Author Event

Author Luncheon with Allison Dickson at The Deer Path Inn

Meet, greet and enjoy lunch with author Allison Dickson at The Deer Path Inn as she celebrates her newest novel.

THE OTHER MRS. MILLER

G. P. Putnum's Son  $26.00  Releases July 16, 2019

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 11:30 AM
at The Deer Path Inn
255 East Illinois Road

Lake Forest, IL 60045

$55 includes book and lunch

Seating is limited. Reservations required. Call 847-234-4420

In this unputdownable domestic suspense debut, a lonely suburban housewife finds her life entangled with the family that moves in across the street at the same time that she becomes convinced someone is watching her--perfect for fans of The Couple Next Door and The Last Mrs. Parrish. Once a darling of Chicago's social scene, Phoebe Miller fears she's become irrelevant and cliché just another miserably unfulfilled housewife who drowns her sorrows in chardonnay and ice cream and barely leaves her house. Maybe it's her dark thoughts and fertile imagination that lead her to believe the worst about everything she spies going on in the exclusive suburban cul-de-sac she calls home. But surely that rusty blue sedan that keeps idling by her driveway is a sign that she's being watched. And that new family that just moved in across the street--Dr. Ron Napier, his vivacious wife, Vicki, and their handsome college-bound son, Jake--can't be as perfect as they appear. Especially not with the bruises on Vicki's arms and the fear in Jake's eyes. When a chance introduction to the exuberant Vicki--and a forbidden encounter with Jake--draws her out of her shell and deeper into the Napiers' orbit, Phoebe's life finally gets the infusion of excitement she's been missing. But when anonymous threatening notes begin landing on her doorstep, she'll have to ask herself just how well anyone can truly know their neighbors...and how close to home unforeseen danger sometimes lies.

Allison Dickson is the author of several independently published horror and dystopian novels. She has also written nearly two dozen short stories, both independently and as part of anthologies. Dickson lives in Dayton, Ohio, and when not writing, she is typically gaming, blogging, or exploring.

Author photo credit to Ken Dickson

Debut Author Luncheon with Ana Johns at Froggy's

Join the staff of Lake Forest Book Store for a luncheon welcoming debut author Ana Johns at Froggy's French Cafe.

THE WOMAN IN THE WHITE KIMONO

Park Row Publishers  $27.00  Releases May 28, 2019

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 11:30 AM
at Froggy's French Cafe
306 Green Bay Road

Highwood, IL 60040

$60 includes lunch and book

Seating is limited. Reservations required. Call 847-234-4420

Oceans and decades apart, two women are inextricably bound by the secrets between them.Japan, 1957. Seventeen-year-old Naoko Nakamura's prearranged marriage to the son of her father's business associate would secure her family's status in their traditional Japanese community, but Naoko has fallen for another man--an American sailor, a gaijin--and to marry him would bring great shame upon her entire family. When it's learned Naoko carries the sailor's child, she's cast out in disgrace and forced to make unimaginable choices with consequences that will ripple across generations.America, present day. Tori Kovac, caring for her dying father, finds a letter containing a shocking revelation--one that calls into question everything she understood about him, her family and herself. Setting out to learn the truth behind the letter, Tori's journey leads her halfway around the world to a remote seaside village in Japan, where she must confront the demons of the past to pave a way for redemption.In breathtaking prose and inspired by true stories from a devastating and little-known era in Japanese and American history, The Woman in the White Kimono illuminates a searing portrait of one woman torn between her culture and her heart, and another woman on a journey to discover the true meaning of home.


Ana Johns worked over twenty years in the creative arts field, as both a creative director and business owner, before turning her hand to fiction. Born and raised in metro Detroit, she now resides in Indianapolis with her family. The Woman in the White Kimono is her first novel.

Auhor photo credit to caseyandhercamera.

