Author Events

  • AWARD-WINNING LOCAL AUTHOR CHRISTIE TATE AT LAKE FOREST BOOK STORE

    Lake Forest Book Store welcomes New York Times best-selling author Christie Tate at the store for a meet and greet and book signing celebrating her newest book.

    B.F.F: A Memoir of Friendship Lost and Found
    Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster  $28.00  Releases February 07, 2023
     
    Thursday, February 23, 2023 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    at Lake Forest Book Store
    662 North Western Avenue
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
     

    Books available for purchase and signing

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

    Refreshments will be served

    From the author of Group, a New York Times bestseller and Reese's Book Club Pick, comes a moving, heartwarming, and powerful memoir about Christie Tate's lifelong struggle to sustain female friendship, and the friend who helps her find the human connection she seeks.

    After more than a decade of dead-end dates and dysfunctional relationships, Christie Tate has reclaimed her voice and settled down. Her days of agonizing in group therapy over guys who won't commit are over, the grueling emotional work required to attach to another person tucked neatly into the past. Or so she thought. Weeks after giddily sharing stories of her new boyfriend at Saturday morning recovery meetings, Christie receives a gift from a friend. Meredith, twenty years older and always impeccably accessorized, gives Christie a box of holiday-themed scarves as well as a gentle suggestion: maybe now is the perfect time to examine why friendships give her trouble. "The work never ends, right?" she says with a wink. Christie isn't so sure, but she soon realizes that the feeling of "apartness" that has plagued her since childhood isn't magically going away now that she's in a healthy romantic relationship. With Meredith by her side, she embarks on a brutally honest exploration of her friendships past and present, sorting through the ways that debilitating shame and jealousy have kept the lasting bonds she craves out of reach--and how she can overcome a history of letting go too soon. But when Meredith becomes ill and Christie's baggage threatens to muddy their final days, she's forced to face her deepest fears in honor of the woman who finally showed her how to be a friend. Poignant, laugh-out-loud funny, and emotionally satisfying, B.F.F. explores what happens when we finally break the habits that impair our ability to connect with others, and the ways that one life--however messy and imperfect--can change another.

    Christie Tate is the author of the New York Times bestseller Group, which was a Reese's Book Club selection. She has been published in The New York TimesThe Washington PostChicago TribuneMcSweeney's Internet Tendency, and elsewhere, and she lives in Chicago with her family.

    Event date: 
    Thursday, February 23, 2023 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
    Event address: 
    Lake Forest Book Store
    662 N. Western Ave.
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • DEBUT AUTHOR MEG ZUCKER AT LAKE FOREST BOOK STORE

    We welcome Debut Author Meg Zucker to Lake Forest Book Store celebrates new book relating her personal experiences and offering her hard-learned wisdom on raising children with differences and disabilities.

    BORN EXTRAORDINARY: EMPOWERING CHILDREN WITH DIFFERENCES AND DISABILITIES
    TarcherPerigee   $18.00  March 7, 2023
     
    Thursday, April 13, 2023 6pm to 7pm
    at Lake Forest Book Store
    662 N. Western Avenue
    Lake Forest, IL 60045 
     

    Books available for purchase and signing

    Refreshments will be served

    RSVP at 847-234-4420

    A parent's guide to empowering children to embrace their visible and invisible differences. Meg Zucker was born with one finger on each hand, shortened forearms, and one toe on each misshapen foot, caused by a genetic condition called ectrodactyly. She would eventually pass this condition on to her two sons, and, along with her husband, raise them and their adopted daughter, who has her own invisible differences. Born of the family's hard-won experiences, this book offers invaluable advice on raising confident, empathetic, and resilient children who succeed, not despite but because of their differences. Born Extraordinary helps parents of children with differences and disabilities to relinquish their instinctive anxieties, embrace their new normal, and ultimately find joy in watching their children thrive. Often the subjects of unwanted attention—ranging from pitying stares to bullying—Zucker and her sons have learned to ignore what others think and live fearlessly. Also incorporating the stories of other families with visible and invisible differences of all kinds, Born Extraordinary gives parents the tools to meet their children's emotional needs while supporting the whole family unit. Parents learn how best to empower their children to confront others' assumptions, grow in confidence, and encourage dialogue—rather than silence, fear, and shame--around difference.

    Meg Zucker is the founder and president of Don't Hide It, Flaunt It, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with the mission of advancing understanding and mutual respect for people's differences. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and New York University School of Law, she is also the U.S. Head of Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Crime at the Royal Bank of Canada.

    Event date: 
    Thursday, April 13, 2023 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
    Event address: 
    Lake Forest Book Store
    662 N. Western Ave.
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • LOCAL NOVELIST ELIZABETH BERG AT LAKE FOREST BOOK STORE

    Join us as we welcome local novelist, Elizabeth Berg as she presents her latest novel.

    EARTH'S THE RIGHT PLACE TO LOVE

    Random House  $27.00 Releases March 21, 2023

    Wednesday, April 19, 2023 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    at Lake Forest Book Store
    662 N. Western Ave
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
     

    Books available for purchase and signing

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

    Refreshments will be served

    This beautiful new novel by the beloved author of Open House and Talk Before Sleep tells the story of two young people growing up in Mason, Missouri, and how Arthur Moses, a shy young man, becomes the wise and compassionate person readers loved in The Story of Arthur Truluv.

