Author Events

  • Author Luncheon with Elin Hilderbrand at The Deer Path Inn

    Join us in welcoming author Elin Hilderbrand at The Deer Path Inn to celebrate the publication of her newest novel.

    SUMMER OF '69

    Little, Brown and Company  $28.00  June 18, 2019

    Friday, June 21, 2019 at 11:30 AM
    at The Deer Path Inn
    255 East Illinois Road
    Lake Forest, IL 60645
     

    $55 includes lunch and a  book

    Reservations required. Call 847-234-4420

    Four siblings experience the drama, intrigue, and upheaval of a summer when everything changed, in New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand's first historical novel. Welcome to the most tumultuous summer of the twentieth century. It's 1969, and for the Levin family, the times they are a-changing. Every year the children have looked forward to spending the summer at their grandmother's historic home in downtown Nantucket. But like so much else in America, nothing is the same: Blair, the oldest sister, is marooned in Boston, pregnant with twins and unable to travel. Middle sister Kirby, caught up in the thrilling vortex of civil rights protests and determined to be independent, takes a summer job on Martha's Vineyard. Only-son Tiger is an infantry soldier, recently deployed to Vietnam. Thirteen-year-old Jessie suddenly feels like an only child, marooned in the house with her out-of-touch grandmother and her worried mother, each of them hiding a troubling secret. As the summer heats up, Ted Kennedy sinks a car in Chappaquiddick, man flies to the moon, and Jessie and her family experience their own dramatic upheavals along with the rest of the country. In her first historical novel, rich with the details of an era that shaped both a nation and an island thirty miles out to sea, Elin Hilderbrand once again earns her title as queen of the summer novel. 

    Elin Hilderbrand was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She has used her 50 years to write 23 novels and raise three children on Nantucket Island.

    Author photo credited to Nina Subin

    Event date: 
    Friday, June 21, 2019 - 11:30am to 1:30pm
    Event address: 
    The Deer Path Inn
    255 East Illinois Road
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • Author Margaret McMullan at Lake Forest Book Store

    Author Margaret McMullan joins us at Lake Forest Book Store to present her latest book; a journey into her ancestral past.

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

    Calypso Editions $20.00  Releases May 1, 2019 

    Friday, June 21, 2019 at 6:00 PM

    at Lake Forest Book Store

    Books available for purchase and signing

    Refreshments will be served

    Call 847-234-4420

    The moment she discovers the existence of Richard, a long-lost relative, at Israel’s Holocaust Museum, Margaret McMullan begins an unexpected journey of revelation and connectivity as she tirelessly researches the history of her ancestors, the Engel de Jánosis. Propelled by a Fulbright cultural exchange that sends her to teach at a Hungarian University, Margaret, her husband and teenage son all eagerly travel to Pécs, the land of her mother’s Jewish lineage. After reaching Pécs, a Hungarian town both small and primarily Christian, Margaret realizes right then and there how difficult her mission is going to be.

    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 seven award-winning novels. In 2015, she and Phillip Lopate curated Every Father’s Daughter, an anthology of essays about fathers by great women writers such as Alice Munro, Ann Hood, and Jane Smiley. A 2007 Eudora Welty Visiting Writer at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, Margaret has taught on the summer faculty at the Stony Brook Southampton Writers Conference in Southampton, New York, at the Eastern Kentucky University Low-Residency MFA Program, and at the University of Southern Indiana’s Summer and Winter Ropewalk Writers Retreat. She was the Melvin Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Evansville, where she taught for 25 years. Recently she served as a faculty mentor at the Stony Brook Southampton Low-res MFA Program. She writes full time now in Pass Christian, Mississippi

     
    Event date: 
    Friday, June 21, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
    Event address: 
    Lake Forest Book Store
    662 N. Western Avenue
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • Chicago-area author Lisa Barr at Lake Forest Book Store

    Chicago-area author, journalist and blogger joins us at Lake Forest Book Store to present her newly-released novel

    THE UNBREAKABLES

    HarperCollins Publishers  $16.99  Releases June 4, 2019

    Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 6:00 PM

    at Lake Forest Book Store

    Books available for purchase and signing

    Refreshments will be served

    Call 847-234-4430

     
    THE UNBREAKABLES by award-winning author Lisa Barr is a delicious, captivating novel about a woman from Chicago who jets off to France after her "perfect" marriage collapses, putting the broken pieces of herself back together while rediscovering her own joie de vivre—a lust for life, art, and passion. 

    The worst birthday ever might just be the gift of a lifetime...It's Sophie Bloom's forty-second birthday, and she's ready for a night of celebration with Gabe, her longtime, devoted husband, and her two besties and their spouses. Dinner is served with a side of delicious gossip, including which North Grove residents were caught with their pants down on Ashley Madison after the secret on-line dating site for married and committed couples was hacked. Thirty-two million cheaters worldwide have been exposed...including Sophie's "perfect" husband. To add insult to injury, she learns Gabe is the top cheater in their town. Humiliated and directionless, Sophie jumps into the unknown and flees to France to meet up with her teenage daughter who is studying abroad and nursing her own heartbreak. After a brief visit to Paris, Sophie heads out to the artist enclave of Saint-Paul-de-Vence. There, for the first time in a long time, Sophie acknowledges her own desires--not her husband's, not her daughter's--and rediscovers her essence with painful honesty and humor, reawakening both her sensuality and ambitions as a sculptor. As she sheds her past and travels the obstacle-filled off beaten path, Sophie Bloom is determined to blossom. Allowing her true self to emerge in the postcard beauty of Provence, Sophie must decide what is broken forever...and what it means to be truly unbreakable.

