Author Event


Join us as we welcome local novelist, Elizabeth Berg as she presents her latest novel.


Random House  $27.00 Releases March 21, 2023

Tuesday, March 21, 2023 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
at Lake Forest Book Store
662 N. Western Ave
Lake Forest, IL 60045

Books available for purchase and signing

Space is limited, so RSVP early at 847-234-4420

Refreshments will be served

This beautiful new novel by the beloved author of Open House and Talk Before Sleep tells the story of two young people growing up in Mason, Missouri, and how Arthur Moses, a shy young man, becomes the wise and compassionate person readers loved in The Story of Arthur Truluv.

Nola McCollum is the most desirable girl in Arthur's class, and he is thrilled when they become friends. But Arthur wants far more than friendship. Unfortunately, Nola has a crush on the wrong Moses--Arthur's older brother, Frank, who is busy pursuing his own love interest and avoiding the boys' father, a war veteran with a drinking problem and a penchant for starting fights. When a sudden tragedy rocks the family's world, Arthur struggles to come to terms with his grief. In the end, it is nature that helps him to understand how to go on, beyond loss, and create a life of forgiveness and empathy. But what can he do about Nola, who seems confused about what she wants in life, and only half aware of the one who loves her most?

Elizabeth Berg is the author of many bestselling novels, including The Story of Arthur Truluv, Night of Miracles, The Confession Club, Open House (an Oprah's Book Club selection), Talk Before Sleep, and The Year of Pleasures, as well as the short story collection The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted. Durable Goods and Joy School were selected as ALA Best Books of the Year. She adapted The Pull of the Moon into a play that enjoyed sold-out performances in Chicago and Indianapolis. Berg's work has been published in thirty-one countries, and three of her novels have been turned into television movies. She is the founder of Writing Matters, a quality reading series dedicated to serving author, audience, and community. She teaches one-day writing workshops and is a popular speaker at venues around the country. Some of her most popular Facebook postings have been collected in Make Someone Happy, Still Happy, and Happy to Be Here. She lives outside of Chicago.

Photo credit to Teresa Crawford


Join us to welcome local author Karen Nochimowski as she tours celebrating her debut cookbook offering 100 super simple dishes

Page Street Publishing  $26.00  Released in Paperback December 13, 2022
Wednesday, January 25, 2023 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
at Lake Forest Book Store
662 N. Western Avenue
Lake Forest, IL 60045

Book available for purchase and signing

Space is limited, RSVP at 847-234-4420

Refreshments will be served

As a mom of 3 rambunctious boys, I was always struggling to find time to cook a good healthy family meal while usually having a kid in on my hip or throwing a fit on the floor. Well I have finally mastered a way to serve a fabulous meal withy little effort and few ingredients. My recipes are simple and delicious, using no more than six ingredients and under six minutes of prep time.

Karen Nochimowski is the creator of the popular food blog Momma Chef and writes a monthly food column for the Daily Herald. She has appeared on LIVE with Kelly and Ryan and WGN Radio. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.


Lake Forest Book Store welcomes New York Times best-selling author Christie Tate at the store for a meet and greet and book signing celebrating her newest book.

B.F.F: A Memoir of Friendship Lost and Found
Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster  $28.00  Releases February 07, 2023
Thursday, February 23, 2023 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
at Lake Forest Book Store
662 North Western Avenue
Lake Forest, IL 60045

Books available for purchase and signing

Space is limited, so RSVP early at 847-234-4420

Refreshments will be served

From the author of Group, a New York Times bestseller and Reese's Book Club Pick, comes a moving, heartwarming, and powerful memoir about Christie Tate's lifelong struggle to sustain female friendship, and the friend who helps her find the human connection she seeks.

