Author Event

Local author Mike Conklin at Lake Forest Book Store

We welcome local author Mike Conklin to Lake Forest Book Store to discuss his newest book.

TRANSFER U

Mike Conklin $15.00  Released December 7, 2018

Thursday, April 11, 2019, 6 PM to 7 PM

at Lake Forest Book Store

Books available for purchase and signing

Refreshments will be served.

Seating is limited. Register at 847-234-4420

 

Transfer U.: Bogus scholarships, China, provincial faculty, Oklahoma earthquake, immigration, cowboys, and a motorcycle gang. It’s a mix of academia and basketball in America like you’ve never seen. One team, from a sleepy Midwestern college named for the most inconsequential president in U.S. history, features an all-Chinese lineup concerned over lack of library time. The other, from a school better known for a rodeo program, includes players from a Texas prison, U.S. Special Forces, East LA, St. Louis YMCA, and a 7-footer discovered by its scheming coach in a McDonald’s line in Murdo, S.D. It’s East vs. West with showdowns in Chicago, on and off the court, and a national title at stake  

Mike Conklin is a story teller. Mike's gathered stories in a media career that started on a small-town weekly, graduated to local dailies, and made a long stop at The Chicago Tribune. There, he was a beat reporter, daily columnist, and feature writer with his work nationally syndicated. He's also written for the New York Times, a variety of magazines, reviewed books, and, after leaving The Tribune, taught communications and writing full-time at DePaul University.

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

Refreshments will be served.

Seating is limited. Register at 847-234-4420

 

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

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

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.

America's Test Kitchen's Julia Collin Davison at Taste Buds Kitchen

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For the first time ever, America’s Test Kitchen is bringing their scientific know-how, rigorous testing, and hands-on learning to KIDS in the kitchen! To celebrate, Taste Buds Kitchen and Lake Forest Book Store welcome Julia Collin Davison of America's Test Kitchen and a contributing author of the new release, The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs During this exclusive book signing event, Julia will demonstrate an entrée recipe for the audience and share cooking and nutrition tips. 

 
 
THE COMPLETE COOKBOOK FOR YOUNG CHEFS
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky  Releases October 16, 2018
 
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 5:00 PM to 6:15 PM
 
Taste Buds Kitchen
2521 Waukegan Road
Bannockburn, IL 60015
 
Parents: attend as an individual, drop your child off or come as a pair! $35 per person or $45 per parent/child pair. Cost includes one cookbook.
 

Tasting samples will be provided with book signing to follow.

Space is very limited. Advance registration required, no walk-ins. Register at At 847-234-4420

Additional event info at www.lakeforestbookstore.com

Want to bake the most-awesome-ever cupcakes? Or surprise your family with breakfast tacos on Sunday morning? Looking for a quick snack after school? Or maybe something special for a sleepover? It's all here. Learn to cook like a pro--it's easier than you think. For the first time ever, America's Test Kitchen is bringing their scientific know-how, rigorous testing, and hands-on learning to KIDS in the kitchen! Using kid-tested and approved recipes, America's Test Kitchen has created THE cookbook every kid chef needs on their shelf. Whether you're cooking for yourself, your friends, or your family, The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs has delicious recipes that will wow!

  • Recipes were thoroughly tested by more than 750 kids to get them just right for cooks of all skill levels--including recipes for breakfast, snacks and beverages, dinners, desserts, and more.
  • Step-by-step photos of tips and techniques will help young chefs feel like pros in their own kitchen
  • Testimonials (and even some product reviews!) from kid test cooks who worked alongside America's Test Kitchen will encourage young chefs that they truly are learning the best recipes from the best cooks.

By empowering young chefs to make their own choices in the kitchen, America's Test Kitchen is building a new generation of confident cooks, engaged eaters, and curious experimenters.

AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN is the most authoritative resource for reliable, kitchen-tested recipes and cooking information. They value process, curiosity, practicality, and honesty. They believe everyone can learn to be a successful cook and their mission is to test recipes over and over until they understand how and why they work, and arrive at the best version.

Julia Collin Davison is the host of America's Test Kitchen and the host of Cook's Country from America's Test Kitchen. She began working as a test cook for Cook's Illustrated in 1999 and is an original cast member of both television shows. Julia leads the recipe development team working on America's Test Kitchen cookbooks.

Dinner with Local Author Kraig Moreland and Toby Jones at Froggy's

Join us at Froggy's French Cafe as we celebrate Kraig W. Moreland's and Toby Jones' new book chronicling a local unsolved crime.

