Author Event

Author Tim Rappleye at Lake Forest Book Store

We welcome debut author and former Lake Forest College hockey star Tim Rappleye celebrating the publication of Jack Parker's Wiseguys.

JACK PARKER'S WISEGUYS: THE NATIONAL CHAMPION BU TERRIERS, THE BLIZZARD OF '78, AND THE MIRACLE ON ICE

University Press of New England $28.00 Released January 2, 2018

Friday, February 2nd 
5:45 pm to 6:45 pm

at the Store

Books available for purchase and signing

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Over the winter of 1977-78, anyone within shouting distance of a two-mile stretch of Boston's Commonwealth Avenue--from Fenway Park to the trolley curve at Packard's Corner--found themselves pulled into the orbit of college hockey. The hottest ticket in a sports-mad city was Boston University's Terriers, a team so tough it was said they didn't have fans--they took hostages. Eschewing the usual recruiting pools in Canada, Jack Parker and his coaching staff assembled a squad that included three stars from nearby Charlestown, then known as the "armed robbery capital of America."

Jack Parker's Wiseguys is the story of a high-flying, headline-dominating, national championship squad led by three future stars of the Miracle on Ice, the medal-round game the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team won against the heavily favored Soviet Union. Now retired, Parker is a thoughtful statesman for the sport, a revered figure who held the longest tenure of any coach in Boston sports history. But during the 1977-78 season, he was just five years into his reign--and only a decade or so older than his players. Fiery, mercurial, as tough as any of his tough guys, Parker and his team were to face the pressure-cooker expectations of four previous also-ran seasons, further heightened by barroom brawls, off-the-ice shenanigans, and the citywide shutdown caused by one of the biggest blizzards to ever hit the Northeast.

This season was to be Parker's watershed, a roller-coaster ride of nail-biting victories and unimaginable tragedy, played out in increasingly strident headlines as his team opened the season with an unprecedented twenty-one straight wins. Only the second loss of the year eliminated the Terriers from their league playoffs and possibly from national contention; hours after the game Parker's wife died from cancer. The story of how the team responded--coming back to win the national championship a week after Parker buried his wife--makes a compelling tale for Boston sports fans and everyone else who feels a thrill of pride at America's unlikely win over the Soviet national team--a victory forged on Commonwealth Avenue in that bitter, beautiful winter of '78.

When the Wiseguys of Boston University were winning their NCAA Division I hockey championship in 1978, author Tim Rappleye was part of the Lake Forest College hockey team's historic run to the Division II NCAA championship game. The Foresters won the inaugural Division II West Regional Championship in 1978, compiling 23 wins and the best winning percentage in the history of the program. Rappleye went on to cover hockey at five Olympic Winter Games, as a researcher, producer and reporter, winning two Emmy Awards in the process. His first job was as a production assistant at the Lake Placid Miracle on Ice, where four of the characters in Jack Parker's Wiseguys established themselves as national heroes.Rappleye currently lives on the other side of Lake Michigan in Traverse City, Michigan, where he referees youth hockey games when he isn't teaching elementary school. He is currently working on his latest book, In Search of Hobey Baker.

Debut Author Keziah Frost at Lake Forest Book Store

Join Lake Forest Book Store in welcoming author Keziah Frost in celebrating the release of her first novel The Reluctant Fortune Teller

THE RELUCTANT FORTUNE TELLER

Park Row Publishing  $16.00  Due March 6, 2018

Wednesday, March 7th at 6:00 pm  at Lake Forest Book Store

Refreshments will be served

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A retired accountant becomes the town's fortune-teller in this witty and charming debut. Norbert Zelenka has always lived life on the sidelines. It's why at seventy-three years old he's broke and alone except for the company of a Chihuahua. But when "Carlotta's Club"--three strong-willed seniors with plenty of time on their hands--decide to make Norbert their latest project, he reluctantly agrees to their scheme: establishing himself as the town's fortune-teller. Soon his life begins changing in unexpected ways.It turns out that years of observing other people make Norbert an excellent card reader. As Norbert's lonesome world expands with new friendships and a newfound self-confidence, he finally finds himself in a place where he belongs. But disaster looms on the horizon. When a troubled young woman goes missing after a bad reading, Norbert must find a strength beyond the cards to bring her home safely.A heartfelt story of coming-of-age late in life, The Reluctant Fortune Teller is a poignant reminder that we're never too old to learn new tricks.

