Author Event

AUTHOR MARGARET GRAZIANO AT LE COLONIAL

Le Colonial and Lake Forest Book Store invite you to "Ignite Culture" with author Margaret Graziano on May 11th from 6:00-8:00pm in the Bac Ha Room at Le Colonial.

IGNITE CULTURE: EMPOWERING AND LEADING A HEALTHY, HIGH-PERFORMANCE ORGANIZATION FROM THE INSIDE OUT

KeenAlignment Press $19.99 (2022)

 

   Thursday, May 11th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

   at Le Colonial (Bac Ha Room)

   655 Forest Avenue

   Lake Forest, IL, 60045

   $95 includes book, appetizers and a cocktail

   Additional copies available for purchase and signing

   RSVP at 847-234-4420

 

A Wall Street Journal Bestseller

"Margaret is an expert in the field of culture change and development. Her work has helped thousands of people across companies heal trust, mend broken relationships, and create space for people to start working together more effectively. Her real stories and experiences combine with research to create an authentic and powerful resource. This is the book every leader needs to read!" -Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, Thinkers50 #1 Executive Coach and New York Times bestselling author of The Earned Life, Triggers, and What Got You Here Won't Get You There.

Sometimes corporate leaders forget that businesses are human systems. Revenue, innovation, and growth are all generated by human beings. Employees left Corporate America in droves during The Great Resignation of 2021 and 2022-an important wakeup call. But even when companies try to "fix" or improve their culture, a whopping 85% of these efforts fail. Why is this statistic so dismal? Because you can't put a bandage on a broken culture.

As human systems, companies must heal or align from the inside out-one human at a time and starting at the top. The CEO and leadership team must do foundational work to understand what's driving and shaping behaviors. Only when a culture is intentionally designed can it inspire people to fully engage in strategies and tactics that move the human system forward.

What author Margaret Graziano proposes in Ignite Culture is a fundament shift in leadership's approach to creating an intentional, healthy, high-performance organization. Offering a unique combination of experiential coaching, evidence-based leadership tools, and actionable strategies, Ignite Culture empowers business leaders with the wisdom and insights they need to reshape their company's culture, increase employee engagement, and grow revenue in a supportive, high-performance environment.

 

About the author:

Margaret "Magi" Graziano is the founder and CEO of KeenAlignment, named an Inc 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America. She lives and breathes culture. With contagious energy and undeniable candor, Magi has helped hundreds of companies build intentional, healthy, high-performance organizational cultures. Named one of Silicon Valley's Top 100 Influential Women in Business, Magi has more than 20 years of experience and is a pioneer in the conscious leadership and cultural alignment movements. Magi's groundbreaking work is driven by her passion to ignite human potential at work.

AUTHOR AND BASKETBALL COACH LARRY FARMER AT LAKE FOREST BOOK STORE

Join us at Lake Forest  Book Store as we host basketball coach and debut author Larry Farmer to celebrate his new book.

ROLE OF A LIFETIME: LARRY FARMER AND THE UCLA BRUINS
by Larry Farmer & Tracy Dodds
Santa Monica Press  $28.00  Released February 21, 2023
 
Wednesday, June 14, 2023, 6PM to 7PM
Lake Forest Book Store
662 N. Western Avenue
Lake Forest, IL 60045
 

Book available for purchase and signing

Refreshments will be served

Space is limited, so RSVP at 847 234-4420

Role of a Lifetime is the story of the crucial role Larry Farmer played on teams that won three NCAA titles for UCLA under Coach John Wooden. Farmer's record at UCLA was 89-1, the greatest winning percentage in NCAA history. (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was 88-2.)

Role of a Lifetime also details how Farmer, a self-taught player from the playgrounds of Denver, managed to secure a full scholarship, make the varsity team as a sophomore, and ultimately become the head basketball coach at UCLA at the age of 30--the first black head coach for any sport at UCLA.

The book chronicles the reactions of black leaders to his role as the first black head coach, as well as the inside politics that led him to resign after three years as coach, just days after accepting a two-year extension. Farmer also shares new insights about UCLA athletic booster Sam Gilbert and his role in the team's NCAA probation.

Farmer's insider perspective during UCLA basketball's most fabled period, combined with his natural ability to relate entertaining and informative anecdotes about legendary figures such as John Wooden, Bill Walton, Jamaal Wilkes, Reggie Miller, and many other famous players and coaches from throughout the world of college basketball, makes Role of a Lifetime a must-have for all Bruin fans and fans of basketball everywhere!

