Author Events

  • Best Selling Author Peter Heller at North Shore Distillery

    Join best-selling author Peter Heller at the North Shore Distillery to celebrate the paperback release of his newest novel.

    THE RIVER

    Vintage  $16.00  Releases March 3, 2020

    Tuesday, March 3rd, at 6:00 PM
    at North Shore Distillery
    13990 Rockland Road

    Green Oaks, IL 60048

    $30 for individual (includes 1 signature cocktail and 1 book)

    $45 for couple (includes 2 signature cocktails and 1 book)

    Reservations required. Call 847-234-4420

    From the best-selling author of The Dog Stars, the story of two college students on a wilderness canoe trip--a gripping tale of a friendship tested by fire, white water, and violence. Wynn and Jack have been best friends since freshman orientation, bonded by their shared love of mountains, books, and fishing. Wynn is a gentle giant, a Vermont kid never happier than when his feet are in the water. Jack is more rugged, raised on a ranch in Colorado where sleeping under the stars and cooking on a fire came as naturally to him as breathing. When they decide to canoe the Maskwa River in northern Canada, they anticipate long days of leisurely paddling and picking blueberries, and nights of stargazing and reading paperback Westerns. But a wildfire making its way across the forest adds unexpected urgency to the journey. When they hear a man and woman arguing on the fog-shrouded riverbank and decide to warn them about the fire, their search for the pair turns up nothing and no one. But: The next day a man appears on the river, paddling alone. Is this the man they heard? And, if he is, where is the woman? From this charged beginning, master storyteller Peter Heller unspools a headlong, heart-pounding story of desperate wilderness survival.

    PETER HELLER is the national bestselling author of CelineThe Painter, and The Dog StarsThe Painter was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and won the prestigious Reading the West Book Award, shared in the past by Western writers such as Cormac McCarthy and Terry Tempest Williams, and The Dog Stars, which was published to critical acclaim and lauded as a breakout bestseller, has been published in twenty-two languages to date. Heller is also the author of four nonfiction books, including Kook: What Surfing Taught Me About Love, Life, and Catching the Perfect Wave, which was awarded the National Outdoor Book Award for Literature. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in poetry and fiction and lives in Denver, Colorado.

    Author Photo credit to John Burcham

    Event date: 
    Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Event address: 
    North Shore Distillery
    13990 Rockland Road
    Green Oaks, IL 60048
  • 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
  • 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

    Wednesday, March 11th, 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: 
    Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:30am
    Event address: 
    Glen Rowen House at Lake Forest College
    500 North Sheridan Road
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • Chicago Native Author Stephanie Wrobel at Lake Forest Book Store

    Meet and greet Chicago native author Stephanie Wrobel  as she presents 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
  • Author Margaret McMullan at Lake Forest Book Store

    Author Margaret McMullan returns to Lake Forest Book Store for a meet & greet and books signing event.

    WHERE THE ANGELS LIVED:  ONE FAMILY'S STORY OF EXILE. LOSS, AND RETURN

    Calypso Editions  $19.99  Released in Paperback on May 01, 2019

    Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

    at Lake Forest Book Store

    Books available for purchase and signing

    Call 847-234-2240 to register

    Insightful and heart-wrenching, Where the Angels Lived is the true story of a woman's relentless determination to pick up the pieces of her family's fragmented history throughout the Hungarian Holocaust. Straddling memoir and reportage, past and present, this story reminds us all that we can escape a country, but we can never escape history.

    A recipient of a 2010 NEA Fellowship in literature, a 2010 Fulbright at the University of Pécs in Pécs, Hungary, and the National Author Winner of the 2011 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, Margaret McMullan is the author of nine award-winning books, She writes full time now in Pass Christian, Mississippi.

    Event date: 
    Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
    Event address: 
    Lake Forest Book Store
    662 N. Western Avenue
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • Debut Author Emily Neuberger at Lake Forest Book Store

    Join us at Lake Forest Book Store in welcoming author Emily Neuberger as she introduces her debut novel.

    A TENDER THING

    G. P. Putnum's Son  $26.00  Releases April 7, 2020

    Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 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

     

    An exhilarating debut novel set under the dazzling lights of late 1950s Broadway, where a controversial new musical pushes the boundaries of love, legacy, and art. Growing up in rural Wisconsin, Eleanor O'Hanlon always felt different. In love with musical theater from a young age, she memorized every show album she could get her hands on. So when she discovers an open call for one of her favorite productions, she leaves behind everything she knows to run off to New York City and audition. Raw and untrained, she catches the eye of famed composer Don Mannheim, who catapults her into the leading role of his new work, " A Tender Thing, " a provocative love story between a white woman and black man, one never before seen on a Broadway stage. As word of the production gets out, an outpouring of protest whips into a fury. Between the intensity of rehearsals, her growing friendship with her co-star Charles, and her increasingly muddled creative--and personal--relationship with Don, Eleanor begins to question her own naïve beliefs about the world. When explosive secrets threaten to shatter the delicate balance of the company, and the possibility of the show itself, Eleanor must face a new reality and ultimately decide what it is she truly wants. Pulsing with the vitality and drive of 1950s New York, Emily Neuberger's enthralling debut immerses readers right into the heart of Broadway's Golden Age, a time in which the music soared and the world was on the brink of change.

