Author Event

LUNCHEON WITH AUTHOR MARY LAURA PHILPOTT AT THE ONWENTSIA CLUB

Join us for lunch and conversation at the Onwentsia Club as the Lake Forest Book Store hosts best-selling author Mary Laura Philpott with her recently published memoir.

BOMB SHELTER: LOVE, TIME AND OTHER EXPLOSIVES

Atria Books  $27.00  Released April 12, 2022

Thursday, June 23, 2022 11:30AM to 1:30PM
at the Onwentsia Club
300 Green Bay Rd
Lake Forest, IL 60045

$85 ticketed event includes lunch and a copy of the book.

Space is limited, so RSVP at 847-234-4420

 

From the bestselling author of I Miss You When I Blink comes a poignant and powerful new memoir that tackles the big questions of life, death, and existential fear with humor and hope. A lifelong worrier, Philpott always kept an eye out for danger, a habit that only intensified when she became a parent. But she looked on the bright side, too, believing that as long as she cared enough, she could keep her loved ones safe. Then, in the dark of one quiet, pre-dawn morning, she woke abruptly to a terrible sound--and found her teenage son unconscious on the floor. In the aftermath of a crisis that darkened her signature sunny spirit, she wondered: If this happened, what else could happen? And how do any of us keep going when we can't know for sure what's coming next? Leave it to the writer whose critically acclaimed debut had us "laughing and crying on the same page" (NPR) to illuminate what it means to move through life with a soul made of equal parts anxiety and optimism (and while she's at it, to ponder the mysteries of backyard turtles and the challenges of spatchcocking a turkey). Hailed by The Washington Post as "Nora Ephron, Erma Bombeck, Jean Kerr, and Laurie Colwin all rolled into one," Philpott returns in her distinctive voice to explore our protective instincts, the ways we continue to grow up long after we're grown, and the limits--both tragic and hilarious--of the human body and mind.

 

Mary Laura Philpott, nationally bestselling author of I Miss You When I Blink and Bomb Shelter, writes essays and memoirs that examine the overlap of the absurd and the profound in everyday life. Her writing has been featured by The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and The Atlantic, among many other publications. A former bookseller, she also hosted an interview program on Nashville Public Television for several years. Mary Laura lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her family.

LUNCHEON WITH LOCAL AUTHOR SHELLEY JOHNSTONE-PASCHKE & CO-AUTHOR KIMBERLY SCHLEGE WHITMAN AT LAKE FOREST BOOK STORE

Join the staff of Lake Forest Book Store for Lunch  with Shelley Johnstone-Paschke and Kimberly Schlegel Whitman celebrating their new book commemorating familial inspired tables and entertaining styles of 34 tastemasters.

A LOVING TABLE: CREATING MEMORABLE GATHERINGS
Gibbs Smith  $55.00  Released April 19, 2022
 
Wednesday, May 25, 2022  11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
at Onwentsia Club
300 Green Bay Rd
Lake Forest, IL 60045
 

Ticket price $110 to include lunch and a  copy of the book

Seating is limited so RSVP early at 847-234-4420

Thirty style-setting women pay tribute to how their mothers and grandmothers have influenced their own styles of entertaining at home. Whether they proudly incorporate recipes passed down from a grandmother's collection or follow a mother's lessons for making guests feel comfortable, it is clear that family role models have had a strong influence. Blending inherited dinnerware or decorative pieces in their modern tables is also big in the way women embrace their heritage for entertaining. From formal to casual occasions, city to country, and grand to intimate, indoor and outdoor tables beautifully designed tell a story about how these women host guests at their tables. Each style maker shares tips and lessons in entertaining that she learned from the women in her life.

Shelley Johnstone Paschke, owner of her eponymous design firm, has been nationally recognized for her elegant European-influenced Interiors with a fresh modern twist. Her work has been featured in House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Chicago Magazine, Luxe, The New York Times, ArchDigest.com, Veranda.com, and Tory Daily. In addition, she has been named to the Luxe "Gold" List multiple times and recognized as a "Next Wave" interior designer by House Beautiful. Shelley and her team have worked on projects from Rhode Island to Florida, London, Dallas, and Chicago. Shelley lives in Lake Forest, Illinois.

Kimberly Schlegel Whitman has developed her extraordinary talent for hosting parties into an entrepreneurial empire, from her luxury event rental business (sold in 2006) to a line of monogrammable linens and party napkins (sold in 2018). She is the author of eight books on entertaining, her most recent being Parties Around a Punch Bowl and Monnograms for the Home. She designed a specialty line of summer clothing for Dillard's in 2021 and 2022. Kimberly lives in Dallas.

