Author Event

Luncheon with Author Claire Lombardo at The Deer Path Inn

Luncheon with author and Oak Park native, Claire Lombardo to celebrates publication of her first novel

THE MOST FUN WE EVER HAD

Doubleday Books  $29.00  Releases June 25, 2019

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
at The Deer Path Inn
225 East Illinois Road

Lake Forest, IL 60045

$55 per person includes lunch and book

Reservations required. Call 847-234-4420

 

When Marilyn Connolly and David Sorenson fall in love in the 1970s, they are blithely ignorant of all that's to come. By 2016, their four radically different daughters are each in a state of unrest: Wendy, widowed young, soothes herself with booze and younger men; Violet, a litigator-turned-stay-at-home-mom, battles anxiety and self-doubt when the darkest part of her past resurfaces; Liza, a neurotic and newly tenured professor, finds herself pregnant with a baby she's not sure she wants by a man she's not sure she loves; and Grace, the dawdling youngest daughter, begins living a lie that no one in her family even suspects. Above it all, the daughters share the lingering fear that they will never find a love quite like their parents'. As the novel moves through the tumultuous year following the arrival of Jonah Bendt--given up by one of the daughters in a closed adoption fifteen years before--we are shown the rich and varied tapestry of the Sorensons' past: years marred by adolescence, infidelity, and resentment, but also the transcendent moments of joy that make everything else worthwhile. Spanning nearly half a century, and set against the quintessential American backdrop of Chicago and its prospering suburbs, Lombardo's debut explores the triumphs and burdens of love, the fraught tethers of parenthood and sisterhood, and the baffling mixture of affection, abhorrence, resistance, and submission we feel for those closest to us. In painting this luminous portrait of a family's becoming, Lombardo joins the ranks of writers such as Celeste Ng, Elizabeth Strout, and Jonathan Franzen as visionary chroniclers of our modern lives.

 

Claire Lombardo earned her MFA in fiction at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She was born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois. A former social worker, she now teaches fiction writing and is at work on a second novel.

Author Joshilyn Jackson at Lake Forest Book Store

Author Joshilyn Jackson joins the staff of Lake Forest Book Store to present her newest novel.

NEVER HAVE I EVER

William Morrow & Company  $27.00  Released July 30, 2019

Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 6:00 PM. - 7:00 PM

at Lake Forest Book Store

Books available for purchase and signing

Refreshments will be served

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In this game, even winning can be deadly... Amy Whey is proud of her ordinary life and the simple pleasures that come with it--teaching diving lessons, baking cookies for new neighbors, helping her best friend, Charlotte, run their local book club. Her greatest joy is her family: her devoted professor husband, her spirited fifteen-year-old stepdaughter, her adorable infant son. And, of course, the steadfast and supportive Charlotte. But Amy's sweet, uncomplicated life begins to unravel when the mysterious and alluring Angelica Roux arrives on her doorstep one book club night. Sultry and magnetic, Roux beguiles the group with her feral charm. She keeps the wine flowing and lures them into a game of spilling secrets. Everyone thinks it's naughty, harmless fun. Only Amy knows better. Something wicked has come her way--a she-devil in a pricey red sports car who seems to know the terrible truth about who she is and what she once did. When they're alone, Roux tells her that if she doesn't give her what she asks for, what she deserves, she's going to make Amy pay for her sins. One way or another. To protect herself and her family and save the life she's built, Amy must beat the devil at her own clever game, matching wits with Roux in an escalating war of hidden pasts and unearthed secrets. Amy knows the consequences if she can't beat Roux. What terrifies her is everything she could lose if she wins. A diabolically entertaining tale of betrayal, deception, temptation, and love filled with dark twists leavened by Joshilyn Jackson's trademark humor, Never Have I Ever explores what happens when the transgressions of our past come back with a vengeance. 

 

Joshilyn Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of seven novels, including Gods in Alabama and A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages. A former actor, Jackson is also an award-winning audiobook narrator. She lives in Decatur, Georgia, with her husband and their two children.

