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UPCOMING EVENTS

                      

ROBERT PUTNAM --A FAN EVENT
Our Kids
Friday April 29th
7:00 PM at Evanston Township High School                                                

Another great partnership event with the Family Action Network! ROBERT PUTNAM will be in town to discuss and sign his  book Our Kids. It's the American dream: get a good education, work hard, buy a house, and achieve prosperity and success. This is the America we believe in -- a nation of opportunity, constrained only by ability and effort. But during the last twenty-five years we have seen a disturbing opportunity gap emerge. Americans have always believed in equality of opportunity, the idea that all kids, regardless of their family background, should have a decent chance to improve their lot in life. Now, this central tenet of the American dream seems no longer true or at the least, much less true than it was.

Please note: This event is free and open to the public. For more information please visit: http://www.familyactionnetwork.net/

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  COME CELEBRATE...
National Independent Bookstore Day
Saturday, April 30th

The Book Stall joins independent bookstores across the country in thanking their cherished customers for their continued support. Please join us for a day of prizes and surprises including giveaways, author meet and greets, book seller bake-off, poetry booth and reading, snacks, games, balloons, henna tattooing, and more ... in short something for folks of all ages. Towser, the Book Stall mascot, and friends will be on hand to meet and eat.....I mean, shake a paw.

Scheduled authors and publishers to appear include Renee Rosen, Cory Franklin, Mike Leonard, Libby Hellmann, Jamie Freveletti, Laurence Gonzales, Rebecca Makkai, Mitch Rogatz, and the editors of RHINO Magazine.

Come by and help us celebrate! It's National Independent Book Store Day....and our cherished customers are the guests of honor.

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APRIL HENRY
The Girl I Used To Be
Tuesday, May 3rd
4:30 PM at The Book Stall

Pizza and conversation with YA Mystery Writer April Henry.

Join us to hear about her latest book, The Girl I used To Be, and learn what it takes to write a suspenseful crime thriller.  FREE, but please call us at 847-446-8880 to reserve your place.

 

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JAMES ROSEBUSH       
True Reagan
Wednesday, May 4th
12:00 PM at The University Club,  76 E. Monroe St., Chicago

Just the mention of his name still evokes deep admiration and affection among Americans of every stripe, on both sides of the aisle. Many have previously attempted to capture the essence of this very public figure, a man often called "mysterious and unknowable." But now, James Rosebush tells Reagan's story from first-hand experience in TRUE REAGAN, we come closer to understanding the heart of this great American.
In his roles as the longest-serving Chief of Staff to Nancy Reagan and Deputy Assistant to President Reagan (his point man on philanthropy and public/private partnerships), James Rosebush had unrivaled one-on-one access to Reagan, observing his personality, his decision-making, his guarded nature. Rosebush's revelations are moving and meant to inspire us to look to our 40th President for guidance now as we face the global challenges of a complicated 21st century.

Luncheon Tickets cost: $25.00 Call the Book Stall to make a reservation.

Please note: Dress code is business casual. Denim is not permitted.

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JAMES ROSEBUSH       
True Reagan
Wednesday, May 4th
Colonial Dames Cocktail Reception       
5:30 PM at the Glenview Country Club
100 Golf Rd, Glenview
 

Just the mention of his name still evokes deep admiration and affection among Americans of every stripe, on both sides of the aisle. Many have previously sought to capture the essence of this very public figure often called "mysterious and unknowable." But now, in True Reagan, James Rosebush tells Reagan's story from first-hand experience, allowing the reader to gain a better understanding of this great American. In his roles as the long-serving Chief of Staff to Deputy Assistant, James Rosebush had unrivaled one-on-one access to Reagan, observing his personality, his decision-making, and his guarded nature. Rosebush's revelations are moving and meant to inspire us to look to our 40th President for guidance now as we face the global challenges of a complicated 21st century.