After more than a decade of dead-end dates and dysfunctional relationships, Christie Tate has reclaimed her voice and settled down. Her days of agonizing in group therapy over guys who won't commit are over, the grueling emotional work required to attach to another person tucked neatly into the past. Or so she thought. Weeks after giddily sharing stories of her new boyfriend at Saturday morning recovery meetings, Christie receives a gift from a friend. Meredith, twenty years older and always impeccably accessorized, gives Christie a box of holiday-themed scarves as well as a gentle suggestion: maybe now is the perfect time to examine why friendships give her trouble. "The work never ends, right?" she says with a wink. Christie isn't so sure, but she soon realizes that the feeling of "apartness" that has plagued her since childhood isn't magically going away now that she's in a healthy romantic relationship. With Meredith by her side, she embarks on a brutally honest exploration of her friendships past and present, sorting through the ways that debilitating shame and jealousy have kept the lasting bonds she craves out of reach--and how she can overcome a history of letting go too soon. But when Meredith becomes ill and Christie's baggage threatens to muddy their final days, she's forced to face her deepest fears in honor of the woman who finally showed her how to be a friend. Poignant, laugh-out-loud funny, and emotionally satisfying, B.F.F. explores what happens when we finally break the habits that impair our ability to connect with others, and the ways that one life--however messy and imperfect--can change another.

Christie Tate is the author of the New York Times bestseller Group, which was a Reese's Book Club selection. She has been published in The New York TimesThe Washington PostChicago TribuneMcSweeney's Internet Tendency, and elsewhere, and she lives in Chicago with her family.


Join us at Lake Forest Book Store as noted Director/Writer/Producer presents his extraordinary collection of animated feature and comic toys assembled in his new book.

G. Editions, LLC.  $85:00  Released September 13, 2022
Wednesday, October 26, 2022  6:00pm-7:00pm
at Lake Forest Book Store
662 N. Western Avenue
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Books available for purchase and signing.
Space is limited, so RSVP at 847-234-4420
Refreshments will be served.

Original book of photographs and text by the noted director/writer/producer Brian Levant, presenting his extraordinary collection of animated feature and comic toys, including hundreds of iconic characters represented in figures, banks, games, lunchboxes, puppets, comics, windups, vehicles and items at the bottom of cereal boxes. This comprehensive and one-of-a-kind collection and book/work, itself, is presented in varied chapters. There are chapters here that include the author's Flintstones collection; others created while he produced features with Steven Spielberg; or those acquired while producing classic TV shows, like Mork & Mindy. And this is just a small sampling of what is in this exhaustive book, where the sum total has been acquired over the past 50 years. This is a book distinctive in its content; in both words and the hundreds of original photographs created exclusively for it. The author's acclaim and success as a producer of popular culture film and television features allows presentation here of a distinctly individual and personal yet universally interesting book for collectors and the general public alike, which has no comparison and could not be replicated even in a minor form, by anyone else other than this author.


Brian Levant is a nationally recognized toy and pop culture collector now in his fifth decade in the entertainment industry. Director, writer, and producer, Levant has been at the creative helm of some of the biggest franchises in family entertainment. Among Levant's more than 400 television credits include being the showrunner of "Happy Days", "Mork & Mindy" and "The Bad News Bears" series. After winning the 1989 Cable Ace Award as Best Director in a Comedy Series, for his long running "Leave it to Beaver" revival, Levant turned his attention to writing and directing feature films. Among Levant's feature directing credits are the original "Beethoven," the two Steven Spielberg produced Flintstones films, Jingle All the Way" starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, "Snow Dogs", Are We There Yet" and the 2010 Jackie Chan vehicle, "The Spy Next Door.
In addition, Levant has produced, written or directed another 10 network and cable films including the Starz Network's first original production, "The Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space" and the two live action/CGI Scooby Doo films, which remain the Cartoon Network's highest rated programs of all-time. Illumination Entertainment is currently in pre-production on Levant's original C.G.I. animated musical feature, which is being produced and the music written by Pharrell Williams.
Additional awards his works have collected include an 1981 NAACP Image Award for "The Bad NewsBears", 1987 Youth In Film Best Series Award for "Beaver" and the 1988 International Emmy for Best Children and Young People's Series, for "My Secret Identity", which he created.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and four gigantic dogs.


Join entrepreneurs Korie Minkus and Lisa Vrancken at Lake Forest Book Store for a book signing event.

