Author Event

Local Author Patrick McCaskey at Lake Forest Book Store

Lake Forest Book Store welcomes Chicago Bears Co-Owner/Vice President and author Patrick McCaskey as he celebrates the publication of the fourth book in his Sports and Faith Series.

WORTHWHILE STRUGGLE

Sporting Chance Press  $20.00 Direct to Paperback 

Saturday, April 13th at 11:30 AM

at Lake Forest Book Store

Books Available for purchase and signing

 

Worthwhile Struggle is the fourth book in the popular Sports and Faith Series. Each chapter is titled after one of the author’s 10 Commandments of Football – principles based on McCaskey’s life with the Chicago Bears, the Halas-McCaskey household, and his own distinctive sense of humor. Struggle is a theme that is clearly seen and understood in sports, which serves as a metaphor and lesson plan for life in the Series. Our Sports and Faith books courageously offer a wide variety of topics for readers. Like the first three books in the Series, Worthwhile Struggle includes stories of athletes and others who lead exemplary lives. Much of it comes from the personal experiences of the author who has been working for the Chicago Bears for over 40 years. McCaskey attended Catholic Schools, and he has been privileged to keep company with many outstanding people from all faiths – both on and off the field. At the back end of each chapter, we include the life of a saint. This offering is an enhancement to our faith coverage for our readers. In addition, we have also included 10 quiz questions in each chapter to test our readers – sports knowledge or their patience! We also have photos from international photographer Father Lawrence Lew in the book. We include a chapter of Biblical poems that McCaskey has read in churches in Lake Forest after Mass. Many poems have a humorous twist to them.

 

Patrick McCaskey, born in Evanston, IL,. is the grandson of famed Chicago Bears founder George Halas. Currently he is a Co-Owner, Board Member and a Vice President with the Chicago Bears. He has authored five books: Bear with Me: A Family History of George Halas and the Chicago BearsSports and Faith: Stories of the Devoted and the DevoutPillars of the NFL: Coaches Who Have Won Three or More ChampionshipsSports and Faith: More Stories of the Devoted and the Devout, and Pilgrimage: A Sports and Faith Series Book. Patrick and his wife, Gretchen, have three sons: Ed (married to Elizabeth), Tom, and Jim. They also have a granddaughter, Grace, and a grandson, Pat.

Author Annie Ward at Lake Forest Book Store

Lake Forest Book Store welcomes author/screenplay writer Annie Ward as she presents her new mystery novel.

BEAUTIFUL BAD

Harper Collins/Park Row  $27.00  Releases March 5, 2019

Friday, March 8th at 6:00 PM

at Lake Forest Book Store

Books Available for purchase and signing

Refreshments will be served.

Seating is limited. Register at 847-234-4420

 

A devoted wife, a loving husband and a chilling murder that no one saw coming. Things that make me scared: When Charlie cries. Hospitals and lakes. When Ian drinks vodka in the basement. ISIS. When Ian gets angry... That something is really, really wrong with me.Maddie and Ian's love story began with a chance encounter at a party overseas; he was serving in the British army and she was a travel writer visiting her best friend, Jo. Now almost two decades later, married with a beautiful son, Charlie, they are living the perfect suburban life in Middle America. But when a camping accident leaves Maddie badly scarred, she begins attending writing therapy, where she gradually reveals her fears about Ian's PTSD; her concerns for the safety of their young son; and the couple's tangled and tumultuous past with Jo.From the Balkans to England, Iraq to Manhattan, and finally to an ordinary family home in Kansas, sixteen years of love and fear, adventure and suspicion culminate in The Day of the Killing, when a frantic 911 call summons the police to the scene of a shocking crime.

 

Annie Ward has a BA in English Literature from UCLA and a MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute. Her first short screenplay, Strange Habit, starring Adam Scott was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and the Grand Jury Award winner at the Aspen Film Festival. She has received a Fulbright Scholarship and An Escape to Create Artists residency. She lives in Kansas with her family.

Author Photo Credit to Josiah Richards

Author Luncheon with Jill Santopolo at The Deer Path Inn

The staff of Lake Forest Book Store welcomes author Jill Santopolo for lunch and presentation of her new novel at The Deer Path Inn

MORE THAN WORDS
G. P. Putnum's Son  Releases February 5, 2019
 
Thursday February 7, 2019 at 11:30 AM
at The Deer Path Inn
255 East Illinois Road

Lake Forest, IL 60645

$55 includes lunch and book

Reservations required, call 847-234-4420

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Light We Lost comes a tender and moving new novel about a woman at a crossroads after the death of her father, and caught between the love of two men. Nina has always known who she's supposed to be. But is that who she truly is?  Nina Gregory has always been a good daughter. Raised by her father, owner of New York City's glamorous Gregory Hotels, Nina was taught that family, reputation, and legacy are what matter most. And Tim--her devoted boyfriend and best friend since childhood--feels the same. But when Nina's father dies, he leaves behind a secret that shocks Nina to her core. As her world falls apart, Nina begins to see the men in her life--her father, her boyfriend, and unexpectedly, her boss, Rafael--in a new light. Soon Nina finds herself caught between the world she loves, and a passion that could upend everything. More Than Words is a heartbreaking and romantic novel about grief, loss, love, and self-discovery, and how we choose which life we are meant to live.

