Author Events

  • Debut Author Dena Dodd Perry at Lake Forest Book Store in Conversation with Dr. Vesna Skul

    Join us to welcome author Dena Dodd Perry to Lake Forest Book Store as she appears in conversation with  Dr. Vesna Skul to discuss detoxification and menopause management

    DETOXELICIOUS

    Balboa Press  $40.95  Released January 17, 2019

    Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 6:00 PM

    at Lake Forest Book Store

    Books available for purchase and signing

    Refreshments will be served

    Call 847-234-4420 to sign up

    This book is intended to be a ten-day powerful yet practical self-help book to assist you with your detoxification journey. None of us are perfect. Through my experience with real people and integrative medical doctors, this detox book aims to make your time in the kitchen worth it because our food-fitness journey is detoxifying and delicious. The food is healthier and designed to be dairy-free, sugar-free, grain-free, and plant-based from Mother Nature. This book is an easy soul food and fitness-inspired 10-day detox cleanse book for super busy people. Share this book with someone you love.

    Dena Dodd Perry is an award-winning market researcher with over 20 years of experience in the wellness industry. Detoxelicious is her first health and fitness book. Dena is a momprenuer and yoga teacher 500-CYT. She received her 200 CYT training in Hot Power Yoga. Her training is in all major aspects of yoga including restorative yoga, pranayama breathing exercises, gentle flow yoga, chair yoga, detox yoga, pregnancy yoga and many other styles. Dena received her specialized mantra meditation training from the Deepak Chopra Center in San Diego. She truly loves sharing the gift of yoga with beginners with an emphasis on breath, body alignment and meditation. Her thesis was on yoga therapy for piriformis syndrome. She is now a patented inventor of America's first stylish yoga mat organizer, made with an open heart, by a yoga teacher. She has over 25 years of experience in statistical methods as an industrial engineer with over combined 10 years of pilates and yoga experience as both a student and teacher. She teaches corporate yoga classes on a weekly basis as an employee of Active Wellness based in Sausilito, California. Dena Dodd is the founder of YogaShero and the Pop.N.Go Rain Scarf brands. Her Pop.N.Go product launched AS SEEN On SHOPNBC in February 2011. Her product was featured in many publications including Beauty Business, Women's Health, ALL YOU, REAL SIMPLE and INSTYLE and others. Dena received her industrial engineering and MBA degrees from Northwestern University. She resides in Illinois with her husband, three kids and her dog. She and her husband are active philanthropists in the Chicagoland area for Primo Center for Homeless Families, Chicago Children's Museum and Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago. She strongly believes that giving back to communities is the price we pay for living. Dena also wants people to live well longer with plant-based lifestyle changes. She views this as her duty.

    Dr. Vesna Skul is a founder and the Medical Director of the Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine, a multispecialty holistic medical practice for women in Chicago. 
    Dr. Skul is a graduate of Rush Medical College in Chicago, is a board-certified specialist in Internal Medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Rush University. She is also fellowship trained and board certified in anti-aging and regenerative medicine. Her career has been devoted to caring for women in all phases of their lives. Dr. Vesna Skul speaks on a wide range of topics to professional and lay audiences around the country. Her areas of expertise within women’s health include lifestyle medicine, menopause management and the integration of alternative and complementary medicine into mainstream medical practice. In her spare time, Dr. Vesna Skul enjoys travel, classical music, hiking, organic gardening, and raw food preparation.  She avidly supports organizations empowering girls and women and protecting our environment.

     

    Event date: 
    Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
    Event address: 
    Lake Forest Book Store
    662 N. Western Avenue
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • Author Dinner with Becky Powell and Katherine Reay at Froggy's

    Dinner with authors Becky Powell and Katherine Reay at Froggy's as they present the tragic events surrounding a suicide and the explosive relevations afterwards.