    Nola McCollum is the most desirable girl in Arthur's class, and he is thrilled when they become friends. But Arthur wants far more than friendship. Unfortunately, Nola has a crush on the wrong Moses--Arthur's older brother, Frank, who is busy pursuing his own love interest and avoiding the boys' father, a war veteran with a drinking problem and a penchant for starting fights. When a sudden tragedy rocks the family's world, Arthur struggles to come to terms with his grief. In the end, it is nature that helps him to understand how to go on, beyond loss, and create a life of forgiveness and empathy. But what can he do about Nola, who seems confused about what she wants in life, and only half aware of the one who loves her most?

    Elizabeth Berg is the author of many bestselling novels, including The Story of Arthur Truluv, Night of Miracles, The Confession Club, Open House (an Oprah's Book Club selection), Talk Before Sleep, and The Year of Pleasures, as well as the short story collection The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted. Durable Goods and Joy School were selected as ALA Best Books of the Year. She adapted The Pull of the Moon into a play that enjoyed sold-out performances in Chicago and Indianapolis. Berg's work has been published in thirty-one countries, and three of her novels have been turned into television movies. She is the founder of Writing Matters, a quality reading series dedicated to serving author, audience, and community. She teaches one-day writing workshops and is a popular speaker at venues around the country. Some of her most popular Facebook postings have been collected in Make Someone Happy, Still Happy, and Happy to Be Here. She lives outside of Chicago.

    Photo credit to Teresa Crawford

    Event date: 
    Wednesday, April 19, 2023 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
    Event address: 
    Lake Forest Book Store
    662 N. Western Ave.
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • LOCAL AUTHOR JEANINE DONOFRIO AT LAKE FOREST BOOK STORE

    Join us in welcoming author and blogger Jeanine Donofrio to Lake Forest Book Store for a book signing of her latest offering in the Love & Lemons cookbook series.

    LOVE & LEMONS: SIMPLE FEEL-GOOD FOOD
    $35.00 Avery Publishing Group  Releases April 25, 2023
     
    Tuesday, May 23, 2023  6pm to7pm
    at Lake Forest Book Store
    662 N. Western Avenue
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
     
     
    Book available for purchase and signing
     
    Refreshments will be served
     
    Seating is limited, so RSVP at 847-234-4420
     

    Love and Lemons is back with make-now and make-ahead vegetarian recipes for every kind of cook. What type of cook are you? That is the question Jeanine Donofrio, creator of the wildly successful blog Love & Lemons and bestselling cookbooks by the same name, asks her readers in her newest book, Love & Lemons: Simple Feel-Good Food. Jeanine is beloved for her bright and breezy cook-from-the-hip style where trips to the farmers market lead to impromptu, seasonal meals. But, as life has gotten busier (she's a mom now), meal plans and weekly prep have entered into the rotation, too. Over the last few years, Jeanine has realized that getting fresh, nourishing, and flavor-packed meals to the table daily is doable through different approaches. After engaging with millions of her followers, two cooking camps crystallized: those who love easy, at-the-ready dishes that can be made at the drop of a hat and those who like to plan in advance (like Jeanine's mom who always has a whole lasagna in the freezer, a trick Jeanine has since adopted). Now, for the first time, she's put pen-to-paper serving up feel-good recipes for both types of home cooks, and those who toggle between, just like herself.

    In Love & Lemons: Simple Feel-Good Food, each chapter--Breakfast, Salads, Soups, Dinner, and Dessert--is divided into two parts: one for recipes made with minimal prep and ingredients ("at the ready"), and the second for food prepared ahead of time ("in advance"), whether that be components or full dishes destined for the freezer. Here, morning meals can be met with quick-to-assemble Spiced Chickpea Waffles or Skillet Granola while pre-made pancake dry mix ensures a fluffy stack is just minutes away. Rainbow Blender Soups turn one base into four colorful bowls while Tortellini Soup with Lemon Peel Broth offers an elegant, no-waste trick. Quick, meatless mains include Spring Pea Fritters with Whipped Feta, Chickpea Cacio e Pepe, and a range of sheet pan dinners such as Eggplant Sheet Pan Shawarma, while two different homemade veggie burgers (White Bean Swiss Chard and Sweet Potato Paneer) require some forethought but store brilliantly. Moreover, eight no-waste meal plans (what Jeanine calls 3-in-1 recipes -- three dinner dishes made with one whole vegetable) further provide kitchen ease without sacrificing flair or freshness. And, as with her previous books, scattered throughout are Jeanine's signature flow charts, offering visual guides to reusing, mixing, and matching ingredients to create fresh, must-eat dishes for grain bowls, lasagnas, tacos, and more.

    Jeanine Donofrio is the creator of Love and Lemons, the blog and inspiration behind her first two cookbooks, Love and Lemons Every Day and The Love and Lemons Cookbook, which Bon Appétit hailed as "the most beautiful cookbook we've ever seen." Her passion is creating healthy, yet approachable, recipes that all types of eaters enjoy. The recipes celebrate how nourishing, fun, and delicious cooking with seasonal, plant-forward ingredients can be. Jeanine has been featured in The New York TimesPeopleOprah, among others, and has developed recipes for brands including Whole Foods, KitchenAid, and Le Creuset. She lives in Chicago with her husband, Jack, and their son, Oliver.

    Event date: 
    Tuesday, May 23, 2023 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
    Event address: 
    Lake Forest Book Store
    662 N. Western Ave.
    Lake Forest, IL 60045