Author Event

Local Author Mark Litzsinger at Lake Forest Book Store

Local resident Mark Litzsinger discusses his newly updated book entitled

OUT OF THE SHADOWS: REVEALING THE PATH TO RECOVERY 

RML Press $17.00 Released January 1, 2018

at Lake Forest Book Store

Thursday, April 12th at 6 P.M.

Books available for purchase and signing

Reservations suggested but not required

Call 847-234-4420

Imagine living in a darkness so deep, you can't eat well, you can't sleep well, you can't concentrate on anything for very long--in short, your life is not as it once was. Depression often feels like moving through a fog so thick it envelopes every aspect of your entire life.

Depression had its claws in Mark Litzsinger for years, but by taking the hands offered to him from family, friends, and medical professionals, he was able to climb out of the shadows and back into his life. You too can make the same journey.

This updated book provides a hand to hold as you deal with depression. It is designed to help you--and your family, friends, and doctors--understand the disease and develop a plan for getting the best care to overcome depression.

A graduate of Texas Christian University, Mark Litzsinger is the former chairman of Follett Corporation. Now retired, he spends time sailing and traveling. Mark shows his Samoyeds, Sanibel and Aston, as well as his collection of antique cars, including a 1935 Packard Twelve 1207 Coupe Roadster. In addition, he invented the Leash Grip, which gives a dog walker a firmer, more comfortable handle, and the Leash Grip Extender, which allows one person to walk multiple dogs. Mark also gives talks about his experiences with depression. He is a firm believer in giving back to society. Out of the Shadows is his first book.

Author Photo courtesy of Furlo Studios

Author Luncheon with Laura Kamoie and Stephanie Dray at The Deer Path Inn

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Join us for lunch with Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie celebrating the release of their new novel My Dear Hamilton

MY DEAR HAMILTON: A NOVEL OF ELIZA SCHUYLER HAMILTON
William Morrow and Company  $27.00  Releases April 3, 2018
 
Wednesday, April 11 at 11:30 am
at The Deer Path Inn
255 East Illinois Road
Lake Forest, IL

$45 includes lunch and book

Space is limited and reservations are required

Call 847-234-4420

From the New York Times bestselling authors of America’s First Daughter comes the epic story of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton—a revolutionary woman who, like her new nation, struggled to define herself in the wake of war, betrayal, and tragedy. Haunting, moving, and beautifully written, Dray and Kamoie used thousands of letters and original sources to tell Eliza’s story as it’s never been told before—not just as the wronged wife at the center of a scandal, but also as a founding mother who shaped an American legacy in her own right. Coming of age on the perilous frontier of revolutionary New York, Elizabeth Schuyler champions the fight for independence. And when she meets Alexander Hamilton, Washington’s penniless but passionate aide-de-camp, she’s captivated by the young officer’s charisma and brilliance. They fall in love, despite Hamilton’s bastard birth and the uncertainties of war. But the union they create—in their marriage and the new nation—is far from perfect. From glittering inaugural balls to bloody street riots, the Hamiltons are at the center of it all—including the political treachery of America’s first sex scandal, which forces Eliza to struggle through heartbreak and betrayal to find forgiveness. When a duel destroys Eliza’s hard-won peace, the grieving widow fights her husband’s enemies to preserve Alexander’s legacy. But long-buried secrets threaten everything Eliza believes about her marriage and her own legacy. Questioning her tireless devotion to the man and country that have broken her heart, she’s left with one last battle—to understand the flawed man she married and imperfect union he could never have created without her…

Stephanie Dray is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal & USA Today bestselling author of historical women's fiction. Her award-winning work has been translated into eight languages and tops lists for the most anticipated reads of the year. Before she became a novelist, she was a lawyer and a teacher. Now she lives near the nation's capital with her husband, cats, and history books. Now she lives near the nation’s capital with her husband, cats, and history books. 

Laura Kamoie is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction. She holds a doctoral degree in early American history from The College of William and Mary, published two non-fiction books on early America, and most recently held the position of Associate Professor of History at the U.S. Naval Academy before transitioning to a full-time career writing fiction. Laura lives among the colonial charm of Annapolis, Maryland, with her husband and two daughters.

