Author Event

LOCAL NOVELIST ELIZABETH BERG AT LAKE FOREST BOOK STORE

Join us as we welcome local novelist, Elizabeth Berg as she presents her latest novel.

EARTH'S THE RIGHT PLACE TO LOVE

Random House  $27.00 Releases March 21, 2023

Tuesday, March 21, 2023 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
at Lake Forest Book Store
662 N. Western Ave
Lake Forest, IL 60045
 

Books available for purchase and signing

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

Refreshments will be served

This beautiful new novel by the beloved author of Open House and Talk Before Sleep tells the story of two young people growing up in Mason, Missouri, and how Arthur Moses, a shy young man, becomes the wise and compassionate person readers loved in The Story of Arthur Truluv.

Nola McCollum is the most desirable girl in Arthur's class, and he is thrilled when they become friends. But Arthur wants far more than friendship. Unfortunately, Nola has a crush on the wrong Moses--Arthur's older brother, Frank, who is busy pursuing his own love interest and avoiding the boys' father, a war veteran with a drinking problem and a penchant for starting fights. When a sudden tragedy rocks the family's world, Arthur struggles to come to terms with his grief. In the end, it is nature that helps him to understand how to go on, beyond loss, and create a life of forgiveness and empathy. But what can he do about Nola, who seems confused about what she wants in life, and only half aware of the one who loves her most?

Elizabeth Berg is the author of many bestselling novels, including The Story of Arthur Truluv, Night of Miracles, The Confession Club, Open House (an Oprah's Book Club selection), Talk Before Sleep, and The Year of Pleasures, as well as the short story collection The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted. Durable Goods and Joy School were selected as ALA Best Books of the Year. She adapted The Pull of the Moon into a play that enjoyed sold-out performances in Chicago and Indianapolis. Berg's work has been published in thirty-one countries, and three of her novels have been turned into television movies. She is the founder of Writing Matters, a quality reading series dedicated to serving author, audience, and community. She teaches one-day writing workshops and is a popular speaker at venues around the country. Some of her most popular Facebook postings have been collected in Make Someone Happy, Still Happy, and Happy to Be Here. She lives outside of Chicago.

Photo credit to Teresa Crawford

LOCAL DEBUT COOKBOOK AUTHOR KAREN NOCHIMOWSKI AT LAKE FOREST BOOK STORE

Join us to welcome local author Karen Nochimowski as she tours celebrating her debut cookbook offering 100 super simple dishes

6-MINUTE DINNERS (AND MORE): 100 SUPER SIMPLE DISHES WITH 6 MINUTES OF PREP AND 6 INGREDIENTS OR LESS
Page Street Publishing  $26.00  Released in Paperback December 13, 2022
 
 
Wednesday, January 25, 2023 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
at Lake Forest Book Store
662 N. Western Avenue
Lake Forest, IL 60045
 

Book available for purchase and signing

Space is limited, RSVP at 847-234-4420

Refreshments will be served

As a mom of 3 rambunctious boys, I was always struggling to find time to cook a good healthy family meal while usually having a kid in on my hip or throwing a fit on the floor. Well I have finally mastered a way to serve a fabulous meal withy little effort and few ingredients. My recipes are simple and delicious, using no more than six ingredients and under six minutes of prep time.

Karen Nochimowski is the creator of the popular food blog Momma Chef and writes a monthly food column for the Daily Herald. She has appeared on LIVE with Kelly and Ryan and WGN Radio. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.

AWARD-WINNING LOCAL AUTHOR CHRISTIE TATE AT LAKE FOREST BOOK STORE

Lake Forest Book Store welcomes New York Times best-selling author Christie Tate at the store for a meet and greet and book signing celebrating her newest book.

B.F.F: A Memoir of Friendship Lost and Found
Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster  $28.00  Releases February 07, 2023
 
Thursday, February 23, 2023 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
at Lake Forest Book Store
662 North Western Avenue
Lake Forest, IL 60045
 

Books available for purchase and signing

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

Refreshments will be served

From the author of Group, a New York Times bestseller and Reese's Book Club Pick, comes a moving, heartwarming, and powerful memoir about Christie Tate's lifelong struggle to sustain female friendship, and the friend who helps her find the human connection she seeks.