    AWFUL BEAUTIFUL LIFE: WHEN GOD SHOWS UP IN THE MIDST OF TRAGEDY

    Faithworks  $22.00  Released December 3, 2019

    Thursday, January 23rd, 6:00PM to 8:00PM
    at Froggy's French Cafe
    306 Green Bay Road
    Highwood, IL 60040

    $65 individual includes dinner or $75 for 2 dinners and 1 book 

    Reservations required. Call 847-234-4420

    A gripping story of grace, faith, and triumph for a woman whose world shattered hours after her husband's suicide. Becky Powell faced the unthinkable on May 16, 2013. Her husband Mark called and said, "I've done something terrible." Within hours, she learned that he had taken his own life and, over a period of several years, millions of dollars from friends and colleagues. Everything she believed to be true, the very fiber of her marriage, was called into question. Within a week, rather than planning carpool runs and volunteer fundraisers, she owed almost one hundred creditors millions of dollars and had her own team of ten lawyers. She was also the subject of open FBI, SEC and DOJ investigations-and faced potential criminal charges. And, although she instantly denounced every cent of Mark's $15M in life insurance and promised to repay every penny taken, her lawyers knew that in reality she faced years of court battles and lawsuits, and possible jail time.

    Yet from that first horrific moment, God was there. He showed up in his Word, in Becky's friends, in her lawyers and in the generosity of those around her. He worked miracles. CNBC, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and others covered the first moment, but what about the last? What about the story in which God gives your next breath because you can't find it on your own? What about the story of a mom and three kids trying to make sense of their pasts, present and future while living under a microscope? Awful Beautiful Life is Becky's journey through the two years surrounding Mark's death and how she overcame. It came down to a loving God who surrounded her, a present and dedicated family, and friends, who made her life, offered her sanctuary and showed up for her and her kids in tangible ways. This is a story of remarkable grit, strength and what the Body of Christ in action looks like.

    Becky Powell now works as an insurance agent. Her oldest children, Madison and Boone, have graduated from Baylor University and her youngest, John Luke, is a freshman in college. Alongside her career, Becky remains active in her church and volunteer work, including Helping Hand Home and YoungLife. She and her three children live in Austin, Texas.

    Katherine Reay is a national bestselling and award-winning author of several novels. She has enjoyed a lifelong affair with books and brings that love to her contemporary stories. Awful Beautiful Life is her first full-length nonfiction work. Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University and currently lives outside Chicago, IL with her husband and three children. Publishing credits also include Redbook, USAToday, Christianity Today and FamilyFiction.

    Event date: 
    Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Event address: 
    Froggy's French Cafe
    306 Green Bay Road
    Highwood, IL 60040
  • DEBUT AUTHOR ALI WENZKE AT LAKE FOREST BOOK STORE

    Meet Chicago-area author Ali Wenzke at Lake Forest Book Store as she celebrates the publication of her first book
     
    THE ART OF HAPPY MOVING: HOW TO DECLUTTER, PACK, AND START OVER WHILE MAINTAINING YOUR SANITY AND FINDING HAPPINESS
    William Morrow & Company  $19.99  Released May 7, 2019
     
    Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 6:00 PM

    at Lake Forest Book Store

    Books available for purchase and signing

    Refreshments will be served

    Call 847-234-4420 to sign up

    A comprehensive, upbeat guide to help you survive the moving process from start to finish, filled with fresh strategies and checklists for timing and supplies, choosing which items to toss and which to keep, determining the best place to live, saying farewell and looking forward to hello. Moving is a major life change--time consuming, expensive, often overwhelming, and sometimes scary. But it doesn't have to be! Instead of looking at it as a burdensome chore, consider it a new adventure.

    The Art of Happy Moving offers step-by-step guidance, much-needed comfort, practical information, and welcome advice on every step of the process, including:

    • How to stage your home for prospective buyers
    • How to choose your next neighborhood
    • How to discard your belongings and organize your packing
    • How to say goodbye to your friends
    • How to make the transition easier for your kids
    • How to decorate your new home
    • How to build a new community
    • And so much more.

    Ali shares invaluable personal anecdotes from her many moves, and packs each chapter with a wealth of information and ingenious tips (Did you know that if you have an extra-large welcome mat at the entrance of your home, it's more likely to sell?). Ali also includes checklists for packing and staging, and agendas for the big moving day.

    Whether you're a relocating professional, newly married, a family with kids and pets, or a retiree looking to downsize, The Art of Happy Moving will help you discover ways to help make your transition an easier one--and be even happier than you were before.