Author photo credit to Wes Browning

Writer/Producer and China Hand Stewart Lee Beck at Lake Forest Book Store

Stewart Lee Beck discussed trading and business in China in an in-store event at Lake Forest Book Store

CHINA SIMPLIFIED: HISTORY FLASHBACK

 C.S. Publishing  $12.88  Available in Paperback

Better understand modern China with this entertaining journey to the heart of its 5,000-year history. Ideal for business persons who want to raise their China game, students who seek to make deeper cultural connections, and travelers in search of valuable insights into Chinese culture.

 

 

CHINA SIMPLIFIED: LANGUAGE EMPOWERMENT

C.S. Publishing  $11.88  Available in Paperback

An entertaining journey to the heart of the Chinese language to deepen your understanding of China and its people. A must-read for anyone who wants to improve their Mandarin or cultivate better relationships with Chinese worldwide.

 

 

 

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 6:00 pm

at Lake Forest Book Store

Books available for purchase and signing

Refreshments will be served

Seating is limited, call 847-234-4420

Stewart Lee Beck is a writer and producer who's lived and worked among the Chinese for 24 years. Stewart has helped raise nearly $15 million for children's charities in China. He refers to his Malaysian-Chinese wife as "the crazy woman who keeps me sane."

Local Author Deborah Rine at Lake Forest Book Store

Local author, Deborah Rine joins us at Lake Forest Book Store to celebrate her two newest Emerald Coast Mystery novels

THE GIRL ON 30A: AN EMERALD COAST MYSTERY

CreateSpace  $14.00 Available in Paperback

Claire escapes on Christmas Day. She leaves behind her stifling family, her controlling fiancé and her grueling job. In Lemon Cove, a Florida town off Highway 30A, she finds new friends, a challenging career and a house on the beach. How lucky can she get? But within days her perfect new life begins to disintegrate. Her date for New Year's Eve is found dead in a gangland shooting. She has the distinct feeling she's being followed. Gripped by fear, she is suspicious of some around her. Claire is determined to uncover the truth and reclaim the life she's begun to build...no matter what it takes. This fast-paced novel takes place on the exquisite Emerald Coast along Highway 30A in the Florida Panhandle. Part travelogue and part thriller, THE GIRL ON 30A paints a vibrant portrait of a distinctive region while spinning its intriguing tale.

ENVY ON 30A: AN EMERALD COAST MYSTERY

Sefl-Published $14.00  Available in Paperback

Victoria Palmer is a social-media queen with millions of followers. Her wedding promises to be the cyber event of the year. The nuptials will take place at the fabulous Magnolia Resort, a haven for the super-rich on the exquiisite Emerald Coast along Highway 30A in the Florida Panhandle. For Morgan Lytton, Magnolia's wedding planner, the four-day extravaganza provokes anxiety. An impending storm off the Gulf of Mexico looms on the horizon. Pernicious paparazzi threaten to infiltrate the event. In addition, an undercurrent of hatred and jealousy simmers under the feigned camaraderie of the wedding party. Unwittingly, Morgan becomes enmeshed in their conflicts. After the first murder, the members of the wedding party begin to suspect one another. Morgan works with the police and finds herself a target for the vindictive killer.

 

Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 6:00 pm

at Lake Forest  Book Store

Books available for purchase and signing

Refreshments will be served

Seating is limited, call 847-234-4420

Deborah Rine lives in Lake Bluff, Illinois with her husband, Larry and her chocolate lab, Cocoa. She has also written The Lake, Face Blind, and Divergent Deaths. The Girl on 30A is her fifth novel and was inspired by a wonderful vacation along the Emerald Coast.

Chicago-area author Lisa Barr at Lake Forest Book Store

Chicago-area author, journalist and blogger joins us at Lake Forest Book Store to present her newly-released novel

THE UNBREAKABLES

HarperCollins Publishers  $16.99  Releases June 4, 2019

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 6:00 PM

at Lake Forest Book Store

Books available for purchase and signing

Refreshments will be served

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THE UNBREAKABLES by award-winning author Lisa Barr is a delicious, captivating novel about a woman from Chicago who jets off to France after her "perfect" marriage collapses, putting the broken pieces of herself back together while rediscovering her own joie de vivre—a lust for life, art, and passion. 