Jill Santopolo received a BA in English literature from Columbia University and an MFA in writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She's the author of three successful children's and young-adult series and works as the Associate Publisher of Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group. Santopolo travels the world to speak about writing and storytelling. She is the author of The Light We Lost, a national and international bestseller that has been translated into more than thirty languages. More Than Words is her second novel for adults. She lives in New York City.

Author Photo Credit to Charles Grantham

Novelist Liam Callanan at Lake Forest Book Store

Join us in welcoming author Liam Callanan as he celebrates the paperback release of his newest novel.

PARIS BY THE BOOK

Dutton Books  $16.00   Paperback Releases January 15, 2019

Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 6 PM

at Lake Forest Book Store

Books available for purchase and signing

Seating is limited, so register at 847-234-4420

Refreshments will be served 

A missing person, a grieving family, a curious clue: a half-finished manuscript set in Paris. When eccentric novelist Robert Eady abruptly vanishes, he leaves behind his wife, Leah, their daughters, and, hidden in an unexpected spot, plane tickets to Paris.  Hoping to uncover clues--and her husband--Leah sets off for France with her girls. Upon their arrival, she discovers an unfinished manuscript, one Robert had been writing without her knowledge . . . and that he had set in Paris. The Eady girls follow the path of the manuscript to a small, floundering English-language bookstore whose weary proprietor is eager to sell. Leah finds herself accepting the offer on the spot. As the family settles into their new Parisian life, they trace the literary paths of some beloved Parisian classics, including Madeline and The Red Balloon, hoping more clues arise. But a series of startling discoveries forces Leah to consider that she may not be ready for what solving this mystery might do to her family--and the Paris she thought she knew. Charming, haunting, and triumphant, Paris by the Book follows one woman's journey as she writes her own story, exploring the power of family and the magic that hides within the pages of a book.

Liam Callanan is a novelist, teacher, and journalist, whose first novel, The Cloud Atlas, was a finalist for an Edgar Award. Winner of the George W. Hunt, S.J., Prize for Excellence in Journalism, Arts and Letters, Liam has published in the Wall Street Journal, Slate, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the San Francisco Chronicle, and has recorded numerous essays for public radio. He's taught for the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and he lives in Wisconsin with his wife and daughters.

Author Photo Credit to Patrick Manning

Author Luncheon with Renée Rosen at The Deer Path Inn

Join author Renée Rosen for lunch at The Deer Path Inn as she presents her newest book release.

PARK AVENUE SUMMER

Berkley Books, Releases April 30, 2019
 
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 11:30 AM
at The Deer Path Inn
255 East Illinois Street

Lake Forest, IL 60045

$55 includes lunch and book

Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call 847-234-4420

Mad Men meets The Devil Wears Prada as Renée Rosen draws readers into the glamorous New York City of 1965 and Cosmopolitan magazine, where a brazen new editor-in-chief--Helen Gurley Brown--shocks America and saves a dying publication by daring to talk to women about all things off-limits...

New York City is filled with opportunities for single girls like Alice Weiss, who leaves her small Midwestern town to chase her big-city dreams and unexpectedly lands the job of a lifetime working for the first female editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, Helen Gurley Brown.

Nothing could have prepared Alice for the world she enters as editors and writers resign on the spot, refusing to work for the woman who wrote the scandalous bestseller Sex and the Single Girl, and confidential memos, article ideas, and cover designs keep finding their way into the wrong hands. When someone tries to pull Alice into a scheme to sabotage her boss, she is more determined than ever to help Helen succeed. While pressure mounts at the magazine and Alice struggles to make her way in New York, she quickly learns that in Helen Gurley Brown's world, a woman can demand to have it all.

Renée Rosen is the author of Windy City BluesWhite Collar GirlWhat the Lady Wants, and Dollface, as well as the young adult novel Every Crooked Pot

Author photo credit to Charles Osgood

Author Luncheon with Lisa See at Froggy's

Join us as we welcome Lisa See, the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane as she celebrates her newest novel

THE ISLAND OF SEA WOMEN

Scribner Book Company,  Releases March 5, 2019

Wednesday,  March 13, 2019 at 11:30

at Froggy's French Cafe
306 Green Bay Road

Highwood, IL 60640

$65 includes lunch and book

Space is limited and reservations are required.

