dangerous group home taught her how to think fast, stay calm under pressure, and recognize a real threat when she sees one. And in the days leading up her disappearance, Kat has become aware of multiple threats: demands for money from her unfaithful soon-to-be ex-husband; evidence that Cleo has slipped back into a relationship that’s far riskier than she understands; and menacing anonymous messages from her past—all of which she’s kept hidden from Cleo . . . 


    Like Mother, Like Daughter is a thrilling novel of emotional suspense that questions the damaging fictions we cling to and the hard truths we avoid. Above all, it’s a love story between a mother and a daughter, each determined to save the other before it’s too late.

    KIMBERLY McCREIGHT is the New York Times best-selling author of Reconstructing Amelia, Where They Found Her, A Good Marriage, and Friends Like These, as well as a young adult trilogy, The Outliers. She's been nominated for the Edgar, Anthony and Alex awards, and her books have been translated into more than twenty languages. She lives in Brooklyn.

    Event date: 
    Thursday, September 5, 2024 - 11:30am to 1:30pm
    Event address: 
    306 Greenbay Road
    Highwood, IL 60040
  • Author Wiliam Kent Krueger at the Gallery

    Join us at the Gallery as we discuss William Kent Krueger's latest book:

    SPIRIT CROSSING

    Thursday, September 12, 2024 6:00PM - 7:30PM

    202 East Wisconsin Avenue

    Lake Forest, IL 60045

    $65 includes passed hors d'oeuvres, a glass of wine and a copy of the book

    *additional copies on hand for sale

    *cash bar available

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

    The disappearance of a local politician’s teenaged daughter is major news in Minnesota. As a huge manhunt is launched to find her, Cork O’Connor’s grandson stumbles across the shallow grave of a young Ojibwe woman—but nobody seems that interested. Nobody, that is, except Cork and the newly formed Iron Lake Ojibwe Tribal Police. As Cork and the tribal officers dig into the circumstances of this mysterious and grim discovery, they uncover a connection to the missing teenager. And soon, it’s clear that Cork’s grandson is in danger of being the killer’s next victim.

    William Kent Krueger is the New York Times bestselling author of The River We RememberThis Tender LandOrdinary Grace (winner of the Edgar Award for best novel), and the original audio novella The Levee, as well as nineteen acclaimed books in the Cork O’Connor mystery series, including Lightning Strike and Fox Creek. He lives in the Twin Cities with his family. Learn more at WilliamKentKrueger.com.

    Event date: 
    Thursday, September 12, 2024 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
    Event address: 
    202 E Wisconsin Avenue
    Lake Forest, IL 60045