Larry Farmer had the many incredible opportunities in collegiate basketball. He was awarded a scholarship to play for the legendary John Wooden at UCLA where they won three straight National Championships in the three years of his varsity eligibility from 1970-1973. The 89-1 record which was compiled while he competed for the Bruins ranks as the best all-time winning percentage for an individual in NCAA Division I history. He was drafted by the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers and the ABA Denver Nuggets, and competing in professional basketball in Germany. He then transitioned to the sidelines as a coach, eventually becoming the head coach at his alma mater, UCLA, and later at Weber State, in Kuwait as the national coach, then finally at Loyola University of Chicago. Additionally, he has been an assistant coach on the collegiate level at UCLA, at The University of Hawaii, at North Carolina State, and at Western Michigan, as well as an assistant coach for the NBA's Golden State Warriors. 

 

LUNCHEON WITH LOCAL AUTHOR REBECCA MAKKAI AT THE GALLERY

Join the staff of Lake Forest Book Store for lunch with local author Rebecca Makkai to celebrate her newest novel.

I HAVE SOME QUESTIONS FOR YOU
Viking Press  $28.00  Released February 21, 2023
 
Tuesday, May 2, 2023 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
at The Gallery
202 East Wisconsin Avenue
Lake Forest, IL 60045
 
$75 includes lunch and hardcover book

Additional copies available for purchase and signing

Space is limited, be sure to RSVP at 847-234-4420

"A successful film professor and podcaster, Bodie Kane is content to forget her past--the family tragedy that marred her adolescence, her four largely miserable years at a New Hampshire boarding school, and the murder of her former roommate, Thalia Keith, in the spring of their senior year. Though the circumstances surrounding Thalia's death and the conviction of the school's athletic trainer, Omar Evans, are hotly debated online, Bodie prefers--needs--to let sleeping dogs lie. But when the Granby School invites her back to teach a course, Bodie is inexorably drawn to the case and its increasingly apparent flaws. In their rush to convict Omar, did the school and the police overlook other suspects? s the real killer still out there? As she falls down the very rabbit hole she was so determined to avoid, Bodie begins to wonder if she wasn't as much of an outsider at Granby as she'd thought--if, perhaps, back in 1995, she knew something that might have held the key to solving the case."

Rebecca Makkai's last novel, The Great Believers, was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award; it was the winner of the ALA Carnegie Medal, the Stonewall Book Award, the Clark Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and it was chosen as one of the Ten Best Books of 2018 by The New York Times. Her other books are the novels The Borrower and The Hundred-Year House, and the collection Music for Wartime--four stories from which appeared in The Best American Short Stories. A 2022 Guggenheim Fellow, Rebecca is on the MFA faculties of the University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe and Northwestern University, and is Artistic Director of StoryStudio Chicago.

Author photo by Brett Simison

AUTHOR LUNCHEON WITH LOCAL AUTHOR RENÊE ROSEN AT THE GALLERY

Join us as the Lake Forest Book Store hosts a luncheon at The Gallery with local author Renée Rosen who celebrates the publication of her newest book.

FIFTH AVENUE GLAMOUR GIRL
Berkeley Books  $17.00  Releases April 25, 2023 (Direct to Paperback)
 
Wednesday, April 26, 2023, 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
at The Gallery
202 East Wisconsin Avenue
Lake Forest, IL 60045
 
 
$65 includes lunch and a copy of the book.

Additional copies available for purchase and signing

Space is limited so RSVP required. Call 847-234-4420

It's 1938, and a young woman selling face cream out of a New York City beauty parlor is determined to prove she can have it all. Her name is Estée Lauder, and she's about to take the world by storm, in this dazzling new novel from the USA Today bestselling author of The Social Graces and Park Avenue Summer

In New York City, you can disappear into the crowd. At least that's what Gloria Downing desperately hopes as she tries to reinvent herself after a devastating family scandal. She's ready for a total life makeover and a friend she can lean on--and into her path walks a young, idealistic woman named Estée. Their chance encounter will change Gloria's life forever. Estée dreams of success and becoming a household name like Elizabeth Arden, Helena Rubinstein, and Revlon. Before Gloria knows it, she is swept up in her new friend's mission and while Estée rolls up her sleeves, Gloria begins to discover her own talents. After landing a job at Saks Fifth Avenue, New York's finest luxury department store, Gloria finds her voice, which proves instrumental in opening doors for Estée's insatiable ambitions. But in a world unaccustomed to women with power, they'll each have to pay the price that comes with daring to live life on their own terms and refusing to back down.