Call 847-234-4420

A new novel from Lisa See, the New York Times bestselling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, about female friendship and family secrets on a small Korean island.

Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju, are best friends that come from very different backgrounds. When they are old enough, they begin working in the sea with their village's all-female diving collective, led by Young-sook's mother. As the girls take up their positions as baby divers, they know they are beginning a life of excitement and responsibility but also danger.

Despite their love for each other, Mi-ja and Young-sook's differences are impossible to ignore. The Island of Sea Women is an epoch set over many decades, beginning during a period of Japanese colonialism in the 1930s and 1940s, followed by World War II, the Korean War and its aftermath, through the era of cell phones and wet suits for the women divers. Throughout this time, the residents of Jeju find themselves caught between warring empires. Mi-ja is the daughter of a Japanese collaborator, and she will forever be marked by this association. Young-sook was born into a long line of haenyeo and will inherit her mother's position leading the divers in their village. Little do the two friends know that after surviving hundreds of dives and developing the closest of bonds, forces outside their control will push their friendship to the breaking point.

This beautiful, thoughtful novel illuminates a world turned upside down, one where the women are in charge, engaging in dangerous physical work, and the men take care of the children. A classic Lisa See story--one of women's friendships and the larger forces that shape them-- The Island of Sea Women introduces readers to the fierce and unforgettable female divers of Jeju Island and the dramatic history that shaped their lives.
 

Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of The Island of Sea WomenThe Tea Girl of Hummingbird LaneSnow Flower and the Secret FanPeony in LoveShanghai GirlsChina Dolls, and Dreams of Joy, which debuted at #1. She is also the author of On Gold Mountain, which tells the story of her Chinese American family's settlement in Los Angeles. See was the recipient of the Golden Spike Award from the Chinese Historical Association of Southern California and the History Maker's Award from the Chinese American Museum. She was also named National Woman of the Year by the Organization of Chinese American Women.

Author photo credit to Patricia Williams

 

Debut Author Samantha Silva at The Deer Path Inn

Lake Forest Book Store welcomes Samantha Silva as she celebrates the holiday season with her debut book

MR DICKENS AND HIS CAROL

Flatiron Books  $25.00

Thursday, November 29th at 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
at The Deer Path Inn
225 East Illinois Road

Lake Forest, IL 60045

$55.00 per person includes lunch and book

Reservations are required. Call 847-234-4420

Charles Dickens is not feeling the Christmas spirit. His newest book is an utter flop, the critics have turned against him, relatives near and far hound him for money. While his wife plans a lavish holiday party for their ever-expanding family and circle of friends, Dickens has visions of the poor house. But when his publishers try to blackmail him into writing a Christmas book to save them all from financial ruin, he refuses. And a serious bout of writer's block sets in. Frazzled and filled with self-doubt, Dickens seeks solace in his great palace of thinking, the city of London itself. On one of his long night walks, in a once-beloved square, he meets the mysterious Eleanor Lovejoy, who might be just the muse he needs. As Dickens' deadlines close in, Eleanor propels him on a Scrooge-like journey that tests everything he believes about generosity, friendship, ambition, and love. The story he writes will change Christmas forever.  Laced with humor, rich historical detail from Charles Dickens' life, and clever winks to his work, Samantha Silva's Mr. Dickens and His Carol is an irresistible new take on a cherished classic.

Samantha Silva is a writer and screenwriter based in Idaho. Mr. Dickens and His Carol is her debut novel. Over her career she's sold projects to Paramount, Universal, New Line Cinema, and TNT. A film adaptation of her short story, The Big Burn, won the 1 Potato Short Screenplay Competition at the 2017 Sun Valley Film Festival. Silva will direct, her first time at the helm. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, she's lived in London, Bologna, and Rome, is an avid Italophile and a forever Dickens devotee.

Author Photo by Glenn Landberg

 

 

 

 

Children's Author Sherri Rinker at Lake Forest Book Store

#1 New York Times Bestselling children's book author Sherri Duskey Rinker will be at Lake Forest Book Store for a book reading, book signing and a meet and greet.

