Author Event

Release Day Party for Katherine Reay and Her New Novel, The Austen Escape

Join us at Lake Forest Book Store for the Release Day party for Katherine Reay and her new novel, The Austen Escape

Thomas Nelson $15.99  (In paperback, due November 7th)

Thursday, November 9th at 6:00 PM

Register to attend Katherine's book "birthdate" at 847-234-4420

Birthday cake and refreshments will be served

Falling into the past will change their futures forever. Mary Davies finds safety in her ordered and productive life. Working as an engineer, she genuinely enjoys her job and her colleagues - particularly a certain adorable and intelligent consultant. But something is missing. When Mary's estranged childhood friend, Isabel Dwyer offers her a two-week stay in a gorgeous manor house in England, she reluctantly agrees in hopes that the holiday will shake up her quiet life in just the right ways. But Mary gets more than she bargained for when Isabel loses her memory and fully believes she lives in Jane Austen's Bath. While Isabel rests and delights in the leisure of a Regency lady, attended by the other costume-clad guests, Mary uncovers startling truths about their shared past, who Isabel was, who she seems to be, and the man who now stands between them. Outings are undertaken, misunderstandings play out, and dancing ensues as this company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation, work out their lives and hearts.

Katherine Reay has enjoyed a life-long affair with the works of Jane Austen and her contemporaries--who provide constant inspiration both for writing and for life. She is the author of three previous novels, and her debut, Dear Mr. Knightley, was a 2014 Christy Award Finalist, winner of the 2014 INSPY Award for Best Debut, and winner of two Carol Awards for Best Debut and Best Contemporary. Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University and is a wife, mother, runner, and tae kwon do black belt. After living all across the country and a few stops in Europe, Katherine and her family recently moved back to Chicago.

Local Author Camille Bordas at Lake Forest Book Store

Lake Forest Book Store welcomes Camille Bordas, author of How to Behave in a Crowd

Tim Duggan Books $26.00 (due August 15th, 2017)

Wednesday, August 30th at 6:00 PM

Books available for purchase and signing

Register at Lake Forest Book Store 847-234-4420

Refreshments will be served

An absorbing, darkly comedic novel that brilliantly evokes the confusions of adolescence and marks the arrival of an extraordinary young talent. Isidore Mazal is eleven years old, the youngest of six siblings living in a small French town. He doesn't quite fit in. Berenice, Aurore, and Leonard are on track to have doctorates by age twenty-four. Jeremie performs with a symphony, and Simone, older than Isidore by eighteen months, expects a great career as a novelist--she's already put Isidore to work on her biography. The only time they leave their rooms is to gather on the old, stained couch and dissect prime-time television dramas in light of Aristotle's Poetics. Isidore has never skipped a grade or written a dissertation. But he notices things the others don't, and asks questions they fear to ask. So when tragedy strikes the Mazal family, Isidore is the only one to recognize how everyone is struggling with their grief, and perhaps the only one who can help them--if he doesn't run away from home first. Isidore's unstinting empathy, combined with his simmering anger, makes for a complex character study, in which the elegiac and comedic build toward a heartbreaking conclusion. With How to Behave in a Crowd, Camille Bordas immerses readers in the interior life of a boy puzzled by adulthood and beginning to realize that the adults around him are just as lost.

Camille Bordas is the author of two previous novels in French, Les Treize Desserts and Partie Commune. Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker. Born in France and raised in Mexico City and Paris, she now lives in Chicago.

Author Patricia Stratton and Lake Forest Book Store celebrate the Chicago Picasso

Join the staff of Lake Forest Book Store in celebrating the 50-year anniversary of the Chicago Picasso sculpture and welcoming Chicago area local Patricia Stratton, recent author of The Chicago Picasso: A Point of Departure

Ampersand, Inc. $24.99

August 24th, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Books available for purchase and signing

Please register at 847-234-4420 

Refreshments will be served 

The Chicago Picasso made its debut in downtown Chicago in August 1967 and was immediately recognized as a supreme achievement in monumental sculpture and civic art. The capstone to Picasso's long and fabled career as a sculptor and modernist, the sculpture has defined the city of Chicago for generations and stands as a peerless example of the union of modern art and civic architecture. Art historian Patricia Stratton tells the inside story of the sculpture for the first time in The Chicago Picasso: A Point of Departure, published to coincide with the 50th anniversary celebration of the famous unveiling. Relying on exclusive archival interviews and extensive research, all the controversial possibilities of the sculpture's inspiration are explored. The Chicago Picasso: A Point of Departure tells the full story of monumental achievement in all of its historical and artistic glory.