THE LAKE FOREST SHOP AND LAKE FOREST BOOK STORE WELCOME AUTHOR ELLEN WARNER

The Lake Forest Shop, in cooperation with Lake Forest Book Store have invited Ellen Warner, noted author, photojournalist and portrait photographer, for an afternoon  discussion and book signing.

THE SECOND HALF: FORTY WOMEN REVEAL LIFE AFTER FIFTY
Brandes University Press  $35.00  Released January 20, 2022
 
Tuesday May 3, 2022 from 4:00 PM to 6:00PM
 
 
at The Lake Forest Shop
265 East Market Square
Lake Forest, IL 60045
 
 
Books Available for purchase and signing.
 
Or call The Lake Forest Shop 847-234-0548.

 

A frank, honest, and insightful look into the lives of women over fifty.

The Second Half explores, in photographic portraits and interviews, how the second half of life is experienced by women from many different cultures. From a French actress to a British novelist, from an Algerian nomad to a Saudi Arabian doctor, and an American politician, Ellen Warner traveled all over the world to interview women about their lives. She asked them what they learned in the first half that was helpful in the second, and what advice they would give to younger women. Their revealing and inspiring stories are enlightening for all readers, and are illustrated by Warner's stunning portraits which tell their own story.

Ellen Warner began her career as a photojournalist in 1969. Her photographs have been pub­lished in numerous newspapers and magazines and exhibited extensively. Over the years, she has developed a specialty in author portraits and has worked for most publishing houses in New York and London. She has also writ­ten travel articles, which have been published in the New York Times, Travel and Leisure, and The Traveller.

Author Photo credit to Lily Warner

DEBUT AUTHOR SHELBY VAN PELT AT LAKE FOREST BOOK STORE

Lake Forest Book Store invites you to an evening with local author Shelby Van Pelt celebrating her debut novel entitled Remarkaby Bright Creatures.

REMARKABLY BRIGHT CREATURES
Ecco Press  $27.99  Releases May 3, 2022
 
Thursday, May 12, 2022 @ 6:00 PM
at Lake Forest Book Store
662 N. Western Avenue
Lake Forest, IL 60045
 
Books available for purchase and signing.
 
Refreshment will be served.
 
Seats are limited. Reserve yours at 847-234-4420
 

After Tova Sullivan's husband died, she began working the night shift at the Sowell Bay Aquarium, mopping floors and tidying up. Keeping busy has always helped her cope, which she's been doing since her eighteen-year-old son, Erik, mysteriously vanished on a boat in Puget Sound over thirty years ago. Tova becomes acquainted with curmudgeonly Marcellus, a giant Pacific octopus living at the aquarium. Marcellus knows more than anyone can imagine but wouldn't dream of lifting one of his eight arms for his human captors--until he forms a remarkable friendship with Tova. Ever the detective, Marcellus deduces what happened the night Tova's son disappeared. And now Marcellus must use every trick his old invertebrate body can muster to unearth the truth for her before it's too late. Shelby Van Pelt's debut novel is a gentle reminder that sometimes taking a hard look at the past can help uncover a future that once felt impossible.

Shelby Van Pelt was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Shelby Van Pelt lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her family. Remarkably Bright Creatures is her first novel.

Author Photo Credit to Karen Forsythe.

KATHLEEN WEST AT LAKE FOREST BOOK STORE

Join us at Lake Forest Book Store as author Kathleen West presents her newest novel entitled Home or Away.

 HOME OR AWAY
Berkley Books  $27.00  Released March 29, 2022
 
Wednesday, April 13, 2022 @ 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
at Lake Forest Book Store
662 N. Western Avenue
Lake Forest, IL 60645
 
Books available for purchase and signing.
 
Refreshments will be served.
 
