Author Event

Debut Author Samantha Silva at The Deer Path Inn

Lake Forest Book Store welcomes Samantha Silva as she celebrates the holiday season with her debut book

MR DICKENS AND HIS CAROL

Flatiron Books  $25.00

Thursday, November 29th at 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
at The Deer Path Inn
225 East Illinois Road

Lake Forest, IL 60045

$55.00 per person includes lunch and book

Reservations are required. Call 847-234-4420

Charles Dickens is not feeling the Christmas spirit. His newest book is an utter flop, the critics have turned against him, relatives near and far hound him for money. While his wife plans a lavish holiday party for their ever-expanding family and circle of friends, Dickens has visions of the poor house. But when his publishers try to blackmail him into writing a Christmas book to save them all from financial ruin, he refuses. And a serious bout of writer's block sets in. Frazzled and filled with self-doubt, Dickens seeks solace in his great palace of thinking, the city of London itself. On one of his long night walks, in a once-beloved square, he meets the mysterious Eleanor Lovejoy, who might be just the muse he needs. As Dickens' deadlines close in, Eleanor propels him on a Scrooge-like journey that tests everything he believes about generosity, friendship, ambition, and love. The story he writes will change Christmas forever.  Laced with humor, rich historical detail from Charles Dickens' life, and clever winks to his work, Samantha Silva's Mr. Dickens and His Carol is an irresistible new take on a cherished classic.

Samantha Silva is a writer and screenwriter based in Idaho. Mr. Dickens and His Carol is her debut novel. Over her career she's sold projects to Paramount, Universal, New Line Cinema, and TNT. A film adaptation of her short story, The Big Burn, won the 1 Potato Short Screenplay Competition at the 2017 Sun Valley Film Festival. Silva will direct, her first time at the helm. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, she's lived in London, Bologna, and Rome, is an avid Italophile and a forever Dickens devotee.

Author Photo by Glenn Landberg

 

 

 

 

Children's Author Sherri Rinker at Lake Forest Book Store

#1 New York Times Bestselling children's book author Sherri Duskey Rinker will be at Lake Forest Book Store for a book reading, book signing and a meet and greet.

CONSTRUCTION SITE ON CHRISTMAS NIGHT

Chronicle Book  $17.00  Released October 16, 2018

Saturday, December 8th at 9:00 AM

at Lake Forest Book Store

Books available for purchase and signing

Register at 847-234-4420

A new toddler book and Christmas classic entitled Construction Site on Christmas Night  from the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and Mighty, Mighty, Construction Site! Construction toys and construction joys: The trucks are gearing up for Christmas by building a special gift! But, there's a surprise waiting for each of them, too! Presents await for Excavator, Bulldozer, Crane, Dump Truck, and Cement Mixer as each finishes their part of this big, important job and rolls off to a sweet and sleepy goodnight. A gift that will delight: Playful rhyming text from the bestselling author of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and vibrant illustrations from the acclaimed artist AG Ford make this a perfect gift for young construction fans everywhere. If you and your child liked toddler books such as Goodnight Moon, Little Blue Truck, Dragons Love Tacos, Building a House, or The Day the Crayons Quit; you'll love Construction Site on Christmas Night

Sherri Duskey Rinker is the author of #1 New York Times bestsellers Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction SiteSteam Train, Dream Train; and Mighty, Mighty Construction Site, and The 12 Sleighs of Christmas. She loves cooking, gardening, and old oil paintings. Sherri lives with her photographer husband, two sons, one dog, and one hedgehog in St. Charles, Illinois. Find out more about her at Sherriduskeyrinker.com.

 

 

FLETCHER + FORK POP-UP EVENT AT LAKE FOREST BOOK STORE

Join us at Lake Forest Book Store as we host local food writer, photographer and author Wendy Franzen for a Pop-Up entertainment event.

Thursday, November 1st  at 6:00PM

at Lake Forest Book Store

Tastings will include wine braised short rib crostini, parmesan polenta cakes with wild mushroom ragu, autumn spiced pear cakelettes, and chocolate hazelnut tassies. 

Seating is limited, so please register early at 847-234-4420.

From crafting a cohesive menu and curating a playlist to creating a beautiful tablescape and a warm, welcoming atmosphere, it will be an evening of tastings, tips, and recipes for a late autumn/fireside cocktail party. 

