Author Event

Authors Mary Kubica, Lori Rader-Day and Samantha Downing at Lake Forest Book Store

Authors Mary Kubica, Lori Rader-Day and Samantha Downing appear in-conversation at Lake Forest Book Store

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 6:00 PM

at Lake Forest Book Store

Books are available for purchase and signing

Refreshments will be served

Space is limited. Call 847-234-4420 to sign up

THE OTHER MRS.

Park Row Publishers  $26.99  Releases February 18, 2030

Sadie and Will Foust have only just moved their family from bustling Chicago to small-town Maine when their neighbor, Morgan Baines, is found dead in her home. The murder rocks their tiny coastal island, but no one is more shaken than Sadie, who is terrified by the thought of a killer in her very own backyard. But it's not just Morgan's death that has Sadie on edge. It's their eerie old home, with its decrepit decor and creepy attic, which they inherited from Will's sister after she died unexpectedly. It's Will's disturbed teenage niece Imogen, with her dark and threatening presence. And it's the troubling past that continues to wear at the seams of their family. As the eyes of suspicion turn toward the new family in town, Sadie is drawn deeper into the mystery of Morgan's death. But Sadie must be careful, for the more she discovers about Mrs. Baines, the more she begins to realize just how much she has to lose if the truth ever comes to light.

THE LUCKY ONE

William Morrow & Company  $27.99  February 18, 2020

Most people who go missing are never found. But Alice was the lucky one... As a child, Alice was stolen from her backyard in a tiny Indiana community, but against the odds, her policeman father tracked her down within twenty-four hours and rescued her from harm. In the aftermath of the crime, her family decided to move to Chicago and close the door on that horrible day. Yet Alice hasn't forgotten. She devotes her spare time volunteering for a website called The Doe Pages scrolling through pages upon pages of unidentified people, searching for clues that could help reunite families with their missing loved ones. When a face appears on Alice's screen that she recognizes, she's stunned to realize it's the same man who kidnapped her decades ago. The post is deleted as quickly as it appeared, leaving Alice with more questions than answers. Embarking on a search for the truth, she enlists the help of friends from The Doe Pages to connect the dots and find her kidnapper before he hurts someone else. Then Alice crosses paths with Merrily Cruz, another woman who's been hunting for answers of her own. Together, they begin to unravel a dark, painful web of lies that will change what they thought they knew--and could cost them everything. Twisting and compulsively readable, The Lucky One explores the lies we tell ourselves to feel safe.

MY LOVELY WIFE

Berkley Books $26.00

Dexter meets Mr. and Mrs. Smith in this wildly compulsive debut thriller about a couple whose fifteen-year marriage has finally gotten too interesting...  Our love story is simple. I met a gorgeous woman. We fell in love. We had kids. We moved to the suburbs. We told each other our biggest dreams, and our darkest secrets. And then we got bored. We look like a normal couple. We're your neighbors, the parents of your kid's friend, the acquaintances you keep meaning to get dinner with. We all have our secrets to keeping a marriage alive. Ours just happens to be getting away with murder.

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

Lori Rader-Day is the author of Under a Dark SkyThe Day I DiedLittle Pretty Things, and The Black Hour. She is a three-time Mary Higgins Clark Award nominee, winning the award in 2016. Lori lives in Chicago.

Samantha Downing currently lives in New Orleans, where she is furiously typing away on her next thrilling standalone. My Lovely Wife is her first novel.

Debut Author Ali Wenzke at Lake Forest Book Store

Meet Chicago-area author Ali Wenzke at Lake Forest Book Store as she celebrates the publication of her first book
 
THE ART OF HAPPY MOVING: HOW TO DECLUTTER, PACK, AND START OVER WHILE MAINTAINING YOUR SANITY AND FINDING HAPPINESS
William Morrow & Company  $19.99  Released May 7, 2019
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 6:00 PM

at Lake Forest Book Store

Books available for purchase and signing

Refreshments will be served

Call 847-234-4420 to sign up

A comprehensive, upbeat guide to help you survive the moving process from start to finish, filled with fresh strategies and checklists for timing and supplies, choosing which items to toss and which to keep, determining the best place to live, saying farewell and looking forward to hello. Moving is a major life change--time consuming, expensive, often overwhelming, and sometimes scary. But it doesn't have to be! Instead of looking at it as a burdensome chore, consider it a new adventure.