Chicago-area author Lisa Barr at Lake Forest Book Store

Chicago-area author, journalist and blogger joins us at Lake Forest Book Store to present her newly-released novel

THE UNBREAKABLES

HarperCollins Publishers  $16.99  Releases June 4, 2019

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 6:00 PM

at Lake Forest Book Store

Books available for purchase and signing

Refreshments will be served

Call 847-234-4430

 
THE UNBREAKABLES by award-winning author Lisa Barr is a delicious, captivating novel about a woman from Chicago who jets off to France after her "perfect" marriage collapses, putting the broken pieces of herself back together while rediscovering her own joie de vivre—a lust for life, art, and passion. 

The worst birthday ever might just be the gift of a lifetime...It's Sophie Bloom's forty-second birthday, and she's ready for a night of celebration with Gabe, her longtime, devoted husband, and her two besties and their spouses. Dinner is served with a side of delicious gossip, including which North Grove residents were caught with their pants down on Ashley Madison after the secret on-line dating site for married and committed couples was hacked. Thirty-two million cheaters worldwide have been exposed...including Sophie's "perfect" husband. To add insult to injury, she learns Gabe is the top cheater in their town. Humiliated and directionless, Sophie jumps into the unknown and flees to France to meet up with her teenage daughter who is studying abroad and nursing her own heartbreak. After a brief visit to Paris, Sophie heads out to the artist enclave of Saint-Paul-de-Vence. There, for the first time in a long time, Sophie acknowledges her own desires--not her husband's, not her daughter's--and rediscovers her essence with painful honesty and humor, reawakening both her sensuality and ambitions as a sculptor. As she sheds her past and travels the obstacle-filled off beaten path, Sophie Bloom is determined to blossom. Allowing her true self to emerge in the postcard beauty of Provence, Sophie must decide what is broken forever...and what it means to be truly unbreakable.

 
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).

Cookbook Author Jeanine Donofrio at Lake Forest Book Store

Join us as author Jeanine Donofrio presents the newest addition to her Love & Lemons series of cookbooks.

LOVE & LEMONS EVERY DAY: MORE THAN 100 BRIGHT, PLANT-FORWARD RECIPES FOR EVERY MEAL 

Avery Publishing Group  $35.00  Released April 1, 2019

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 6:00 PM

at Lake Forest Book Store

Books available for purchase and signing

Refreshments will be served

Call 847-234-2240

 
The ultimate guide for cooking outrageously delicious, vegetable-packed meals every day of the week, from bestselling author of The Love & Lemons Cookbook. Known for her insanely flavorful vegetable recipes and stunning photography, Jeanine Donofrio celebrates plants at the center of the plate with more than 100 new vegetarian recipes in Love & Lemons Every Day. In this book, Jeanine shows you how to make any meal, from breakfast to dessert, where produce is the star. Butternut squash becomes the best creamy queso you've ever eaten, broccoli transforms into a zesty green "rice" burrito filling, and sweet potato blends into a smooth chocolate frosting. These exciting and approachable recipes will become instant additions to your family's regular meal rotation. This book is a resource, filled with smart tips for happier, healthier eating. You'll find inspiration from Jeanine's signature colorful infographics - such as a giant matrix of five-ingredient salad dressings, a guide to quick weeknight pastas, and a grid to show you how to roast any vegetable. There are also plenty of practical charts, such as a template to make versatile vegetable broth, seasonal produce guides, and clever ideas to use commonly tossed vegetable parts -- you'll never toss those cauliflower cores, corn cobs, or broccoli stalks again! Packed with imaginative every day meals, go-to cooking tips, alternatives for dietary restrictions, and guides for mastering produce-based kitchen staples, Love & Lemons Every Day is a must-have for herbivores and omnivores alike.
 