Tables will be set for hors d’oeuvres, small bite desserts and a signature cocktail (featuring a cocktail base that can be enjoyed with an added spirit or enjoyed alcohol-free), and participants will have the opportunity for take-home goodies, as well as individually packaged and printed booklets with the evening’s menu and recipes.

Wendy Franzen is a Lake Forest based food writer and photographer and the author of Fletcher + Fork, a cooking and entertaining blog. From hosting a twenty guest dinner for Ragdale’s Novel Affair to entertaining the fashion set in honor of Carolina Herrera creative director Wes Gordon, Wendy is known for her relaxed yet elegant hospitality. The former food and cocktail columnist for Sheridan Road Magazine is currently penning a book of seasonal menus and ideas for warm and gracious gatherings.

Author Christina Baker Kline in Conversation with Deborah Siegel

Join us at Lake Forest Book Store as author Christina Baker Kline presents her newest novel A Piece of the World as part of the Lake Forest Reads: Ragdale One Book, One Community read. Christina will appear in conversation with fellow author Deborah Siegel.

A PIECE OF THE WORLD
William Morrow & Company  $17.00 (Paperback)
 
Friday, October 26, 2018 at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
at Lake Forest Books Store
 

Books available for purchase and signing

 

As seating is limited, registration is  required.

Call 847-234-4420

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the smash bestseller Orphan Train, a stunning and atmospheric novel of friendship, passion, and art, inspired by Andrew Wyeth's mysterious and iconic painting Christina's World. "Later he told me that he'd been afraid to show me the painting. He thought I wouldn't like the way he portrayed me: dragging myself across the field, fingers clutching dirt, my legs twisted behind. The arid moonscape of wheatgrass and timothy. That dilapidated house in the distance, looming up like a secret that won't stay hidden." To Christina Olson, the entire world is her family farm in the small coastal town of Cushing, Maine. The only daughter in a family of sons, Christina is tied to her home by health and circumstance, and seems destined for a small life. Instead, she becomes Andrew Wyeth's first great inspiration, and the subject of one of the best-known paintings of the twentieth century, Christina's World. As she did in her beloved bestseller Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline interweaves fact and fiction to vividly reimagine a real moment in history. A Piece of the World is a powerful story of the flesh-and-blood woman behind the portrait, her complicated relationship to her family and inheritance, and how artist and muse can come together to forge a new and timeless legacy.

Christina Baker Kline is the author of six novels, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Orphan Train as well as A Piece of the World. She lives outside New York City and spends as much time as possible on the coast of Maine. Learn more about Christina at www.christinabakerkline.com.

Deborah Siegel is the author of Sisterhood, Interrupted: From Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild, co-editor of the literary anthology Only Child, and co-founder of She Writes. A PhD in English and American Literature, she is a Visiting Scholar in Gender and Sexuality Studies at Northwestern University and a TEDx speaker. Her work has appeared in a wide variety of venues. She currently serves as Coach-in-Chief at Girl Meets Voice, where she helps those with powerful insights write publicly in the service of their ideas.

America's Test Kitchen's Julia Collin Davison at Taste Buds Kitchen

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For the first time ever, America’s Test Kitchen is bringing their scientific know-how, rigorous testing, and hands-on learning to KIDS in the kitchen! To celebrate, Taste Buds Kitchen and Lake Forest Book Store welcome Julia Collin Davison of America's Test Kitchen and a contributing author of the new release, The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs During this exclusive book signing event, Julia will demonstrate an entrée recipe for the audience and share cooking and nutrition tips. 

 
 
THE COMPLETE COOKBOOK FOR YOUNG CHEFS
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky  Releases October 16, 2018
 
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 5:00 PM to 6:15 PM
 
Taste Buds Kitchen
2521 Waukegan Road
Bannockburn, IL 60015
 
Parents: attend as an individual, drop your child off or come as a pair! $35 per person or $45 per parent/child pair. Cost includes one cookbook.
 

Tasting samples will be provided with book signing to follow.

Space is very limited. Advance registration required, no walk-ins. Register at At 847-234-4420

Additional event info at www.lakeforestbookstore.com

Want to bake the most-awesome-ever cupcakes? Or surprise your family with breakfast tacos on Sunday morning? Looking for a quick snack after school? Or maybe something special for a sleepover? It's all here. Learn to cook like a pro--it's easier than you think. For the first time ever, America's Test Kitchen is bringing their scientific know-how, rigorous testing, and hands-on learning to KIDS in the kitchen! Using kid-tested and approved recipes, America's Test Kitchen has created THE cookbook every kid chef needs on their shelf. Whether you're cooking for yourself, your friends, or your family, The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs has delicious recipes that will wow!