After more than a decade of dead-end dates and dysfunctional relationships, Christie Tate has reclaimed her voice and settled down. Her days of agonizing in group therapy over guys who won't commit are over, the grueling emotional work required to attach to another person tucked neatly into the past. Or so she thought. Weeks after giddily sharing stories of her new boyfriend at Saturday morning recovery meetings, Christie receives a gift from a friend. Meredith, twenty years older and always impeccably accessorized, gives Christie a box of holiday-themed scarves as well as a gentle suggestion: maybe now is the perfect time to examine why friendships give her trouble. "The work never ends, right?" she says with a wink. Christie isn't so sure, but she soon realizes that the feeling of "apartness" that has plagued her since childhood isn't magically going away now that she's in a healthy romantic relationship. With Meredith by her side, she embarks on a brutally honest exploration of her friendships past and present, sorting through the ways that debilitating shame and jealousy have kept the lasting bonds she craves out of reach--and how she can overcome a history of letting go too soon. But when Meredith becomes ill and Christie's baggage threatens to muddy their final days, she's forced to face her deepest fears in honor of the woman who finally showed her how to be a friend. Poignant, laugh-out-loud funny, and emotionally satisfying, B.F.F. explores what happens when we finally break the habits that impair our ability to connect with others, and the ways that one life--however messy and imperfect--can change another.

Christie Tate is the author of the New York Times bestseller Group, which was a Reese's Book Club selection. She has been published in The New York TimesThe Washington PostChicago TribuneMcSweeney's Internet Tendency, and elsewhere, and she lives in Chicago with her family.

BRIAN LEVANT AT LAKE FOREST BOOK STORE

Join us at Lake Forest Book Store as noted Director/Writer/Producer presents his extraordinary collection of animated feature and comic toys assembled in his new book.

MY LIFE AND TOYS - TWO RIVERS
G. Editions, LLC.  $85:00  Released September 13, 2022
 
 
Wednesday, October 26, 2022  6:00pm-7:00pm
at Lake Forest Book Store
662 N. Western Avenue
Lake Forest, IL 60045
 
Books available for purchase and signing.
 
Space is limited, so RSVP at 847-234-4420
 
Refreshments will be served.
 

Original book of photographs and text by the noted director/writer/producer Brian Levant, presenting his extraordinary collection of animated feature and comic toys, including hundreds of iconic characters represented in figures, banks, games, lunchboxes, puppets, comics, windups, vehicles and items at the bottom of cereal boxes. This comprehensive and one-of-a-kind collection and book/work, itself, is presented in varied chapters. There are chapters here that include the author's Flintstones collection; others created while he produced features with Steven Spielberg; or those acquired while producing classic TV shows, like Mork & Mindy. And this is just a small sampling of what is in this exhaustive book, where the sum total has been acquired over the past 50 years. This is a book distinctive in its content; in both words and the hundreds of original photographs created exclusively for it. The author's acclaim and success as a producer of popular culture film and television features allows presentation here of a distinctly individual and personal yet universally interesting book for collectors and the general public alike, which has no comparison and could not be replicated even in a minor form, by anyone else other than this author.

 

Brian Levant is a nationally recognized toy and pop culture collector now in his fifth decade in the entertainment industry. Director, writer, and producer, Levant has been at the creative helm of some of the biggest franchises in family entertainment. Among Levant's more than 400 television credits include being the showrunner of "Happy Days", "Mork & Mindy" and "The Bad News Bears" series. After winning the 1989 Cable Ace Award as Best Director in a Comedy Series, for his long running "Leave it to Beaver" revival, Levant turned his attention to writing and directing feature films. Among Levant's feature directing credits are the original "Beethoven," the two Steven Spielberg produced Flintstones films, Jingle All the Way" starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, "Snow Dogs", Are We There Yet" and the 2010 Jackie Chan vehicle, "The Spy Next Door.
In addition, Levant has produced, written or directed another 10 network and cable films including the Starz Network's first original production, "The Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space" and the two live action/CGI Scooby Doo films, which remain the Cartoon Network's highest rated programs of all-time. Illumination Entertainment is currently in pre-production on Levant's original C.G.I. animated musical feature, which is being produced and the music written by Pharrell Williams.
Additional awards his works have collected include an 1981 NAACP Image Award for "The Bad NewsBears", 1987 Youth In Film Best Series Award for "Beaver" and the 1988 International Emmy for Best Children and Young People's Series, for "My Secret Identity", which he created.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and four gigantic dogs.

AUTHORS KORIE MINKUS and LISA VRANCHEN AT LAKE FOREST BOOK STORE

Join entrepreneurs Korie Minkus and Lisa Vrancken at Lake Forest Book Store for a book signing event.