CONSTRUCTION SITE ON CHRISTMAS NIGHT

Chronicle Book  $17.00  Released October 16, 2018

Saturday, December 8th at 9:00 AM

at Lake Forest Book Store

Books available for purchase and signing

Register at 847-234-4420

A new toddler book and Christmas classic entitled Construction Site on Christmas Night  from the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and Mighty, Mighty, Construction Site! Construction toys and construction joys: The trucks are gearing up for Christmas by building a special gift! But, there's a surprise waiting for each of them, too! Presents await for Excavator, Bulldozer, Crane, Dump Truck, and Cement Mixer as each finishes their part of this big, important job and rolls off to a sweet and sleepy goodnight. A gift that will delight: Playful rhyming text from the bestselling author of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and vibrant illustrations from the acclaimed artist AG Ford make this a perfect gift for young construction fans everywhere. If you and your child liked toddler books such as Goodnight Moon, Little Blue Truck, Dragons Love Tacos, Building a House, or The Day the Crayons Quit; you'll love Construction Site on Christmas Night

Sherri Duskey Rinker is the author of #1 New York Times bestsellers Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction SiteSteam Train, Dream Train; and Mighty, Mighty Construction Site, and The 12 Sleighs of Christmas. She loves cooking, gardening, and old oil paintings. Sherri lives with her photographer husband, two sons, one dog, and one hedgehog in St. Charles, Illinois. Find out more about her at Sherriduskeyrinker.com.

 

 

FLETCHER + FORK POP-UP EVENT AT LAKE FOREST BOOK STORE

Join us at Lake Forest Book Store as we host local food writer, photographer and author Wendy Franzen for a Pop-Up entertainment event.

Thursday, November 1st  at 6:00PM

at Lake Forest Book Store

Tastings will include wine braised short rib crostini, parmesan polenta cakes with wild mushroom ragu, autumn spiced pear cakelettes, and chocolate hazelnut tassies. 

Seating is limited, so please register early at 847-234-4420.

From crafting a cohesive menu and curating a playlist to creating a beautiful tablescape and a warm, welcoming atmosphere, it will be an evening of tastings, tips, and recipes for a late autumn/fireside cocktail party. 

Tables will be set for hors d’oeuvres, small bite desserts and a signature cocktail (featuring a cocktail base that can be enjoyed with an added spirit or enjoyed alcohol-free), and participants will have the opportunity for take-home goodies, as well as individually packaged and printed booklets with the evening’s menu and recipes.

Wendy Franzen is a Lake Forest based food writer and photographer and the author of Fletcher + Fork, a cooking and entertaining blog. From hosting a twenty guest dinner for Ragdale’s Novel Affair to entertaining the fashion set in honor of Carolina Herrera creative director Wes Gordon, Wendy is known for her relaxed yet elegant hospitality. The former food and cocktail columnist for Sheridan Road Magazine is currently penning a book of seasonal menus and ideas for warm and gracious gatherings.

Author Christina Baker Kline in Conversation with Deborah Siegel

Join us at Lake Forest Book Store as author Christina Baker Kline presents her newest novel A Piece of the World as part of the Lake Forest Reads: Ragdale One Book, One Community read. Christina will appear in conversation with fellow author Deborah Siegel.

A PIECE OF THE WORLD
William Morrow & Company  $17.00 (Paperback)
 
Friday, October 26, 2018 at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
at Lake Forest Books Store
 

Books available for purchase and signing

 

As seating is limited, registration is  required.

Call 847-234-4420

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the smash bestseller Orphan Train, a stunning and atmospheric novel of friendship, passion, and art, inspired by Andrew Wyeth's mysterious and iconic painting Christina's World. "Later he told me that he'd been afraid to show me the painting. He thought I wouldn't like the way he portrayed me: dragging myself across the field, fingers clutching dirt, my legs twisted behind. The arid moonscape of wheatgrass and timothy. That dilapidated house in the distance, looming up like a secret that won't stay hidden." To Christina Olson, the entire world is her family farm in the small coastal town of Cushing, Maine. The only daughter in a family of sons, Christina is tied to her home by health and circumstance, and seems destined for a small life. Instead, she becomes Andrew Wyeth's first great inspiration, and the subject of one of the best-known paintings of the twentieth century, Christina's World. As she did in her beloved bestseller Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline interweaves fact and fiction to vividly reimagine a real moment in history. A Piece of the World is a powerful story of the flesh-and-blood woman behind the portrait, her complicated relationship to her family and inheritance, and how artist and muse can come together to forge a new and timeless legacy.

Christina Baker Kline is the author of six novels, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Orphan Train as well as A Piece of the World. She lives outside New York City and spends as much time as possible on the coast of Maine. Learn more about Christina at www.christinabakerkline.com.

Deborah Siegel is the author of Sisterhood, Interrupted: From Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild, co-editor of the literary anthology Only Child, and co-founder of She Writes. A PhD in English and American Literature, she is a Visiting Scholar in Gender and Sexuality Studies at Northwestern University and a TEDx speaker. Her work has appeared in a wide variety of venues. She currently serves as Coach-in-Chief at Girl Meets Voice, where she helps those with powerful insights write publicly in the service of their ideas.

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