     
    Lisa Barr has been an editor at The Jerusalem Post, Today's Chicago Woman, and Moment magazine, and an editor/reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times. Among the highlights of her career, Lisa covered the famous "handshake" between the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, the late PLO leader Yasser Arafat, and President Bill Clinton at the White House. Lisa is also the creator and editor of the popular parenting blog, GIRLilla Warfare. She has been featured on Good Morning America, Today, Fox & Friends, and Australia TV for her work as an author, journalist and blogger. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband and three daughters (aka: Drama Central).
    Event date: 
    Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
    Event address: 
    Lake Forest Book Store
    662 N. Western Avenue
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • Local Author Deborah Rine at Lake Forest Book Store

    Local author, Deborah Rine joins us at Lake Forest Book Store to celebrate her two newest Emerald Coast Mystery novels

    THE GIRL ON 30A: AN EMERALD COAST MYSTERY

    CreateSpace  $14.00 Available in Paperback

    Claire escapes on Christmas Day. She leaves behind her stifling family, her controlling fiancé and her grueling job. In Lemon Cove, a Florida town off Highway 30A, she finds new friends, a challenging career and a house on the beach. How lucky can she get? But within days her perfect new life begins to disintegrate. Her date for New Year's Eve is found dead in a gangland shooting. She has the distinct feeling she's being followed. Gripped by fear, she is suspicious of some around her. Claire is determined to uncover the truth and reclaim the life she's begun to build...no matter what it takes. This fast-paced novel takes place on the exquisite Emerald Coast along Highway 30A in the Florida Panhandle. Part travelogue and part thriller, THE GIRL ON 30A paints a vibrant portrait of a distinctive region while spinning its intriguing tale.

    ENVY ON 30A: AN EMERALD COAST MYSTERY

    Sefl-Published $14.00  Available in Paperback

    Victoria Palmer is a social-media queen with millions of followers. Her wedding promises to be the cyber event of the year. The nuptials will take place at the fabulous Magnolia Resort, a haven for the super-rich on the exquiisite Emerald Coast along Highway 30A in the Florida Panhandle. For Morgan Lytton, Magnolia's wedding planner, the four-day extravaganza provokes anxiety. An impending storm off the Gulf of Mexico looms on the horizon. Pernicious paparazzi threaten to infiltrate the event. In addition, an undercurrent of hatred and jealousy simmers under the feigned camaraderie of the wedding party. Unwittingly, Morgan becomes enmeshed in their conflicts. After the first murder, the members of the wedding party begin to suspect one another. Morgan works with the police and finds herself a target for the vindictive killer.

     

    Thursday, July 11, 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

    Deborah Rine lives in Lake Bluff, Illinois with her husband, Larry and her chocolate lab, Cocoa. She has also written The Lake, Face Blind, and Divergent Deaths. The Girl on 30A is her fifth novel and was inspired by a wonderful vacation along the Emerald Coast.

    Event date: 
    Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
    Event address: 
    Lake Forest Book Store
    662 N. Western Ave.
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • Author Luncheon with Allison Dickson at The Deer Path Inn

    Meet, greet and enjoy lunch with author Allison Dickson at The Deer Path Inn as she celebrates her newest novel.

    THE OTHER MRS. MILLER

    G. P. Putnum's Son  $26.00  Releases July 16, 2019

    Wednesday, July 17, 2018 at 11:30 AM
    at The Deer Path Inn
    255 East Illinois Road

    Lake Forest, IL 60045

    $55 includes book and lunch

    Seating is limited. Reservations required. Call 847-234-4420

    In this unputdownable domestic suspense debut, a lonely suburban housewife finds her life entangled with the family that moves in across the street at the same time that she becomes convinced someone is watching her--perfect for fans of The Couple Next Door and The Last Mrs. Parrish. Once a darling of Chicago's social scene, Phoebe Miller fears she's become irrelevant and cliché just another miserably unfulfilled housewife who drowns her sorrows in chardonnay and ice cream and barely leaves her house. Maybe it's her dark thoughts and fertile imagination that lead her to believe the worst about everything she spies going on in the exclusive suburban cul-de-sac she calls home. But surely that rusty blue sedan that keeps idling by her driveway is a sign that she's being watched. And that new family that just moved in across the street--Dr. Ron Napier, his vivacious wife, Vicki, and their handsome college-bound son, Jake--can't be as perfect as they appear. Especially not with the bruises on Vicki's arms and the fear in Jake's eyes. When a chance introduction to the exuberant Vicki--and a forbidden encounter with Jake--draws her out of her shell and deeper into the Napiers' orbit, Phoebe's life finally gets the infusion of excitement she's been missing. But when anonymous threatening notes begin landing on her doorstep, she'll have to ask herself just how well anyone can truly know their neighbors...and how close to home unforeseen danger sometimes lies.

    Allison Dickson is the author of several independently published horror and dystopian novels. She has also written nearly two dozen short stories, both independently and as part of anthologies. Dickson lives in Dayton, Ohio, and when not writing, she is typically gaming, blogging, or exploring.

    Author photo credit to Ken Dickson

    Event date: 
    Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 11:30am to 1:30pm
    Event address: 
    The Deer Path Inn
    255 East Illinois Road
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • Writer/Producer and China Hand Stewart Lee Beck at Lake Forest Book Store

    Stewart Lee Beck discussed 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 celebrates 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 the 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