Renée Rosen is the USA Today bestselling author of The Social GracesPark Avenue SummerWindy City BluesWhite Collar GirlWhat the Lady Wants, and Dollface. She is also the author of Every Crooked Pot, a YA novel published in 2007. Renée lives in Chicago.

DEBUT AUTHOR JULIE GERSTENBLATT APPEARS IN-CONVERSATION WITH LISA BARR

Join us at Lake Forest Book Store as debut author Julie Gerstenblatt appear in conversation with Lisa Barr.

DAUGHTERS OF NANTUCKET
Mira Press  $30.00  (Releases March 14, 2023)
 
Monday, May 8, 2023 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
at Lake Forest Book Store
662 N. Western Avenue
Lake Forest, IL 60045
 

Books available for purchase and signing

Refreshments will be served

RSVP at 847-234-4420

Set against Nantucket's Great Fire of 1846, this sweeping, emotional novel brings together three courageous women battling to save everything they hold dear .... Nantucket in 1846 is an island set apart not just by its geography but by its unique circumstances. With their menfolk away at sea, often for years at a time, women here know a rare independence--and the challenges that go with it. Eliza Macy is struggling to conceal her financial trouble as she waits for her whaling captain husband to return from a voyage. In desperation, she turns against her progressive ideals and targets Meg Wright, a pregnant free Black woman trying to relocate her store to Main Street. Meanwhile, astronomer Maria Mitchell loves running Nantucket's Atheneum and spending her nights observing the stars, yet she fears revealing the secret wishes of her heart. On a sweltering July night, a massive fire breaks out in town, quickly kindled by the densely packed wooden buildings. With everything they possess now threatened, these three very different women are forced to reevaluate their priorities and decide what to save, what to let go and what kind of life to rebuild from the ashes of the past. 

Julie Gerstenblatt holds a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her essays have appeared in The Huffington Post and Cognoscenti, among others. When not writing, Julie is a college essay coach, as well as a producer and on-air host for A Mighty Blaze. A native New Yorker, Julie now lives in coastal Rhode Island with her family and one very smart shichon poo. Daughters of Nantucket is her first novel..

DEBUT AUTHOR MEG ZUCKER AT LAKE FOREST BOOK STORE

We welcome Debut Author Meg Zucker to Lake Forest Book Store celebrates new book relating her personal experiences and offering her hard-learned wisdom on raising children with differences and disabilities.

BORN EXTRAORDINARY: EMPOWERING CHILDREN WITH DIFFERENCES AND DISABILITIES
TarcherPerigee   $18.00  March 7, 2023
 
Thursday, April 13, 2023 6pm to 7pm
at Lake Forest Book Store
662 N. Western Avenue
Lake Forest, IL 60045 
 

Books available for purchase and signing

Refreshments will be served

RSVP at 847-234-4420

A parent's guide to empowering children to embrace their visible and invisible differences. Meg Zucker was born with one finger on each hand, shortened forearms, and one toe on each misshapen foot, caused by a genetic condition called ectrodactyly. She would eventually pass this condition on to her two sons, and, along with her husband, raise them and their adopted daughter, who has her own invisible differences. Born of the family's hard-won experiences, this book offers invaluable advice on raising confident, empathetic, and resilient children who succeed, not despite but because of their differences. Born Extraordinary helps parents of children with differences and disabilities to relinquish their instinctive anxieties, embrace their new normal, and ultimately find joy in watching their children thrive. Often the subjects of unwanted attention—ranging from pitying stares to bullying—Zucker and her sons have learned to ignore what others think and live fearlessly. Also incorporating the stories of other families with visible and invisible differences of all kinds, Born Extraordinary gives parents the tools to meet their children's emotional needs while supporting the whole family unit. Parents learn how best to empower their children to confront others' assumptions, grow in confidence, and encourage dialogue—rather than silence, fear, and shame--around difference.

Meg Zucker is the founder and president of Don't Hide It, Flaunt It, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with the mission of advancing understanding and mutual respect for people's differences. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and New York University School of Law, she is also the U.S. Head of Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Crime at the Royal Bank of Canada.

LOCAL AUTHOR JEANINE DONOFRIO AT LAKE FOREST BOOK STORE

Join us in welcoming author and blogger Jeanine Donofrio to Lake Forest Book Store for a book signing of her latest offering in the Love & Lemons cookbook series.