Ashley Black, Korie Trevino & Lisa Vranchen (Authors)
Post Hill Press  $26.00  Released June 28, 2022
Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 10:30am to 12:00pm
at Lake Forest Book Store
662 N. Western Avenue
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Books available for purchase and signing

Spark your imagination. Shed limiting beliefs. Find your voice. BE... is a multidimensional approach to bringing out the magic in you. Braided with universal truths and the power of the Divine Feminine, our book is all about being happy, aligned, and intentional in life and business. The words, stories, and practices in this book help you to take a step back, break free from modern myths about productivity and worth, and release what's no longer serving you. An everyday exploration of your authentic passion, BE... is our supportive guide to a clear, visionary, and prosperous future. BE... is a unique collaboration between three incredible co-authors: Ashley Black, a #1 national bestselling author and a 2020 ABA Entrepreneur; Korie Minkus, a renowned brand strategist, global consultant, and motivational speaker in more than thirty countries; and Lisa Vrancken, an award-winning television producer and marketing/brand expert. Together, we take a deep dive into the four pillars--passion, purpose, products, and prosperity. Our book offers more than a dozen exercises and actions (we call them Movements!) to get you thinking, feeling, and flowing. Woven with our personal stories and insights, along with words of wisdom from Randi Zuckerberg, Natasha Grano, and so many more, BE... cracks the code to put your purpose in motion. BE... is a fun, light-hearted read to illuminate the fractures of the past and fill them with love. Definitely not your ordinary business book, our first collaboration is really about the journey back home to yourself.

Ashley Black, #1 bestselling author of The Cellulite Myth, was named ABA's Entrepreneur of the Year 2020 for her development of tissue regenerating products, including her inaugural record-breaking tool, the FasciaBlaster®. After surviving a debilitating childhood illness, followed by a near-death experience in her thirties, Ashley's life purpose has been to help others with their health. Through her success in consumer products, she is now expanding her purpose to helping others with their own passions to bring their ideas to fruition. This book is her quantum jump into empowering women with the strategies, tools, and support they need to be free and unbridled and share their special gifts with the world through business.

Korie Minkus-Trevino is founder of Rock Your Product and CEO of Industry Rockstar, the #1 global product growth and award-winning business mentorship program. Korie is an international speaker on consumer psychology and brand leadership. She has consulted and trained tens of thousands of entrepreneurs globally. As a relied-on brand expert, she launched and scaled over a hundred products and generated $1 billion in revenue. With deep passion to impact, she delivers outcome-based business solutions connecting people, purpose, and products.

Lisa Vrancken is a globally sought-after media brand strategist, public speaker, product consultant, and marketing expert who has mentored hundreds on their entrepreneurial journeys. She is an award-winning television producer, and creator of the Innovator's Think Tank, a quarterly product pitching event that draws entrepreneurs and innovators from all over the world. She is EVP at and Shark Discoveries, specializing in TV and digital media campaigns with Kevin Harrington, original Shark from the Emmy award-winning reality TV show, Shark Tank.

Rev. Dr. Thomas Dickelman at Lake Forest Book Store

The Lake Forest Book Store host lRev. Dr. Tom Dickelman, founder and co-minister of the Community Church of Lake Forest & Lake Bluff, IL as he celebrates the publication of his new book.

Across the Lake Publishing Co.  $20,00 Direct to Paperback on May 16, 2022
Wednesday, July 13, 2022, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
at Lake Forest Book Store, 662 N. Western Ave.

Lake Forest, IL 60045

Books available for purchase and signing

Space is limited, reserve your spot at 847-234-4420

In our home there is a small nook built into the wall, about 12” deep and wide and 20” high. Sitting peacefully inside, as if designed for it, is an untypically thin, smiling Buddha adorned with faux emeralds and diamonds. Appearing comfortably cross-legged beneath the glow of a hidden light, Buddha radiates a welcoming vibe to all who walk past. We bought Buddha for $10 at a garage sale.While I’m typically not a “garage sailor,” I will be forever grateful we stopped by a neighborhood sale one Saturday when my wife Jean and I found Buddha. Why? Because it’s one of the best things that’s happened to my prayer life in a long time. You see adjacent Buddha – sitting in the base of a window about two feet away – is a Tibetan Prayer Wheel I purchased in Kathmandu in 2015. And one day with no real forethought I began a ritual that has stuck – when I walk past, I touch Buddha’s outstretched hand and spin the Tibetan Prayer Wheel while offering a one-line prayer to God of what is foremost in my mind.

“Lord, may your healing presence be with Sue as she battles cancer.”