Patricia Balton Stratton was born in Cincinnati and received both her undergraduate and graduate education at Northwestern University, where her masters thesis in art history concentrated on the acquisition, construction, and iconography of the Chicago Picasso. She served as a docent and guide for a number of regional art museums, as well as a volunteer and board member of the Chicago Public School Art Society (later known as Art Resources in Teaching) that was an affiliate of the School of the Art Institute. She divides her time between Chicago and Naples, Florida. Her daughter and four grandchildren live in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Author photo by Caronchi Photography

Addie Gundry, 2015 Cutthroat winner on Food Network comes to Lake Forest Book Store

Presenting her two new cookbooks, No-Bake Desserts: 103 Easy Recipes for No-Bake Cookies, Bars and Treats and Family Favorite Casserole Recipes: 103 Comforting Breakfast Casseroles, Dinner Ideas and Desserts Everyone Will Love, Addie Gundry visits Lake Forest Book Store

 Wednesday, August 9th at 6:00 p.m.

St. Martin's Griffin, $20.00 each

Books will be available for purchase and signing

Register at Lake Forest Book Store 847-234-4420

Addie Gundry shows you how to combine your favorite flavors, from fruit and chocolate to nuts and caramel, into 103 easy no-bake cheesecakes, pies, fruit tarts, candies, cookies, bites, bars, fruit desserts, frozen desserts, gelatin desserts, puddings, and adorable single-serving desserts in a jar. And each dessert is no-bake, so there's no need to take up space in the oven. Combining her professional French culinary training with her love of easy entertaining solutions, Addie translates classic favorites from tiramisu to banana cream pie into easy go-to recipes that you'll use all year round. Learn how to whip up Chocolate Eclair Cake, Mini Lemon Meringue Pies, Strawberry Shortcake in a Jar, and Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bites with ease in Addie's No-Bake Desserts.

From Cinnamon Roll Casserole to John Wayne Cowboy Casserole, the 103 casserole dishes in this cookbook are simple and stress-free, but each is packed with flavor, making them your go-to family favorites to whip up any day of the week. In 103 Family Favorite Casserole Recipes, Addie Gundry shows that a dish doesn't have to be complicated to be creative. You don't need multiple pots and pans to find flavor. And with the proper tools, tips and techniques, anyone can cook memorable meals. She teaches you how to whip up everything from Potato Chip and Chicken Casserole to Strawberry Icebox Casserole to Skinny Cheeseburger Casserole. A casserole is something to be shared--something warm, rich, and worthy of a gathering on its own. Every recipe is paired with a beautiful finished dish photograph that will make readers jump at the idea of casserole night.

Come and enjoy!  Addie will be offering samples of some of her favorite recipes. 

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 books include Everyday Dinner IdeasFamily Favorite Casserole Recipes, and Festive Holiday Recipes.

Suspense Authors Wendy Walker and Mary Kubica in Conversation at Lake Forest Book Store

Join us at Lake Forest Book Store as we host accomplished suspense writers Wendy Walker, author of All is Not Forgotten, and Mary Kubica, author of The Good Girl, in Conversation.

Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Register at Lake Forest Book Store 847-234-4420

Books Available for Purchase and Signing

EMMA IN THE NIGHT, Wendy Walker (due August 8th, 2017) , St. Martins Press, $26.99

"Both twisted and twisty, this smart psychological thriller sets a new standard for unreliable narrators." -Booklist, Starred Review

One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn't add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister's return might just be the beginning of the crime.

Wendy Walker is a former commercial litigator and investment banker who now works at home in Connecticut writing and raising her children. She is the author of the novels Four Wives, Social Lives and All is Not Forgotten, and is the editor of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Power MomsChicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Mom, and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Dad.

EVERY LAST LIE, Mary Kubica, Park Row Books, $26.99

New York Times bestselling author of THE GOOD GIRL Mary Kubica is back with another exhilarating thriller as a widow's pursuit of the truth leads her to the darkest corners of the psyche.