Keziah Frost works as a psychotherapist who specializes in pet grief. She developed The Reluctant Fortune Teller while enrolled in the Faber Academy under Tom Bromley. She shares her life with five little dogs, one audacious cat, and her encouraging human family. This is her first novel.

Author photo credit to Tom Davy

Slow Cooker Pop-up Event with Addie Gundry at Lake Forest Book Store

Come to the store for our Pop-up event and taste samples from Addie Gundry's newly released Essential Slow Cooker and Retro Recipes

ESSENTIAL SLOW COOKER RECIPES: 103 FUSS-FREE SLOW COOKER MEALS EVERYONE WILL LOVE

St. Martin's Griffin  $20.00  Due January 9, 2018

RETRO RECIPES FROM THE '50s AND'60s: 103 VINTAGE APPETIZERS, DINNERS, AND DRINKS EVERYONE WILL LOVE

St. Martin's Griffin  $20.00  Due January 9, 2018

Sunday, February 4th at 1:00 PM at Lake Forest Book Store
 

Books will be available for purchase and signing

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A slow cooker is the ideal partner in crime when it comes to tackling dishes that can be too time- and work-intensive for every day, like French onion soup or chicken cordon bleu. And in Essential Slow Cooker Recipes: 103 Fuss-Free Slow Cooker Meals Everyone Will Love, we're going way beyond the expected soups and stews. Cutthroat Kitchen winner Addie Gundry offers up recipes for appetizers like BBQ Meatballs, breads like Slow Cooker Dinner Rolls, make-ahead breakfasts like Banana Pecan French Toast, and desserts like Pineapple Upside Down Cake, not to mention slow cooker twists on beloved recipes like Lasagna, Meatloaf, and Stuffed Peppers. Each recipe is paired with a finished-dish full-bleed color photo.

Gundry, a Food Network Cutthroat Kitchen winner and executive producer of RecipeLion, adds to her 103 Recipes series (Everyday Dinner Ideas, etc.) with Retro Recipes from the '50s and '60s: 103 Vintage Appetizers, Dinners, and Drinks Everyone Will Love. This collection of popular recipes from the 1950s and '60s contains what you might expect to find in a cookbook from the time or written on weathered index cards in grandma's recipe box. Recipes include easy beef stroganoff and a turkey tetrazzini. A book about this era couldn't overlook cocktail-party fare, and Gundry includes several options, among them a party cheese ball, crab puffs, and cream-cheese-stuffed celery. The featured desserts could only come from midcentury America, and include a creamsicle Jell-O mold, magic tomato soup cupcakes, and Harvey Wallbanger cake. There are also recipes for sweets still popular today, such as crispy rice treats, grasshopper pie, and classic peanut-butter cookies. The recipes are not always diligently researched: for example, beef Wellington rose to popularity in the 1960s, not the 1950s, and most likely thanks to Julia Child and not President Nixon (although he was famous for serving beef Wellington at nearly every state dinner he held during his presidency). Nevertheless, Gundry has made it easy for theme-party planners to find the necessary recipes all in one place.

Addie Gundry received her masters in culinary arts at Auguste Escoffier in Avignon, France. She has worked for chefs including Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, and Martha Stewart on management, restaurant openings, brand development, editorial, marketing, and sales. In 2015, she won Cutthroat Kitchen on The Food Network. As the executive producer for RecipeLion, Addie creates culinary content for multiple web platforms and communities. She excels at making easy recipes elegant. Her previous cookbooks include Everyday Dinner Ideas and Essential Slow Cooker Recipes.

Chef and Cookbook Author Heath Schecter at Lake Forest Book Store

We welcome chef and cookbook author, Heath Schecter for a presentation, discussion and demonstration of techniques

I'M A CHEF & MY KIDS WANT BUTTERED NOODLES: A COLLECTION OF RECIPES

Createspace Independent Publishing Platform  $30.00 Released November 14, 2017

Wednesday, February 7th at 6:00 P.M at Lake Forest Book Store

Books available for purchase and signing

Refreshments will be served.