BE... FROM PASSION AND PURPOSE TO PRODUCT AND PROSPERITY
Ashley Black, Korie Trevino & Lisa Vranchen (Authors)
Post Hill Press  $26.00  Released June 28, 2022
 
Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 10:30am to 12:00pm
at Lake Forest Book Store
662 N. Western Avenue
Lake Forest, IL 60045
 
Books available for purchase and signing
 

Spark your imagination. Shed limiting beliefs. Find your voice. BE... is a multidimensional approach to bringing out the magic in you. Braided with universal truths and the power of the Divine Feminine, our book is all about being happy, aligned, and intentional in life and business. The words, stories, and practices in this book help you to take a step back, break free from modern myths about productivity and worth, and release what's no longer serving you. An everyday exploration of your authentic passion, BE... is our supportive guide to a clear, visionary, and prosperous future. BE... is a unique collaboration between three incredible co-authors: Ashley Black, a #1 national bestselling author and a 2020 ABA Entrepreneur; Korie Minkus, a renowned brand strategist, global consultant, and motivational speaker in more than thirty countries; and Lisa Vrancken, an award-winning television producer and marketing/brand expert. Together, we take a deep dive into the four pillars--passion, purpose, products, and prosperity. Our book offers more than a dozen exercises and actions (we call them Movements!) to get you thinking, feeling, and flowing. Woven with our personal stories and insights, along with words of wisdom from Randi Zuckerberg, Natasha Grano, and so many more, BE... cracks the code to put your purpose in motion. BE... is a fun, light-hearted read to illuminate the fractures of the past and fill them with love. Definitely not your ordinary business book, our first collaboration is really about the journey back home to yourself.

Ashley Black, #1 bestselling author of The Cellulite Myth, was named ABA's Entrepreneur of the Year 2020 for her development of tissue regenerating products, including her inaugural record-breaking tool, the FasciaBlaster®. After surviving a debilitating childhood illness, followed by a near-death experience in her thirties, Ashley's life purpose has been to help others with their health. Through her success in consumer products, she is now expanding her purpose to helping others with their own passions to bring their ideas to fruition. This book is her quantum jump into empowering women with the strategies, tools, and support they need to be free and unbridled and share their special gifts with the world through business.

Korie Minkus-Trevino is founder of Rock Your Product and CEO of Industry Rockstar, the #1 global product growth and award-winning business mentorship program. Korie is an international speaker on consumer psychology and brand leadership. She has consulted and trained tens of thousands of entrepreneurs globally. As a relied-on brand expert, she launched and scaled over a hundred products and generated $1 billion in revenue. With deep passion to impact, she delivers outcome-based business solutions connecting people, purpose, and products.

Lisa Vrancken is a globally sought-after media brand strategist, public speaker, product consultant, and marketing expert who has mentored hundreds on their entrepreneurial journeys. She is an award-winning television producer, and creator of the Innovator's Think Tank, a quarterly product pitching event that draws entrepreneurs and innovators from all over the world. She is EVP at AsSeenOnTV.pro and Shark Discoveries, specializing in TV and digital media campaigns with Kevin Harrington, original Shark from the Emmy award-winning reality TV show, Shark Tank.

LUNCHEON WITH AUTHOR MOLLY YEH AT THE DEER PATH INN

Join us for a luncheon with Food Network television host, blogger and author Molly Yeh as she celebrates the publication of her new cookbook.

HOME IS WHERE THE EGGS ARE
William Morrow & Co. $32.50  Releases September 27, 2022
 
Friday, October 21, 2022  11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
at the Deer Path Inn
255 East Illinois Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045

 

$75 includes lunch and a copy of the book

Additional books avaiable for purchase and signing

Seating is limited, so register at 847.234.4420

From the host of Food Network's Girl Meets Farm and bestselling author of the IACP award-winning Molly on the Range, a collection of cozy recipes that feel like celebrations. Home Is Where the Eggs Are is an intimate book full of food that's best enjoyed in the comfort of sweatpants and third-day hair, by a television host and new mom living on a sugar beet farm in East Grand Forks, MN. Molly Yeh's cooking is built low-maintenance dishes that are satisfying to make for weeknight meals to celebrate empty to-do lists after long workdays, cozy Sunday soups to simmer during the first (or seventh!) snowfall of the year, and desserts that will keep happily under the cake dome for long enough that you will never feel pressure to share.

The flavors in this book draw inspiration from a distinctive blend of Molly's experiences--her Chinese and Jewish heritage, her time living in New York, her husband's Scandinavian heritage, and their farm in the upper Midwest. She uses seasonal ingredients that are common in her region while singlehandedly supporting the za'atar and sumac import industry in her small town. These influences come together into fuss-free crave-able meals that dirty as few dishes as possible and offer loads of prep-ahead, freezing, and substitution tips. In Home Is Where the Eggs Are, the feeling of home starts in the kitchen; just melt some butter, fry an egg, and build a little memory around it.

