Author Event

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.

LOCAL AUTHORS MIKE CONKLIN AND MITCH ENGEL AT LAKE FOREST BOOK STORE

Mike Conklin and Mitch Engel join us at Lake Forest Book Store to present their new book chronicling the extraordinary achievements of a Tanzanian school for the physically handicapped. 

MIRACLES BY THE MOUNTAIN: THE STORY OF FARAJA SCHOOL
Faraja Fund Foundation (February 1, 2021)  $49.00
 
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Lake Forest Book Store

Books will be available for purchase and signing

Please RSVP for this free event at 847-234-4420

Refreshments will be served

Miracles by the Mountain: The Story of Faraja Primary School is a beautiful book that describes the miraculous events that came together for the school to materialize 20 years ago and the success stories that continue to unfold there. It is a testament to the vision and love of Don and Joann Tolmie. Authors Mitch Engel and Mike Conklin agreed that “Faraja is a feel-good story that needed to be told.” In the book they share stories about the Faraja students whose lives have been forever changed by this remarkable school founded in love and grace and still operating according to these same qualities.The photos are both breath-taking and heart-warming and readers should never again doubt the huge impact that can be made by humble individuals with noble intentions. The authors have donated the book & all proceeds to The Faraja Fund Foundation.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Mike Conklin started his media career at a small-town weekly newspaper, graduated to local dailies and broadcasting, before making a long stop at the Chicago Tribune, as a beat reporter, columnist, and syndicated feature writer. He has written for the New York Times, a variety of magazines, reviewed books, and taught communication and writing in the U.S. and China. Mike now has turned his attention to fictional books, having just completed his third novel.

Mitch Engel headed up one of the nation's largest ad agencies at age 37, ran his own strategic consulting business, and eventually was lured into a senior executive position with a Fortune 500 company. After flunking retirement several times, he finally took residence behind his keyboard in 2007. Since then, he has written four novels, co-authored a fifth book, and co-created the content for a popular Chicago tourism app.

AREA AUTHOR CHRISTINA CLANCY AT LAKE FOREST BOOK STOIRE

Join the staff at Lake Forest Book Store as we celebrate the return of In-house author events as we host area author Christina Clancy as she presents her second novel  entitled "Shoulder Season"

SHOULDER SEASON by Christina Clancy
St. Martin's Press (July 6, 2021) $27.99
 
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
at Lake Forest Book Store

Books available for purchase and signing

Register for this free event at 847-234-4420

Refreshments will be served.

A dazzling portrait of a young woman coming into her own, the youthful allure of sex, drugs, and rock and roll, and what we lose—and gain—when we leave home.

The small town of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin is an unlikely location for a Playboy Resort, and nineteen-year old Sherri Taylor is an unlikely bunny. Growing up in neighboring East Troy, Sherri plays the organ at the local church and has never felt comfortable in her own skin. But when her parents die in quick succession, she leaves the only home she’s ever known for the chance to be part of a glamorous slice of history. In the winter of 1981, in a costume two sizes too small, her toes pinched by stilettos, Sherri joins the daughters of dairy farmers and factory workers for the defining experience of her life.

Living in the “bunny hutch”—Playboy’s version of a college dorm—Sherri gets her education in the joys of sisterhood, the thrill of financial independence, the magic of first love, and the heady effects of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. But as spring gives way to summer, Sherri finds herself caught in a romantic triangle—and the tragedy that ensues will haunt her for the next forty years.

From the Midwestern prairie to the California desert, from Wisconsin lakes to the Pacific Ocean, this is a story of what happens when small town life is sprinkled with stardust, and what we lose—and gain—when we leave home. With a heroine to root for and a narrative to get lost in, Shoulder Season is a sexy, evocative tale, drenched in longing and desire, that captures a fleeting moment in American history with nostalgia and heart.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: In addition to writing, Christina Clance teaches spin classes (the sweating, not the weaving kind) and taught English at Beloit College for almost a decade. Her short stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times "Modern Love" column, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Sun Magazine, and in literary journals like Glimmer Train Stories, Hobart, Pleiades, The Minnesota Review and on Wisconsin Public Radio. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband and her two children, Olivia and Tim.

