Author Events

  • Writer/Producer and China Hand Stewart Lee Beck at Lake Forest Book Store

    Stewart Lee Beck discusses trading and business in China in an in-store event at Lake Forest Book Store

    CHINA SIMPLIFIED: HISTORY FLASHBACK

     C.S. Publishing  $12.88  Available in Paperback

    Better understand modern China with this entertaining journey to the heart of its 5,000-year history. Ideal for business persons who want to raise their China game, students who seek to make deeper cultural connections, and travelers in search of valuable insights into Chinese culture.

     

     

    CHINA SIMPLIFIED: LANGUAGE EMPOWERMENT

    C.S. Publishing  $11.88  Available in Paperback

    An entertaining journey to the heart of the Chinese language to deepen your understanding of China and its people. A must-read for anyone who wants to improve their Mandarin or cultivate better relationships with Chinese worldwide.

     

     

     

    Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    at Lake Forest Book Store

    Books available for purchase and signing

    Refreshments will be served

    Seating is limited, call 847-234-4420

    Stewart Lee Beck is a writer and producer who's lived and worked among the Chinese for 24 years. Stewart has helped raise nearly $15 million for children's charities in China. He refers to his Malaysian-Chinese wife as "the crazy woman who keeps me sane."

    Event date: 
    Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
    Event address: 
    Lake Forest Book Store
    662 N. Western Ave.
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • Author Joshilyn Jackson at Lake Forest Book Store

    Author Joshilyn Jackson joins the staff of Lake Forest Book Store to present her newest novel.

    NEVER HAVE I EVER

    William Morrow & Company  $27.00  Released July 30, 2019

    Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 6:00 PM. - 7:00 PM

    at Lake Forest Book Store

    Books available for purchase and signing

    Refreshments will be served

    Call 847-234-4420

     

    In this game, even winning can be deadly... Amy Whey is proud of her ordinary life and the simple pleasures that come with it--teaching diving lessons, baking cookies for new neighbors, helping her best friend, Charlotte, run their local book club. Her greatest joy is her family: her devoted professor husband, her spirited fifteen-year-old stepdaughter, her adorable infant son. And, of course, the steadfast and supportive Charlotte. But Amy's sweet, uncomplicated life begins to unravel when the mysterious and alluring Angelica Roux arrives on her doorstep one book club night. Sultry and magnetic, Roux beguiles the group with her feral charm. She keeps the wine flowing and lures them into a game of spilling secrets. Everyone thinks it's naughty, harmless fun. Only Amy knows better. Something wicked has come her way--a she-devil in a pricey red sports car who seems to know the terrible truth about who she is and what she once did. When they're alone, Roux tells her that if she doesn't give her what she asks for, what she deserves, she's going to make Amy pay for her sins. One way or another. To protect herself and her family and save the life she's built, Amy must beat the devil at her own clever game, matching wits with Roux in an escalating war of hidden pasts and unearthed secrets. Amy knows the consequences if she can't beat Roux. What terrifies her is everything she could lose if she wins. A diabolically entertaining tale of betrayal, deception, temptation, and love filled with dark twists leavened by Joshilyn Jackson's trademark humor, Never Have I Ever explores what happens when the transgressions of our past come back with a vengeance. 

     

    Joshilyn Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of seven novels, including Gods in Alabama and A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages. A former actor, Jackson is also an award-winning audiobook narrator. She lives in Decatur, Georgia, with her husband and their two children.

    Author photo credit to Wes Browning

    Event date: 
    Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
    Event address: 
    Lake Forest Book Store
    662 N. Western Avenue
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • Luncheon with Author Claire Lombardo at The Deer Path Inn

    Luncheon with author and Oak Park native, Claire Lombardo to celebrate publication of her first novel

    THE MOST FUN WE EVER HAD

    Doubleday Books  $29.00  Releases June 25, 2019

    Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
    at The Deer Path Inn
    225 East Illinois Road

    Lake Forest, IL 60045

    $55 per person includes lunch and book

    Reservations required. Call 847-234-4420

     