Jeanine Donofrio is the author of The Love & Lemons Cookbook: An Apple-to-Zucchini Celebration of Impromptu Cooking and Love & Lemons Meal Record & Market List. "Happiness itself is tossed into every bowl," The New York Times said of her first cookbook, while Bon Appétit hailed it as "the most beautiful cookbook we've ever seen." Jeanine has been featured in PeopleO: The Oprah MagazineSelfShapeMind Body GreenDesign*SpongeRedbookFood52Refinery29, and many more. As author of the popular Love and Lemons blog, she partners with leading brands, including Whole Foods and KitchenAid. She and her husband, Jack, cook and photograph from their home in Chicago while their two Shiba pups help clean up the kale stems that fall on the kitchen floor.

Author Margaret McMullan at Lake Forest Book Store

Author Margaret McMullan joins us at Lake Forest Book Store to present her latest book; a journey into her ancestral past.

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

Calypso Editions $20.00  Releases May 1, 2019 

Friday, June 21, 2019 at 6:00 PM

at Lake Forest Book Store

Books available for purchase and signing

Refreshments will be served

Call 847-234-4420

The moment she discovers the existence of Richard, a long-lost relative, at Israel’s Holocaust Museum, Margaret McMullan begins an unexpected journey of revelation and connectivity as she tirelessly researches the history of her ancestors, the Engel de Jánosis. Propelled by a Fulbright cultural exchange that sends her to teach at a Hungarian University, Margaret, her husband and teenage son all eagerly travel to Pécs, the land of her mother’s Jewish lineage. After reaching Pécs, a Hungarian town both small and primarily Christian, Margaret realizes right then and there how difficult her mission is going to be.

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 seven award-winning novels. In 2015, she and Phillip Lopate curated Every Father’s Daughter, an anthology of essays about fathers by great women writers such as Alice Munro, Ann Hood, and Jane Smiley. A 2007 Eudora Welty Visiting Writer at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, Margaret has taught on the summer faculty at the Stony Brook Southampton Writers Conference in Southampton, New York, at the Eastern Kentucky University Low-Residency MFA Program, and at the University of Southern Indiana’s Summer and Winter Ropewalk Writers Retreat. She was the Melvin Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Evansville, where she taught for 25 years. Recently she served as a faculty mentor at the Stony Brook Southampton Low-res MFA Program. She writes full time now in Pass Christian, Mississippi

 

Nationally Recognized Food, Drinks and Travel Author Kristine Hansen at Lake Forest Book Store

Meet Food, Drinks and Travel author Kristine Hansen as she celebrates her new book featuring Wisconsin cheeses.

WISCONSIN CHEESE COOKBOOK: CREAMY, CHEESY, SWEET, and SAVORY RECIPES FROM THE STATE'S BEST CREAMERIES
Globe Pequot Press  $24.00 Released March 1, 2019
 
Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 6:00 PM

at Lake Forest Book Store

Book available for purchase and signing

Refreshments will be served

Call 847-234-4420

 
Grating, Slicing, Baking and Sprinkling Wisconsin's Best Cheeses. Wisconsin's artisan cheese scene is steeped in tradition and bursting with innovations. Local cheesemakers attract visitors from all over the world. Cheese is a huge part of the state's tourist draw and homegrown character. Everyone who calls Wisconsin home or visits for a day will love this book of the best recipes to cook with cheese. Stunning photos and 60 recipes from the 28 creameries featured will include comfort-food staples like pizza, mac 'n cheese and grilled-cheese sandwiches, as well as wow-worthy dinner-party favorites such as mascarpone cheesecake, plus picnic-friendly salads and delicious breakfasts. Noteworthy creameries covered include: Carr Valley Cheese and Emmi Roth in Southwest Wisconsin; BelGioioso Cheese and Sartori in Northeast Wisconsin; Holland's Family Cheese in Northwest Wisconsin; and Clock Shadow Creamery in Southeast Wisconsin.
 