An Evening with Jean Kwok

 

Lake Forest Book Store in cooperation with Lake Forest Library present An Evening with Jean Kwok. Author Jean Kwok discusses her personal recollections and her insight into her recent novel and what it means to her.

SEARCHING FOR SYLVIE LEE

HarperCollins Publishers  $22.00  Released June 4, 2019

 Friday, November 6 at 6:00 PM

This virtual event is in conjunction with Lake Forest Reads: Ragdale, our One Book/One Community program. For more details go to http://lfreads.org/

This is an on-line event and free to the public

Books available at the store. Call 847-234-2240 to reserve a copy

A poignant and suspenseful drama that untangles the complicated ties binding three women--two sisters and their mother--in one Chinese immigrant family and explores what happens when the eldest daughter disappears, and a series of family secrets emerge, from the New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Translation. It begins with a mystery. Sylvie, the beautiful, brilliant, successful older daughter of the Lee family, flies to the Netherlands for one final visit with her dying grandmother--and then vanishes. Amy, the sheltered baby of the Lee family, is too young to remember a time when her parents were newly immigrated and too poor to keep Sylvie. Seven years older, Sylvie was raised by a distant relative in a faraway, foreign place, and didn't rejoin her family in America until age nine. Timid and shy, Amy has always looked up to her sister, the fierce and fearless protector who showered her with unconditional love. But what happened to Sylvie? Amy and her parents are distraught and desperate for answers. Sylvie has always looked out for them. Now, it's Amy's turn to help. Terrified yet determined, Amy retraces her sister's movements, flying to the last place Sylvie was seen. But instead of simple answers, she discovers something much more valuable: the truth. Sylvie, the golden girl, kept painful secrets . . . secrets that will reveal more about Amy's complicated family--and herself--than she ever could have imagined. A deeply moving story of family, secrets, identity, and longing, Searching for Sylvie Lee is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive portrait of an immigrant family. It is a profound exploration of the many ways culture and language can divide us and the impossibility of ever truly knowing someone--especially those we love.
 

Jean Kwok is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Girl in Translation and Mambo in Chinatown. Her work has been published in twenty countries and is taught in universities, colleges, and high schools across the world. She has been selected for numerous honors, including the American Library Association Alex Award, the Chinese American Librarians Association Best Book Award and the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award international shortlist. She received her bachelor's degree from Harvard University and earned an MFA from Columbia University. She is fluent in Chinese, Dutch, and English, and currently lives in the Netherlands.

On-Line presentation by author Benjamin F. Lenhardt

Gardens of the North Shore of Chicago by Benjamin F. Lenhardt, Jr.Join area author Benjamin F. Lenhardt for an online program featuring the images and the inside scoop on his new book.

GARDENS OF THE NORTH SHORE OF CHICAGO

The Monacelli Press  $65.00  Releases October 20, 2020

Thursday, November 5, 2020, 6 PM to 7 PM

This is an On-Line event

Books will be available for purchase on or after October 20th

This event is free and open to the public. 

Call the bookstore to reserve your spot! 847-234-4420

Gardens of the North Shore of Chicago provides an intimate view of beautiful private gardens along the shore of Lake Michigan.  The author explores the rich tradition of gardening along the shore of Lake Michigan from Evanston to Lake Bluff. The gardens here are verdant retreats, lushly planted and meticulously maintained. His book includes twenty-five gardens, organized according to their design--classic, naturalistic, country, and experimental. Lenhart's authoritative and engaging descriptions, based on detailed interviews with the owners, are complemented by vivid images by noted landscape photographer Scott Shigley.

Benjamin F. Lenhardt is a board member of the Garden Conservancy for more than fifteen years, and served as chair from 2011 to 2018. An avid gardener and preservationist in both Charleston, South Carolina, and Winnetka, Illinois, Lenhardt serves on the boards of Drayton Hall, the Gibbes Museum of Art, the Preservation Society of Charleston, and the Chicago Botanic Garden.

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

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