The worst birthday ever might just be the gift of a lifetime...It's Sophie Bloom's forty-second birthday, and she's ready for a night of celebration with Gabe, her longtime, devoted husband, and her two besties and their spouses. Dinner is served with a side of delicious gossip, including which North Grove residents were caught with their pants down on Ashley Madison after the secret on-line dating site for married and committed couples was hacked. Thirty-two million cheaters worldwide have been exposed...including Sophie's "perfect" husband. To add insult to injury, she learns Gabe is the top cheater in their town. Humiliated and directionless, Sophie jumps into the unknown and flees to France to meet up with her teenage daughter who is studying abroad and nursing her own heartbreak. After a brief visit to Paris, Sophie heads out to the artist enclave of Saint-Paul-de-Vence. There, for the first time in a long time, Sophie acknowledges her own desires--not her husband's, not her daughter's--and rediscovers her essence with painful honesty and humor, reawakening both her sensuality and ambitions as a sculptor. As she sheds her past and travels the obstacle-filled off beaten path, Sophie Bloom is determined to blossom. Allowing her true self to emerge in the postcard beauty of Provence, Sophie must decide what is broken forever...and what it means to be truly unbreakable.

 
Lisa Barr has been an editor at The Jerusalem Post, Today's Chicago Woman, and Moment magazine, and an editor/reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times. Among the highlights of her career, Lisa covered the famous "handshake" between the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, the late PLO leader Yasser Arafat, and President Bill Clinton at the White House. Lisa is also the creator and editor of the popular parenting blog, GIRLilla Warfare. She has been featured on Good Morning America, Today, Fox & Friends, and Australia TV for her work as an author, journalist and blogger. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband and three daughters (aka: Drama Central).

Cookbook Author Jeanine Donofrio at Lake Forest Book Store

Join us as author Jeanine Donofrio presents the newest addition to her Love & Lemons series of cookbooks.

LOVE & LEMONS EVERY DAY: MORE THAN 100 BRIGHT, PLANT-FORWARD RECIPES FOR EVERY MEAL 

Avery Publishing Group  $35.00  Released April 1, 2019

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 6:00 PM

at Lake Forest Book Store

Books available for purchase and signing

Refreshments will be served

Call 847-234-2240

 
The ultimate guide for cooking outrageously delicious, vegetable-packed meals every day of the week, from bestselling author of The Love & Lemons Cookbook. Known for her insanely flavorful vegetable recipes and stunning photography, Jeanine Donofrio celebrates plants at the center of the plate with more than 100 new vegetarian recipes in Love & Lemons Every Day. In this book, Jeanine shows you how to make any meal, from breakfast to dessert, where produce is the star. Butternut squash becomes the best creamy queso you've ever eaten, broccoli transforms into a zesty green "rice" burrito filling, and sweet potato blends into a smooth chocolate frosting. These exciting and approachable recipes will become instant additions to your family's regular meal rotation. This book is a resource, filled with smart tips for happier, healthier eating. You'll find inspiration from Jeanine's signature colorful infographics - such as a giant matrix of five-ingredient salad dressings, a guide to quick weeknight pastas, and a grid to show you how to roast any vegetable. There are also plenty of practical charts, such as a template to make versatile vegetable broth, seasonal produce guides, and clever ideas to use commonly tossed vegetable parts -- you'll never toss those cauliflower cores, corn cobs, or broccoli stalks again! Packed with imaginative every day meals, go-to cooking tips, alternatives for dietary restrictions, and guides for mastering produce-based kitchen staples, Love & Lemons Every Day is a must-have for herbivores and omnivores alike.
 
Jeanine Donofrio is the author of The Love & Lemons Cookbook: An Apple-to-Zucchini Celebration of Impromptu Cooking and Love & Lemons Meal Record & Market List. "Happiness itself is tossed into every bowl," The New York Times said of her first cookbook, while Bon Appétit hailed it as "the most beautiful cookbook we've ever seen." Jeanine has been featured in PeopleO: The Oprah MagazineSelfShapeMind Body GreenDesign*SpongeRedbookFood52Refinery29, and many more. As author of the popular Love and Lemons blog, she partners with leading brands, including Whole Foods and KitchenAid. She and her husband, Jack, cook and photograph from their home in Chicago while their two Shiba pups help clean up the kale stems that fall on the kitchen floor.