THE FURNACE GIRL: THE MYSTERIOUS CASE OF ELFRIEDA KNAAK
Across The Lake Publishing Company, Released July 14, 2018
 
Thursday, October 18th at 6:30 PM to 8:30
at Froggy's French Cafe
306 Green Bay Rd,
Highwood, IL 60040
 

Books will be available for purchase and signing

$45 for individual/$80 per couple

Reservations required. Call 847-234-4420

In October of 1928, in the quaint north shore Chicago suburb of Lake Bluff, 30-year-old Elfrieda Knaak was found naked in the basement of the Village Hall, propped up next to the furnace, with burns over more than half of her body... but still alive! To this day –- 90 years later -- no one knows how she got there or how she was so badly burned. This stranger-than-fiction story is told through the eyes of Griff Morgan, a young orphan boy, whose harrowing journey makes him an accidental witness to what still remains one of the most puzzling, unsolved crimes of the early 1900s.

This is the first historical fiction book project for Kraig W. Moreland. Kraig has lived in Lake Bluff, Illinois his entire life. After working 10 years in advertising and marketing, he founded New Vision Athletics, Inc. in 1996, a privately-held sports league on the north shore of Chicago. Kraig and his wife Jennifer have raised their four children in Lake Bluff. They also co-founded the Margo Moreland Charitable Foundation in 1999, which supports children afflicted with Cerebral Palsy. Kraig has a great passion for film and local history. Over the last 15 years, he has helped write and co-produce the Lake Bluff Ghost Walk. In 2011, Kraig wrote, filmed, and produced a two-hour documentary "A Childhood Lost & Found - A Journey back to The Lake Bluff Children's Home," a heart-felt story of the Lake Bluff Orphanage, the children who lived there and the people who cared for them. The film was awarded a "Superior Award" from the Illinois Association of Museums in 2012. He is the recipient of the 2012 I Care Award, and also an honorary Paul Harris Fellow Rotary award,. Kraig was a featured speaker at Rosalind Franklin University Medical School in 2014 for the TedMed Live talk.

Toby Jones has been writing since his early high school years. He studied Creative Writing at DePauw University and then earned a Masters of Divinity at Princeton Seminary. He went on to teach English at both the high school and college levels, including a four-year stint at Phillips Exeter Academy. The Furnace Girl is Toby’s first collaborative effort and foray into historical fiction. His previous two books, The Gospel According to Rock and The Way of Jesus focused on Toby’s spiritual journey. He currently serves at Congregational/UCC church in Gaylord, Michigan as part-time pastor, which allows him to continue writing, teaching, and counseling. Those in the Chicagoland area will be interested to know that Toby was one of the founders of Lake County P.A.D.S. – Public Action to Deliver Shelter. He served as its Director in the late 1980s. In the mid-1990s, Toby was awarded an N.E.H. grant to study the Depression Era in American History. He was also named a Klingenstein Fellow by Columbia’s Teachers’ College in 1996.

Author Laura Holtz at Lake Forest Book Store

Join the staff of Lake Forest Book Store in welcoming Laura Holtz, author of the new book, Warm Transfer

WARM TRANSFER
Gatekeeper Press  $16.00  Released May 29, 2018
In recognition that October is DVAM (Domestic Violence Awareness Month), the author is donating 10% of her book profits to RAINN, an organization that works to prevent sexual abuse and that supports survivors.
 
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 6:00 PM
at Lake Forest Book Store
 

Books available for purchase and signing

Refreshments will be served

Call 847-234-4420

For any woman who has sought to reinvent herself comes a story of courage, potential and finding joy. Tamsen Peel has lost all hope. Devastated by the challenges in her marriage, she struggles desperately to find herself, and in doing so, she discovers a warm transfer.  By definition, "WARM TRANSFER /warm ˈtrænsfər/ (noun) The act of a customer service representative remaining on the line with their caller until that caller is successfully transferred to another agent." Metaphorically speaking, a warm transfer happens any time we help others find safe passage to their destination. Warm transfers move us forward, and they are at the heart of Tamsen's journey.

In a romantic and sometimes humorous story, Warm Transfer drops us into an affluent world of scandals and secrets. Tamsen's husband Victor owns a successful advertising agency, and his income supports the Peel's lavish lifestyle in the uppermost echelon of Chicago society. Inside the clutch of Victor's controlling ways, however, Tamsen has misplaced her sense of identity. Just as she has given up the dream she could ever have more, Whit, a handsome young musician, leans his beat-up bike against the iron fence of the Peel's Astor Street brownstone. Quickly, Tamsen finds an unlikely companion in his kindred, tortured soul. Despite their age difference, the two discover common ground in hot tea and their mutual love for the French novel The Count of Monte Cristo. It's only a matter of time before their friendship intensifies, and Tamsen must face the questions that haunt her: can she reclaim the woman she was in her life before Victor? Is the detriment to her children worth it? Is she worth it?

Chicago native Laura Holtz graduated from Northwestern University and entered into a career in sales promotion rising to the position of head of the creative department at her agency. She put her talent for writing toasts in rhymed verse to use by composing book and lyrics for her original musical Gatecrashers, a finalist in the Ball State University Discovery New Musical Theatre Festival. 

 

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