Based in Milwaukee's Bay View neighborhood, Kristine Hansen is a nationally recognized food, drinks and travel author with articles about Wisconsin's cheese published on Travel + Leisure's website as well as on Fodors.com. Her articles have appeared in TIME Magazine, Cooking Light Magazine, Vogue.com, Today.com, CNN.com, CNTraveler.com and ArchDigest.com. She contributes to Milwaukee Magazine, covering the state's agriculture industry and its many personalities.
 
 

An Evening with Local Author Katherine Reay at The Gallery

Join us as the staff of Lake Forest Book Store welcomes local author Katherine Reay for a book release party at The Gallery.

THE PRINTED LETTER BOOKSHOP
Thomas Nelson  $17.00 Releases May 14, 2019
 
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 6:00 PM
at The Gallery
202 East Wisconsin Avenue
Lake Forest, IL 60045
 

Wine and appetizers will be served

$45 for individual and $60 per couple

Advance copy books available for purchase and signing

Reservations required. Call 847-234-4420

One of Madeline Cullen's happiest childhood memories is of working with her Aunt Maddie in the quaint and cozy Printed Letter Bookshop. But by the time Madeline inherits the shop nearly twenty years later, family troubles and her own bitter losses have hardened Madeline's heart toward her once-treasured aunt--and the now struggling bookshop left in her care. While Madeline intends to sell the shop as quickly as possible, the Printed Letter's two employees have other ideas. Reeling from a recent divorce, Janet finds sanctuary within the books and within the decadent window displays she creates. Claire, though quieter than the acerbic Janet, feels equally drawn to the daily rhythms of the shop and its loyal clientele, finding a renewed purpose within its walls. When Madeline's professional life takes an unexpected turn, and when a handsome gardener upends all her preconceived notions, she questions her plans and her heart. She begins to envision a new path for herself and for her aunt's beloved shop--provided the women's best combined efforts are not too little, too late. The Printed Letter Bookshop is a captivating story of good books, a testament to the beauty of new beginnings, and a sweet reminder of the power of friendship.

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.

Author Luncheon with Elin Hilderbrand at The Deer Path Inn

Join us in welcoming author Elin Hilderbrand at The Deer Path Inn to celebrate the publication of her newest novel.

SUMMER OF '69

Little, Brown and Company  $28.00  June 18, 2019

Friday, June 21, 2019 at 11:30 AM
at The Deer Path Inn
255 East Illinois Road
Lake Forest, IL 60645
 

$55 includes lunch and a  book

Reservations required. Call 847-234-4420

Four siblings experience the drama, intrigue, and upheaval of a summer when everything changed, in New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand's first historical novel. Welcome to the most tumultuous summer of the twentieth century. It's 1969, and for the Levin family, the times they are a-changing. Every year the children have looked forward to spending the summer at their grandmother's historic home in downtown Nantucket. But like so much else in America, nothing is the same: Blair, the oldest sister, is marooned in Boston, pregnant with twins and unable to travel. Middle sister Kirby, caught up in the thrilling vortex of civil rights protests and determined to be independent, takes a summer job on Martha's Vineyard. Only-son Tiger is an infantry soldier, recently deployed to Vietnam. Thirteen-year-old Jessie suddenly feels like an only child, marooned in the house with her out-of-touch grandmother and her worried mother, each of them hiding a troubling secret. As the summer heats up, Ted Kennedy sinks a car in Chappaquiddick, man flies to the moon, and Jessie and her family experience their own dramatic upheavals along with the rest of the country. In her first historical novel, rich with the details of an era that shaped both a nation and an island thirty miles out to sea, Elin Hilderbrand once again earns her title as queen of the summer novel. 

Elin Hilderbrand was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She has used her 50 years to write 23 novels and raise three children on Nantucket Island.