  • Recipes were thoroughly tested by more than 750 kids to get them just right for cooks of all skill levels--including recipes for breakfast, snacks and beverages, dinners, desserts, and more.
  • Step-by-step photos of tips and techniques will help young chefs feel like pros in their own kitchen
  • Testimonials (and even some product reviews!) from kid test cooks who worked alongside America's Test Kitchen will encourage young chefs that they truly are learning the best recipes from the best cooks.

By empowering young chefs to make their own choices in the kitchen, America's Test Kitchen is building a new generation of confident cooks, engaged eaters, and curious experimenters.

AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN is the most authoritative resource for reliable, kitchen-tested recipes and cooking information. They value process, curiosity, practicality, and honesty. They believe everyone can learn to be a successful cook and their mission is to test recipes over and over until they understand how and why they work, and arrive at the best version.

Julia Collin Davison is the host of America's Test Kitchen and the host of Cook's Country from America's Test Kitchen. She began working as a test cook for Cook's Illustrated in 1999 and is an original cast member of both television shows. Julia leads the recipe development team working on America's Test Kitchen cookbooks.

Author John Flanagan at Warren-Newport Public Library

Join the staff of Lake Forest Book Store for a public presentation and book signing by John Flanagan for his new book at Warren-Newport Public Library in Gurnee.
 
THE RED FOX CLAN (RANGER'S APPRENTICE: THE ROYAL RANGER) 
Philomel Books  $18.99  Releases August 21, 2018
 
Monday, October 1, 2018 at 6:00 PM
at Warren-Newport Public Library
224 O'Plaine Road
Gurnee, IL 60031
Meeting Room B
 

Books Available for Purchase and Signing

For more information or registration visit Warren-Newport Public Library website

#1 New York Times bestselling author John Flanagan returns to the world of Ranger's Apprentice, continuing the story arc starring fan favorites, Will and Maddie (The Royal Ranger: A New Beginning). Picking up where The Royal Ranger: A New Beginning left off, this next installment continues the story arc featuring young apprentice, Maddie, and the student-turned-master, Will Treaty. The time has come for the next generation to assume the mantle and become protectors of the kingdom of Araluen. After passing her third-year assessment as a ranger's apprentice, Maddie is called home to Castle Araluen. Forced to keep her ranger training a secret, Maddie feels trapped by the monotony of castle life and longs to find a way out. But there are whisperings of a new threat to the kingdom. The mysterious Red Fox Clan, a group of anarchists all donning fox masks, have threatened Castle Araluen and question Princess Cassandra and Madelyn's succession to the throne. Will they succeed in unseating Cassandra and Madelyn and take the throne for themselves? The bestselling author of the Ranger's Apprentice and Brotherband series, John Flanagan, returns in the captivating follow-up to The Royal Ranger: A New Beginning. Perfect for fans of Tolkien, Redwall, and Game of Thrones!
 
John Flanagan grew up in Sydney, Australia, hoping to be a writer, and after a successful career in advertising and television, he began writing a series of short stories for his son, Michael, in order to encourage him to read. Those stories would eventually become The Ruins of Gorlan, Book 1 of the Ranger’s Apprentice epic. Now with his companion series, Brotherband, the novels of John Flanagan have sold millions of copies and made readers of kids the world over. Mr. Flanagan lives in the suburb of Mosman, Australia, with his wife. In addition to their son, they have two grown daughters and four grandsons. Visit him online at www.worldofjohnflanagan.com.

Dinner with Local Author Kraig Moreland and Toby Jones at Froggy's

Join us at Froggy's French Cafe as we celebrate Kraig W. Moreland's and Toby Jones' new book chronicling a local unsolved crime.

THE FURNACE GIRL: THE MYSTERIOUS CASE OF ELFRIEDA KNAAK
Across The Lake Publishing Company, Released July 14, 2018
 
Thursday, October 18th at 6:30 PM to 8:30
at Froggy's French Cafe
306 Green Bay Rd,
Highwood, IL 60040
 

Books will be available for purchase and signing

$45 for individual/$80 per couple

Reservations required. Call 847-234-4420

In October of 1928, in the quaint north shore Chicago suburb of Lake Bluff, 30-year-old Elfrieda Knaak was found naked in the basement of the Village Hall, propped up next to the furnace, with burns over more than half of her body... but still alive! To this day –- 90 years later -- no one knows how she got there or how she was so badly burned. This stranger-than-fiction story is told through the eyes of Griff Morgan, a young orphan boy, whose harrowing journey makes him an accidental witness to what still remains one of the most puzzling, unsolved crimes of the early 1900s.