    When Marilyn Connolly and David Sorenson fall in love in the 1970s, they are blithely ignorant of all that's to come. By 2016, their four radically different daughters are each in a state of unrest: Wendy, widowed young, soothes herself with booze and younger men; Violet, a litigator-turned-stay-at-home-mom, battles anxiety and self-doubt when the darkest part of her past resurfaces; Liza, a neurotic and newly tenured professor, finds herself pregnant with a baby she's not sure she wants by a man she's not sure she loves; and Grace, the dawdling youngest daughter, begins living a lie that no one in her family even suspects. Above it all, the daughters share the lingering fear that they will never find a love quite like their parents'. As the novel moves through the tumultuous year following the arrival of Jonah Bendt--given up by one of the daughters in a closed adoption fifteen years before--we are shown the rich and varied tapestry of the Sorensons' past: years marred by adolescence, infidelity, and resentment, but also the transcendent moments of joy that make everything else worthwhile. Spanning nearly half a century, and set against the quintessential American backdrop of Chicago and its prospering suburbs, Lombardo's debut explores the triumphs and burdens of love, the fraught tethers of parenthood and sisterhood, and the baffling mixture of affection, abhorrence, resistance, and submission we feel for those closest to us. In painting this luminous portrait of a family's becoming, Lombardo joins the ranks of writers such as Celeste Ng, Elizabeth Strout, and Jonathan Franzen as visionary chroniclers of our modern lives.

     

    Claire Lombardo earned her MFA in fiction at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She was born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois. A former social worker, she now teaches fiction writing and is at work on a second novel.

    Event date: 
    Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 11:30am to 1:30pm
    Event address: 
    The Deer Path Inn
    255 East Illinois Road
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • Nationally Recognized Food, Drinks and Travel Author Kristine Hansen at Lake Forest Book Store

    Meet Food, Drinks and Travel author Kristine Hansen as she celebrates her new book featuring Wisconsin cheeses.

    WISCONSIN CHEESE COOKBOOK: CREAMY, CHEESY, SWEET, and SAVORY RECIPES FROM THE STATE'S BEST CREAMERIES
    Globe Pequot Press  $24.00 Released March 1, 2019
     
    Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 6:00 PM

    at Lake Forest Book Store

    Book available for purchase and signing

    Refreshments will be served

    Call 847-234-4420

     
    Grating, Slicing, Baking and Sprinkling Wisconsin's Best Cheeses. Wisconsin's artisan cheese scene is steeped in tradition and bursting with innovations. Local cheesemakers attract visitors from all over the world. Cheese is a huge part of the state's tourist draw and homegrown character. Everyone who calls Wisconsin home or visits for a day will love this book of the best recipes to cook with cheese. Stunning photos and 60 recipes from the 28 creameries featured will include comfort-food staples like pizza, mac 'n cheese and grilled-cheese sandwiches, as well as wow-worthy dinner-party favorites such as mascarpone cheesecake, plus picnic-friendly salads and delicious breakfasts. Noteworthy creameries covered include: Carr Valley Cheese and Emmi Roth in Southwest Wisconsin; BelGioioso Cheese and Sartori in Northeast Wisconsin; Holland's Family Cheese in Northwest Wisconsin; and Clock Shadow Creamery in Southeast Wisconsin.
     
    Based in Milwaukee's Bay View neighborhood, Kristine Hansen is a nationally recognized food, drinks and travel author with articles about Wisconsin's cheese published on Travel + Leisure's website as well as on Fodors.com. Her articles have appeared in TIME Magazine, Cooking Light Magazine, Vogue.com, Today.com, CNN.com, CNTraveler.com and ArchDigest.com. She contributes to Milwaukee Magazine, covering the state's agriculture industry and its many personalities.
     
     
    Event date: 
    Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
    Event address: 
    Lake Forest Book Store
    662 N. Western Avenue
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • Author Daniela Petrova at Lake Forest Book Store

    Author Daniela Petrova appears at Lake Forest Book Store for a book signing event celebrating her newly published suspense debut novel.