Guests are Welcome, $40 per person, Cash Bar.  RSVP by April 29 by mailing check made payable to the NSCDA-IL to: 

NSCDA-IL
c/o Linda Forsberg
521 Sheridan Road
Kenilworth, IL 60043-1222
 
Questions should be directed to Jeannine Bergeron (312-479-6600)

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Everybody's Fool
Thursday, May 5th
7:00 PM at The Wilmette Wine Cellar, 1100 Central Ave.

Hosted by the Wilmette Library

We are co-sponsoring this book release party for Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Russo's new book, Everybody's Fool.

"A best-selling and beloved author, at the very top of his game, now returns to North Bath, in upstate New York, and the characters who made Nobody's Fool, his third novel, his first great success. The irresistible Sully, who in the intervening years has come by some unexpected good fortune, is now staring down a VA cardiologist's estimate that he only has a year or two left, and he's busy as hell keeping the news from the most important people in his life: Ruth, the married woman he carried on with for years... the ultra-hapless Rub Squeers, who worries that he and Sully aren't still best friends. Sully's son and grandson, for whom he was mostly an absentee figure. Doug Raymer, now Chief of Police and still obsessing over the identity of the man his wife might have been having an affair with before she died in a freak accident. Bath's mayor, the former academic Gus Moynihan, who also has a pressing wife problems and then there's Carl Roebuck, whose lifelong run of failing upwards might now come to ruin. Everybody's Fool is filled with humor, heart, hard times, and characters who you can't help but love for all their faults. It is classic Russo and a crowning achievement from one of the greatest storytellers of our time"--
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MARY ALICE MONROE
Low Country Wedding
Monday, May 9th
12:00 PM at The Book Stall

We are thrilled to be hosting an event with popular author Mary Alice Monroe.

Nothing could be more enchanting than a summer wedding or two in Charleston's fabled low-country. Yet when a stranger arrives, a long held family secret could silence the bells ringing for the Muir sisters. Scandals surface, family bonds are questioned, and promises are broken and renewed.

In "A Low-country Wedding" Monroe delves into the heart of marriage, commitment, and family ties. "Huffington Post "calls the Low-Country Summer series the perfect beach read and a whole lot more. "

Please note that this literary "Wedding" event is at noon.

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MATT DURFEE
The Job Search Navigator:
An Expert's Guide to Getting Hired, Surviving Layoffs, and Building Your Career
Monday, May 9th
12:00 PM at The University Club, 76 E. Monroe, Chicago

"The Job Search Navigator" is a comprehensive guide to finding a new job in today's evolving career marketplace. Author Matt Durfee has both recruited for some of America's biggest companies and navigated his way through his own job losses.
The book combines practical real-world perspectives with the technical knowledge that job seekers need in order to excel at every aspect of their searches. Drawing upon his accumulated knowledge, Dupree brings a fresh and experienced voice to the field, abandoning the "clinical approach" of many other career-advice books.

 Luncheon Tickets cost: $25.00 Call the Book Stall to make a reservation.      

 Please note: Dress code is business casual. Denim is not permitted.

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ANGELA DUCKWORTH   A FAN EVENT
Grit
Wednesday, May 11th
7:00 PM at New Trier High School, Gaffney Auditorium, 385 Winnetka Av

In this must-read book for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, athletes, students, and business people that the secret to outstanding achievement is not necessary talent, but a focused combination of passion and persistence called grit. Sharing new insights from her landmark research on grit, MacArthur 'Genius Grant' recipient Angela Duckworth explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success. Rather, other factors can be even more crucial such as identifying our passions and following through on our commitments.

For more information please visit: http://www.familyactionnetwork.net/

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SHERMAN ALEXIE                                                                              Thunderboy Jr.

A FAN EVENT: "The Power of Storytelling and the Importance of Identity"

Wednesday, May 13th
7:00 PM at North Shore Country Day School, 310 Green Bay Rd.

National Book Award-winning author, poet and filmmaker

Author, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Reservation Blues, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven and the new children's picture book, Thunder Boy, Jr.