This is the first historical fiction book project for Kraig W. Moreland. Kraig has lived in Lake Bluff, Illinois his entire life. After working 10 years in advertising and marketing, he founded New Vision Athletics, Inc. in 1996, a privately-held sports league on the north shore of Chicago. Kraig and his wife Jennifer have raised their four children in Lake Bluff. They also co-founded the Margo Moreland Charitable Foundation in 1999, which supports children afflicted with Cerebral Palsy. Kraig has a great passion for film and local history. Over the last 15 years, he has helped write and co-produce the Lake Bluff Ghost Walk. In 2011, Kraig wrote, filmed, and produced a two-hour documentary "A Childhood Lost & Found - A Journey back to The Lake Bluff Children's Home," a heart-felt story of the Lake Bluff Orphanage, the children who lived there and the people who cared for them. The film was awarded a "Superior Award" from the Illinois Association of Museums in 2012. He is the recipient of the 2012 I Care Award, and also an honorary Paul Harris Fellow Rotary award,. Kraig was a featured speaker at Rosalind Franklin University Medical School in 2014 for the TedMed Live talk.

Toby Jones has been writing since his early high school years. He studied Creative Writing at DePauw University and then earned a Masters of Divinity at Princeton Seminary. He went on to teach English at both the high school and college levels, including a four-year stint at Phillips Exeter Academy. The Furnace Girl is Toby’s first collaborative effort and foray into historical fiction. His previous two books, The Gospel According to Rock and The Way of Jesus focused on Toby’s spiritual journey. He currently serves at Congregational/UCC church in Gaylord, Michigan as part-time pastor, which allows him to continue writing, teaching, and counseling. Those in the Chicagoland area will be interested to know that Toby was one of the founders of Lake County P.A.D.S. – Public Action to Deliver Shelter. He served as its Director in the late 1980s. In the mid-1990s, Toby was awarded an N.E.H. grant to study the Depression Era in American History. He was also named a Klingenstein Fellow by Columbia’s Teachers’ College in 1996.

Author Laura Holtz at Lake Forest Book Store

Join the staff of Lake Forest Book Store in welcoming Laura Holtz, author of the new book, Warm Transfer

WARM TRANSFER
Gatekeeper Press  $16.00  Released May 29, 2018
In recognition that October is DVAM (Domestic Violence Awareness Month), the author is donating 10% of her book profits to RAINN, an organization that works to prevent sexual abuse and that supports survivors.
 
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 6:00 PM
at Lake Forest Book Store
 

Books available for purchase and signing

Refreshments will be served

Call 847-234-4420

For any woman who has sought to reinvent herself comes a story of courage, potential and finding joy. Tamsen Peel has lost all hope. Devastated by the challenges in her marriage, she struggles desperately to find herself, and in doing so, she discovers a warm transfer.  By definition, "WARM TRANSFER /warm ˈtrænsfər/ (noun) The act of a customer service representative remaining on the line with their caller until that caller is successfully transferred to another agent." Metaphorically speaking, a warm transfer happens any time we help others find safe passage to their destination. Warm transfers move us forward, and they are at the heart of Tamsen's journey.

In a romantic and sometimes humorous story, Warm Transfer drops us into an affluent world of scandals and secrets. Tamsen's husband Victor owns a successful advertising agency, and his income supports the Peel's lavish lifestyle in the uppermost echelon of Chicago society. Inside the clutch of Victor's controlling ways, however, Tamsen has misplaced her sense of identity. Just as she has given up the dream she could ever have more, Whit, a handsome young musician, leans his beat-up bike against the iron fence of the Peel's Astor Street brownstone. Quickly, Tamsen finds an unlikely companion in his kindred, tortured soul. Despite their age difference, the two discover common ground in hot tea and their mutual love for the French novel The Count of Monte Cristo. It's only a matter of time before their friendship intensifies, and Tamsen must face the questions that haunt her: can she reclaim the woman she was in her life before Victor? Is the detriment to her children worth it? Is she worth it?

Chicago native Laura Holtz graduated from Northwestern University and entered into a career in sales promotion rising to the position of head of the creative department at her agency. She put her talent for writing toasts in rhymed verse to use by composing book and lyrics for her original musical Gatecrashers, a finalist in the Ball State University Discovery New Musical Theatre Festival. 