The Art of Happy Moving offers step-by-step guidance, much-needed comfort, practical information, and welcome advice on every step of the process, including:

  • How to stage your home for prospective buyers
  • How to choose your next neighborhood
  • How to discard your belongings and organize your packing
  • How to say goodbye to your friends
  • How to make the transition easier for your kids
  • How to decorate your new home
  • How to build a new community
  • And so much more.

Ali shares invaluable personal anecdotes from her many moves, and packs each chapter with a wealth of information and ingenious tips (Did you know that if you have an extra-large welcome mat at the entrance of your home, it's more likely to sell?). Ali also includes checklists for packing and staging, and agendas for the big moving day.

Whether you're a relocating professional, newly married, a family with kids and pets, or a retiree looking to downsize, The Art of Happy Moving will help you discover ways to help make your transition an easier one--and be even happier than you were before.

Ali Wenzke and her husband moved ten times in eleven years, living in six states across the U.S. Now, she helps the millions of people who move each year by providing practical tips on how to build a happier life before, during and after the move on her blog, The Art of Happy Moving. Ali is happily settled in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and three children. She doesn’t plan on moving any time soon. THE ART OF HAPPY MOVING is her first book.

Artist and Author Don Bono at Lake Forest Book Store

Artist and author Don Bono appears at Lake Forest Book Store to promote his book highlighting iconic Chicago restaurants, pubs and steak houses.

CHICAGO'S LEGENDS, TREASURES AND DREAMS

PIC Consultants  $22.00

Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 6:00 PM

at Lake Forest Book Store

Books available for purchase and signing

Refreshments will be served

Call 847-234-4420 to register

 

Chicago's Legends, Treasures and Dreams was the first book published by Don Bono in 2011.  The book contains the artist's drawings of the famous Italian restaurants, Irish pubs and steak houses in Chicago. It also includes the history of the buildings and the owners who founded them, and the owners who founded them, iincluding their struggles of coming to America, and not able to speak a word of English. Additionally, there are 30 family secrete recipes, and the author;s black & white portraits of Chicago's celebrities. If you or family and friends love Chicago, you will love this book. This book is the perfect gift for anyone from Chicago.

Don was born and raised in Chicago to Italian and Irish parents.He is the artist and author of Chicago's Legends,Treasures and Dreams. He is currently working on his second book, hopefully due by the holiday season.

Luncheon featuring Author William Kent Krueger at The Deer Path Inn

Join us for a luncheon welcoming author William Kent Krueger at The Deer Path Inn

THIS TENDER LAND

Atria Books  $27.00  Released September 3, 2019

Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 12:30 PM
at The Deer Path Inn
255 East Illinois Road

Lake Forest, IL 60045

$55 includes lunch and book

Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call 847-234-4420 

1932, Minnesota--the Lincoln School is a pitiless place where hundreds of Native American children, forcibly separated from their parents, are sent to be educated. It is also home to an orphan named Odie O'Banion, a lively boy whose exploits earn him the superintendent's wrath. Forced to flee, he and his brother Albert, their best friend Mose, and a brokenhearted little girl named Emmy steal away in a canoe, heading for the mighty Mississippi and a place to call their own. Over the course of one unforgettable summer, these four orphans will journey into the unknown and cross paths with others who are adrift, from struggling farmers and traveling faith healers to displaced families and lost souls of all kinds. With the feel of a modern classic, This Tender Land is an en-thralling, big-hearted epic that shows how the magnificent American landscape connects us all, haunts our dreams, and makes us whole.

William Kent Krueger is the award-winning author of the New York Times bestselling Ordinary Grace, winner of the Edgar Award for best novel, as well as eighteen Cork O'Connor novels, including Desolation Mountain and Sulfur Springs. He lives in the Twin Cities with his family.

 

 

Best Selling Author Rebecca Makkai at Lake Forest Book Store

Author Rebecca Makkai appears at Lake Forest Book Store to celebrate her best-selling novel

THE GREAT BELIEVERS

Penguin Books  $16.00  Released as Paperback in June 1, 2019

Friday, October 11, 2019 at 6:00 PM

at Lake Forest Book Store

Books available for purchase and signing

Refreshments will be served

Space is limited. Call 847-234-2240 to register

 

"In 1985, Yale Tishman is about to pull off an amazing coup, bringing in an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery where he works. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying, and after his friend Nico's funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself. Soon the only person he has left is Fiona, Nico's little sister. Thirty years later, Fiona is in Paris tracking down her estranged daughter. While staying with an old friend, a famous photographer who documented the Chicago crisis, she finds herself finally grappling with the devastating ways AIDS affected her life. The two intertwining stories take us through the heartbreak of the eighties and the chaos of the modern world, as both Yale and Fiona struggle to find goodness in the midst of disaster."

