Author Events

  • On-Line presentation by author Benjamin F. Lenhardt

    Gardens of the North Shore of Chicago by Benjamin F. Lenhardt, Jr.Join area author Benjamin F. Lenhardt for an online program featuring the images and the inside scoop on his new book.

    GARDENS OF THE NORTH SHORE OF CHICAGO

    The Monacelli Press  $65.00  Releases October 20, 2020

    Thursday, November 5, 2020, 6 PM to 7 PM

    This is an On-Line event

    Books will be available for purchase on or after October 20th

    This event is free and open to the public. 

    Call the bookstore to reserve your spot! 847-234-4420

    Gardens of the North Shore of Chicago provides an intimate view of beautiful private gardens along the shore of Lake Michigan.  The author explores the rich tradition of gardening along the shore of Lake Michigan from Evanston to Lake Bluff. The gardens here are verdant retreats, lushly planted and meticulously maintained. His book includes twenty-five gardens, organized according to their design--classic, naturalistic, country, and experimental. Lenhart's authoritative and engaging descriptions, based on detailed interviews with the owners, are complemented by vivid images by noted landscape photographer Scott Shigley.

    Benjamin F. Lenhardt is a board member of the Garden Conservancy for more than fifteen years, and served as chair from 2011 to 2018. An avid gardener and preservationist in both Charleston, South Carolina, and Winnetka, Illinois, Lenhardt serves on the boards of Drayton Hall, the Gibbes Museum of Art, the Preservation Society of Charleston, and the Chicago Botanic Garden.

    Event date: 
    Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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    On-Line
  • An Evening with Jean Kwok

     

    Lake Forest Book Store in cooperation with Lake Forest Library present An Evening with Jean Kwok. Author Jean Kwok discusses her personal recollections and her insight into her recent novel and what it means to her.

    SEARCHING FOR SYLVIE LEE

    HarperCollins Publishers  $22.00  Released June 4, 2019

     Friday, November 6 at 6:00 PM

    This virtual event is in conjunction with Lake Forest Reads: Ragdale, our One Book/One Community program. For more details go to http://lfreads.org/

    This is an on-line event and free to the public

    Books available at the store. Call 847-234-2240 to reserve a copy

    A poignant and suspenseful drama that untangles the complicated ties binding three women--two sisters and their mother--in one Chinese immigrant family and explores what happens when the eldest daughter disappears, and a series of family secrets emerge, from the New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Translation. It begins with a mystery. Sylvie, the beautiful, brilliant, successful older daughter of the Lee family, flies to the Netherlands for one final visit with her dying grandmother--and then vanishes. Amy, the sheltered baby of the Lee family, is too young to remember a time when her parents were newly immigrated and too poor to keep Sylvie. Seven years older, Sylvie was raised by a distant relative in a faraway, foreign place, and didn't rejoin her family in America until age nine. Timid and shy, Amy has always looked up to her sister, the fierce and fearless protector who showered her with unconditional love. But what happened to Sylvie? Amy and her parents are distraught and desperate for answers. Sylvie has always looked out for them. Now, it's Amy's turn to help. Terrified yet determined, Amy retraces her sister's movements, flying to the last place Sylvie was seen. But instead of simple answers, she discovers something much more valuable: the truth. Sylvie, the golden girl, kept painful secrets . . . secrets that will reveal more about Amy's complicated family--and herself--than she ever could have imagined. A deeply moving story of family, secrets, identity, and longing, Searching for Sylvie Lee is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive portrait of an immigrant family. It is a profound exploration of the many ways culture and language can divide us and the impossibility of ever truly knowing someone--especially those we love.
     

    Jean Kwok is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Girl in Translation and Mambo in Chinatown. Her work has been published in twenty countries and is taught in universities, colleges, and high schools across the world. She has been selected for numerous honors, including the American Library Association Alex Award, the Chinese American Librarians Association Best Book Award and the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award international shortlist. She received her bachelor's degree from Harvard University and earned an MFA from Columbia University. She is fluent in Chinese, Dutch, and English, and currently lives in the Netherlands.

    Event date: 
    Friday, November 6, 2020 - 6:00pm
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    On-Line