    HER DAUGHTER'S MOTHER

    P. G. Putnum's Son  $28.00  (Released June 18, 2019)

    Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 11:00 AM

    at Lake Forest Book Store

    Books available for purchase and signing

    For more information, call 847-234-4420

    She befriended the one woman she was never supposed to meet. Now she's the key suspect in her disappearance. For fans of The Perfect Mother and The Wife Between Us comes a gripping psychological suspense debut about two strangers, one incredible connection, and the steep price of obsession. Lana Stone has never considered herself a stalker--until the night she impulsively follows a familiar face through the streets of New York's Upper West Side. Her target? The "anonymous" egg donor she'd selected through an agency, the one who's making motherhood possible for her. Hungry to learn more about her, Lana plans only to watch her from a distance. But when circumstances bring them face-to-face, an unexpected friendship is born. Katya, a student at Columbia, is the yin to Lana's yang, an impulsive free spirit who lives life at the edge. And for pragmatic Lana, she's a breath of fresh air and a welcome distraction from her painful breakup with her baby's father. Then, just as suddenly as Katya entered Lana's life, she disappears--and Lana might have been the last person to see her before she went missing. Determined to find out what became of the woman to whom she owes so much, Lana digs into Katya's past, even as the police grow suspicious of her motives. But she's unprepared for the secrets she unearths, and their power to change everything she thought she knew about those she loves best...

    Daniela Petrova grew up behind the Iron Curtain in Sofia, Bulgaria. After the fall of Communism, she moved to New York where earned a BA in Philosophy from Columbia University and an MA in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness from New York University. She is a recipient of an Artist Fellowship in Writing from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Her stories, poems and essays have appeared in many publications, including The New York TimesThe Washington PostLos Angeles Review of BooksSalon, and Marie Claire. She lives and writes in New York City.  Her Daughter’s Mother—released by Putnam in June, 2019—is her first novel.

    Event date: 
    Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
    Event address: 
    Lake Forest Book Store
    662 N. Western Avenue
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • Author Elliot Ackerman at Lake Forest Book Store

    Former White House fellow, Marine veteran and author, Elliot Ackerman appears at Lake Forest Book Store

    WAITING FOR EDEN

    Knopf Publishing Group $23.00 (Released September 25, 2018)

    Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 6:00 PM

    at Lake Forest Book Store

    Refreshment will be served

    Books available for purchase and signing

    Space is limited, so call 847-234-4420

    From the National Book Award finalist, a breathtakingly spare and shattering new novel that traces the intersection of three star-crossed lives. Eden Malcom lies in a bed, unable to move or to speak, imprisoned in his own mind. His wife Mary spends every day on the sofa in his hospital room. He has never even met their young daughter. And he will never again see the friend and fellow soldier who didn't make it back home--and who narrates the novel. But on Christmas, the one day Mary is not at his bedside, Eden's re-ordered consciousness comes flickering alive. As he begins to find a way to communicate, some troubling truths about his marriage--and about his life before he went to war--come to the surface. Is Eden the same man he once was: a husband, a friend, a father-to-be? What makes a life worth living? A piercingly insightful, deeply felt meditation on loyalty and betrayal, love and fear, Waiting for Eden is a tour de force of profound humanity.

    Elliot Ackerman is the author of the novels Dark at the Crossing, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and Green on Blue. His writings have appeared in Esquire, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The New York Times Magazine, among other publications, and his stories have been included in The Best American Short Stories. He is both a former White House Fellow and Marine, and served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart. He divides his time between New York City and Washington, D.C.

    Author Photo Credit to Huger Foote

    Event date: 
    Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
    Event address: 
    Lake Forest Book Store
    662 N. Western Avenue
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • Reception and Book Launch with Artist René Romero Schuler at The Gallery

    The Lake Forest Book Store and The Gallery present a Parisian-inspired evening with a talk by artist René Romero Schuler and Paris Fashion Week  looks by MARCUS accompanied by wine and hors d'oeuvres.

    RENÉ ROMERO SCHULER

    (Released June, 2019)

    Tuesday,October 8, 2019 at 6:00 PM
    at The Gallery
    202 East Wisconsin Avenue

    Lake Forest, IL 60645

    $50 per individual or $65 per couple and includes an exclusive poster featuring René's Paris show.

    Books available for purchase

    Reservations Required. Call 847-234-4420

    René will be donating the proceeds from the book sales to Art Impact Project

    René Romero Schuler is one of the most important and well-collected, contemporary artists to emerge out of the Midwestern United States. Now living in both Chicago, IL and Carmel, CA, this artist is creating powerful images of strength and vulnerability that speak to the heart of the human condition: love, sorrow, solitude, and heartbreak; yet, through these depictions of difficult subjects, she inspires her viewers with hope, fortitude, and ultimately, enduring strength. The figures Schuler captures are equal parts self-portraiture and portraits of the range of human emotions that she has experienced in her all-too-colorful life. Her approach is personal yet universal, and essentially intimate. The work is visually and emotionally affecting; it powerfully reveals her appreciation for the struggle and triumph of the human condition and speaks to global and societal issues that continue to impact daily lives.