For more information please visit: http://www.familyactionnetwork.net/

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  BEST-SELLING YOUNG ADULT AUTHOR PANEL
Friday, May 13th
7:00 PM at The Book Stall

This event is going to be amazing! We are thrilled to welcome a YA panel featuring authors John Corey Whaley (Highly Illogical Behavior), David Arnold (Mosquitoland), Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes), and Jennifer Niven (All the Bright Places) with moderator Jeff Giles, former Deputy Managing Editor of Entertainment Weekly and author of the upcoming book The Edge of Everything.

There will even be a RAFFLE and GIVEAWAYS!

This event is FREE but registration is required. Call us at 847-446-8880.

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BILL CLEGG
Did You Ever Have a Family
Saturday, May 14th
1:00 PM at The Book Stall

We're thrilled to welcome back staff favorite Bill Clegg for the paperback release of Did You Ever Have a Family. Hailed as masterly by "The New York Times Book Review," a brilliantly constructed debut set in the aftermath of catastrophic loss. A 2015 Man Booker Prize nominee, this stunning novel, from bestselling memoirist Bill Clegg, is the  powerful story about a circle of friends and family who find solace in the least likely of places as they cope with a horrific tragedy. 

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  RICHARD RUSSO

Everybody's Fool
Wilmette Library Event
Saturday, May 14th
2:00 PM at Wilmette Jr. High School, 620 Locust Rd, Wilmette

"A best-selling and beloved author, at the very top of his game, now returns to North Bath, in upstate New York, and the characters who made Nobody's Fool, his third novel, his first great success. The irresistible Sully, who in the intervening years has come by some unexpected good fortune, is now staring down a VA cardiologist's estimate that he only has a year or two left, and he's busy as hell keeping the news from the most important people in his life: Ruth, the married woman he carried on with for years... the ultra-hapless Rub Squeers, who worries that he and Sully aren't still best friends. Sully's son and grandson, for whom he was mostly an absentee figure. Doug Raymer, now Chief of Police and still obsessing over the identity of the man his wife might have been having an affair with before she died in a freak accident. Bath's mayor, the former academic Gus Moynihan, who also has a pressing wife problems and then there's Carl Roebuck, whose lifelong run of failing upwards might now come to ruin. Everybody's Fool is filled with humor, heart, hard times, and characters who you can't help but love for all their faults. It is classic Russo and a crowning achievement from one of the greatest storytellers of our time"--

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MARTHA KELLY
Lilac Girls
Sunday, May 15th
10:00 AM at Temple Beth Israel

We are very excited to be selling copies of Martha Kelly's well received new novel Lilac Girls.

On a September day in Manhattan in 1939, twenty-something Caroline Ferriday is consumed by her efforts to secure the perfect boutonniere for an important French diplomat and resisting the romantic advances of a married actor. Meanwhile across the Atlantic, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish Catholic teenager, is nervously anticipating the changes that are sure to come since Germany has declared war on Poland. As tensions rise abroad - and in her personal life - Caroline's interest in aiding the war effort in France grows and she eventually comes to hear about the dire situation at the Ravensbruck all-female concentration camp. At the same time, Kasia's carefree youth is quickly slipping away, only to be replaced by a fervor for the Polish resistance movement. Through Ravensbruck - and the horrific atrocities taking place there told in part by an infamous German surgeon, Herta Oberheuser - the two women's lives will converge in unprecedented ways and a novel of redemption and hope emerges that is breathtaking in scope and depth"--

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JANE HAMILTON
The Excellent Lombards
Tuesday, May 17th
7:00 PM at The Book Stall

 

She has been a favorite of ours since A Map of the World and The Book of Ruth and we are THRILLED to be hosting best selling author and literary giant Jane Hamilton for her new novel, The Excellent Lombards!

 

Mary Frances "Frankie" Lombard is fiercely in love with her family's sprawling apple orchard and the tangled web of family members who inhabit it. Content to spend her days planning capers with her brother William, competing with her brainy cousin Amanda, and expertly tending the orchard with her father, Frankie desires nothing more than for the rhythm of life to continue undisturbed. But she cannot help being haunted by the historical fact that some family members end up staying on the farm and others must leave. Change is inevitable, and threats of urbanization, disinheritance, and college applications shake the foundation of Frankie's roots. As Frankie is forced to shed her childhood fantasies and face the possibility of losing the idyllic future she had envisioned for her family, she must decide whether loving something means clinging tightly or letting go.