Stephanie Dray photo by Kate Furek

Author Michael Zadoorian at Lake Forest Book Store

Join us at Lake Forest Book Store in Welcoming author Micheal Zadoorian as he celebrates the release of his new novel entitled Beautiful Music

BEAUTIFUL MUSIC
Alkashic Books $29.00 Releases May 1, 2018
 
Friday, May 18th at 6:00 pm
at Lake Forest Book Store
 

Books available for purchase and signing

Call 847-234-4420 to register

Set in early 1970s Detroit, a racially divided city still reeling from its violent riot of 1967, Beautiful Music is the story of one young man’s transformation through music. Danny Yzemski is a husky, pop radio–loving loner balancing a dysfunctional home life with the sudden harsh realities of freshman year at a high school marked by racial turbulence. But after tragedy strikes the family, Danny’s mother becomes increasingly erratic and angry about the seismic cultural shifts unfolding in her city and the world. As she tries to hold it together with the help of Librium, highballs, and breakfast cereal, Danny finds his own reason to carry on: rock ‘n’ roll. In particular, the drum and guitar–heavy songs of local legends like the MC5 and Iggy Pop. In the vein of Nick Hornby and Tobias Wolff, yet with a style very much Zadoorian’s own, Beautiful Music is a touching story about the power of music and its ability to save one’s soul.

Michael Zadoorian is the author of the critically praised The Leisure Seeker--now a film starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland, to be released by Sony Pictures Classics in 2018. Zadoorian is a recipient of a Kresge Artist Fellowship in the Literary Arts, the Columbia University Anahid Literary Award, the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, and the Michigan Notable Book Award. His other books are Second Hand: A Novel, and the story collection The Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit. His fiction has appeared in the Literary Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, American Short Fiction, Witness, Great Lakes Review, and the North American Review. He lives with his wife in the Detroit area.

Author photo by John Roe of Roe Photo

Author Tom Weinberg at Lake Forest Book Store

Chicagoan TOM WEINBERG discusses the recent publication of his expedition to Central America 

CHASING THE LOST CITY: CHRONICLES OF DISCOVERY IN HONDURAS
Eckhartz Press $36.00
 
Thursday, February 1st at 6:00 pm
at Lake Forest Book Store

Books available for purchase and signing

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For more than 20 years, TV producer Weinberg was obsessed with the centuries-old legend of the Lost City of the Monkey God, aka Ciudad Blanca, hidden deep in the dense Central American jungle. The book is composed of his journals written in Honduras, more than 180 stunning photographs and the author's personal thoughts and feelings about what became a world-famous 21st century discovery. 

Tom Weinberg started as a print journalist and went on to become a pioneering TV documentary and nonfiction producer for 40 years. He has achieved national acclaim for the more than 500 programs he has produced for PBS and WTTW, including winning four Emmy’s. He was executive producer of The 90’s, a breakthrough independently produced national PBS series. He created/produced the independent film and video showcase, Image Union, for ten years. He founded Fund for Innovative TV (FITV) and mediaburn.org, the video archive with 8000+ documentary and nonfiction videos and more than 16 million page views. His awards include duPont-Columbia award for documentary; Chicago Producer of the Year; Silver Circle award from TV Academy; Studs Terkel Community Media award and others. His has worked with and produced for MTV, WGN-TV, NBA on CBS, and Tokyo Broadcasting. His work has been shown in festivals and museums including Rio Cine, Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim, among others. He is a fourth-generation Chicagoan with lots of kids and grandchildren.

Author Dinner with Robert Kurson at Froggy's

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Join us in welcoming local author Robert Kurson to celebrate the release of his new book, Rocket Men

ROCKET MEN: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon
Random House  $28.00  Releases April 3, 2018
 
Thursday, April 19th at 6:30 pm
at Froggy's French Cafe
306 Green Bay Road
Highwood, IL

 

$65 per individual includes dinner and book or $100 for couple includes 2 dinners and 1 book