    Schuler’s work is in the permanent collections of The Union League Club of Chicago, Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) in Chicago, Grand Valley State University in Michigan, Coral Springs Museum of Art, and St. Thomas University Museum of Art – Sardiñas Gallery in Miami. Her work is in public and private collections around the world and has exhibited internationally in Paris, Rome, Paxos, Singapore, and Beirut. A musical production, Jolere, was wholly inspired by Schuler’s works, with five original scores composed by Lee Kesselman and accompanying contemporary dance choreographed by Joanna Lees. Jolere performed to sold-out audiences in Minneapolis, 2013 and Chicago, 2015.

    A book, René Romero Schuler: Life and Works, showcasing images of the artist’s thick impastos and striking figural canvases in addition to providing readers a look into her artistic process, was released in 2013. A book, simply titled René Romero Schuler, was released in August 2016, and a second hardcover book, also titled René Romero Schuler containing personal essays and poetry alongside her most recent works, was released summer 2019.

    Event date: 
    Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Event address: 
    The Gallery
    202 East Wisconsin Avenue
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • Cocktails with Travel Author Patricia Schultz at North Shore Distillery

    Join author Patricia Schultz at North Shore Distillery as she discusses her new travel book.

    1000 PLACES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE (DELUXE EDITION): THE WORLD AS YOU'VE HAVE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE

    Artisian Publishers $50.00  Releases October 15, 2019

    Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 6:00 PM
    at North Shore Distillery
    13990 Rockland Road

    Libertyville, IL 60048

    $65 for individual or $75 per couple (includes 1 book, 1 drink and appetizers)

    RSVP required. Call 847-234-4420

    Patricia Schultz curates the world. When she published the original 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, she created not only a new kind of travel book but also a new way of thinking about our experiences and interests. Now Schultz captivates our hearts in the same compelling way her original book spoke to our minds. Moving from eloquent word to breathtaking image, she takes us on a visual journey of the best the world has to offer, and as we turn the pages and pore over these images, we feel it all: joy, curiosity, awe, passion, nostalgia (if we've been there), inspiration (because we want to go), and a profound and transforming sense of how lucky we are to live in a world filled with such beauty and wonder--to see tributaries of mist curling over the Great Wall, elephants grazing on the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater, the sun setting on the wild coast of Donegal, masked whirling dancers at a festival in Bhutan. The book itself is a thing of beauty, an oversize feast of more than 1,000 all-new photographs and 544 pages, every spread and page designed to showcase these mesmerizing photographs and hold just enough of Schultz's lively text that we know why it is we're looking at them. It is a perfect gift for every traveler, every fan of the original, every dreamer whose Instagram feed is filled with pictures of places near and far.

    Patricia Schultz is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers 1,000 Places to See Before You Die and 1,000 Places to See in the United States and Canada Before You Die. A veteran travel journalist with over 30 years of experience, she's written for Frommer's, Berlitz, and Access travel guides, as well as the Wall Street JournalCondé Nast Traveler, and Travel Weekly, where she is a contributing editor. Her home base is in New York City, but good luck finding her there.

    Author photo credited to Laura Barisonzi 

    Event date: 
    Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Event address: 
    North Shore Distillery
    13990 Rockland Road
    Li bertyville, IL 60048
  • Local Author Caroline Louise Walker at Lake Forest Book Store

    Illinois author Caroline Louise Walker joins us at Lake Forest Book Store to celebrate her debut fiction novel.

    MAN OF THE YEAR

    Gallery Books  $26.00  (Released June 11, 2019)

    Wednesday, Oct 30, 2019 at 6PM to 7PM

    at Lake Forest  Book Store

    Books available for purchase and signing

    Refreshments will be served

    Call 847-234-4420

    Dr. Robert Hart, Sag Harbor's just-named Man of the Year, is the envy of his friends and neighbors. His medical practice is thriving. He has a beautiful old house and a beautiful new wife and a beautiful boat docked in the village marina. Even his wayward son, Jonah, is back on track, doing well at school, finally worthy of his father's attentions. So when Jonah's troubled college roommate, Nick, needs a place to stay for the summer, Hart and his wife generously offer him their guest house. A win-win: Jonah will have someone to hang with, and his father can bask in the warm glow of his own generosity. But when he begins to notice his new houseguest getting a little too close to his wife, the good doctor's veneer begins to crack. All the little lies Robert tells--harmless falsehoods meant to protect everything he holds dear--begin to mount. Before long, he's embroiled in a desperate downward spiral, destroying the lives that stand in his way. It's only the women in his life--his devoted office manager, his friends, his wife--who can clearly see the truth. Biting and timely, Man of the Year races along at an electric pace, with a wicked twist that you won't see coming.

