Author Event

Author Jason B. Rosenthal at Lake Forest Book Store

Join us to greet best-selling author and Chicagoan, Jason B. Rosenthal as he celebrates the release of this newest book

MY WIFE SAID YOU MAY WANT TO MARRY ME: A MEMOIR

Harpers  $27.00  Releases April 21, 2020

Thursday, April 23rd 6:00PM to 7:00 PM

at Lake Forest Book Store

Books available for purchase and signing

Refreshments will be served

Seating is limited.  Call 847-234-4420

On March 3, 2017, Amy Krouse Rosenthal penned an op-ed piece for the New York Times' "Modern Love" column --"You May Want to Marry My Husband." It appeared ten days before her death from ovarian cancer. A heartbreaking, wry, brutally honest, and creative play on a personal ad--in which a dying wife encouraged her husband to go on and find happiness after her demise--the column quickly went viral, reaching more than five million people worldwide. In My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me, Jason describes what came next: his commitment to respecting Amy's wish, even as he struggled with her loss. Surveying his life before, with, and after Amy, Jason ruminates on love, the pain of watching a loved one suffer, and what it means to heal--how he and their three children, despite their profound sorrow, went on. Jason's emotional journey offers insights on dying and death and the excruciating pain of losing a soulmate, and illuminates the lessons he learned. As he reflects on Amy's gift to him--a fresh start to fill his empty space with a new story--Jason describes how he continues to honor Amy's life and her last wish, and how he seeks to appreciate every day and live in the moment while trying to help others coping with loss. My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me is the poignant, unreserved, and inspiring story of a great love, the aftermath of a marriage ended too soon, and how a surviving partner eventually found a new perspective on life's joys in the wake of tremendous loss.

Jason B. Rosenthal is the number one New York Times bestselling author of Dear Boy, cowritten with his daughter, Paris. He is the board chair of the Amy Krouse Rosenthal Foundation, which supports both childhood literacy and research in early detection of ovarian cancer. A lawyer, public speaker, and devoted father of three, he is passionate about helping others find ways to fill their blank spaces as he continues to fill his own. Jason resides in Chicago, a city he is proud to call home.

Author Laura Hankin at Lake Forest Book Store

Author Laura Hankin presents her new novel at Lake Forest Book Store

HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT

Berkley Press  $26.00  Releases May 19, 2020

Wednesday, June 3rd from 6:00PM to 7:00 PM

at Lake Forest Book Store

Books available for purchase and signing

Refreshments will be served

Call 847-234-4420 to register

A dark, witty page-turner about a struggling young musician who takes a job singing for a playgroup of overprivileged babies and their effortlessly cool moms, only to find herself pulled into their glamorous lives and dangerous secrets....  After her former band shot to superstardom without her, Claire reluctantly agrees to a gig as a playgroup musician for wealthy infants on New York's Park Avenue. Claire is surprised to discover that she is smitten with her new employers, a welcoming clique of wellness addicts with impossibly shiny hair, who whirl from juice cleanse to overpriced miracle vitamins to spin class with limitless energy. There is perfect hostess Whitney who is on the brink of social-media stardom and just needs to find a way to keep her flawless life from falling apart. Caustically funny, recent stay-at-home mom Amara who is struggling to embrace her new identity. And old money, veteran mom Gwen who never misses an opportunity to dole out parenting advice. But as Claire grows closer to the stylish women who pay her bills, she uncovers secrets and betrayals that no amount of activated charcoal can fix.  Filled with humor and shocking twists, Happy and You Know It is a brilliant take on motherhood - exposing it as yet another way for society to pass judgment on women - while also exploring the baffling magnetism of curated social-media lives that are designed to make us feel unworthy. But, ultimately, this dazzling novel celebrates the unlikely bonds that form, and the power that can be unlocked, when a group of very different women is thrown together when each is at her most vulnerable.

Laura Hankin has written for McSweeney's and HuffPost, among other publications. The viral videos that she creates and stars in with her comedy duo, Feminarchy, have been featured in Now This, The New York Times, and Funny or Die. She grew up in Washington, D.C., attended Princeton University, and now lives in New York City, where she has performed off-Broadway, acted onscreen, and sung to far too many babies.