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DINITIA SMITH
The Honeymoon
Wednesday, May 18th
12:00 PM at The University Club,
76 E. Monroe St, Chicago

Based on the life of George Eliot, author of Middlemarch and The Mill on the Floss, this captivating account of Eliot's passions and tribulations explores the nature of love in its many guisesDinitia Smith's spellbinding novel recounts George Eliot's honeymoon in Venice in 1880 following her marriage to a handsome young man twenty years her junior. When she agreed to marry John Walter Cross, Eliot was recovering from the death of George Henry Lewes, her beloved companion of twenty-six years. At the time Eliot was bereft. After the loss, Eliot was left at the age of sixty to contemplate profound questions about her physical decline, her fading appeal, and the prospect of loneliness. In her youth, she was considered a country girl and too plain to marry, so she educated herself in order to secure a livelihood. In an era when female novelists were more than merely rare, she became one of the most popular and celebrated writers of her day.

Luncheon Tickets cost: $25.00 Call the Book Stall to make a reservation.        

Please note: Dress code is business casual. Denim is not permitted.

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JIM CAMPBELL
Braving It
Wednesday, May 18th
7:00 PM at The Book Stall

Interested in hearing about a unique story of family and bonding? Then this event will be an interesting one to attend.

Braving It is the powerful story of a father's journey with his teenage daughter to the far reaches of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a harsh and lonely place which is home to only a handful of people. When Campbell's cousin, Heimo Korth, asked him to spend a summer building a cabin in the rugged Interior, Campbell hesitated about inviting his fifteen-year-old daughter, Aidan, to join him: Would she be able to withstand clouds of mosquitoes, the threat of grizzlies, bathing in an ice-cold river, and hours of grueling labor peeling and hauling logs? But once there, Aidan embraced the wild. She even agreed to return a few months later to help the Korths work their trap lines and hunt for caribou and moose. Despite wind chills of 50 degrees below zero, father and daughter ventured out daily to track, hunt, and trap. Under the supervision of Edna, Heimo s Yupik Eskimo wife, Aidan grew more confident in the woods. 

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WADE ROUSE
The Charm Bracelet
Thursday, May 19th
7:00 PM at The Book Stall  

Charming author Wade Rouse is here to celebrate the release of his new novel The Charm Bracelet which he penned under the pseudonym Viola Shipman.

Through an heirloom charm bracelet three women will rediscover the importance of family, love, faith, friends, fun and a passion for living as the magic of each charm changes their lives. Lolly, still lives in the family cabin on Lost Land Lake where her mother gave her the charm bracelet that would become Lolly's talisman and connection to family past and Lolly hopes the present, but her daughter, Arden, and granddaughter, Lauren, haven't visited in years and time is running out for Lolly. Arden, couldn't wait to leave her small town life behind for Chicago, but now divorced and burned out at work, she's simply trying to make it from day to day. In the rush of life she's let the years and all the things she once enjoyed slip away. When she receives an unexpected phone call about her mother she must decide if she can face going home. Lauren, a talented young painter buries her passion to study business in the hopes of helping her mother after she discovers that her father left Arden struggling to make ends meet, but Lauren is slowly dying inside and doesn't know how to tell her mother the truth.

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DACHER KELTNER, Ph.D.   A FAN EVENT
The Power Paradox: A Radical New Vision of Success
Thursday, May 19th
7:00 PM at New Trier High School, Northfield Campus, 7 Happ Rd.

The Power Paradox is a revolutionary and timely reconsideration of everything we know about power, one of the most talked about, sought after, and controversial forces in our society. Celebrated UC Berkeley psychologist, Dr. Dacher Keltner, argues that compassion and selflessness enable us to have the most influence over others resulting in power as a force for good in the world.