    Ali Wenzke and her husband moved ten times in eleven years, living in six states across the U.S. Now, she helps the millions of people who move each year by providing practical tips on how to build a happier life before, during and after the move on her blog, The Art of Happy Moving. Ali is happily settled in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and three children. She doesn’t plan on moving any time soon. THE ART OF HAPPY MOVING is her first book.

    Event date: 
    Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
    Event address: 
    Lake Forest Book Store
    662 N. Western Avenue
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • Author Kathleen West at Lake Forest Book Store

    Join us as we welcome Author Kathleen West to Lake Forest Book Store to present her debut novel.

    MINOR DRAMAS & OTHER CATASTROPHES

    Berkley Press  26.00  Releases February 4, 2020

    Tuesday, February 11th, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    at Lake Forest Book Store

    Book available for purchase and signing

    Refreshments will be served

    Call 847-234-4420 to register

    Perfect for fans of Where'd You Go, Bernadette and Small Admissions, a wry and cleverly observed debut novel about the privileged bubble that is Liston Heights High--the micro-managing parents, the overworked teachers, and the students caught in the middle--and the fallout for each of them when the bubble finally bursts. When a devoted teacher comes under pressure for her progressive curriculum and a helicopter mom goes viral on social media, two women at odds with each other find themselves in similar predicaments, having to battle back from certain social ruin. Isobel Johnson has spent her career in Liston Heights sidestepping the community's high-powered families. But when she receives a threatening voicemail accusing her of Anti-Americanism and a liberal agenda, she's in the spotlight. Meanwhile, Julia Abbott, obsessed with the casting of the school's winter musical, makes an error in judgment that has far-reaching consequences for her entire family. Brought together by the sting of public humiliation, Isobel and Julia learn firsthand how entitlement and competition can go too far, thanks to a secret Facebook page created as an outlet for parent grievances. The Liston Heights High student body will need more than a strong sense of school spirit to move past these campus dramas in an engrossing debut novel that addresses parents behaving badly and teenagers speaking up, even against their own families.

    Kathleen West is a veteran middle and high-school teacher. She graduated with a degree in English from Macalester College and holds a Master's degree in literacy education from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Minneapolis with her hilarious husband, two sporty sons, and very bad goldendoodle.

    Author photo credit to Anne Marie Photography

    Event date: 
    Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
    Event address: 
    Lake Forest Book Store
    662 N. Western Avenue
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • Dinner with Author Gabriel Bump at Froggy's

    Join the staff of Lake Forest Book Store and author Gabriel Bump at Froggy's French Cafe as he celebrates his new novel.

    EVERYWHERE YOU DON'T BELONG

    Algonquin Books $26.00  Releases February 4, 2020

    Wednesday, February 19th at 6:00PM to 8:00PM
    at Froggy's French Cafe
    306 Green Bay Road

    Highwood, IL 60040

    $65 per individual, $75 per couple includes dinner and 1 book

    Reservations required. Call 847-234-4420

    "This book is astonishing. You'll be smiling even as your heart is breaking, and you'll tip willingly into this world Bump offers you, because what appears again and again are spectacular beams of light also called love, also called hope, also called family. Gabriel Bump has established himself as a stunning talent to be reckoned with." --Maaza Mengiste, author of The Shadow King In this alternately witty and heartbreaking debut novel, Gabriel Bump gives us an unforgettable protagonist, Claude McKay Love. Claude isn't dangerous or brilliant--he's an average kid coping with abandonment, violence, riots, failed love, and societal pressures as he steers his way past the signposts of youth: childhood friendships, basketball tryouts, first love, first heartbreak, picking a college, moving away from home. Claude just wants a place where he can fit. As a young black man born on the South Side of Chicago, he is raised by his civil rights-era grandmother, who tries to shape him into a principled actor for change; yet when riots consume his neighborhood, he hesitates to take sides, unwilling to let race define his life. He decides to escape Chicago for another place, to go to college, to find a new identity, to leave the pressure cooker of his hometown behind. But as he discovers, he cannot; there is no safe haven for a young black man in this time and place called America. Percolating with fierceness and originality, attuned to the ironies inherent in our twenty-first-century landscape, Everywhere You Don't Belong marks the arrival of a brilliant young talent.