Author photo by Berkley Press

Chef Nicole Putzel at Lake Forest Book Store

We welcome chef and author Nicole Putzel to Lake Forest Book Store as she presents her new cookbook.

THE SEASONED PLATE, DELICIOUS AND HEALTHY READ FOOD: RECIPES BY THE SEASON

Putzel Kitchen, LLC  $35.00  Released November 1, 2019

Tuesday, April 7th at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

at Lake Forest Book Store

Books available for purchase and signing

Refreshments will be served

Call 87-234-4420 to register

The Seasoned Plate is a collection of delicious and healthy real food recipes by the season from chef/author Nicole Putzel and photographer Claudia Chocano. This cookbook is the result of a beautiful recipe: one of food, friendship, and wellness, told by the seasons. For about a year, Nicole would create a seasonal, vegetable-centric recipe once a week, and during the summer months, the produce for the recipes was literally harvested from her backyard-- truly, organic-garden-to-plate dining. She and Claudia then styled the food in its true edible form--no tricks--and once they were satisfied with the visual appeal, Claudia photographed the dishes in natural, seasonal light. Once the photos had been taken, they sat at the kitchen table and consumed the fruits of their labors. After all, what can possibly be better than breaking bread with friends?


Nicole Putzel is a classically trained chef, recipe developer, cooking instructor and author of cooking blog PUTZELKITCHEN.COM. She is dedicated to cooking and sharing healthy, seasonal food made from scratch from her organic vegetable garden.

Best Selling Author Peter Heller at North Shore Distillery

Join best-selling author Peter Heller at the North Shore Distillery to celebrate the paperback release of his newest novel.

THE RIVER

Vintage  $16.00  Releases March 3, 2020

Tuesday, March 3rd, at 6:00 PM
at North Shore Distillery
13990 Rockland Road

Green Oaks, IL 60048

$30 for individual (includes 1 signature cocktail and 1 book)

$45 for couple (includes 2 signature cocktails and 1 book)

Reservations required. Call 847-234-4420

From the best-selling author of The Dog Stars, the story of two college students on a wilderness canoe trip--a gripping tale of a friendship tested by fire, white water, and violence. Wynn and Jack have been best friends since freshman orientation, bonded by their shared love of mountains, books, and fishing. Wynn is a gentle giant, a Vermont kid never happier than when his feet are in the water. Jack is more rugged, raised on a ranch in Colorado where sleeping under the stars and cooking on a fire came as naturally to him as breathing. When they decide to canoe the Maskwa River in northern Canada, they anticipate long days of leisurely paddling and picking blueberries, and nights of stargazing and reading paperback Westerns. But a wildfire making its way across the forest adds unexpected urgency to the journey. When they hear a man and woman arguing on the fog-shrouded riverbank and decide to warn them about the fire, their search for the pair turns up nothing and no one. But: The next day a man appears on the river, paddling alone. Is this the man they heard? And, if he is, where is the woman? From this charged beginning, master storyteller Peter Heller unspools a headlong, heart-pounding story of desperate wilderness survival.

PETER HELLER is the national bestselling author of CelineThe Painter, and The Dog StarsThe Painter was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and won the prestigious Reading the West Book Award, shared in the past by Western writers such as Cormac McCarthy and Terry Tempest Williams, and The Dog Stars, which was published to critical acclaim and lauded as a breakout bestseller, has been published in twenty-two languages to date. Heller is also the author of four nonfiction books, including Kook: What Surfing Taught Me About Love, Life, and Catching the Perfect Wave, which was awarded the National Outdoor Book Award for Literature. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in poetry and fiction and lives in Denver, Colorado.

Author Photo credit to John Burcham

Author Luncheon with Katherine Reay at The Deer Path Inn

We welcome local author Katherine Reay back for lunch at The Deer Path Inn to introduce her newest novel.

