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UPCOMING EVENTS

                      

MAC BARNETT & CHRISTIAN ROBINSON

Wednesday, September 2nd

4:30 pm at The Book Stall

Children’s picture book author Mac Barnett and illustrator Christian Robinson engage with young fans ages 6-10 for a sidewalk chalk-drawing extravaganza celebrating their new book, Leo: A Ghost Story. It’s the story of Leo, a ghost who leaves the home he occupies when the family who moves in rejects his friendly gestures. Please come and join the fun!

This event is free and open to the public.

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MICHELLE WELDON

Wednesday, September 2nd

7:00 pm at The Book Stall

We’re pleased to welcome Ms. Weldon, a professor at Northwestern’s Medill School, for the launch of her memoir about raising three growing sons alone following a divorce and in the face of cancer and an ambitious career.

This event is free and open to the public.

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BRENE BROWN - A FAN PRESENTATION! - Sold Out!

Thursday, September 3rd

7:00 pm at Gaffney Auditorium, New Trier East

For the legions of fans of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection, comes the next step in the groundbreaking research of thought leader Brené Brown, Ph.D.  A research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, Brown’s TED talks on shame and vulnerability have garnered over 23 million views and have changed our cultural conversation. Brown has worked with organizations including Facebook, Microsoft, Pixar, AT&T, Costco, West Point, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and many others. Her new book, Rising Strong, tells us what it takes to get back up after failure and teaches us how owning our stories of disappointment and heartbreak give us the power to write a daring new ending. Struggle, Brown writes, can be our greatest call to courage, and rising strong our clearest path to a wholehearted life.

This event is fully booked with no tickets left.

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SAM REAVES - Meet & Greet

Saturday, September 5th

11:30 am at The Book Stall

Local author Reaves signs the book he co-wrote with and about Fred Pascente, a Chicago police officer for 26 years who had close ties to the Mafia. Pascente’s story details the decline of traditional organized crime in the United States and reveals information about the inner workings of the Chicago Outfit that has never been publicly released.

This event is free and open to the public.

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RICHARD REEDER - Man Booker List Discussion!

Thursday, September 10th

6:30 pm at The Book Stall

For those of you who follow literary awards, the Man Booker Prize
committee’s decision to consider for the award any author, regardless
of nationality, whose book was written originally in English, was exciting. Prior to 2014, only those authors who were citizens of the British Commonwealth were eligible. Richard Reeder will be at the store to discuss the five American novels that have been nominated.

Richard Reeder is the author of Chicago Sketches. He teaches literature courses at the Oakton Community College Emeritus Program. One of the courses he has taught is the Man Booker Literary Prize. He will be teaching a course at Oakton on James Joyce’s Ulysses beginning on September 29th.Richard facilitates the book club at the historic Cliff Dwellers club.

This event is free and open to the public.

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JUDY SCHACHNER

Thursday, September 10th

7:00 pm at the Vernon Area Public Library

Judy Schachner, the author of the popular Skippyjon Jones picture book series introduces her new book, Dewey Bob, about a cute raccoon named Dewey Bob Crockett.

This event is free and open to the public.

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M. E. FRIEDMAN - Meet & Greet

Saturday, September 12th

11:30 am at The Book Stall

Meet first-time author M.E. Friedman whose children’s book is a story of comfort for those who have lost a loved one. The little bunny Farfel brings healing, hope and the realization that the spirit of those we love remain with us always. Plus, Farfel will be here too!

This event is free and open to the public.

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DICK & LIZ CHENEY

Monday, September 14th

11:30 am at The Union League Club

Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz Cheney, a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, speak about their new book giving their view of the unique nature of American power, how they feel the principle of American power has been abandoned, and how they believe the country can and must lead again.

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

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880 or go to: https://eventbritedickandlizcheney.eventbrite.com

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DREW DAYWALT

Monday, September 14th

4:30 pm at The Book Stall

The author of the children’s favorite The Day the Crayons Quit signs copies of The Day the Crayons Came Home - his new collaboration with Oliver Jeffers.

Please note the purchase of a Crayon book from The Book Stall is required to enter the signing line.

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KAREN ABBOTT

Tuesday, September 15th

12:00 pm at the University Club

Bestselling author Karen Abbott tells the story of four women who fought the Civil War in the shadows, using all means at their disposal to obtain information about the enemy, Confederate or Union. Writes author Erik Larson, author of Dead Wake and other bestsellers: “With this book, Karen Abbott declares herself the John le Carré of Civil War espionage, with the added benefit that the saga she tells is all true and beautifully researched.”

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

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880.

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JOE URSCHEL

Thursday, September 17th

7:00 pm at The Highland Park Library, 494 Laurel Avenue

Joe Urschel, the executive director of the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington D.C., tells the story of the 20,000-mile, 16-state chase of George “Machine Gun” Kelly, one of the most celebrated gangsters of the 1930s. It’s the story, too, of a desperate Justice Department bureaucrat – J. Edgar Hoover – who used the case to launch the FBI.

This event is free and open to the public.

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PATRICK McBRIARTY - SLEEPY STORYTIME!

Friday, September 18th

6:30 pm at The Book Stall

 

 

This event is free and open to the public.

