Author Event

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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, 2019

In Eden, the truth can have deadly consequences. Brooklyn Anderson knows it looks bad. She was found wiping down a gun. Her father now dead. His blood on her hands. The incomprehensible nightmare has started. Seven days earlier, Brooklyn had returned to Eden to care for her beloved father, who lay helpless in a hospital bed. Her estranged sister, Ginny, said he fell. But as Brooklyn soon realizes, Ginny is prone to lying. Former Eden resident Darius Woods was in the hospital too. The famous actor had written a screenplay that would lay bare all the secrets of the town, but within hours of his return, someone shot him. As the Woods investigation proceeds, and Brooklyn starts to question everything she believes about her family, her neighbors, and her home, secrets and lies begin to unravel. But nothing can prepare her for where those lies will finally lead. And sharing the truth of what happened the night her father died might just make things worse.

Susanna 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.

Debut Author Andrew Ridker at Lake Forest Book Store

 

Join us as we welcome Andrew Ridker for discussion and signing of his first novel.

THE ALTRUISTS

Viking Press  $26.00 Releases March 5, 2019

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 6:00 PM

at Lake Forest Book Store

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Arthur Alter is in trouble. A middling professor at a Midwestern college, he can't afford his mortgage, he's exasperated his much-younger girlfriend, and his kids won't speak to him. And then there's the money--the small fortune his late wife, Francine, kept secret, which she bequeathed directly to his children. Those children are Ethan, an anxious recluse living off his mother's money on a choice plot of Brooklyn real estate, and Maggie, a would-be do-gooder trying to fashion herself a noble life of self-imposed poverty. On the verge of losing the family home, Arthur invites his children back to St. Louis under the guise of a reconciliation. But in doing so, he unwittingly unleashes a Pandora's box of age-old resentments and long-buried memories--memories that orbit Francine, the matriarch whose life may hold the key to keeping them together. Spanning New York, Paris, Boston, St. Louis, and a small desert outpost in Zimbabwe, The Altruists is a darkly funny (and ultimately tender) family saga that confronts the divide between baby boomers and their millennial offspring. It's a novel about money, privilege, politics, campus culture, dating, talk therapy, rural sanitation, infidelity, kink, the American beer industry, and what it means to be a "good person."

Andrew Ridker was born in 1991. His writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review Daily, Guernica, Boston Review, The Believer, and St. Louis Magazine; and he is the editor of Privacy Policy: The Anthology of Surveillance Poetics. He is the recipient of an Iowa Arts Fellowship from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. The Altruists is his first novel.

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.

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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

 

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

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