OF LITERATURE & LATTES

Thomas Nelson  $17.00  Releases to Paperback May 12, 2020

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 11:30 AM
at The Deer Path Inn
255 East Illinois Road

Lake Forest, IL 60045

$45 includes lunch and a book

Reservations required. Call 847-234-4420

Katherine Reay returns to the cozy and delightful town of Winsome where two people discover the grace of letting go and the joy found in unexpected change. After fleeing her hometown three years earlier, Alyssa Harrison never planned to return. Then the Silicon Valley start-up she worked for collapsed and turned her world upside down. She is broke, under FBI investigation, and without a place to go. Having exhausted every option, she comes home to Winsome, Illinois, to regroup then move on as quickly as possible. Yet, as friends and family welcome her back, Alyssa begins to see a place for herself in this small Midwestern community. Jeremy Mitchell moved from Seattle to Winsome to be near his daughter and to open the coffee shop he's been dreaming of for years. Problem is, the business is bleeding money--and he's not quite sure why. When he meets Alyssa, he senses an immediate connection, but what he needs most is someone to help him save his floundering business. After asking for her help, he wonders if something might grow between them--but forces beyond their control soon complicate their already complex lives, and the future they both hoped for is not at all what they anticipated. With the help of Winsome's small-town charm and quirky residents, Alyssa and Jeremy discover the beauty and romance of second chances.

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.

 

Luncheon with Local Author Elizabeth Wetmore at The Deer Path Inn

Join us in welcoming local author Elizabeth Wetmore for lunch at The Deer Path Inn as she celebrates publication of her debut novel

VALENTINE

Harper  $27.00  Releases March 31, 2020

Wednesday, April 22nd at 11:30 AM
The Deer Path Inn
255 East Illinois

Lake Forest, IL 60045

$55 includes a copy of the book

Reservations required. Call 847-234-4420.

It's February 1976, and Odessa, Texas, stands on the cusp of the next great oil boom. While the town's men embrace the coming prosperity, its women intimately know and fear the violence that always seems to follow. In the early hours of the morning after Valentine's Day, fourteen-year-old Gloria Ramírez appears on the front porch of Mary Rose Whitehead's ranch house, broken and barely alive. The teenager had been viciously attacked in a nearby oil field--an act of brutality that is tried in the churches and barrooms of Odessa before it can reach a court of law. When justice is evasive, one of the town's women decides to take matters into her own hands, setting the stage for a showdown with potentially devastating consequences. Valentine is a haunting exploration of the intersections of violence and race, class and region in a story that plumbs the depths of darkness and fear, yet offers a window into beauty and hope. Told through the alternating points of view of indelible characters who burrow deep in the reader's heart, this fierce, unflinching, darkly funny, and surprisingly tender novel illuminates women's strength and vulnerability, and reminds us that it is the stories we tell ourselves that keep us alive.

Elizabeth Wetmore is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her fiction has appeared in Epoch, Kenyon Review, Colorado Review, Baltimore Review, Crab Orchard Review, Iowa Review, and other literary journals. She is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and two fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, as well as a grant from the Barbara Deming Foundation. She was also a Rona Jaffe Scholar in Fiction at Bread Loaf and a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony, and one of six Writers in Residence at Hedgebrook. A native of West Texas, she lives and works in Chicago.

Debut Author Emily Neuberger at Lake Forest Book Store

Join us at Lake Forest Book Store in welcoming author Emily Neuberger as she introduces her debut novel.

A TENDER THING

G. P. Putnum's Son  $26.00  Releases April 7, 2020

Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM 

at Lake Forest Book Store

Book available for purchase and signing

Refreshments will be served

Call 847-234-4420 to register

 