“May Kate and Annie have a safe trip this summer.”

“Help me understand how to help Ted right now…”

It’s become such a valued ritual that I literally cannot walk past without touching Buddha’s hand, spinning the wheel, and saying a prayer. It goes without saying that an ordained Presbyterian minister with universalist leanings serving an independent church praying multiple times each day by touching Buddha and spinning a Tibetan Prayer Wheel from Kathmandu may be a little wacky.Welcome to my world. It’s a world where our church has no building, members, or committees. Where each summer for 4 months we worship on the beach. Where there’s no choir but we’re known for spectacular music. Where our flavor of Christianity intentionally respects and honor other traditions, exemplified by our omnipresent prayer flags. Where business principles have driven much of the unlikely success we’ve experienced. And where amidst our wackiness, we continue to blossom. I love the Buddha and Prayer Wheel ritual because it evolved organically. With every prayer, I stay in touch with what matters most in my life. It helps me be who God calls me to be. And, as with all prayer, it doesn’t necessarily change things – but it does change me. “Amidst the smorgasbord of tidbits I’ve compiled, my hope is that you will find a meal.” In Garage Sale Buddha, you’ll find a little bit of everything. Compelling stories from 4 decades of ministry, and the unique kind of wisdom that results from someone who’s charted an uncommon life course.

Author's proceeds benefit the Community Church of Lake Forest & Lake Bluff, IL

Tom Dickelman is the founder and Co-Minister of the Community Church, and a speaker and consultant to businesses, churches, and not-for-profit organizations. Tom's family includes his wife Jean, three adult children, and a bevy of animals. He has no free time, but that's because Tom has convinced himself that golfing, sailing, and playing ukulele are all doing ministry.


The Lake Forest Shop, in cooperation with Lake Forest Book Store have invited Ellen Warner, noted author, photojournalist and portrait photographer, for an afternoon  discussion and book signing.

Brandes University Press  $35.00  Released January 20, 2022
Tuesday May 3, 2022 from 4:00 PM to 6:00PM
at The Lake Forest Shop
265 East Market Square
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Books Available for purchase and signing.
Or call The Lake Forest Shop 847-234-0548.


A frank, honest, and insightful look into the lives of women over fifty.

The Second Half explores, in photographic portraits and interviews, how the second half of life is experienced by women from many different cultures. From a French actress to a British novelist, from an Algerian nomad to a Saudi Arabian doctor, and an American politician, Ellen Warner traveled all over the world to interview women about their lives. She asked them what they learned in the first half that was helpful in the second, and what advice they would give to younger women. Their revealing and inspiring stories are enlightening for all readers, and are illustrated by Warner's stunning portraits which tell their own story.

Ellen Warner began her career as a photojournalist in 1969. Her photographs have been pub­lished in numerous newspapers and magazines and exhibited extensively. Over the years, she has developed a specialty in author portraits and has worked for most publishing houses in New York and London. She has also writ­ten travel articles, which have been published in the New York Times, Travel and Leisure, and The Traveller.

Author Photo credit to Lily Warner


Lake Forest Book Store invites you to an evening with local author Shelby Van Pelt celebrating her debut novel entitled Remarkaby Bright Creatures.

Ecco Press  $27.99  Releases May 3, 2022
Thursday, May 12, 2022 @ 6:00 PM
at Lake Forest Book Store
662 N. Western Avenue
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Books available for purchase and signing.
Refreshment will be served.
Seats are limited. Reserve yours at 847-234-4420

After Tova Sullivan's husband died, she began working the night shift at the Sowell Bay Aquarium, mopping floors and tidying up. Keeping busy has always helped her cope, which she's been doing since her eighteen-year-old son, Erik, mysteriously vanished on a boat in Puget Sound over thirty years ago. Tova becomes acquainted with curmudgeonly Marcellus, a giant Pacific octopus living at the aquarium. Marcellus knows more than anyone can imagine but wouldn't dream of lifting one of his eight arms for his human captors--until he forms a remarkable friendship with Tova. Ever the detective, Marcellus deduces what happened the night Tova's son disappeared. And now Marcellus must use every trick his old invertebrate body can muster to unearth the truth for her before it's too late. Shelby Van Pelt's debut novel is a gentle reminder that sometimes taking a hard look at the past can help uncover a future that once felt impossible.