Clara Solberg's world shatters when her husband and their four-year-old daughter are in a car crash, killing Nick while Maisie is remarkably unharmed. The crash is ruled an accident...until the coming days, when Maisie starts having night terrors that make Clara question what really happened on that fateful afternoon.

Tormented by grief and her obsession that Nick's death was far more than just an accident, Clara is plunged into a desperate hunt for the truth. Who would have wanted Nick dead? And, more important, why? Clara will stop at nothing to find out--and the truth is only the beginning of this twisted tale of secrets and deceit.

Told in the alternating perspectives of Clara's investigation and Nick's last months leading up to the crash, master of suspense Mary Kubica weaves her most chilling thriller to date--one that explores the dark recesses of a mind plagued by grief and shows that some secrets might be better left buried.

Mary Kubica is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Good Girl and Pretty Baby. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children and enjoys photography, gardening and caring for the animals at a local shelter.

Annie Hartnett at Lake Forest Book Store

Join us in welcoming Annie Hartnett, author of RABBIT CAKE to Lake Forest Book Store

In paperback by Tin House Books. $15.95

Friday, September 8th at 6:00 pm

Refreshments will be served

Register for this special event at 847-234-4420

Elvis Babbitt has a head for the facts: she knows science proves yellow is the happiest color, she knows a healthy male giraffe weighs about 3,000 pounds, and she knows that the naked mole rat is the longest living rodent. She knows she should plan to grieve her mother, who has recently drowned while sleepwalking, for exactly eighteen months. But there are things Elvis doesn't yet know--like how to keep her sister Lizzie from poisoning herself while sleep-eating or why her father has started wearing her mother's silk bathrobe around the house. Elvis investigates the strange circumstances of her mother's death and finds comfort, if not answers, in the people (and animals) of Freedom, Alabama. As hilarious a storyteller as she is heartbreakingly honest, Elvis is a truly original voice in this exploration of grief, family, and the endurance of humor after loss.

Annie Hartnett was the 2013-2014 winner of the Writer in Residence Fellowship for the Associates of the Boston Public Library and has received awards and honors from the Bread Loaf School of English, McSweeney's, and Indiana Review. Hartnett received her MFA in Fiction from the University of Alabama, an MA from Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English, and currently teaches at Grub Street, an independent writing center in Boston. She lives with her husband and their beloved Border Collie in Providence, Rhode Island.

Addie Gundry, 2015 Cutthroat winner on Food Network comes to Lake Forest Book Store POSTPONED

Presenting her two new cookbooks, No-Bake Desserts: 103 Easy Recipes for No-Bake Cookies, Bars and Treats and Family Favorite Casserole Recipes: 103 Comforting Breakfast Casseroles, Dinner Ideas and Desserts Everyone Will Love (due July 3rd, 2017), Addie Gundry visits Lake Forest Book Store

 Wednesday, July 12th at 6:00 p.m.

St. Martin's Griffin, $20.00 each (due July 3rd, 2017)

Books will be available for purchase and signing

Register at Lake Forest Book Store 847-234-4420

Addie Gundry shows you how to combine your favorite flavors, from fruit and chocolate to nuts and caramel, into 103 easy no-bake cheesecakes, pies, fruit tarts, candies, cookies, bites, bars, fruit desserts, frozen desserts, gelatin desserts, puddings, and adorable single-serving desserts in a jar. And each dessert is no-bake, so there's no need to take up space in the oven. Combining her professional French culinary training with her love of easy entertaining solutions, Addie translates classic favorites from tiramisu to banana cream pie into easy go-to recipes that you'll use all year round. Learn how to whip up Chocolate Eclair Cake, Mini Lemon Meringue Pies, Strawberry Shortcake in a Jar, and Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bites with ease in Addie's No-Bake Desserts.