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Chef Heath Schecter told his wife, in 2001, that he wanted to write a cookbook...16 years later he did. As a chef, he creates a lot of cool dishes...yet, his kids won't eat most of them...and they are missing out. This cookbook is a collection of his recipes created over the years, from starters, soups & salads, main courses, sous vide cooking, desserts, sides, sauces, seasonings and more. The recipes are very approachable and the steps are laid out to recreate them. He is very proud of this book; however, what he is most proud of, is that 25% of the proceeds will be donated to the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation (which raises money for child cancer research) in memory of his friend's daughter, the little warrior, Mia B Gurevitz.

Chef Heath Schecter has worked in restaurants for over 25 years, covering every position from the bottom up. He has a bachelor's degree in Architecture from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, and attended culinary school at the Arizona Culinary Institute in Scottsdale, AZ. He was contracted to write (published) recipes for a sous vide company, and has worked with celebrity chef Beau Macmillan at the Sanctuary Resort in Paradise Valley, AZ. Heath currently works as a corporate executive chef within the food manufacturing business, where he has created sauces, spice blends, and ready-to-eat deli salad. Heath also spends time in Lake Forest, IL with his friend, a James Beard house nominee, Chef Dominic Zumpano of The Gallery restaurant. Heath is currently a co-chef at The Gallery. Heath is available for private chef services. You can visit his website at www.chefheath.com

 

Local Author Tyler Smith at Lake Forest Book Store

Lake Forest Book Store welcomes local author Tyler Smith celebrating his new book:

CALLED FOR TRAVELING: MY NOMADIC LIFE PLAYING PRO BASKETBALL AROUND THE WORLD
Sports Publishing  $25.00 Released October 24, 2017

Friday, March 2nd at 6:00 P. M. at Lake Forest Book Store

Books available for purchase and signing

Refreshments will be served

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Called for Traveling is a pro basketball journey that spans four continents, seven countries and twelve teams over eleven hilarious and adventurous years. After playing his college ball at Penn State, Tyler Smith had a path in mind of where he wanted his pro basketball career to lead. Bringing his own toilet paper to away games, courts made of concrete, and fully-geared riot police at every stadium were not part of his original dream. Where were all the big contracts people talked about? Would he even have a job next season—or next week? And would he be playing for free this month because the team didn’t feel like paying him? In this highly unstable and unorthodox overseas lifestyle as a professional basketball player, Smith draws readers in quickly with his humor and ability to share his clever stories that seem outrageous, but are 100 percent true. His attitude and faith are tested relentlessly through bounced paychecks, injuries, and the seemingly endless frustrating reality of people around him speaking a language he could not understand. From Italy to Japan to Uruguay, and even the NBA, the challenges and adventures only accelerate as Tyler’s wife and kids are added to the overseas equation. His unique story is highly engaging whether or not you’re a basketball junkie. Called for Traveling is an honest and entertaining inside look at one man’s journey playing pro basketball around the world.

Tyler Smith, former Lake Forest Scout, three-year starter on the men's basketball team at Pennsylvania State University (PSU) and Academic All-American played a key role during PSU's run to the 2001 NCAA Sweet 16 when they defeated North Carolina en route to PSU's best season in almost fifty years. Following his graduation from PSU, Smith played professional basketball for eleven years in the US and overseas. He now lives in State College, Pennsylvania with his wife Cara and daughters Hannah, Lexi, and Tori.

Author Photo Credit to John Patishnock

Author John Bacon at Lake Forest Book Store

Join Lake Forest Book Store in welcoming author John U. Bacon celebrating the publication of his account of the tragic explosion of the munitions ship Mont-Blanc during World War I.

THE GREAT HALIFAX EXPLOSION: A WORLD WAR I STORY OF TREACHERY, TRAGEDY, AND EXTRAORDINARY HEROISM
William Morrow & Company $29.99  Released November 7, 2017