    Gabriel Bump grew up in South Shore, Chicago. His nonfiction and fiction have appeared in Slam magazine, the Huffington PostSpringhouse Journal, and other publications. He was awarded the 2016 Deborah Slosberg Memorial Award for Fiction. He received his MFA in fiction from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He lives in Buffalo, New York.

    Author photo credit to Jeremy Handrup

    Event date: 
    Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Event address: 
    Froggy's French Cafe
    306 Green Bay Road
    Highwood, IL 60040
  • Author and Native Lake Forester, Laura Munson, at Glen Rowan House

    Join New York Times best-selling author and native Lake Forester, Laura Munson, at Glen Rowan House as she reads from her debut novel and book signing to follow. 

    WILLA'S GROVE

    Blackstone Publishing $27.00 Reseases March 3, 2010

    Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020, 10:30 AM
    at Glen Rowan House
    at Lake Forest College
    500 N. Sheridan Road

    Lake Forest, IL 60045

    $35 includes a copy of the book

    Reservations required. Call 847-234-4420

    You are invited to the rest of your life. Three women, from coast to coast and in between, open their mailboxes to the same intriguing invitation. Although leading entirely different lives, each has found herself at a similar, jarring crossroads. Right when these women thought they'd be comfortably settling into middle age, their carefully curated futures have turned out to be dead ends. The sender of the invitation is Willa Silvester, who is reeling from the untimely death of her beloved husband and the reality that she must say goodbye to the small mountain town they founded together. Yet as Willa mourns her losses, an impossible question keeps staring her in the face: So now what? Struggling to find the answer alone, fiercely independent Willa eventually calls a childhood friend who happens to be in her own world of hurt--and that's where the idea sparks. They decide to host a weeklong interlude from life, and invite two other friends facing their own quandaries. Soon the four women converge at Willa's Montana homestead, a place where they can learn from nature and one another as they contemplate their second acts together in the rugged wilderness of big sky country. 

    Laura Munson is the bestselling author of This Is Not The Story You Think It Is, which chronicles her journey through her own midlife crossroads. Drawing from the striking response to her memoir, the essay version of it in the New York Times "Modern Love" column, and her speaking events at women's conferences across the US, Laura founded the acclaimed Haven Writing Retreats and Workshops. After watching hundreds of people find their unique and essential voices under the big sky of Montana she calls home, Laura created Willa, the invitation, the friends, and the town to share what she has learned with people globally. Her work has been published and featured in many media outlets throughout the world.

    Event date: 
    Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:30am
    Event address: 
    Glen Rowen House at Lake Forest College
    500 North Sheridan Road
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • Authors Mary Kubica, Lori Rader-Day and Samantha Downing at Lake Forest Book Store

    Authors Mary Kubica, Lori Rader-Day and Samantha Downing appear in-conversation at Lake Forest Book Store

    Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 6:00 PM

    at Lake Forest Book Store

    Books are available for purchase and signing

    Refreshments will be served

    Space is limited. Call 847-234-2240 to sign up

    THE OTHER MRS.

    Park Row Publishers  $26.99  Releases February 18, 2030

    Sadie and Will Foust have only just moved their family from bustling Chicago to small-town Maine when their neighbor, Morgan Baines, is found dead in her home. The murder rocks their tiny coastal island, but no one is more shaken than Sadie, who is terrified by the thought of a killer in her very own backyard. But it's not just Morgan's death that has Sadie on edge. It's their eerie old home, with its decrepit decor and creepy attic, which they inherited from Will's sister after she died unexpectedly. It's Will's disturbed teenage niece Imogen, with her dark and threatening presence. And it's the troubling past that continues to wear at the seams of their family. As the eyes of suspicion turn toward the new family in town, Sadie is drawn deeper into the mystery of Morgan's death. But Sadie must be careful, for the more she discovers about Mrs. Baines, the more she begins to realize just how much she has to lose if the truth ever comes to light.