For more information please visit: http://www.familyactionnetwork.net/

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MINDY MACKENZIE
The Courage Solution
Monday, May 23rd
7:00 PM at The Book Stall

 

Are there things you d like to change at your company? Have you found yourself wishing your boss would change? Or your peers? What about the team you lead? Everyone in the corporate world, from the CEO to the security guard out front, wants to change something about their company. That's the human condition at work. Where things can get complicated, however, is in thinking that things will improve when someone else makes the changes, and waiting for that to happen. Mindy Mackenzie, accomplished corporate executive and CEO advisor, will discuss these and other questions.

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DONNA BOZZO                    TWO EVENTS
What the Fun
Tuesday, May 24th
7:00 PM at The Book Stall

Wednesday, May 25th
11:30 AM at The Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago

Join us for TWO fun-filled events with local notable, Donna Bozzo author of What the Fun?! 427 Simples Ways to have Fantastic Family Fun. Donna has worked in the TV business for fifteen years. In addition to appearing on "Today," as well as many Chicago TV stations, "The Morning Blend, Veria Living TV, Great Day St. Louis, and "Daytime," Bozzo worked for many years as a reporter, TV producer, writer, and creative director. She has also written for Chicago Parent, Make It Better, Family Circle, Wedding Pages, Working Mother," and American Baby.

Please note: Dress code is business casual. Denim is not permitted.

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ARNIE BERNSTEIN
Swastika Nation
Wednesday, May 25th
1:30 PM at The Skokie Theater, 7924 N. Lincoln Av, Skokie

In the late 1930s, the German American Bund, led by its popinjay dictator Fritz Kuhn, was a small but powerful national movement in pre-World War II America, determined to conquer the United States government with a fascist dictatorship. They met in private social halls and beer garden backrooms, gathered at private resorts and public rallies, developed their own version of the SS and Hitler Youth, published a national newspaper and for a brief moment of their own imagined glory seemed poised to make an impact on American politics.  But while the American Nazi leadership dreamed of their Swastika Nation, an amalgamation of politicians, a rising legal star, an ego-charged newspaper columnist, and denizens of the criminal underworld utilized their respective means and muscle to bring down the movement and its dreams of a United Reich States.  "Swastika Nation" by Arnie Bernstein is a story of bad guys, good guys, and a few guys who fell somewhere in-between. The rise and fall of Fritz Kuhn and his German-American Bund at the hands of these disparate fighters is a sometimes funny, sometimes harrowing, and always compelling story from start to finish."

Also on the program is Jim Frazier of Illinois Gold Star Families.

Tickets cost $10.  Purchase at: www.skokietheatre.org or call: 847-677-7761

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NATHANIEL PHILBRICK               TWO EVENTS
Valiant Ambition
Tuesday, May 31St
12:00 PM at The University Club,
76 E. Monroe St, Chicago                     Luncheon Tickets cost: $25.00 Call the Book Store to make a reservation.

Tuesday, May 31St
7:00 PM at The Book Stall

History buffs take note! We are honored to be hosting National Book Award winning author Nathaniel Philbrick (In the Heart of the Sea and Mayflower) with his new book, Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution.

Valiant Ambition is a surprising account of the middle years of the American Revolution, and the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold. In September 1776, the vulnerable Continental Army under an unsure George Washington (who had never commanded a large force in battle) evacuates New York after a devastating defeat by the British Army. Three weeks later, near the Canadian border, one of his favorite generals, Benedict Arnold, miraculously succeeds in postponing the British naval advance down Lake Champlain that might have ended the war. Four years later, as the book ends, Washington has vanquished his demons and Arnold has fled to the enemy after a foiled attempt to surrender the American fortress at West Point to the British. After four years of war, America is forced to realize that the real threat to its liberties might not come from without but from within. Valiant Ambition is a complex, controversial, and dramatic portrait of a people in crisis and the war that gave birth to a nation.