Author Margaret McMullan at Lake Forest Book Store

Author Margaret McMullan joins us at Lake Forest Book Store to present her latest book; a journey into her ancestral past.

WHERE THE ANGELS LIVED: OUR FAMILY'S STORY OF LOSS, EXILE AND RETURN

Calypso Editions $20.00  Releases May 1, 2019 

Friday, June 21, 2019 at 6:00 PM

at Lake Forest Book Store

Books available for purchase and signing

Refreshments will be served

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The moment she discovers the existence of Richard, a long-lost relative, at Israel’s Holocaust Museum, Margaret McMullan begins an unexpected journey of revelation and connectivity as she tirelessly researches the history of her ancestors, the Engel de Jánosis. Propelled by a Fulbright cultural exchange that sends her to teach at a Hungarian University, Margaret, her husband and teenage son all eagerly travel to Pécs, the land of her mother’s Jewish lineage. After reaching Pécs, a Hungarian town both small and primarily Christian, Margaret realizes right then and there how difficult her mission is going to be.

A recipient of a 2010 NEA Fellowship in literature, a 2010 Fulbright at the University of Pécs in Pécs, Hungary, and the National Author Winner of the 2011 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, Margaret McMullan is the author of seven award-winning novels. In 2015, she and Phillip Lopate curated Every Father’s Daughter, an anthology of essays about fathers by great women writers such as Alice Munro, Ann Hood, and Jane Smiley. A 2007 Eudora Welty Visiting Writer at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, Margaret has taught on the summer faculty at the Stony Brook Southampton Writers Conference in Southampton, New York, at the Eastern Kentucky University Low-Residency MFA Program, and at the University of Southern Indiana’s Summer and Winter Ropewalk Writers Retreat. She was the Melvin Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Evansville, where she taught for 25 years. Recently she served as a faculty mentor at the Stony Brook Southampton Low-res MFA Program. She writes full time now in Pass Christian, Mississippi

 

Nationally Recognized Food, Drinks and Travel Author Kristine Hansen at Lake Forest Book Store

Meet Food, Drinks and Travel author Kristine Hansen as the celebrates her new book featuring Wisconsin cheeses.

WISCONSIN CHEESE COOKBOOK: CREAMY, CHEESY, SWEET, and SAVORY RECIPES FROM THE STATE'S BEST CREAMERIES
Globe Pequot Press  $24.00 Released March 1, 2019
 
Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 6:00 PM

at Lake Forest Book Store

Book available for purchase and signing

Refreshments will be served

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Grating, Slicing, Baking and Sprinkling Wisconsin's Best Cheeses. Wisconsin's artisan cheese scene is steeped in tradition and bursting with innovations. Local cheesemakers attract visitors from all over the world. Cheese is a huge part of the state's tourist draw and homegrown character. Everyone who calls Wisconsin home or visits for a day will love this book of the best recipes to cook with cheese. Stunning photos and 60 recipes from the 28 creameries featured will include comfort-food staples like pizza, mac 'n cheese and grilled-cheese sandwiches, as well as wow-worthy dinner-party favorites such as mascarpone cheesecake, plus picnic-friendly salads and delicious breakfasts. Noteworthy creameries covered include: Carr Valley Cheese and Emmi Roth in Southwest Wisconsin; BelGioioso Cheese and Sartori in Northeast Wisconsin; Holland's Family Cheese in Northwest Wisconsin; and Clock Shadow Creamery in Southeast Wisconsin.
 
Based in Milwaukee's Bay View neighborhood, Kristine Hansen is a nationally recognized food, drinks and travel author with articles about Wisconsin's cheese published on Travel + Leisure's website as well as on Fodors.com. Her articles have appeared in TIME Magazine, Cooking Light Magazine, Vogue.com, Today.com, CNN.com, CNTraveler.com and ArchDigest.com. She contributes to Milwaukee Magazine, covering the state's agriculture industry and its many personalities.
 
 

An Evening with Local Author Katherine Reay at The Gallery

Join us as the staff of Lake Forest Book Store welcomes local author Katherine Reay for a book release party at The Gallery.