From Cinnamon Roll Casserole to John Wayne Cowboy Casserole, the 103 casserole dishes in this cookbook are simple and stress-free, but each is packed with flavor, making them your go-to family favorites to whip up any day of the week. In 103 Family Favorite Casserole Recipes, Addie Gundry shows that a dish doesn't have to be complicated to be creative. You don't need multiple pots and pans to find flavor. And with the proper tools, tips and techniques, anyone can cook memorable meals. She teaches you how to whip up everything from Potato Chip and Chicken Casserole to Strawberry Icebox Casserole to Skinny Cheeseburger Casserole. A casserole is something to be shared--something warm, rich, and worthy of a gathering on its own. Every recipe is paired with a beautiful finished dish photograph that will make readers jump at the idea of casserole night.

Come and enjoy!  Addie will be offering samples of some of her favorite recipes. 

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 books include Everyday Dinner IdeasFamily Favorite Casserole Recipes, and Festive Holiday Recipes.

Local Author Mitchell Granger at Lake Forest Book Store

Join us at Lake Forest Book Store in welcoming local author Mitchell Granger for a discussion and signing of his debut novel, Jack Stryder and the Lost Library of Alexandria.

Bowker Publishing, $20.00

Wednesday,  June 28th at 6:00 p.m.

Books available for purchase and signing

Refreshments will be served

Register at Lake Forest Book Store 847-234-4420

 

Before he knew about the war, sixteen-year-old Jack Stryder lived a predictable life. Apart from his nomadic lifestyle and bond with his father, nothing separated him from other kids at school. All of that changes one day, when Jack is attacked in his own high-school and catapulted into a world of mystery and violence. Soon, Jack learns he is a part of an ancient lineage of time-travelers tasked to saving history. In a shadow war to save humanity, Jack must join forces with an organization named the Order the Flame to defend history from their adversaries - the One World Society. Along the way, Jack learns he is a part of a destiny that will change everything about time travel, and more importantly, history forever.

Mitchell Stevens Granger was born in Chicago, Illinois to Ed Granger and Shannen Poulos. Growing up, Granger was an avid tennis player and philanthropist- starting his own non-profit in Chicago. At the age of 24, after graduating from the University of Illinois- Chicago, Granger released his first novel, Jack Stryder and the Lost Library of Alexandria. His inspirations behind his work are his father Ed, his late grandfather David, and the novels he read as a child. He continues to write and plans to release more works soon.

Author Luncheon with Fiona Barton at The Gallery

Author Luncheon featuring Fiona Barton, author of The Child

Berkley (due June 27, 2017) $26.00

Wednesday, July 19 2017 at 11:30AM

$50 includes lunch and book 

Reservations required at 847-234-4420

The author of the stunning New York Times bestseller The Widow returns with a brand-new novel of twisting psychological suspense. As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it's a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who is the Building Site Baby? As Kate investigates, she unearths connections to a crime that rocked the city decades earlier: A newborn baby was stolen from the maternity ward in a local hospital and was never found. Her heartbroken parents were left devastated by the loss. But there is more to the story, and Kate is drawn--house by house--into the pasts of the people who once lived in this neighborhood that has given up its greatest mystery. And she soon finds herself the keeper of unexpected secrets that erupt in the lives of three women--and torn between what she can and cannot tell.

Fiona Barton, the New York Times bestselling author of The Widow and The Child, trains and works with journalists all over the world. Previously, she was a senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at the Mail on Sunday, where she won Reporter of the Year at the British Press Awards.

 

A Reading and Guided Meditation with Ruth Ozeki at Lake Forest Book Store

Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being has been selected as the title for 2017’s Lake Forest Reads: Ragdale, a one book/one community program.

Welcome Ruth Ozeki for a reading from A Tale for the Time Being and in guided meditation at Lake Forest Book Store.

Penguin Books $17.00

Friday, October 27, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Space is limited so register at 847-234-4420

A brilliant, unforgettable novel from bestselling author Ruth Ozeki shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who s lived more than a century. A diary is Nao s only solace and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao s drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future. Full of Ozeki s signature humor and deeply engaged with the relationship between writer and reader, past and present, fact and fiction, quantum physics, history, and myth, A Tale for the Time Being is a brilliantly inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home.

Ruth Ozeki is a novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest. She is the award-winning author of three novels, My Year of MeatsAll Over Creation, and A Tale for the Time Being, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her critically acclaimed independent films, including Halving the Bones, have been screened at Sundance and aired on PBS. She is affiliated with the Brooklyn Zen Center and the Everyday Zen Foundation. She lives in British Columbia and New York City.

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