Wednesday, March 14th at 6:00 P.M. at Lake Forest Book Store

Books available for purchase and signing

Refreshments will be served

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The riveting, tick-tock account of the largest manmade explosion in history prior to the atomic bomb, and the equally astonishing tales of survival and heroism that emerged from the ashes, from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author John U. Bacon. After steaming out of New York City on December 1, 1917, laden with a staggering three thousand tons of TNT and other explosives, the munitions ship Mont-Blanc fought its way up the Atlantic coast, through waters prowled by enemy U-boats. As it approached the lively port city of Halifax, Mont-Blanc's deadly cargo erupted with the force of 2.9 kilotons of TNT--the most powerful explosion ever visited on a human population, save for HIroshima and Nagasaki. Mont-Blanc was vaporized in one fifteenth of a second; a shockwave leveled the surrounding city. Next came a thirty-five-foot tsunami. Most astounding of all, however, were the incredible tales of survival and heroism that soon emerged from the rubble. This is the unforgettable story told in John U. Bacon's The Great Halifax Explosion a ticktock account of fateful decisions that led to doom, the human faces of the blast's 11,000 casualties, and the equally moving individual stories of those who lived and selflessly threw themselves into urgent rescue work that saved thousands. The shocking scale of the disaster stunned the world, dominating global headlines even amid the calamity of the First World War. Hours after the blast, Boston sent trains and ships filled with doctors, medicine, and money. The explosion would revolutionize pediatric medicine; transform U.S.-Canadian relations; and provide physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, who studied the Halifax explosion closely when developing the atomic bomb, with history's only real-world case study demonstrating the lethal power of a weapon of mass destruction. Mesmerizing and inspiring, Bacon's deeply-researched narrative brings to life the tragedy, bravery, and surprising afterlife of one of the most dramatic events of modern times.

John U. Bacon is the author of five New York Times bestsellers, including Three and OutFourth and Long; and Endzone. He appears often on NPR and national television, and teaches at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and the University of Michigan. He lives in Ann Arbor with his wife and son.

Author Photo credited to John Schultz

 

Local Author Donna Urbikas at Lake Forest Book Store

Join us at Lake Forest Book Store in welcoming local author Donna Urbikas, author of My Sister’s Mother

MY SISTER"S MOTHER: A MEMOIR OF WAR, EXILE, AND STALIN'S SIBERIA
University of Wisconsin Press  $26.95
 
Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 6:00 p.m.

Books available for purchase and signing

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Donna Solecka Urbikas grew up in the Midwest during the golden years of the American century. But her Polish-born mother and half sister had endured dehumanizing conditions during World War II, as slave laborers in Siberia. War and exile created a profound bond between mother and older daughter, one that Donna would struggle to find with either of them. In 1940, Janina Ślarzynska and her five-year-old daughter Mira were taken by Soviet secret police (NKVD) from their small family farm in eastern Poland and sent to Siberia with hundreds of thousands of others. So began their odyssey of hunger, disease, cunning survival, desperate escape across a continent, and new love amidst terrible circumstances. But in the 1950s, baby boomer Donna yearns for a “normal” American family while Janina and Mira are haunted by the past. In this unforgettable memoir, Donna recounts her family history and her own survivor’s story, finally understanding the damaged mother who had saved her sister.

Donna Solecka Urbikas was born in Coventry, England, and immigrated with her parents and sister to Chicago in 1952. After careers as a high school science teacher and environmental engineer, she is now a writer, realtor, and community volunteer. She lives in Chicago with her husband.

Tea and Talk with Charlotte Adelman at the Deer Path Inn

Join us for a Tea and Talk with Northshore resident Charlotte Adelman, co-author of Midwestern Native Shrubs and Trees at the Deer Path Inn

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 2:00 PM

The Garden Room at the Deer Path Inn, Lake Forest, IL

$65 includes Afternoon Tea and book

Space is limited so call Lake Forest Book Store at 847-234-4420 to reserve your place

The Cleveland Plain Dealer writes "One of the most important recent reference books recently published is Midwestern Native Shrubs and Trees: Gardening Alternatives to Nonnative Species... An extraordinary amount of information is found in this guide, including extensive descriptions of hundreds of non-native plants and their native alternatives to plant in your yard."