Reservations are required as space is limited

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The riveting inside story of three heroic astronauts who took on the challenge of mankind's historic first mission to the Moon, from the New York Times bestselling author of Shadow Divers. By August 1968, the American space program was in danger of failing in its two most important objectives: to land a man on the Moon by President Kennedy's end-of-decade deadline, and to triumph over the Soviets in space. With its back against the wall, NASA made an almost unimaginable leap: It would scrap its usual methodical approach and risk everything on a sudden launch. With just four months to prepare--a fraction of the normal time required to plan a space mission--the agency committed to sending the first men in history to the Moon. And it would all happen at Christmas. In a year of historic violence and discord--the Tet Offensive, the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy, the riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago--the Apollo 8 mission would be the boldest, riskiest test of America's greatness under pressure. In this gripping insider account, Robert Kurson puts the focus on the three astronauts and their families: the commander, Frank Borman, a conflicted man on his final mission; idealistic Jim Lovell, who'd dreamed since boyhood of riding a rocket to the Moon; and Bill Anders, a young nuclear engineer and hotshot fighter pilot making his first space flight. Drawn from hundreds of hours of one-on-one interviews with the astronauts, their loved ones, NASA personnel, and myriad experts, and filled with vivid and unforgettable detail, Rocket Men is the definitive account of one of America's finest hours that reads like a real-life thriller. In these pages, Kurson reveals the epic dangers involved, and the singular bravery it took, for mankind to leave Earth for the first time--and arrive at a new world.

Robert Kurson earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin and a law degree from Harvard Law School. His award-winning stories have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Esquire, where he was a contributing editor. He is the author of three New York Times bestsellers: Shadow Divers, the 2005 American Booksellers Association's nonfiction Book Sense Book of the Year; Crashing Through, based on Kurson's 2006 National Magazine Award-winning profile in Esquire of the blind speed skier, CIA analyst, and entrepreneur Mike May; and Pirate Hunters. His latest book, Rocket Men, tells the story of the historic Apollo 8 mission to the Moon. He lives in Chicago.

Author photo by Matt Ferguson

Author Luncheon with Chloe Benjamin at Froggy's

Join us for an luncheon with Chloe Benjamin, recent author of The Immortalists.

THE IMMORTALISTS
$26.00  P.G. Putnum's Sons  Released January 9, 2018
 
Thursday, March 8th at 11:30 at:
Froggy's French Cafe
306 Green Bay Road
Highwood, IL

$60 includes lunch and a copy of the book

Reservations required as space is limited. Call 847-234-4420

If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life? It's 1969 in New York City's Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children--four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness--sneak out to hear their fortunes. The prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in '80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post-9/11; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality. A sweeping novel of remarkable ambition and depth, The Immortalists probes the line between destiny and choice, reality and illusion, this world and the next. It is a deeply moving testament to the power of story, the nature of belief, and the unrelenting pull of familial bonds.

Chloe Benjamin is the author of the novel The Anatomy of Dreams, which received the Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award and was longlisted for the 2014 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. A San Francisco native, Chloe is a graduate of Vassar College and of the University of Wisconsin, where she received her MFA in fiction. She lives with her husband in Madison, Wisconsin.

 Author Photo (c) Nathan Jandl

Author Tim Rappleye at Lake Forest Book Store

We welcome debut author and former Lake Forest College hockey star Tim Rappleye celebrating the publication of Jack Parker's Wiseguys.

JACK PARKER'S WISEGUYS: THE NATIONAL CHAMPION BU TERRIERS, THE BLIZZARD OF '78, AND THE MIRACLE ON ICE

University Press of New England $28.00 Released January 2, 2018

Friday, February 2nd 
5:45 pm to 6:45 pm

at the Store

Books available for purchase and signing

Register at 847-234-4420

Over the winter of 1977-78, anyone within shouting distance of a two-mile stretch of Boston's Commonwealth Avenue--from Fenway Park to the trolley curve at Packard's Corner--found themselves pulled into the orbit of college hockey. The hottest ticket in a sports-mad city was Boston University's Terriers, a team so tough it was said they didn't have fans--they took hostages. Eschewing the usual recruiting pools in Canada, Jack Parker and his coaching staff assembled a squad that included three stars from nearby Charlestown, then known as the "armed robbery capital of America."