THE PRINTED LETTER BOOKSHOP
Thomas Nelson  $17.00 Releases May 14, 2019
 
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 6:00 PM
at The Gallery
202 East Wisconsin Avenue
Lake Forest, IL 60045
 

Wine and appetizers will be served

$45 for individual and $60 per couple

Advance copy books available for purchase and signing

Reservations required. Call 847-234-4420

One of Madeline Cullen's happiest childhood memories is of working with her Aunt Maddie in the quaint and cozy Printed Letter Bookshop. But by the time Madeline inherits the shop nearly twenty years later, family troubles and her own bitter losses have hardened Madeline's heart toward her once-treasured aunt--and the now struggling bookshop left in her care. While Madeline intends to sell the shop as quickly as possible, the Printed Letter's two employees have other ideas. Reeling from a recent divorce, Janet finds sanctuary within the books and within the decadent window displays she creates. Claire, though quieter than the acerbic Janet, feels equally drawn to the daily rhythms of the shop and its loyal clientele, finding a renewed purpose within its walls. When Madeline's professional life takes an unexpected turn, and when a handsome gardener upends all her preconceived notions, she questions her plans and her heart. She begins to envision a new path for herself and for her aunt's beloved shop--provided the women's best combined efforts are not too little, too late. The Printed Letter Bookshop is a captivating story of good books, a testament to the beauty of new beginnings, and a sweet reminder of the power of friendship.

Katherine Reay is the national bestselling and award-winning author of Dear Mr. KnightleyLizzy and Jane, The Brontë Plot, A Portrait of Emily PriceThe Austen Escape, and The Printed Letter Bookshop. All Katherine's novels are contemporary stories with a bit of classical flairKatherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and is a wife, mother, former marketer, and avid chocolate consumer. After living all across the country and a few stops in Europe, Katherine now happily resides outside Chicago, IL. You can meet her at www.katherinereay.com; Facebook: KatherineReayBooks; Twitter: @katherine_reay; or Instagram: @katherinereay.

Mystery Authors Susanna Calkins and E. C. Diskin in Conversation

Join us at Lake Forest Book Store for an evening dedicated to MYSTERY, MURDER and MAYHEM as Chicago-area writers Susanna Calkins and E. C. Diskin appear IN CONVERSATION

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 6:00 PM

at Lake Forest Book Store

Books available for purchase and signing. 

Refreshments will be served.

Register at 847-234-4420

MURDER KNOCKS TWICE: A MYSTERY  by Susanna Calkins

Minotaur Books $18.00 Releases April 30, 2019

The first mystery in Susanna Calkins' captivating new series takes readers into the dark, dangerous, and glittering underworld of a 1920s Chicago speakeasy. Gina Ricci takes on a job as a cigarette girl to earn money for her ailing father--and to prove to herself that she can hold her own at Chicago's most notorious speakeasy, the Third Door. She's enchanted by the harsh, glamorous world she discovers: the sleek socialites sipping bootlegged cocktails, the rowdy ex-servicemen playing poker in a curtained back room, the flirtatious jazz pianist and the brooding photographer--all overseen by the club's imposing owner, Signora Castallazzo. But the staff buzzes with whispers about Gina's predecessor, who died under mysterious circumstances, and the photographer, Marty, warns her to be careful. When Marty is brutally murdered, with Gina as the only witness, she's determined to track down his killer. What secrets did Marty capture on his camera--and who would do anything to destroy it? As Gina searches for answers, she's pulled deeper into the shadowy truths hiding behind the Third Door.

DESPERATE PATHS by E. C. Diskin

Thomas & Mercer Publishing  $16.00  Releases March 19, 2019Susanna Calkins, author of the award-winning Lucy Campion series, holds a PhD in history and teaches at the college level. Her historical mysteries have been nominated for the Mary Higgins Clark and Agatha awards, among many others, and The Masque of a Murderer received a Macavity. Originally from Philadelphia, Susanna now lives in the Chicago area with her husband and two sons.

E. C. Diskin is the author of the bestselling novels The Green LineBroken Grace, and Depth of Lies. She lives outside Chicago with her family. Find out more about the author and her work at www.ecdiskin.com.

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