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  • Tue, 07/15/2014 - 7:00pm

    Lori Rader-Day, author of The Black Hour

    (Seventh Street Books $15.95, due July 8)

    Tuesday July 15 at 7:00 p.m.

    Register online at Cook Park Library

    Join us as we welcome talented mystery author and Chicago resident Lori Rader-Day as she launches her debut novel, The Black Hour.

    For Chicago sociology professor Amelia Emmet, violence was a research topic-until a student she'd never met shot her.

    He also shot himself. Now he's dead and she's back on campus, trying to keep up with her class schedule, a growing problem with painkillers, and a question she can't let go: Why her?  All she wants is for life to get back to normal, but normal is looking hard to come by. She's thirty-eight and hobbles with a cane. Her first student interaction ends in tears (hers). Her fellow faculty members seem uncomfortable with her, and her ex-whom she may or may not still love-has moved on.
    Enter Nathaniel Barber, a graduate student obsessed with Chicago's violent history. Nathaniel is a serious scholar, but also a serious mess about his first heartbreak, his mother's death, and his father's disapproval. Assigned as Amelia's teaching assistant, Nathaniel also takes on the investigative legwork that Amelia can't do. And meanwhile, he's hoping she'll approve his dissertation topic, the reason he came to grad school in the first place: the student attack on Amelia Emmet.
    Together and at cross-purposes, Amelia and Nathaniel stumble toward a truth that will explain the attack and take them both through the darkest hours of their lives.

    There will be a book signing following the program with books provided by Lake Forest Book Store.


  • Tue, 08/19/2014 - 7:00pm

    Tawni O'Dell author of One of Us

    (Gallery Books $25.00)

    Tuesday August 19 at 7:00 p.m.

    Register online at Warren-Newport Public Library

    Tawni O'Dell is the New York Times bestselling author of Fragile Beasts, Sister Mine, Coal Run, and Back Roads, which was an Oprah's Book Club pick and a Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection. 

    A fast-paced literary thriller about a forensic psychologist forced to face his own demons after discovering his small hometown terrorized by a serial killer. Dr. Sheridan Doyle--a fastidiously groomed and TV-friendly forensic psychologist--is the go-to shrink for the Philadelphia District Attorney's office whenever a twisted killer's mind eludes other experts. But beneath his Armani pinstripes, he's still Danny Doyle, the awkward, terrified, bullied boy from a blue-collar mining family, plagued by panic attacks and haunted by the tragic death of his little sister and mental unraveling of his mother years ago. Danny returns home to Lost Creek, a town grappling with its own ghosts, and comes face-to-face with the town's legacy of violence--when a dead body is discovered at the famous gallows where a band of rebellious Irish miners was executed 100 years ago. The body also has an eerie connection to the wealthy mining family behind the miners' deaths. When he teams up with a veteran detective and father figure to get to the bottom of these heinous crimes, Danny realizes that he's dangerously close to uncovering haunting secrets from his own past... A masterfully told psychological thriller in the vein of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, the past and present collide to put Lost Creek's long-lived ghosts to bed"--

    There will be a book signing following the program with books provided by Lake Forest Book Store.

  • Tue, 08/26/2014 - 7:00pm

    Rebecca Makkai, author of The Hundred-Year House

    (Viking Books $26.95, due July 10)

    Tuesday August 26 at 7:00 p.m.

    Register online at Warren-Newport Public Library

    From the acclaimed author of The Borrower, Makkai returns with an ingenious novel set on an historic estate that once housed an arts colony. Doug, the husband of the estate's heir, desperately needs the colony files to get his stalled academic career back on track. But what he discovers when he finally gets his hands on them is more than he bargained for. Doug may never learn the house's secrets, but the reader will, as Makkai leads us on a thrilling journey into the past of this eccentric family".

    There will be a book signing following the program with books provided by Lake Forest Book Store.

  • Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:00pm

    Julia Keller, author of Summer of the Dead

    (Minotaur Books $25.99, due August 26)

    Thursday August 28 at 12:00 p.m.

    Register online at Aspen Drive Library

    An optional lunch from the Picnic Basket can be ordered for $6.00 and must be paid for by Tuesday, August 26 at Cook Park Library or Aspen Drive Library.

    Julia was born and raised in Huntington, West Virginia.  She is an essayist for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS. In 2005, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing.  She lives in a high-rise in Chicago and a stone cottage on a lake in rural Ohio.

    High summer in Acker's Gap, West Virginia--but no one's enjoying the rugged natural landscape. Not while a killer stalks the small town and its hard-luck inhabitants. County prosecutor Bell Elkins and Sheriff Nick Fogelsong are stymied by a murderer who seems to come and go like smoke on the mountain. At the same time, Bell must deal with the return from prison of her sister, Shirley--who, like Bell, carries the indelible scars of a savage past.
    In "Summer of the Dead," the third Julia Keller mystery chronicling the journey of Bell Elkins and her return to her Appalachian hometown, we also meet Lindy Crabtree--a coal miner's daughter with dark secrets of her own, secrets that threaten to explode into even more violence.
    Acker's Gap is a place of loveliness and brutality, of isolation and fierce attachments--a place where the dead rub shoulders with the living, and demand their due.

    There will be a book signing following the program with books provided by Lake Forest Book Store.



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