    Caroline Louise Walker grew up in Rock Island, Illinois. For her fiction and nonfiction, she has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, The Kerouac Project, and Jentel Arts. She holds an MA from NYU. Man of the Year is her first novel.

    Author photograph by Jimmy Stewart (Blacksuit FM Photography)

     

    Event date: 
    Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
    Event address: 
    Lake Forest Book Store
    662 N. Western Avenue
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • Luncheon Featuring Authors Laura Kamoie, Eliza Knight and Sophie Perinot at The Deer Path Inn

    Please join contributing authors Laura Kamoie, Eliza Knight and Sophie Perinot for lunch at The Deer Path Inn as they present their new historical novel depicting prominent women of the French Revolution.

    RIBBONS OF SCARLET: A NOVEL OF THE WOMAN OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION

    William Morrow & Company  $27.00  (Releases October 1, 2019)

    Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 11:30 AM
    at The Deer Path Inn
    255 East Illinois Road

    Lake Forest, IL 60045

    $55 includes lunch and book

    Reservations required. Call 847.234.4420

    Six bestselling and award-winning authors bring to life a breathtaking epic novel illuminating the hopes, desires, and destinies of princesses and peasants, harlots and wives, fanatics and philosophers--six unforgettable women whose paths cross during one of the most tumultuous and transformative events in history: the French Revolution. Ribbons of Scarlet is a timely story of the power of women to start a revolution--and change the world. In late eighteenth-century France, women do not have a place in politics. But as the tide of revolution rises, women from gilded salons to the streets of Paris decide otherwise--upending a world order that has long oppressed them. Blue-blooded Sophie de Grouchy believes in democracy, education, and equal rights for women, and marries the only man in Paris who agrees. Emboldened to fight the injustices of King Louis XVI, Sophie aims to prove that an educated populace can govern itself--but one of her students, fruit-seller Louise Audu, is hungrier for bread and vengeance than learning. When the Bastille falls and Louise leads a women's march to Versailles, the monarchy is forced to bend, but not without a fight. The king's pious sister Princess Elisabeth takes a stand to defend her brother, spirit her family to safety, and restore the old order, even at the risk of her head. But when fanatics use the newspapers to twist the revolution's ideals into a new tyranny, even the women who toppled the monarchy are threatened by the guillotine. Putting her faith in the pen, brilliant political wife Manon Roland tries to write a way out of France's blood-soaked Reign of Terror while pike-bearing Pauline Leon and steely Charlotte Corday embrace violence as the only way to save the nation. With justice corrupted by revenge, all the women must make impossible choices to survive--unless unlikely heroine and courtesan's daughter Emilie de Sainte-Amaranthe can sway the man who controls France's fate: the fearsome Robespierre.

    Laura Kamoie is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction. She holds a doctoral degree in early American history from The College of William and Mary, published two non-fiction books on early America, and most recently held the position of Associate Professor of History at the U.S. Naval Academy before transitioning to a full-time career writing fiction. Laura lives among the colonial charm of Annapolis, Maryland, with her husband and two daughters.

    Eliza Knight is the multi-published author of sizzling historical romance and erotic romance. While not reading, writing or researching for her latest book, she chases after her three children. In her spare time (if there is such a thing…) she likes daydreaming, wine-tasting, traveling, hiking, staring at the stars, watching movies, shopping and visiting with family and friends. She lives atop a small mountain, and enjoys cold winter nights when she can curl up in front of a roaring fire with her own knight in shining armor.

    Sophie Perinot received her BA in History from the College of Wooster and her law degree from Northwestern University. She is an active member of the Historical Novel Society and lives in Virginia.

     

    Event date: 
    Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:30pm
    Event address: 
    Lake Forest Book Store
    662 N. Western Avenue
    Lake Forest, IL 60045