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MARY KUBICA
Don't You Cry
Thursday, June 2nd
6:30 PM at The Book Stall

 

Mary Kubica, best selling author of The Good Girl and Pretty Baby, is back with her new suspense novel Don't You Cry... and we are thrilled to be hosting her!

Mary Kubica returns with an electrifying and addictive tale of deceit and obsession. In downtown Chicago, a young woman named Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter, addressed to My Dearest, is found among her possessions, leaving her friend and roommate Quinn Collins to wonder where Esther is and whether she's the person Quinn thought she knew. Meanwhile, in a small Michigan harbor town an hour outside Chicago, a mysterious woman appears in the quiet coffee shop where eighteen-year-old Alex Gallo works as a dishwasher. He is immediately drawn to her charm and beauty, but what starts as an innocent crush quickly spirals into something far more dark and sinister than he ever expected. 

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  WILMETTE LIBRARY/INDIE BOOKSTORE PANEL
Thursday, June 2nd
7:00 PM at Wilmette Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave

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DEREK CRESSMAN
When Money Talks
Wednesday, June 6th
12:00 PM at The University Club,
76 E. Monroe St, Chicago

Special-interest money is destroying our democratic process. But now that the Citizens United decision has thrown out campaign spending limits as abridgments of free speech, Americans want to know what they can do about it. Derek Cressman gives us the tools, both intellectual and tactical, to fight back. 

Luncheon Tickets cost: $25.00 Call the Book Store to make a reservation.         Please note: Dress code is business casual. Denim is not permitted.   

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ALLISON AMEND
Enchanted Islands
Monday, June 6th
6:30 PM at The Book Stall

 

Inspired by the mid-century memoirs of Frances Conway, " Enchanted Islands" is the dazzling story of an independent American woman whose path takes her far from her native Minnesota when she and her husband, an undercover intelligence officer, are sent to the Galapagos Island sat the brink of World War II.  Born in Duluth, Minnesota, in 1882 to immigrant parents, Frances Frankowski covets the life of her best friend, Rosalie Mendel, who has everything Fanny could wish for money, parents who value education, and an effervescent and winning personality. When, at age fifteen, Rosalie decides they should runaway to Chicago, Fanny jumps at the chance to escape her unexceptional life. But, within a year, Rosalie commits an unforgivable betrayal, inciting Frances to strike out on her own. Decades later, the women reconnect in San Francisco and realize how widely their lives have diverged. While Rosalie is a housewife and mother, Frances works as a secretary for the Office of Naval Intelligence. There she is introduced to Ainslie Conway, an intelligence operator ten years her junior. When it s arranged for Frances and Ainslie to marry and carry out a mission on the Galapagos Islands, the couple s identities already hidden from each other are further buried under their new cover stories. No longer a lonely spinster, Frances is about to begin the most fascinating and intrigue-filled years of her life. 

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ALAN FURST
A Hero in France
Tuesday, June 7th
6:30 PM at The Book Stall

From the bestselling master espionage writer, hailed by Vince Flynn as the best in the business, comes a riveting novel about the French Resistance in Nazi-occupied Paris. The City of Light is dark and silent at night. But in Paris and in the farmhouses, barns, and churches of the French countryside, small groups of ordinary men and women are determined to take down the occupying forces of Adolf Hitler. Mathieu, a leader of the French Resistance, leads one such cell, helping downed British airmen escape back to England.  Alan Furst s suspenseful, fast-paced thriller captures this dangerous time as no one ever has before. He brings Paris and occupied France to life, along with courageous citizens who outmaneuver collaborators, informers, blackmailers, and spies, risking everything to fulfill perilous clandestine missions. Aiding Mathieu as part of his covert network are Lisette, a seventeen-year-old student and courier; Max de Lyon, an arms dealer turned nightclub owner; Chantal, a woman of class and confidence; Daniel, a Jewish teacher fueled by revenge; Joelle, who falls in love with Mathieu; and Annemarie, a willful aristocrat with deep roots in France, and a desire to act. 