In this companion volume to the bestselling The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Plants, Charlotte Adelman and Bernard L. Schwartz offer another indispensible guide to replacing nonnative plants with native alternatives. This time, their subject is the native woody species that are the backbone of our gardens and landscapes. Among other ecological benefits, native shrubs and trees provide birds and butterflies with vital food and reproductive sites that nonnative species cannot offer. And they tend to be hardier and easier to maintain. The authors provide a comprehensive selection of native woody alternatives that, season by season, provide effects similar to those of nonnative shrubs and trees used for ornamental purposes and shade. These plants are suitable for all garden styles, provide blooms and fall color, and have the same cultivation requirements as their nonnative counterparts. Nature notes alert readers to the native species' unique ecological roles.Unlike other gardening guides, Midwestern Native Shrubs and Trees goes beyond mere suggestion to provide gardeners with the tools they need to make informed, thoughtful choices. Knowing which native species to plant for desired effects empowers landscapers and gardeners to take on a greater role in protecting our midwestern environment.

Charlotte Adelman and Bernard L. Schwartz are the authors of Prairie Directory of North America: The United States, Canada and Mexico, winner of the 2003 National Garden Club Illinois Tommy Donnan Certificates Publications award and the 2003 Garden Clubs of Illinois' Award as well as The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants: An Illustrated Guide.

Release Day Party for Katherine Reay and Her New Novel, The Austen Escape

Join us at Lake Forest Book Store for the Release Day party for Katherine Reay and her new novel, The Austen Escape

Thomas Nelson $15.99  (In paperback, due November 7th)

Thursday, November 9th at 6:00 PM

Register to attend Katherine's book "birthdate" at 847-234-4420

Birthday cake and refreshments will be served

Falling into the past will change their futures forever. Mary Davies finds safety in her ordered and productive life. Working as an engineer, she genuinely enjoys her job and her colleagues - particularly a certain adorable and intelligent consultant. But something is missing. When Mary's estranged childhood friend, Isabel Dwyer offers her a two-week stay in a gorgeous manor house in England, she reluctantly agrees in hopes that the holiday will shake up her quiet life in just the right ways. But Mary gets more than she bargained for when Isabel loses her memory and fully believes she lives in Jane Austen's Bath. While Isabel rests and delights in the leisure of a Regency lady, attended by the other costume-clad guests, Mary uncovers startling truths about their shared past, who Isabel was, who she seems to be, and the man who now stands between them. Outings are undertaken, misunderstandings play out, and dancing ensues as this company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation, work out their lives and hearts.

Katherine Reay has enjoyed a life-long affair with the works of Jane Austen and her contemporaries--who provide constant inspiration both for writing and for life. She is the author of three previous novels, and her debut, Dear Mr. Knightley, was a 2014 Christy Award Finalist, winner of the 2014 INSPY Award for Best Debut, and winner of two Carol Awards for Best Debut and Best Contemporary. Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University and is a wife, mother, runner, and tae kwon do black belt. After living all across the country and a few stops in Europe, Katherine and her family recently moved back to Chicago.

Local Author Camille Bordas at Lake Forest Book Store

Lake Forest Book Store welcomes Camille Bordas, author of How to Behave in a Crowd

Tim Duggan Books $26.00 (due August 15th, 2017)

Wednesday, August 30th at 6:00 PM

Books available for purchase and signing

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Refreshments will be served

An absorbing, darkly comedic novel that brilliantly evokes the confusions of adolescence and marks the arrival of an extraordinary young talent. Isidore Mazal is eleven years old, the youngest of six siblings living in a small French town. He doesn't quite fit in. Berenice, Aurore, and Leonard are on track to have doctorates by age twenty-four. Jeremie performs with a symphony, and Simone, older than Isidore by eighteen months, expects a great career as a novelist--she's already put Isidore to work on her biography. The only time they leave their rooms is to gather on the old, stained couch and dissect prime-time television dramas in light of Aristotle's Poetics. Isidore has never skipped a grade or written a dissertation. But he notices things the others don't, and asks questions they fear to ask. So when tragedy strikes the Mazal family, Isidore is the only one to recognize how everyone is struggling with their grief, and perhaps the only one who can help them--if he doesn't run away from home first. Isidore's unstinting empathy, combined with his simmering anger, makes for a complex character study, in which the elegiac and comedic build toward a heartbreaking conclusion. With How to Behave in a Crowd, Camille Bordas immerses readers in the interior life of a boy puzzled by adulthood and beginning to realize that the adults around him are just as lost.

Camille Bordas is the author of two previous novels in French, Les Treize Desserts and Partie Commune. Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker. Born in France and raised in Mexico City and Paris, she now lives in Chicago.

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