LOVE & LEMONS: SIMPLE FEEL-GOOD FOOD
$35.00 Avery Publishing Group  Releases April 25, 2023
 
Tuesday, May 23, 2023  6pm to7pm
at Lake Forest Book Store
662 N. Western Avenue
Lake Forest, IL 60045
 
 
Book available for purchase and signing
 
Refreshments will be served
 
Seating is limited, so RSVP at 847-234-4420
 

Love and Lemons is back with make-now and make-ahead vegetarian recipes for every kind of cook. What type of cook are you? That is the question Jeanine Donofrio, creator of the wildly successful blog Love & Lemons and bestselling cookbooks by the same name, asks her readers in her newest book, Love & Lemons: Simple Feel-Good Food. Jeanine is beloved for her bright and breezy cook-from-the-hip style where trips to the farmers market lead to impromptu, seasonal meals. But, as life has gotten busier (she's a mom now), meal plans and weekly prep have entered into the rotation, too. Over the last few years, Jeanine has realized that getting fresh, nourishing, and flavor-packed meals to the table daily is doable through different approaches. After engaging with millions of her followers, two cooking camps crystallized: those who love easy, at-the-ready dishes that can be made at the drop of a hat and those who like to plan in advance (like Jeanine's mom who always has a whole lasagna in the freezer, a trick Jeanine has since adopted). Now, for the first time, she's put pen-to-paper serving up feel-good recipes for both types of home cooks, and those who toggle between, just like herself.

In Love & Lemons: Simple Feel-Good Food, each chapter--Breakfast, Salads, Soups, Dinner, and Dessert--is divided into two parts: one for recipes made with minimal prep and ingredients ("at the ready"), and the second for food prepared ahead of time ("in advance"), whether that be components or full dishes destined for the freezer. Here, morning meals can be met with quick-to-assemble Spiced Chickpea Waffles or Skillet Granola while pre-made pancake dry mix ensures a fluffy stack is just minutes away. Rainbow Blender Soups turn one base into four colorful bowls while Tortellini Soup with Lemon Peel Broth offers an elegant, no-waste trick. Quick, meatless mains include Spring Pea Fritters with Whipped Feta, Chickpea Cacio e Pepe, and a range of sheet pan dinners such as Eggplant Sheet Pan Shawarma, while two different homemade veggie burgers (White Bean Swiss Chard and Sweet Potato Paneer) require some forethought but store brilliantly. Moreover, eight no-waste meal plans (what Jeanine calls 3-in-1 recipes -- three dinner dishes made with one whole vegetable) further provide kitchen ease without sacrificing flair or freshness. And, as with her previous books, scattered throughout are Jeanine's signature flow charts, offering visual guides to reusing, mixing, and matching ingredients to create fresh, must-eat dishes for grain bowls, lasagnas, tacos, and more.

Jeanine Donofrio is the creator of Love and Lemons, the blog and inspiration behind her first two cookbooks, Love and Lemons Every Day and The Love and Lemons Cookbook, which Bon Appétit hailed as "the most beautiful cookbook we've ever seen." Her passion is creating healthy, yet approachable, recipes that all types of eaters enjoy. The recipes celebrate how nourishing, fun, and delicious cooking with seasonal, plant-forward ingredients can be. Jeanine has been featured in The New York TimesPeopleOprah, among others, and has developed recipes for brands including Whole Foods, KitchenAid, and Le Creuset. She lives in Chicago with her husband, Jack, and their son, Oliver.

LOCAL NOVELIST ELIZABETH BERG AT LAKE FOREST BOOK STORE

Join us as we welcome local novelist, Elizabeth Berg as she presents her latest novel.

EARTH'S THE RIGHT PLACE TO LOVE

Random House  $27.00 Releases March 21, 2023

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 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, so RSVP early at 847-234-4420

Refreshments will be served

This beautiful new novel by the beloved author of Open House and Talk Before Sleep tells the story of two young people growing up in Mason, Missouri, and how Arthur Moses, a shy young man, becomes the wise and compassionate person readers loved in The Story of Arthur Truluv.

Nola McCollum is the most desirable girl in Arthur's class, and he is thrilled when they become friends. But Arthur wants far more than friendship. Unfortunately, Nola has a crush on the wrong Moses--Arthur's older brother, Frank, who is busy pursuing his own love interest and avoiding the boys' father, a war veteran with a drinking problem and a penchant for starting fights. When a sudden tragedy rocks the family's world, Arthur struggles to come to terms with his grief. In the end, it is nature that helps him to understand how to go on, beyond loss, and create a life of forgiveness and empathy. But what can he do about Nola, who seems confused about what she wants in life, and only half aware of the one who loves her most?