Jack Parker's Wiseguys is the story of a high-flying, headline-dominating, national championship squad led by three future stars of the Miracle on Ice, the medal-round game the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team won against the heavily favored Soviet Union. Now retired, Parker is a thoughtful statesman for the sport, a revered figure who held the longest tenure of any coach in Boston sports history. But during the 1977-78 season, he was just five years into his reign--and only a decade or so older than his players. Fiery, mercurial, as tough as any of his tough guys, Parker and his team were to face the pressure-cooker expectations of four previous also-ran seasons, further heightened by barroom brawls, off-the-ice shenanigans, and the citywide shutdown caused by one of the biggest blizzards to ever hit the Northeast.

This season was to be Parker's watershed, a roller-coaster ride of nail-biting victories and unimaginable tragedy, played out in increasingly strident headlines as his team opened the season with an unprecedented twenty-one straight wins. Only the second loss of the year eliminated the Terriers from their league playoffs and possibly from national contention; hours after the game Parker's wife died from cancer. The story of how the team responded--coming back to win the national championship a week after Parker buried his wife--makes a compelling tale for Boston sports fans and everyone else who feels a thrill of pride at America's unlikely win over the Soviet national team--a victory forged on Commonwealth Avenue in that bitter, beautiful winter of '78.

When the Wiseguys of Boston University were winning their NCAA Division I hockey championship in 1978, author Tim Rappleye was part of the Lake Forest College hockey team's historic run to the Division II NCAA championship game. The Foresters won the inaugural Division II West Regional Championship in 1978, compiling 23 wins and the best winning percentage in the history of the program. Rappleye went on to cover hockey at five Olympic Winter Games, as a researcher, producer and reporter, winning two Emmy Awards in the process. His first job was as a production assistant at the Lake Placid Miracle on Ice, where four of the characters in Jack Parker's Wiseguys established themselves as national heroes.Rappleye currently lives on the other side of Lake Michigan in Traverse City, Michigan, where he referees youth hockey games when he isn't teaching elementary school. He is currently working on his latest book, In Search of Hobey Baker.

Debut Author Keziah Frost at Lake Forest Book Store

Join Lake Forest Book Store in welcoming author Keziah Frost in celebrating the release of her first novel The Reluctant Fortune Teller

THE RELUCTANT FORTUNE TELLER

Park Row Publishing  $16.00  Due March 6, 2018

Wednesday, March 7th at 6:00 pm  at Lake Forest Book Store

Refreshments will be served

Register at 847-234-4420

 

A retired accountant becomes the town's fortune-teller in this witty and charming debut. Norbert Zelenka has always lived life on the sidelines. It's why at seventy-three years old he's broke and alone except for the company of a Chihuahua. But when "Carlotta's Club"--three strong-willed seniors with plenty of time on their hands--decide to make Norbert their latest project, he reluctantly agrees to their scheme: establishing himself as the town's fortune-teller. Soon his life begins changing in unexpected ways.It turns out that years of observing other people make Norbert an excellent card reader. As Norbert's lonesome world expands with new friendships and a newfound self-confidence, he finally finds himself in a place where he belongs. But disaster looms on the horizon. When a troubled young woman goes missing after a bad reading, Norbert must find a strength beyond the cards to bring her home safely.A heartfelt story of coming-of-age late in life, The Reluctant Fortune Teller is a poignant reminder that we're never too old to learn new tricks.

Keziah Frost works as a psychotherapist who specializes in pet grief. She developed The Reluctant Fortune Teller while enrolled in the Faber Academy under Tom Bromley. She shares her life with five little dogs, one audacious cat, and her encouraging human family. This is her first novel.

Author photo credit to Tom Davy

Slow Cooker Pop-up Event with Addie Gundry at Lake Forest Book Store

Come to the store for our Pop-up event and taste samples from Addie Gundry's newly released Essential Slow Cooker and Retro Recipes

ESSENTIAL SLOW COOKER RECIPES: 103 FUSS-FREE SLOW COOKER MEALS EVERYONE WILL LOVE

St. Martin's Griffin  $20.00  Due January 9, 2018

RETRO RECIPES FROM THE '50s AND'60s: 103 VINTAGE APPETIZERS, DINNERS, AND DRINKS EVERYONE WILL LOVE

St. Martin's Griffin  $20.00  Due January 9, 2018

Sunday, February 4th at 1:00 PM at Lake Forest Book Store
 

Books will be available for purchase and signing

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A slow cooker is the ideal partner in crime when it comes to tackling dishes that can be too time- and work-intensive for every day, like French onion soup or chicken cordon bleu. And in Essential Slow Cooker Recipes: 103 Fuss-Free Slow Cooker Meals Everyone Will Love, we're going way beyond the expected soups and stews. Cutthroat Kitchen winner Addie Gundry offers up recipes for appetizers like BBQ Meatballs, breads like Slow Cooker Dinner Rolls, make-ahead breakfasts like Banana Pecan French Toast, and desserts like Pineapple Upside Down Cake, not to mention slow cooker twists on beloved recipes like Lasagna, Meatloaf, and Stuffed Peppers. Each recipe is paired with a finished-dish full-bleed color photo.