Shelby Van Pelt was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Shelby Van Pelt lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her family. Remarkably Bright Creatures is her first novel.

Author Photo Credit to Karen Forsythe.


Join us at Lake Forest Book Store as author Kathleen West presents her newest novel entitled Home or Away.

Berkley Books  $27.00  Released March 29, 2022
Wednesday, April 13, 2022 @ 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
at Lake Forest Book Store
662 N. Western Avenue
Lake Forest, IL 60645
Books available for purchase and signing.
Refreshments will be served.
Space is limited so RSVP at 847-234-4420


Two friends, one Olympic dream, and the choice that stood in the way.  Once Leigh and Susy were close friends and teammates bound for Olympic hockey gold, but when Leigh's sure-fire plan to make the final roster backfired, she left everything behind to start over, including the one person who knew her secret. Two decades later, Leigh's a successful investment banker, happily married, and the mom of a hockey prodigy, so when a career opportunity lands the family back in Minnesota, Leigh takes the shot for her kid. Back in the ultra-competitive world she left behind, the move puts her in Susy's orbit, a daily reminder of how Leigh watched from the sidelines as her former teammate went on to Olympic glory. Despite the coldness between them, Susy can't help but hope that Leigh might lace up her skates and join her in the coaches' box--after all Leigh knows better than anyone how hard it is to be a woman in this world. Susy knows soon her daughter, Georgie, will be seen as a "girl athlete," relegated to the B team, with less support and opportunity to advance. But Leigh believes keeping Susy at arms' length is the only way to hide her history with her former coach Jeff Carlson. When he hints of new favors in exchange for her son's ice time, Leigh is caught in the ultimate bind: come clean about what happened when she was an Olympic hopeful and risk her marriage or play Jeff's game. In a moment of desperation, Leigh realizes the one person she thought was her biggest competitor--her former teammate--might turn out to be her biggest ally. Told with Kathleen West's trademark wit and compassion, Home or Away is a story about overcoming our pasts, confronting our futures, and the sustaining bonds of female friendship.
Kathleen West is a veteran school teacher. She graduated with a degree in English from Macalester College and holds a master's degree in literacy education from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Minneapolis with her A+ human family and two B- dogs.


Join us at Lake Forest Book Store as we host local author Lisa Barr in celebrating the publication of her newest novel Woman on Fire.

HarperCollins  $16.99  Releases March 1, 2022 in Paperback
Thursday, March 3, 2022 6PM to 7PM
at Lake Forest Book Store
662 Western Avenue

Lake Forest, IL 60045

Books Available for purchase and signing.

Refreshments will be served.

Seating is limited so reserve a spot by calling 847-234-4420.

From the author of the award-winning Fugitive Colors and The Unbreakables, a gripping tale of a young, ambitious journalist embroiled in an international art scandal centered around a Nazi-looted masterpiece--forcing the ultimate showdown between passion and possession, lovers and liars, history and truth.

After talking her way into a job with Dan Mansfield, the leading investigative reporter in Chicago, rising young journalist Jules Roth is given an unusual--and very secret--assignment. Dan needs her to locate a painting stolen by the Nazis more than 75 years earlier: legendary Expressionist artist Ernst Engel's most famous work, Woman on Fire. World-renowned shoe designer Ellis Baum wants this portrait of a beautiful, mysterious woman for deeply personal reasons, and has enlisted Dan's help to find it. But Jules doesn't have much time; the famous designer is dying.

Meanwhile, in Europe, provocative and powerful Margaux de Laurent also searches for the painting. Heir to her art collector family's millions, Margaux is a cunning gallerist who gets everything she wants. The only thing standing in her way is Jules. Yet the passionate and determined Jules has unexpected resources of her own, including Adam Baum, Ellis's grandson. A recovering addict and brilliant artist in his own right, Adam was once in Margaux's clutches. He knows how ruthless she is, and he'll do anything to help Jules locate the painting before Margaux gets to it first.

A thrilling tale of secrets, love, and sacrifice that illuminates the destructive cruelty of war and greed and the triumphant power of beauty and love, Woman on Fire tells the story of a remarkable woman and an exquisite work of art that burns bright, moving through hands, hearts, and history.

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).