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SHEFALI TSABARY, Ph.D.     A FAN EVENT
The Awakened Family: A Revolution in Parenting  
Tuesday, June 7th
7:00 PM at Temple Jeremiah, 937 Happ Rd, Northbrook

All parents have aspirations for their children. But often these turn into crushing expectations that cause real harm and disillusionment at the most important time in a child's development. Parenting should not be a competition with winners and losers. Parents need to recognize their children for who they actually are, and in her groundbreaking new book, Dr. Shefali Tsabary challenges the modern myths of parenting that define how a child is "supposed to be." Instead of holding our children to society's impossible ideals, Dr. Shefali teaches us how to control our expectations, embrace the present moment, and let go of the anxiety surrounding how best to parent our children. Written in the style of her "New York Times" bestseller, "The Conscious Parent," "The Awakened Family" draws from Eastern philosophy as well as Western psychology to offer enlightened advice and a clear program for raising confident, conscious children who are true to themselves."
 

For more information please visit: http://www.familyactionnetwork.net/

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DEBY EISENBERG
Protecting Paige
Wednesday, June 8th
6:30 PM at The Book Stall

"Compelling . . . engaging . . . a moving family saga" Kirkus Reviews From the author of the Book Club favorite, Pictures of the Past, comes another compelling, multi-layered novel, ripe with the twists and turns of the best historical fiction. It is the still innocent year of 1962, and twelve-year-old Paige Noble awakens in a hospital room in Chicago. She has no memory of the random act of gang violence that has left her injured and orphaned. As she waits for her famous uncle to come for her, she develops a bond with Gladys, a comforting black nurse's aide, unaware that her son was involved in the crime. Soon, the charismatic Maxwell Noble, a celebrated photographer, is located in Europe and rushes to her side. Although he has led a globetrotting bachelor life, he surprises Paige by embracing his new responsibility. But Maxwell struggles to hide his long-time obsession with Paige's mother, his enchanting French sister-in-law. When Paige discovers her mother's hidden diary, the secrets of the past begin to surface. Paige and her uncle embark on a journey to France, retracing events of WWII and the Holocaust, in an effort to find the one remaining family member they could claim. Her parents were always intent on protecting Paige, but Maxwell allows her to embrace the Jewish history and the heritage that she was denied. A beautiful and moving story about a young girl's coming-of-age and a man's quest for a lost love, Protecting Paige combines family drama and fascinating historical detail to create a rich, thought-provoking world.

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JOAN BARNES will be interviewed by JILL SALZMAN
Play it Forward
Thursday, June 9th
6:30 PM at The Book Stall

"Play It Forward" details the remarkable journey of Joan Barnes, founder and former CEO of Gymboree, and how she learned to align her inner life with outward success.  Forty years ago, Joan Barnes founded a play center in a church basement with $3,000. Determined to enable women to achieve personal and entrepreneurial success, Barnes led Gymboree to become an innovative leader in a new industry: activity-based early childhood development. The company eventually became a global billion-dollar brand. But this dramatic entrepreneurial memoir is also a cautionary tale and redemption story. When Gymboree s IPO became a phenomenal success story, Barnes was nowhere near Wall Street. She had left the company because of an eating disorder that threatened to destroy her and everything she built. 

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  PRINTERS ROW LIT FEST
Friday, June 10th
11:00 AM at The Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago

The celebration begins at 11AM with authors and book lovers mingling over cocktails and coffee to discuss their latest works and sign books.  Authors will join attendees at their tables for the luncheon service which begins at noon.  The program follows, hosted by Chicago Tribune writer and ULC Distinguished Writer Privilege Holder Rick Kogan.  Additional time will be available after lunch to continue your discussions with the authors and for them to sign your books.  We will have the authors' books available for purchase at this event.  A complete list of authors will be posted at www.ulcc.org as they are confirmed. 