Molly Yeh is the star of Food Network’s series Girl Meets Farm. She rose to national prominence with the debut of her memoir, Molly On The Range: Recipes and Stories from an Unlikely Life on a Farm. Her cookbook was selected by the New York Times as one of the fall's top releases of 2016 and was the winner of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP), “Judge’s Award.” The book was also selected by NPR as one of their “Great Reads of 2016.” In March 2018, Molly followed the release with Yogurt by Short Stack Editions, featuring recipes dedicated to an ingredient she calls “the duct tape of food.”. This year she anticipates the publication of her newest cookbook entitled Home is Where the Eggs Are.

She is also the creator of the lifestyle food blog, www.mynameisyeh.com, which has been recognized by Saveur and Yahoo as “Food Blog of the Year.” Molly has been featured by the New York Times, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, and New York Magazine, and has contributed to Vanity Fair, Saveur, Condé Nast Traveler, Food52, and The Jewish Daily Forward. She was named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 list for 2017 and Apartment Therapy’s 10 under 40 list.

Outside the kitchen, Molly is a Juilliard-trained percussionist and has performed with orchestras around the world, in off-Broadway theatre, and as the glockenspielist for the pop-band San Fermin. She lives on a farm on the North Dakota-Minnesota border with her fifth-generation farmer husband and their little flock of chickens.

Author Photo by Chantell and Brett Quernemoen

Rev. Dr. Thomas Dickelman at Lake Forest Book Store

The Lake Forest Book Store host lRev. Dr. Tom Dickelman, founder and co-minister of the Community Church of Lake Forest & Lake Bluff, IL as he celebrates the publication of his new book.

GARAGE SALE BUDDHA: A MAVERICK MINISTER'S MARGINALLY CULTURED PEARLS OF WISDOM
Across the Lake Publishing Co.  $20,00 Direct to Paperback on May 16, 2022
 
Wednesday, July 13, 2022, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
at Lake Forest Book Store, 662 N. Western Ave.

Lake Forest, IL 60045

Books available for purchase and signing

Space is limited, reserve your spot at 847-234-4420

In our home there is a small nook built into the wall, about 12” deep and wide and 20” high. Sitting peacefully inside, as if designed for it, is an untypically thin, smiling Buddha adorned with faux emeralds and diamonds. Appearing comfortably cross-legged beneath the glow of a hidden light, Buddha radiates a welcoming vibe to all who walk past. We bought Buddha for $10 at a garage sale.While I’m typically not a “garage sailor,” I will be forever grateful we stopped by a neighborhood sale one Saturday when my wife Jean and I found Buddha. Why? Because it’s one of the best things that’s happened to my prayer life in a long time. You see adjacent Buddha – sitting in the base of a window about two feet away – is a Tibetan Prayer Wheel I purchased in Kathmandu in 2015. And one day with no real forethought I began a ritual that has stuck – when I walk past, I touch Buddha’s outstretched hand and spin the Tibetan Prayer Wheel while offering a one-line prayer to God of what is foremost in my mind.

“Lord, may your healing presence be with Sue as she battles cancer.”

“May Kate and Annie have a safe trip this summer.”

“Help me understand how to help Ted right now…”

It’s become such a valued ritual that I literally cannot walk past without touching Buddha’s hand, spinning the wheel, and saying a prayer. It goes without saying that an ordained Presbyterian minister with universalist leanings serving an independent church praying multiple times each day by touching Buddha and spinning a Tibetan Prayer Wheel from Kathmandu may be a little wacky.Welcome to my world. It’s a world where our church has no building, members, or committees. Where each summer for 4 months we worship on the beach. Where there’s no choir but we’re known for spectacular music. Where our flavor of Christianity intentionally respects and honor other traditions, exemplified by our omnipresent prayer flags. Where business principles have driven much of the unlikely success we’ve experienced. And where amidst our wackiness, we continue to blossom. I love the Buddha and Prayer Wheel ritual because it evolved organically. With every prayer, I stay in touch with what matters most in my life. It helps me be who God calls me to be. And, as with all prayer, it doesn’t necessarily change things – but it does change me. “Amidst the smorgasbord of tidbits I’ve compiled, my hope is that you will find a meal.” In Garage Sale Buddha, you’ll find a little bit of everything. Compelling stories from 4 decades of ministry, and the unique kind of wisdom that results from someone who’s charted an uncommon life course.

Author's proceeds benefit the Community Church of Lake Forest & Lake Bluff, IL

Tom Dickelman is the founder and Co-Minister of the Community Church, and a speaker and consultant to businesses, churches, and not-for-profit organizations. Tom's family includes his wife Jean, three adult children, and a bevy of animals. He has no free time, but that's because Tom has convinced himself that golfing, sailing, and playing ukulele are all doing ministry.

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

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