An exhilarating debut novel set under the dazzling lights of late 1950s Broadway, where a controversial new musical pushes the boundaries of love, legacy, and art. Growing up in rural Wisconsin, Eleanor O'Hanlon always felt different. In love with musical theater from a young age, she memorized every show album she could get her hands on. So when she discovers an open call for one of her favorite productions, she leaves behind everything she knows to run off to New York City and audition. Raw and untrained, she catches the eye of famed composer Don Mannheim, who catapults her into the leading role of his new work, " A Tender Thing, " a provocative love story between a white woman and black man, one never before seen on a Broadway stage. As word of the production gets out, an outpouring of protest whips into a fury. Between the intensity of rehearsals, her growing friendship with her co-star Charles, and her increasingly muddled creative--and personal--relationship with Don, Eleanor begins to question her own naïve beliefs about the world. When explosive secrets threaten to shatter the delicate balance of the company, and the possibility of the show itself, Eleanor must face a new reality and ultimately decide what it is she truly wants. Pulsing with the vitality and drive of 1950s New York, Emily Neuberger's enthralling debut immerses readers right into the heart of Broadway's Golden Age, a time in which the music soared and the world was on the brink of change.

Emily Neuberger is an MFA graduate and grant recipient at Brooklyn College's fiction program, and previously worked as an editorial assistant at Viking Books. She has a music degree from NYU, where she studied musical theater and writing. A performer for fifteen years, she performed at Carnegie Hall in Stephen Schwartz's birthday celebration and sang for Stephen Sondheim at the Music Institute of Chicago. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. 

Author Photo by  Michael Kushner

Author Margaret McMullan at Lake Forest Book Store

Author Margaret McMullan returns to Lake Forest Book Store for a meet & greet and books signing event.

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

Calypso Editions  $19.99  Released in Paperback on May 01, 2019

Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

at Lake Forest Book Store

Books available for purchase and signing

Call 847-234-2240 to register

Insightful and heart-wrenching, Where the Angels Lived is the true story of a woman's relentless determination to pick up the pieces of her family's fragmented history throughout the Hungarian Holocaust. Straddling memoir and reportage, past and present, this story reminds us all that we can escape a country, but we can never escape history.

A recipient of a 2010 NEA Fellowship in literature, a 2010 Fulbright at the University of Pécs in Pécs, Hungary, and the National Author Winner of the 2011 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, Margaret McMullan is the author of nine award-winning books, She writes full time now in Pass Christian, Mississippi.

Author and Native Lake Forester, Laura Munson, at McCormick Auditorium

Join New York Times best-selling author and native Lake Forester, Laura Munson, at Lake Forest College in the McCormick Auditorium (located in the Lillard Science Building) as she reads from her debut novel and book signing to follow. 

WILLA'S GROVE

Blackstone Publishing $27.00 Reseases March 3, 2010

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020, 10:30 AM
at McCormick Auditorium (located in the Lillard Science Building)
at Lake Forest College
500 N. Sheridan Road

Lake Forest, IL 60045

$35 includes a copy of the book

Reservations required. Call 847-234-4420

You are invited to the rest of your life. Three women, from coast to coast and in between, open their mailboxes to the same intriguing invitation. Although leading entirely different lives, each has found herself at a similar, jarring crossroads. Right when these women thought they'd be comfortably settling into middle age, their carefully curated futures have turned out to be dead ends. The sender of the invitation is Willa Silvester, who is reeling from the untimely death of her beloved husband and the reality that she must say goodbye to the small mountain town they founded together. Yet as Willa mourns her losses, an impossible question keeps staring her in the face: So now what? Struggling to find the answer alone, fiercely independent Willa eventually calls a childhood friend who happens to be in her own world of hurt--and that's where the idea sparks. They decide to host a weeklong interlude from life, and invite two other friends facing their own quandaries. Soon the four women converge at Willa's Montana homestead, a place where they can learn from nature and one another as they contemplate their second acts together in the rugged wilderness of big sky country. 

Laura Munson is the bestselling author of This Is Not The Story You Think It Is, which chronicles her journey through her own midlife crossroads. Drawing from the striking response to her memoir, the essay version of it in the New York Times "Modern Love" column, and her speaking events at women's conferences across the US, Laura founded the acclaimed Haven Writing Retreats and Workshops. After watching hundreds of people find their unique and essential voices under the big sky of Montana she calls home, Laura created Willa, the invitation, the friends, and the town to share what she has learned with people globally. Her work has been published and featured in many media outlets throughout the world.

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