 

Mother/Daughter vegan food bloggers Linda Meyer and Alex Meyer at Lake Forest Book Store

Join us at Lake Forest Book Store as we welcome Linda Meyer and Alex Meyer, the mother/daughter team behind Veganosity.com as they share their new cookbook.

GREAT VEGAN BBQ WITHOUT A GRILL: AMAZING PLANT-BASED RIBS, BURGERS, STEAKS, KABOBS AND MORE SMOKY FAVORITES
Page Street Publishing Company  $22.00
 
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 6:00 PM
at Lake Forest Book Store
 

Books available for purchase and signing

Refreshments will be served

For more information, call 847-234-4420

Named one of the best new cookbooks for summer by The Washington Post!.  All your favorite BBQ dishes made deliciously plant-based! Great Vegan BBQ Without a Grill is the easy and convenient way to BBQ anywhere, anytime while keeping to your healthy vegan lifestyle. Linda Meyer and her daughter Alex take you on a tour of America's best BBQ, inspired by their family road trips to South Carolina, Louisiana, Texas and more. They'll show you how to easily replicate the smoky flavors and textures of classic BBQ meats using a grill pan or cast iron skillet--no outdoor grill or smoker required!

Sink your teeth into Texas BBQ Brisket dripping with Big Mama's Homemade BBQ Sauce, and win the war on bland, crumbling veggie burgers with Smoky Chipotle BBQ Black Bean Burgers. Featuring more than 70 recipes, each paired with a mouthwatering photo, you can create a real hoedown with dishes such as "Honey" BBQ Ribz, Beer Braised Pulled "Pork" Sandwiches, BBQ Jerk Chick'n and Carolina Coleslaw. These amazing recipes will become your go-to vegan choices for all your BBQ cravings.

Linda Meyer and her daughter Alex run the vegan food blog Veganosity. They've had recipes featured on the websites of The Kitchn, One Green Planet, PETA, ShapeFitnessBetter Homes and Gardens and Vegan Food & Living. They have also done recipe development for many common food brands such as Dole, Silk, Barilla, Kellogg and more. Linda and Alex live in Chicago.

Author Nina Barrett at Lake Forest Book Store

Lake Forest Book Store partnering with the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society host Nina Barrett for a book discussion and signing

THE LEOPOLD AND LOEB FILES: AN INTIMATE LOOK AT ONE OF AMERICA'S MOST INFAMOUS CRIMES
Agate Midway Books  $35.00  Released July 17, 2018 
 
Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 6:00 PM
at Lake Forest Book Store
 

Books available for purchase and signing

Refreshments will be served

For more information, call 847-234-4420

In 1924, University of Chicago students Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb were young, rich, and looking for a thrill. The crime that came next--the brutal, cold-blood murder of 14-year-old Bobby Franks--would come to captivate the country and unfold into what many dubbed the crime of the century. As the decades passed, the mythology surrounding the unlikely killers continued to capture the interest of new generations, spawning numerous books, fictionalizations, and dramatizations. In The Leopold and Loeb Files, author Nina Barrett returns to the primary sources--confessions, interrogation transcripts, psychological reports, and more--the kind of rare, pre-computer court documents that were usually destroyed as a matter of course. Until now, these documents have not been part of the murder's central narrative. This first-of-its-kind approach allows readers to view the case through a keyhole and look past all of the stories that have been spun in the last 90 years to focus on the heart of the crime. Carefully curated and steeped in historical context from Barrett, this book allows the surviving Leopold and Loeb documents, most of which are in the form of either transcripts or narrative, to function as both artifact and literature, recounting the moves of the murder and sentencing hearing as well as addressing the questions that continue to fascinate--issues of morality, sanity, sexuality, religious assimilation, parental grief and responsibility, remorse, and the use of the death penalty. This comprehensive, ephemera-driven history allows the reader to act as a fly on the wall and speaks powerfully to the unsolved mysteries of this distinct crime, in which the guilt of the perpetrators is unambiguous but almost everything else is open to interpretation.

Nina Barrett, a graduate of both Yale University and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, is the author of three books and numerous articles, essays, and reviews. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and The Nation, among other places. In 2009, she curated an exhibition for Northwestern called The Murder That Wouldn't Die, which inspired The Leopold and Loeb Files. Barrett is also the founder and owner of Bookends & Beginnings, an independent bookstore in Evanston, Illinois.

 

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