    Emily Neuberger is an MFA graduate and grant recipient at Brooklyn College's fiction program, and previously worked as an editorial assistant at Viking Books. She has a music degree from NYU, where she studied musical theater and writing. A performer for fifteen years, she performed at Carnegie Hall in Stephen Schwartz's birthday celebration and sang for Stephen Sondheim at the Music Institute of Chicago. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. 

    Author Photo by  Michael Kushner

    Event date: 
    Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
    Event address: 
    Lake Forest Book Store
    662 N. Western Avenue
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • Luncheon with Local Author Elizabeth Wetmore at The Deer Path Inn

    Join us in welcoming local author Elizabeth Wetmore for lunch at The Deer Path Inn as she celebrates publication of her debut novel

    VALENTINE

    Harper  $27.00  Releases March 31, 2020

    Wednesday, April 22nd at 11:30 AM
    The Deer Path Inn
    255 East Illinois

    Lake Forest, IL 60045

    $55 includes a copy of the book

    Reservations required. Call 847-234-4420.

    It's February 1976, and Odessa, Texas, stands on the cusp of the next great oil boom. While the town's men embrace the coming prosperity, its women intimately know and fear the violence that always seems to follow. In the early hours of the morning after Valentine's Day, fourteen-year-old Gloria Ramírez appears on the front porch of Mary Rose Whitehead's ranch house, broken and barely alive. The teenager had been viciously attacked in a nearby oil field--an act of brutality that is tried in the churches and barrooms of Odessa before it can reach a court of law. When justice is evasive, one of the town's women decides to take matters into her own hands, setting the stage for a showdown with potentially devastating consequences. Valentine is a haunting exploration of the intersections of violence and race, class and region in a story that plumbs the depths of darkness and fear, yet offers a window into beauty and hope. Told through the alternating points of view of indelible characters who burrow deep in the reader's heart, this fierce, unflinching, darkly funny, and surprisingly tender novel illuminates women's strength and vulnerability, and reminds us that it is the stories we tell ourselves that keep us alive.

    Elizabeth Wetmore is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her fiction has appeared in Epoch, Kenyon Review, Colorado Review, Baltimore Review, Crab Orchard Review, Iowa Review, and other literary journals. She is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and two fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, as well as a grant from the Barbara Deming Foundation. She was also a Rona Jaffe Scholar in Fiction at Bread Loaf and a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony, and one of six Writers in Residence at Hedgebrook. A native of West Texas, she lives and works in Chicago.

    Event date: 
    Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 11:30am to 1:30pm
    Event address: 
    The Deer Path Inn
    255 East Illinois Road
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • Author Luncheon with Katherine Reay at The Deer Path Inn

    We welcome local author Katherine Reay back for lunch at The Deer Path Inn to introduce her newest novel.

    OF LITERATURE & LATTES

    Thomas Nelson  $17.00  Releases to Paperback May 12, 2020

    Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 11:30 AM
    at The Deer Path Inn
    255 East Illinois Road

    Lake Forest, IL 60045

    $45 includes lunch and a book

    Reservations required. Call 847-234-2240

    Katherine Reay returns to the cozy and delightful town of Winsome where two people discover the grace of letting go and the joy found in unexpected change. After fleeing her hometown three years earlier, Alyssa Harrison never planned to return. Then the Silicon Valley start-up she worked for collapsed and turned her world upside down. She is broke, under FBI investigation, and without a place to go. Having exhausted every option, she comes home to Winsome, Illinois, to regroup then move on as quickly as possible. Yet, as friends and family welcome her back, Alyssa begins to see a place for herself in this small Midwestern community. Jeremy Mitchell moved from Seattle to Winsome to be near his daughter and to open the coffee shop he's been dreaming of for years. Problem is, the business is bleeding money--and he's not quite sure why. When he meets Alyssa, he senses an immediate connection, but what he needs most is someone to help him save his floundering business. After asking for her help, he wonders if something might grow between them--but forces beyond their control soon complicate their already complex lives, and the future they both hoped for is not at all what they anticipated. With the help of Winsome's small-town charm and quirky residents, Alyssa and Jeremy discover the beauty and romance of second chances.

    Katherine Reay is the national bestselling and award-winning author of Dear Mr. KnightleyLizzy and Jane, The Brontë Plot, A Portrait of Emily PriceThe Austen Escape, and The Printed Letter Bookshop. All Katherine's novels are contemporary stories with a bit of classical flairKatherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and is a wife, mother, former marketer, and avid chocolate consumer. After living all across the country and a few stops in Europe, Katherine now happily resides outside Chicago, IL. You can meet her at www.katherinereay.com; Facebook: KatherineReayBooks; Twitter: @katherine_reay; or Instagram: @katherinereay.

     

    Event date: 
    Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 11:30am to 1:30pm
    Event address: 
    The Deer Path Inn
    255 East Illinois Road
    Lake Forest, IL 60045