Elizabeth Berg is the author of many bestselling novels, including The Story of Arthur Truluv, Night of Miracles, The Confession Club, Open House (an Oprah's Book Club selection), Talk Before Sleep, and The Year of Pleasures, as well as the short story collection The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted. Durable Goods and Joy School were selected as ALA Best Books of the Year. She adapted The Pull of the Moon into a play that enjoyed sold-out performances in Chicago and Indianapolis. Berg's work has been published in thirty-one countries, and three of her novels have been turned into television movies. She is the founder of Writing Matters, a quality reading series dedicated to serving author, audience, and community. She teaches one-day writing workshops and is a popular speaker at venues around the country. Some of her most popular Facebook postings have been collected in Make Someone Happy, Still Happy, and Happy to Be Here. She lives outside of Chicago.

Photo credit to Teresa Crawford

LOCAL DEBUT COOKBOOK AUTHOR KAREN NOCHIMOWSKI AT LAKE FOREST BOOK STORE

Join us to welcome local author Karen Nochimowski as she tours celebrating her debut cookbook offering 100 super simple dishes

6-MINUTE DINNERS (AND MORE): 100 SUPER SIMPLE DISHES WITH 6 MINUTES OF PREP AND 6 INGREDIENTS OR LESS
Page Street Publishing  $26.00  Released in Paperback December 13, 2022
 
 
Wednesday, January 25, 2023 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
at Lake Forest Book Store
662 N. Western Avenue
Lake Forest, IL 60045
 

Book available for purchase and signing

Space is limited, RSVP at 847-234-4420

Refreshments will be served

As a mom of 3 rambunctious boys, I was always struggling to find time to cook a good healthy family meal while usually having a kid in on my hip or throwing a fit on the floor. Well I have finally mastered a way to serve a fabulous meal withy little effort and few ingredients. My recipes are simple and delicious, using no more than six ingredients and under six minutes of prep time.

Karen Nochimowski is the creator of the popular food blog Momma Chef and writes a monthly food column for the Daily Herald. She has appeared on LIVE with Kelly and Ryan and WGN Radio. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.

AWARD-WINNING LOCAL AUTHOR CHRISTIE TATE AT LAKE FOREST BOOK STORE

Lake Forest Book Store welcomes New York Times best-selling author Christie Tate at the store for a meet and greet and book signing celebrating her newest book.

B.F.F: A Memoir of Friendship Lost and Found
Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster  $28.00  Releases February 07, 2023
 
Thursday, February 23, 2023 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
at Lake Forest Book Store
662 North Western Avenue
Lake Forest, IL 60045
 

Books available for purchase and signing

Space is limited, so RSVP early at 847-234-4420

Refreshments will be served

From the author of Group, a New York Times bestseller and Reese's Book Club Pick, comes a moving, heartwarming, and powerful memoir about Christie Tate's lifelong struggle to sustain female friendship, and the friend who helps her find the human connection she seeks.

After more than a decade of dead-end dates and dysfunctional relationships, Christie Tate has reclaimed her voice and settled down. Her days of agonizing in group therapy over guys who won't commit are over, the grueling emotional work required to attach to another person tucked neatly into the past. Or so she thought. Weeks after giddily sharing stories of her new boyfriend at Saturday morning recovery meetings, Christie receives a gift from a friend. Meredith, twenty years older and always impeccably accessorized, gives Christie a box of holiday-themed scarves as well as a gentle suggestion: maybe now is the perfect time to examine why friendships give her trouble. "The work never ends, right?" she says with a wink. Christie isn't so sure, but she soon realizes that the feeling of "apartness" that has plagued her since childhood isn't magically going away now that she's in a healthy romantic relationship. With Meredith by her side, she embarks on a brutally honest exploration of her friendships past and present, sorting through the ways that debilitating shame and jealousy have kept the lasting bonds she craves out of reach--and how she can overcome a history of letting go too soon. But when Meredith becomes ill and Christie's baggage threatens to muddy their final days, she's forced to face her deepest fears in honor of the woman who finally showed her how to be a friend. Poignant, laugh-out-loud funny, and emotionally satisfying, B.F.F. explores what happens when we finally break the habits that impair our ability to connect with others, and the ways that one life--however messy and imperfect--can change another.

Christie Tate is the author of the New York Times bestseller Group, which was a Reese's Book Club selection. She has been published in The New York TimesThe Washington PostChicago TribuneMcSweeney's Internet Tendency, and elsewhere, and she lives in Chicago with her family.

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