Author Event

John Monek at Lake Forest Book Store

John Monek, author of Selfish Instincts


Thursday January 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Register at Lake Forest Book Store 847-234-4420

Please welcome author John Monek for a "Meet and Greet" and book signing.

John Monek was born in Lake Forest, IL in 1953, one of ten children. Growing up in a family with eight sisters, he quickly learned the art of story telling. He has always preferred the outdoors and adventurous life. Throughout his early years, he participated in competitive sports including track and field. He continues to run to this day, having recently completed the Boston Marathon. Mountainous adventure has played a significant role in his life. For the past thirty-five years, John has explored remote and sometimes extreme conditions throughout North America ranging from the mountains of Colorado to the northern Yukon. As time allows, he continues to travel and explore isolated regions of the world. Today, John is a successful small business owner of a company that manufactures and distributes medical supplies internationally. He resides with his wife, Becky, in Barrington Hills, IL. They have two sons and two daughters.

"What did I get myself into?" Ben stopped himself from thinking so hard and shook his head in order to clear it of the morbid thoughts that were closing in on him. He had chosen an odd purgatory for himself. The more he thought about things the more depressed he would become. Out here in the wilderness area of northern Canada there was little one could do but sit in solitude and think. He had to keep his mind on the immediate matters at hand and he had to stop daydreaming. He would need meat in order to survive into the winter. Ben knew that he was dying, but had no intentions of letting himself starve to death.

There will be a book signing following the program.


Summer Author Series with Julia Keller at Lake Forest Book Store

Julia Keller, author of Summer of the Dead

(Minotaur Books $25.99, due August 26)

Thursday August 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Register at Lake Forest Book Store 847-234-4420

Please welcome Julia Keller a Pulitzer Prize-winning American writer.

Julia was born and raised in Huntington, West Virginia.  She is an essayist for The News Hour with Jim Lehrer on PBS. In 2005, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing.  She lives in a high-rise in Chicago and a stone cottage on a lake in rural Ohio.

High summer in Acker's Gap, West Virginia--but no one's enjoying the rugged natural landscape. Not while a killer stalks the small town and its hard-luck inhabitants. County prosecutor Bell Elkins and Sheriff Nick Fogelsong are stymied by a murderer who seems to come and go like smoke on the mountain. At the same time, Bell must deal with the return from prison of her sister, Shirley--who, like Bell, carries the indelible scars of a savage past.
In "Summer of the Dead," the third Julia Keller mystery chronicling the journey of Bell Elkins and her return to her Appalachian hometown, we also meet Lindy Crabtree--a coal miner's daughter with dark secrets of her own, secrets that threaten to explode into even more violence.
Acker's Gap is a place of loveliness and brutality, of isolation and fierce attachments--a place where the dead rub shoulders with the living, and demand their due.

Leslie Maitland at Elawa Farm

Lake Forest Book Store Author Luncheon

Leslie Maitland, author of Crossing the Borders of Time

(Other Press $18.95, due January 8)

Wednesday January 30 at 11:30 a.m.

Elawa Farm, Lake Forest

Boxed lunch $35.00, includes the book

To reserve call 847-234-4420

Maitland, author of Crossing the Borders of Time: A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed (Other Press $18.95, due 1/8/13) is an award-winning former "New York Times" reporter, presents a sweeping account of her family's escape from war-torn Europe that hinges on the intimate and deep romance of Maitland's mother, Janine with a Catholic Frenchman. Janine's escape from Germany to France during Hitler's rise to power, her family's eleventh-hour escape on a refugee ship and their acclimation to America are woven with another story--the sorrow at leaving her fiance behind, and the life-long hope of seeing him again.



Author Brunch with Melanie Benjamin at Authentico

Lake Forest Book Store Author Brunch

Melanie Benjamin, author of The Aviator's Wife

(Delacorte  $26.00, due January 15)

Wednesday January 16 at 10:00 a.m.

Authentico, Lake Forest
Brunch $39.00  includes the book.

To reserve call 847-234-4420

In the spirit of Loving Frank and The Paris Wife, acclaimed novelist Melanie Benjamin pulls back the curtain on the marriage of one of America’s most extraordinary couples: Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

For much of her life, Anne Morrow, the shy daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, has stood in the shadows of those around her, including her millionaire father and vibrant older sister, who often steals the spotlight. Then Anne, a college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family. There she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles’s assurance and fame, Anne is certain the celebrated aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong.

Charles sees in Anne a kindred spirit, a fellow adventurer, and her world will be changed forever. The two marry in a headline-making wedding. Hounded by adoring crowds and hunted by an insatiable press, Charles shields himself and his new bride from prying eyes, leaving Anne to feel her life falling back into the shadows. In the years that follow, despite her own major achievements—she becomes the first licensed female glider pilot in the United States—Anne is viewed merely as the aviator’s wife. The fairy-tale life she once longed for will bring heartbreak and hardships, ultimately pushing her to reconcile her need for love and her desire for independence, and to embrace, at last, life’s infinite possibilities for change and happiness.

Drawing on the rich history of the twentieth century—from the late twenties to the mid-sixties—and featuring cameos from such notable characters as Joseph Kennedy and Amelia Earhart, The Aviator’s Wife is a vividly imagined novel of a complicated marriage—revealing both its dizzying highs and its devastating lows. With stunning power and grace, Melanie Benjamin provides new insight into what made this remarkable relationship endure.