Rebecca Makkai is the author of The BorrowerThe Hundred-Year House, which won the Novel of the Year Award from the Chicago Writers Association, and Music for Wartime. Her work has appeared in The Best American Short StoriesHarper's, and Tin House, among others. She lives outside Chicago with her husband and two daughters.

Photo credit to Susan Aurinko

Local Author David Sweet at Lake Forest Book Store

Local sports columnist and author David Sweet appears at Lake Forest Book Store with his new book centered on one of the most controversial events in Olympic Games history.

THREE SECONDS IN MUNICH: THE CONTROVERSIAL 1972 OLYMPIC BASKETBALL FINAL

University of Nebraska Press  $30.00  Releases September 1, 2019

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 6:00 PM

at Lake Forest Book Store

Books available for purchase and signing

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“David Sweet takes readers on the twisted story of the 1972 Olympic basketball final against the Soviet Union. His book captures the spirit of the most controversial game in Olympic history—decided not on the court but by Cold War and international basketball politics.”—Tom McMillen, U.S. player on the 1972 team and former U.S. congressman. “The 1972 Olympics will never be forgotten for many reasons. David Sweet’s thorough presentation has brought the U.S.–Soviet Union game back to life. It’s still painful to read but remains an important part of Olympic history.”—Pat Williams, Orlando Magic founder and senior vice president and author of Character Carved in Stone. “Meticulously researched and engagingly written, David Sweet’s book brings new and enlightening perspective to the tragic 1972 Munich Olympics. For USA basketball, the loss to the Soviet Union remains the single most painful game in Olympic history. Three Seconds in Munich captures all the madness and frustration and brings a turbulent period thrillingly back to life.”—E. M. Swift, former writer for Sports Illustrated and author with Katarina Witt of Only with Passion.

 

David A. F. Sweet is the author of Three Seconds in Munich: The Controversial 1972 Olympic Basketball Final and Lamar Hunt: The Gentle Giant Who Revolutionized Professional Sports. He launched columns for WSJ.com and NBCSports.com and has written articles for the Chicago Sun-Times, the Los Angeles Times and other publications. He served as executive editor of The North Shore Weekend and as managing editor of the Lake Forester.

Debut Author Lisa Marie Runfola at Lake Forest Book Store

Meet author Lisa Marie Runfola at Lake Forest Book Store as she celebrates the publication of her first book

A LIMITLESS LIFE IN A POWERLESS WORLD

Balboa Press  $12.00  Released February 5, 2019

Tuesday, Oct 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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After living an average life in Buffalo, New York, author Lisa Marie Runfola gave it all up to marry her paramour and live abroad as an expat-only to return a few years later to support her ex-husband and children through his cancer and eventual death. In A Limitless Life in a Powerless World, she tells the story of a woman who changed her life after a lightbulb moment, having no idea her new life would change her in turn. Through parenthood, divorce, and grief, Runfola's experiences bring introspection and inspiration to those who are looking to find limitless opportunities in powerless circumstances. This powerful memoir follows her journey across an ocean and back again. Quotes and questions for reflection encourage a hard look at your own life and how you can reframe your experiences to help you grow. With raw honesty and radical self-acceptance, A Limitless Life in a Powerless World calls you to face what scares you, speak from the heart, and love your own messy, beautiful, perfect truth.

With the recent release of her first book, a teaching memoir.entitled A Limitless Life in a Powerless World, the press release describes Lisa Marie Runfola's writing as a unflinchingly courageous memoir that follows her journey across the ocean and back again. Lisa Marie Runfola went from living a conventional American lifestyle to an unconventional expat lifestyle. ... Runfola currently lives in Geneva, Switzerland, with her husband and three of her children and frequently travels to both Sarasota, Florida, and Buffalo, New York, to meet with family.

Author Kelly Simmons at Lake Forest Book Store

Kelly Simmons joins us at Lake Forest Book Store to present her newest novel.

WHERE SHE WENT

Sourcebooks Landmark  $16.00  Releases October 1, 2019 (Direct to Paperback)

Tuesday, Oct 22, 2019 at 6:00 PM

at Lake Forest Book Store

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Maggie McFarrell is still reeling from her police officer husband's suspicious death when she sends her only child, Emma, off to college in the city, leaving a very empty nest and a palpable sense of dread. After 18 years of knowing where her daughter was every minute of every day, sending her out into the world alone is almost unthinkable. But Maggie forces herself to back away from constant texting and Facetiming, to give her daughter the space all the online articles say she needs to become an independent person. And then, just as Maggie starts to relax and believe that everything is going to be okay, Emma disappears. Where She Went is a story of letting go, and the secrets that surface when the person keeping them is gone.