    THE LUCKY ONE

    William Morrow & Company  $27.99  February 18, 2020

    Most people who go missing are never found. But Alice was the lucky one... As a child, Alice was stolen from her backyard in a tiny Indiana community, but against the odds, her policeman father tracked her down within twenty-four hours and rescued her from harm. In the aftermath of the crime, her family decided to move to Chicago and close the door on that horrible day. Yet Alice hasn't forgotten. She devotes her spare time volunteering for a website called The Doe Pages scrolling through pages upon pages of unidentified people, searching for clues that could help reunite families with their missing loved ones. When a face appears on Alice's screen that she recognizes, she's stunned to realize it's the same man who kidnapped her decades ago. The post is deleted as quickly as it appeared, leaving Alice with more questions than answers. Embarking on a search for the truth, she enlists the help of friends from The Doe Pages to connect the dots and find her kidnapper before he hurts someone else. Then Alice crosses paths with Merrily Cruz, another woman who's been hunting for answers of her own. Together, they begin to unravel a dark, painful web of lies that will change what they thought they knew--and could cost them everything. Twisting and compulsively readable, The Lucky One explores the lies we tell ourselves to feel safe.

    MY LOVELY WIFE

    Berkley Books $26.00

    Dexter meets Mr. and Mrs. Smith in this wildly compulsive debut thriller about a couple whose fifteen-year marriage has finally gotten too interesting...  Our love story is simple. I met a gorgeous woman. We fell in love. We had kids. We moved to the suburbs. We told each other our biggest dreams, and our darkest secrets. And then we got bored. We look like a normal couple. We're your neighbors, the parents of your kid's friend, the acquaintances you keep meaning to get dinner with. We all have our secrets to keeping a marriage alive. Ours just happens to be getting away with murder.

    Mary Kubica is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Good Girl and Pretty Baby She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children and enjoys photography, gardening and caring for the animals at a local shelter.

    Lori Rader-Day is the author of Under a Dark SkyThe Day I DiedLittle Pretty Things, and The Black Hour. She is a three-time Mary Higgins Clark Award nominee, winning the award in 2016. Lori lives in Chicago.

    Samantha Downing currently lives in New Orleans, where she is furiously typing away on her next thrilling standalone. My Lovely Wife is her first novel.

    Event date: 
    Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
    Event address: 
    Lake Forest Book Store
    662 N. Western Avenue
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • Chicago Native Author Stephanie Wrobel at Lake Forest Book Store

    Meet and greet Chicago native author Stephanie Wrobel  as she persents her debut novel.

    DARLING ROSE GOLD

    Berkley Press $26.00 Releases March 17, 2020

    Tuesday March 31, 2020, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    at Lake Forest Book Store

    Books avialable for purchase and signing

    Refreshments will be served

    Seating is limited. Call 847-234-4420

    "In her compulsive, sharply-drawn debut, Stephanie Wrobel peels back the layers of the most complicated of mother-daughter relationships. For the first eighteen years of her life, Rose Gold Watts believed she was seriously ill. She was allergic to everything, used a wheelchair and practically lived at the hospital. Neighbors did all they could, holding fundraisers and offering shoulders to cry on, but no matter how many doctors, tests, or surgeries, no one could figure out what was wrong with Rose Gold. Turns out her mom, Patty Watts, was just a really good liar. After serving five years in prison, Patty gets out with nowhere to go and begs her daughter to take her in. The entire community is shocked when Rose Gold says yes. Patty insists all she wants is to reconcile their differences. She says she's forgiven Rose Gold for turning her in and testifying against her. But Rose Gold knows her mother. Patty Watts always settles a score. Unfortunately for Patty, Rose Gold is no longer her weak little darling... And she's waited such a long time for her mother to come home"

    Stephanie Wrobel grew up in Chicago but has been living in the UK for the last three years with her husband and dog, Moose Barkwinkle. She has an MFA from Emerson College and has had short fiction published in Bellevue Literary Review. Before turning to fiction, she worked as a creative copywriter at various advertising agencies.

    Event date: 
    Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
    Event address: 
    Lake Forest Book Store
    662 N. Western Avenue
    Lake Forest, IL 60045