Space is limited so RSVP at 847-234-4420

 

Two friends, one Olympic dream, and the choice that stood in the way.  Once Leigh and Susy were close friends and teammates bound for Olympic hockey gold, but when Leigh's sure-fire plan to make the final roster backfired, she left everything behind to start over, including the one person who knew her secret. Two decades later, Leigh's a successful investment banker, happily married, and the mom of a hockey prodigy, so when a career opportunity lands the family back in Minnesota, Leigh takes the shot for her kid. Back in the ultra-competitive world she left behind, the move puts her in Susy's orbit, a daily reminder of how Leigh watched from the sidelines as her former teammate went on to Olympic glory. Despite the coldness between them, Susy can't help but hope that Leigh might lace up her skates and join her in the coaches' box--after all Leigh knows better than anyone how hard it is to be a woman in this world. Susy knows soon her daughter, Georgie, will be seen as a "girl athlete," relegated to the B team, with less support and opportunity to advance. But Leigh believes keeping Susy at arms' length is the only way to hide her history with her former coach Jeff Carlson. When he hints of new favors in exchange for her son's ice time, Leigh is caught in the ultimate bind: come clean about what happened when she was an Olympic hopeful and risk her marriage or play Jeff's game. In a moment of desperation, Leigh realizes the one person she thought was her biggest competitor--her former teammate--might turn out to be her biggest ally. Told with Kathleen West's trademark wit and compassion, Home or Away is a story about overcoming our pasts, confronting our futures, and the sustaining bonds of female friendship.
 
Kathleen West is a veteran 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 A+ human family and two B- dogs.

LOCAL AUTHOR LISA BARR AT LAKE FOREST BOOK STORE

Join us at Lake Forest Book Store as we host local author Lisa Barr in celebrating the publication of her newest novel Woman on Fire.

WOMAN ON FIRE
HarperCollins  $16.99  Releases March 1, 2022 in Paperback
 
Thursday, March 3, 2022 6PM to 7PM
at Lake Forest Book Store
662 Western Avenue

Lake Forest, IL 60045

Books Available for purchase and signing.

Refreshments will be served.

Seating is limited so reserve a spot by calling 847-234-4420.

From the author of the award-winning Fugitive Colors and The Unbreakables, a gripping tale of a young, ambitious journalist embroiled in an international art scandal centered around a Nazi-looted masterpiece--forcing the ultimate showdown between passion and possession, lovers and liars, history and truth.

After talking her way into a job with Dan Mansfield, the leading investigative reporter in Chicago, rising young journalist Jules Roth is given an unusual--and very secret--assignment. Dan needs her to locate a painting stolen by the Nazis more than 75 years earlier: legendary Expressionist artist Ernst Engel's most famous work, Woman on Fire. World-renowned shoe designer Ellis Baum wants this portrait of a beautiful, mysterious woman for deeply personal reasons, and has enlisted Dan's help to find it. But Jules doesn't have much time; the famous designer is dying.

Meanwhile, in Europe, provocative and powerful Margaux de Laurent also searches for the painting. Heir to her art collector family's millions, Margaux is a cunning gallerist who gets everything she wants. The only thing standing in her way is Jules. Yet the passionate and determined Jules has unexpected resources of her own, including Adam Baum, Ellis's grandson. A recovering addict and brilliant artist in his own right, Adam was once in Margaux's clutches. He knows how ruthless she is, and he'll do anything to help Jules locate the painting before Margaux gets to it first.

A thrilling tale of secrets, love, and sacrifice that illuminates the destructive cruelty of war and greed and the triumphant power of beauty and love, Woman on Fire tells the story of a remarkable woman and an exquisite work of art that burns bright, moving through hands, hearts, and history.
 

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).

KATHERINE REAY AT LAKE FOREST BOOK STORE

Meet Chicagoland author Katherine Reay as she returns to Lake Forest Book Store to introduce her newest release, The London House.

THE LONDON HOUSE

Harper Muse $17.99  Releases November 2, 2021

Wednesday, November 3, 2021
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

at Lake Forest Book Store

Books available for purchase and signing

Space is limited. Call 847-234-4420

Refreshment will be served.

An uncovered family secret sets one woman on the journey of a lifetime through the history of Britain’s WWII spy network and glamorous 1930s Paris in an effort to understand her past, save her family, and claim her future. 

One call could bring ruin to her family name. 

Caroline Payne thinks it is just another day at work when she receives a call from Mat Hammond, a doctoral candidate, who has uncovered a dark and scandalous family secret: her British great-aunt defected to the Nazis to marry her German lover. 

The letters tell a different story.

In search of answers, Caroline flies to London to search her grandmother’s diaries and her aunt’s letters. In them she discovers the “Waite girls” and a time of peace and luxury in the interwar years that is beyond anything she ever imagined. But the buoyant tone quickly changes as the sisters grow older, fall in love with the same man, and one leaves home to join the glamorous art scene of 1930s Paris—all amid the rumblings of war.