Cost for this event is $40 for club members and their guests;  $45 for non-members

Please note: Dress code is business casual. Denim is not permitted. ******************************************************************

  ZOE ZOLBROD in conversation with Daniel Raeburn
The Telling
Tuesday, June 14th
6:30 PM at The Book Stall

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BEN STRAUSS
Indentured
Wednesday, June 15th
12:00 PM at The University Club,
76 E. Monroe St, Chicago

How can the NCAA blithely wreck careers without regard to due process or common fairness? How can it act so ruthlessly to enforce rules that are so petty? Why won t anybody stand up to these outrageous violations of American values and American justice? In the four years since Joe Nocera asked those questions in a controversial "New York Times "column, the National Collegiate Athletic Association has come under fire. Fans have begun to realize that the athletes involved in the two biggest college sports, men s basketball and football, are little more than indentured servants. Millions of teenagers accept scholarships to chase their dreams of fame and fortune at the price of absolute submission to the whims of an organization that puts their interests dead last. For about 5 percent of top-division players, college ends with a golden ticket to the NFL or the NBA. But what about the overwhelming majority who never turn pro? They don t earn a dime from the estimated $13 billion generated annually by college sports an ocean of cash that enriches schools, conferences, coaches, TV networks, and apparel companies . . . everyone except those who give their blood and sweat to entertain the fans. "Indentured "tells the dramatic story of a loose-knit group of rebels who decided to fight the hypocrisy of the NCAA, which blathers endlessly about the purity of its student-athletes while exploiting many of them: The ones who get injured and drop out because their scholarships have been revoked. The ones who will neither graduate nor go pro. The ones who live in terror of accidentally violating some obscure rule in the four-hundred-page NCAA rulebook. 

Luncheon Tickets cost: $25.00 Call the Book Store to make a reservation.           Please note: Dress code is business casual. Denim is not permitted.

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ADAM HOCHSCHILD
Spain in Our Hearts
Thursday, June 16th
6:30 PM at The Book Stall

 A sweeping history of the Spanish Civil War, told through nine American and British characters including Hemingway and George Orwell. It was a war between fascism, communism, and democracy that preceded World War II, and a tale of idealism and a noble cause that failed."

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SAUL WEINER
Listening For What Matters
Friday, June 17th
11:30 AM at The Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago

 

"This fascinating story summarizes decades of research by its authors, Dr. Saul J. Weiner and Dr. Alan Schwartz, into the importance of the 'patient's context' in prescribing care. Physicians who apply guidelines based on biomedical criteria without modification to fit the situational, demographic, cultural, and social dimensions of the individual patient are at risk of a serious medical error: prescribing 'the right treatment' to the 'wrong patient.' The book makes an important contribution to an understanding of the requirements for patient-centered care, one that emphasizes the importance of physician as well as patient engagement in diagnosing context and sorting out the treatments that the individual patient wants and needs." --John E. Wennberg, Peggy Y. Thomson Professor Emeritus, Evaluative Clinical Sciences & Founder, Director Emeritus of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice

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FRANK LUNTZ
Words That Work
What Americans Really Want
Monday, June 27th
5:30 PM at The University Club,
76 E. Monroe St, Chicago

 

No one in America has done more observing of more people than Dr. Frank I. Luntz. From Bill O'Reilly to Bill Maher, America's leading pundits, prognosticators, and CEOs turn to Luntz to explain the present and to predict the future. With all the upheavals of recent events, the plans and priorities of the American people have undergone a seismic shift. Businesses everywhere are trying to market products and services during this turbulent time, but only one man really understands the needs and desires of the New America.  From restaurant booths to voting booths, Luntz has watched and assessed our private habits, our public interests, and our hopes and fears. What are the five things Americans want the most What do they really want in their daily lives In their jobs From their government For their families And how does understanding what Americans want allow businesses to thrive? Luntz disassembles the preconceived notions we have about one another and lays all the pieces of the American condition out in front of us, openly and honestly, then puts the pieces back together in a way that reflects the society in which we live. What Americans Really Want...Really is a real, if sometimes scary, discussion of Americans' secret hopes, fears, wants, and needs. 

Luncheon Tickets cost: $25.00 Call the Book Store to make a reservation.           Please note: Dress code is business casual. Denim is not permitted.

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