Gundry, a Food Network Cutthroat Kitchen winner and executive producer of RecipeLion, adds to her 103 Recipes series (Everyday Dinner Ideas, etc.) with Retro Recipes from the '50s and '60s: 103 Vintage Appetizers, Dinners, and Drinks Everyone Will Love. This collection of popular recipes from the 1950s and '60s contains what you might expect to find in a cookbook from the time or written on weathered index cards in grandma's recipe box. Recipes include easy beef stroganoff and a turkey tetrazzini. A book about this era couldn't overlook cocktail-party fare, and Gundry includes several options, among them a party cheese ball, crab puffs, and cream-cheese-stuffed celery. The featured desserts could only come from midcentury America, and include a creamsicle Jell-O mold, magic tomato soup cupcakes, and Harvey Wallbanger cake. There are also recipes for sweets still popular today, such as crispy rice treats, grasshopper pie, and classic peanut-butter cookies. The recipes are not always diligently researched: for example, beef Wellington rose to popularity in the 1960s, not the 1950s, and most likely thanks to Julia Child and not President Nixon (although he was famous for serving beef Wellington at nearly every state dinner he held during his presidency). Nevertheless, Gundry has made it easy for theme-party planners to find the necessary recipes all in one place.

Addie Gundry received her masters in culinary arts at Auguste Escoffier in Avignon, France. She has worked for chefs including Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, and Martha Stewart on management, restaurant openings, brand development, editorial, marketing, and sales. In 2015, she won Cutthroat Kitchen on The Food Network. As the executive producer for RecipeLion, Addie creates culinary content for multiple web platforms and communities. She excels at making easy recipes elegant. Her previous cookbooks include Everyday Dinner Ideas and Essential Slow Cooker Recipes.

Chef and Cookbook Author Heath Schecter at Lake Forest Book Store

We welcome chef and cookbook author, Heath Schecter for a presentation, discussion and demonstration of techniques

I'M A CHEF & MY KIDS WANT BUTTERED NOODLES: A COLLECTION OF RECIPES

Createspace Independent Publishing Platform  $30.00 Released November 14, 2017

Wednesday, February 7th at 6:00 P.M at Lake Forest Book Store

Books available for purchase and signing

Refreshments will be served.

Register at 847-234-4420

Chef Heath Schecter told his wife, in 2001, that he wanted to write a cookbook...16 years later he did. As a chef, he creates a lot of cool dishes...yet, his kids won't eat most of them...and they are missing out. This cookbook is a collection of his recipes created over the years, from starters, soups & salads, main courses, sous vide cooking, desserts, sides, sauces, seasonings and more. The recipes are very approachable and the steps are laid out to recreate them. He is very proud of this book; however, what he is most proud of, is that 25% of the proceeds will be donated to the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation (which raises money for child cancer research) in memory of his friend's daughter, the little warrior, Mia B Gurevitz.

Chef Heath Schecter has worked in restaurants for over 25 years, covering every position from the bottom up. He has a bachelor's degree in Architecture from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, and attended culinary school at the Arizona Culinary Institute in Scottsdale, AZ. He was contracted to write (published) recipes for a sous vide company, and has worked with celebrity chef Beau Macmillan at the Sanctuary Resort in Paradise Valley, AZ. Heath currently works as a corporate executive chef within the food manufacturing business, where he has created sauces, spice blends, and ready-to-eat deli salad. Heath also spends time in Lake Forest, IL with his friend, a James Beard house nominee, Chef Dominic Zumpano of The Gallery restaurant. Heath is currently a co-chef at The Gallery. Heath is available for private chef services. You can visit his website at www.chefheath.com

 

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