Kelly is a former journalist and current novelist/advertising creative director. She is the author of Standing Still (2009) and The Bird House (2011), which both received outstanding trade reviews. She lives outside of Philadelphia.

 

Reception and Book Launch with Artist René Romero Schuler at The Gallery

The Lake Forest Book Store and The Gallery present a Parisian-inspired evening with a talk by artist René Romero Schuler and Paris Fashion Week  looks by MARCUS accompanied by wine and hors d'oeuvres.

RENÉ ROMERO SCHULER

(Released June, 2019)

Tuesday,October 8, 2019 at 6:00 PM
at The Gallery
202 East Wisconsin Avenue

Lake Forest, IL 60645

$50 per individual or $65 per couple and includes an exclusive poster featuring René's Paris show.

Books available for purchase

Reservations Required. Call 847-234-4420

René will be donating the proceeds from the book sales to Art Impact Project

René Romero Schuler is one of the most important and well-collected, contemporary artists to emerge out of the Midwestern United States. Now living in both Chicago, IL and Carmel, CA, this artist is creating powerful images of strength and vulnerability that speak to the heart of the human condition: love, sorrow, solitude, and heartbreak; yet, through these depictions of difficult subjects, she inspires her viewers with hope, fortitude, and ultimately, enduring strength. The figures Schuler captures are equal parts self-portraiture and portraits of the range of human emotions that she has experienced in her all-too-colorful life. Her approach is personal yet universal, and essentially intimate. The work is visually and emotionally affecting; it powerfully reveals her appreciation for the struggle and triumph of the human condition and speaks to global and societal issues that continue to impact daily lives.

Schuler’s work is in the permanent collections of The Union League Club of Chicago, Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) in Chicago, Grand Valley State University in Michigan, Coral Springs Museum of Art, and St. Thomas University Museum of Art – Sardiñas Gallery in Miami. Her work is in public and private collections around the world and has exhibited internationally in Paris, Rome, Paxos, Singapore, and Beirut. A musical production, Jolere, was wholly inspired by Schuler’s works, with five original scores composed by Lee Kesselman and accompanying contemporary dance choreographed by Joanna Lees. Jolere performed to sold-out audiences in Minneapolis, 2013 and Chicago, 2015.

A book, René Romero Schuler: Life and Works, showcasing images of the artist’s thick impastos and striking figural canvases in addition to providing readers a look into her artistic process, was released in 2013. A book, simply titled René Romero Schuler, was released in August 2016, and a second hardcover book, also titled René Romero Schuler containing personal essays and poetry alongside her most recent works, was released summer 2019.

Local Author Caroline Louise Walker at Lake Forest Book Store

Illinois author Caroline Louise Walker joins us at Lake Forest Book Store to celebrate her debut fiction novel.

MAN OF THE YEAR

Gallery Books  $26.00  (Released June 11, 2019)

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2019 at 6PM to 7PM

at Lake Forest  Book Store

Books available for purchase and signing

Refreshments will be served

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Dr. Robert Hart, Sag Harbor's just-named Man of the Year, is the envy of his friends and neighbors. His medical practice is thriving. He has a beautiful old house and a beautiful new wife and a beautiful boat docked in the village marina. Even his wayward son, Jonah, is back on track, doing well at school, finally worthy of his father's attentions. So when Jonah's troubled college roommate, Nick, needs a place to stay for the summer, Hart and his wife generously offer him their guest house. A win-win: Jonah will have someone to hang with, and his father can bask in the warm glow of his own generosity. But when he begins to notice his new houseguest getting a little too close to his wife, the good doctor's veneer begins to crack. All the little lies Robert tells--harmless falsehoods meant to protect everything he holds dear--begin to mount. Before long, he's embroiled in a desperate downward spiral, destroying the lives that stand in his way. It's only the women in his life--his devoted office manager, his friends, his wife--who can clearly see the truth. Biting and timely, Man of the Year races along at an electric pace, with a wicked twist that you won't see coming.

Caroline Louise Walker grew up in Rock Island, Illinois. For her fiction and nonfiction, she has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, The Kerouac Project, and Jentel Arts. She holds an MA from NYU. Man of the Year is her first novel.

Author photograph by Jimmy Stewart (Blacksuit FM Photography)

 

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