Author Event

AUTHORS KORIE MINKUS and LISA VRANCHEN AT LAKE FOREST BOOK STORE

Join entrepreneurs Ashley Black and Korie Trevino 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

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.

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