But history won’t let its secrets go so easily.

The more Caroline learns, the more questions she has. Together Caroline and Mat work to dig out answers, uncovering stories of spies and love, of family rifts, and of one fateful evening in 1941. Will the truth they uncover heal the decades-old family wounds, or will they tear the family even further apart?

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.

LOCAL AUTHORS MIKE CONKLIN AND MITCH ENGEL AT LAKE FOREST BOOK STORE

Mike Conklin and Mitch Engel join us at Lake Forest Book Store to present their new book chronicling the extraordinary achievements of a Tanzanian school for the physically handicapped. 

MIRACLES BY THE MOUNTAIN: THE STORY OF FARAJA SCHOOL
Faraja Fund Foundation (February 1, 2021)  $49.00
 
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Lake Forest Book Store

Books will be available for purchase and signing

Please RSVP for this free event at 847-234-4420

Refreshments will be served

Miracles by the Mountain: The Story of Faraja Primary School is a beautiful book that describes the miraculous events that came together for the school to materialize 20 years ago and the success stories that continue to unfold there. It is a testament to the vision and love of Don and Joann Tolmie. Authors Mitch Engel and Mike Conklin agreed that “Faraja is a feel-good story that needed to be told.” In the book they share stories about the Faraja students whose lives have been forever changed by this remarkable school founded in love and grace and still operating according to these same qualities.The photos are both breath-taking and heart-warming and readers should never again doubt the huge impact that can be made by humble individuals with noble intentions. The authors have donated the book & all proceeds to The Faraja Fund Foundation.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Mike Conklin started his media career at a small-town weekly newspaper, graduated to local dailies and broadcasting, before making a long stop at the Chicago Tribune, as a beat reporter, columnist, and syndicated feature writer. He has written for the New York Times, a variety of magazines, reviewed books, and taught communication and writing in the U.S. and China. Mike now has turned his attention to fictional books, having just completed his third novel.

Mitch Engel headed up one of the nation's largest ad agencies at age 37, ran his own strategic consulting business, and eventually was lured into a senior executive position with a Fortune 500 company. After flunking retirement several times, he finally took residence behind his keyboard in 2007. Since then, he has written four novels, co-authored a fifth book, and co-created the content for a popular Chicago tourism app.

AREA AUTHOR CHRISTINA CLANCY AT LAKE FOREST BOOK STOIRE

Join the staff at Lake Forest Book Store as we celebrate the return of In-house author events as we host area author Christina Clancy as she presents her second novel  entitled "Shoulder Season"

SHOULDER SEASON by Christina Clancy
St. Martin's Press (July 6, 2021) $27.99
 
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
at Lake Forest Book Store

Books available for purchase and signing

Register for this free event at 847-234-4420

Refreshments will be served.

A dazzling portrait of a young woman coming into her own, the youthful allure of sex, drugs, and rock and roll, and what we lose—and gain—when we leave home.

The small town of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin is an unlikely location for a Playboy Resort, and nineteen-year old Sherri Taylor is an unlikely bunny. Growing up in neighboring East Troy, Sherri plays the organ at the local church and has never felt comfortable in her own skin. But when her parents die in quick succession, she leaves the only home she’s ever known for the chance to be part of a glamorous slice of history. In the winter of 1981, in a costume two sizes too small, her toes pinched by stilettos, Sherri joins the daughters of dairy farmers and factory workers for the defining experience of her life.

Living in the “bunny hutch”—Playboy’s version of a college dorm—Sherri gets her education in the joys of sisterhood, the thrill of financial independence, the magic of first love, and the heady effects of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. But as spring gives way to summer, Sherri finds herself caught in a romantic triangle—and the tragedy that ensues will haunt her for the next forty years.

From the Midwestern prairie to the California desert, from Wisconsin lakes to the Pacific Ocean, this is a story of what happens when small town life is sprinkled with stardust, and what we lose—and gain—when we leave home. With a heroine to root for and a narrative to get lost in, Shoulder Season is a sexy, evocative tale, drenched in longing and desire, that captures a fleeting moment in American history with nostalgia and heart.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: In addition to writing, Christina Clance teaches spin classes (the sweating, not the weaving kind) and taught English at Beloit College for almost a decade. Her short stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times "Modern Love" column, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Sun Magazine, and in literary journals like Glimmer Train Stories, Hobart, Pleiades, The Minnesota Review and on Wisconsin Public Radio. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband and her two children, Olivia and Tim.

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.

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