Author photo credited to Nina Subin

Luncheon with Author Nickolas Butler at The Deer Path Inn

Join the staff of Lake Forest Book Store at The Deer Path Inn in welcoming author Nickolas Butler

LITTLE FAITH

Ecco Press  $27.00  Releases March 5, 2019

Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 11:30 AM
at The Deer Path Inn
255 East Illinois Road

Lake Forest, IL 60045

$55 includes lunch and a copy of the book

Reservations required. Call 847-234-4420

In this moving new novel from celebrated author Nickolas Butler, a Wisconsin family grapples with the power and limitations of faith when one of their own falls under the influence of a radical church. Lyle Hovde is at the onset of his golden years, living a mostly content life in rural Wisconsin with his wife, Peg, daughter, Shiloh, and six-year old grandson, Isaac. After a troubled adolescence and subsequent estrangement from her parents, Shiloh has finally come home. But while Lyle is thrilled to have his whole family reunited, he's also uneasy: in Shiloh's absence, she has become deeply involved with an extremist church, and the devout pastor courting her is convinced Isaac has the spiritual ability to heal the sick. While reckoning with his own faith--or lack thereof--Lyle soon finds himself torn between his unease about the church and his desire to keep his daughter and grandson in his life. But when the church's radical belief system threatens Isaac's safety, Lyle is forced to make a decision from which the family may not recover. Set over the course of one year and beautifully evoking the change of seasons, Little Faith is a powerful and deeply affecting intergenerational novel about family and community, the ways in which belief is both formed and shaken, and the lengths we go to protect our own.

Nickolas Butler was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and the author of the novel The Hearts of Men, the internationally bestselling and prizewinning novel Shotgun Lovesongs, and the acclaimed short story collection Beneath the Bonfire.  He lives in Wisconsin with his wife and their two children.

Luncheon with Author Erin Gates at Froggy's

Join Lake Forest Book Store in welcoming interior designer and author Erin Gates as she celebrates the release of her newest book.

ELEMENTS OF FAMILY STYLE: ELEGANT SPACES FOR EVERYDAY LIFE

Atria Books  $35.00  Releases April 2, 2019

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 11:30 AM
at Froggy's French Cafe
306 Green Bay Road

Highwood, IL 60040

$68 includes lunch and a book.

Reservations are required. Call 847-234-4420

New York Times bestselling author and popular lifestyle blogger Erin Gates shares everything you need to know about designing a beautifully stylish--yet practical and functional--family home through candid advice, inspirational ideas, and lessons learned. Loved by her readers for her chic interior designs and frank and funny revelations about life behind the scenes of her picture-perfect blog, bestselling author and designer Erin Gates presents a new book about how to live stylishly amidst the chaos of daily family life. Throughout her career designing homes for families of all kinds all over the country, Erin has always maintained that living with children and pets does not mean that you have to forego nice things. This uniquely personal and practical guide will explain how to create a home that makes you proud and reflects your own style while also being durable, safe, and comfortable for children. It focuses on the spaces families share, those that are dedicated to the kids, and the oft-forgotten retreats for parents. Erin combines honest design advice and gorgeous inspirational photographs with engaging and intimate personal essays about life lessons learned the hard way while struggling with infertility and becoming a mother, managing a business, overseeing her own home renovation, and finding time for her marriage. She'll share how to store toys so that shared spaces don't look like a kindergarten, the expensive-looking fabrics that will stand up to a marauding toddler with sticky hands, nursery looks that go beyond blue and pink, and furniture that does not have to be stored during the baby-proofing years. She also showcases the work of other designers she loves who surround parents, children, and their pets with comfort and beauty. Like a best friend who has a knack for style and a taste for fun, Erin opens her front door and invites you into her life and all of its beautiful imperfection.

Erin T. Gates is an interior designer, blogger, and author of the New York Times bestseller Elements of Style: Designing a Home and a Life. She has been featured in publications such as O, The Oprah MagazineRedbookBetter Homes & GardensElle Décor, Canadian House & Home, the Boston Globe, and The Wall Street Journal. She lives outside Boston with her husband and son.

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