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CHRISTINE SNEED with PAULETTE LIVERS

Monday, September 21st

7:00 pm at The Book Stall

Christine Sneed will be here to discuss her new novel, Paris, He Said, about a woman given the opportunity to move to Paris with her wealthy lover and begin a career as a painter. She’ll be reading together with novelist Paulette Livers, author of the book Cementville.

This event is free and open to the public.

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BILL CLEGG

Tuesday, September 22nd

7:00 pm at The Book Stall

Bill Clegg, a New York literary agent and bestselling author of two memoirs, speaks about his debut novel, Did You Ever Have a Family, which has been long listed for 2015 Man Booker Prize. It's the story of a woman who, in the wake of a shocking loss, finds a beautiful and surprising web of connections through shared heartbreak.

This event is free and open to the public.

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SHEILA NIELSEN

Thursday, September 24th

12:00 pm at the University Club

Chicago career counselor Sheila Nielsen, a lawyer with more than 25 years of experience coaching professionals, talks about Job Quest: How To Become The Insider Who Gets Hired. In it she uses a game approach and an analogy to a medieval quest to help readers understand what to look for and how to how to develop an insider advantage for their job searches through a process of rapid relationship and trust building.

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

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880.

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BEN VAUGHN - Cocktail Reception!

Thursday, September 24th

5:30 pm at The Standard Club

In most of Ben Vaughn’s experiences the humble Southern chefs will happily share their long-protected family recipes, but it’s not an adventure if everyone cooperates. Some of these institutions guard their recipes like members of the family. To the untrained eater, the secret ingredients it takes to create such an iconic dish would remain a bewitching mystery without the original formula. However, Ben’s journey and mission is to deliver the most amazing 100 Southern recipes. With his charm and ability in the kitchen, Ben acquired each recipe one way or another. If he was unable to get the recipe directly from the source, Ben replicated it himself, only having tasted the dish. After deciphering the exact mix of ingredients, Ben s recipe was put to the test when the recipe gate-keeper gave him the thumbs-up.

From iconic Southern kitchens all throughout the Delta such as Mat & Naddies and Carlos and Rocky s in New Orleans; Our Way Cafe in Decatur, Georgia; McMel's, City Cafe, Dipsy Doodle, and Wendell Smith's Restaurant in Tennessee; and Martha's Menu in Mississippi experience the real recipes, real people, and real stories as Ben journeys through the South exploring Southern Routes.

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

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880.

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TIM GREEN

Thursday, September 24th

7:00 pm at The Arlington Heights Public Library

 

Popular children's author Tim Green, a former All American football star at Syracuse University and defensive player for the Atlanta Falcons, speaks about his writing and his books, including his latest middle grade novel, Lost Boy.

 

This event is free and open to the public.

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ERIK LARSON - Two Events with the Winnetka-Northfield Public Library! - These Events are Sold Out!!!

 

Thursday, September 24th - Cocktails & Book Discussion

6:00 pm at The Winnetka Community House

 

Friday, September 25th - Luncheon & Book Discussion

11:30 am at Happ Inn, Northfield

The Winnetka Public Library will host two events with Erik Larson, the author or of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Dead Wake, about the sinking of the Lusitania in may 1915.

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SALINA YOON

Friday, September 25th

4:30 pm at The Book Stall

 

Salina Yoon, an award-winning children's picture book author introduces her latest book, Penguin's Big Adventure, in which her main character becomes the first penguin to explore the North Pole.

 

This event is free and open to the public.

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STEPHANIE CLIFFORD

Friday, September 25th

7:00 pm at The Book Stall

New York Times reporter Stephanie Clifford discusses her novel, Everybody Rise, about a young woman who plunges headlong into a glittering world of wealth and social prestige in Manhattan in 2006.

 

This event is free and open to the public.

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TEACHER IN-SERVICE - With Special Guest Linda Urban

Saturday, September 26h

10:00 am at The Book Stall

 

Children's author Linda Urban will be our special guest at this in-service for educators in grades Kindergarten through 5th.

 

This event is free but we ask that you please call the store to make reservations: 847.446.8880.

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DR. ELANA ASHLEY - Meet & Greet!

Saturday, September 26th

11:30 am at The Book Stall

Dr. Elana Ashley, who is an author, artist, storyteller, and ventriloquist, will present her new children's book called Big Bully Holly Howler featuring eight puppet characters.

This event is free and open to the public.

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JONATHAN EVISON

Monday, September 28th

7:00 pm at The Highland Park Library, 494 Laurel Avenue

Bestselling author Jonathan Evison speaks about This is Your Life, Harriet Chance, his new novel, the story of a 78 year-old Harriet Chance, who embarks on an Alaskan cruise planned by her recently deceased husband and must suddenly confront the truth about pivotal events that changed her life. It's described as a bighearted novel with an endearing heroine, a tale of acceptance, reexamination, and forgiveness.

This event is free and open to the public.

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DAVID AXELROD

Wednesday, September 30th

12:00 pm at the University Club

David Axelrod, President Obama's former advisor and chief-of-staff discusses Believer: My Forty Years in Politics, his bestselling memoir that takes readers behind the closed doors of politics.

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

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880.

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LIZ PICHON

Friday, October 2nd

4:30 pm at The Book Stall

 

Prize-winning British author/illustrator of the Tom Gates series, Liz Pinchon, will be here at The Book Stall to tell us about her beloved graphic storybook character, Tom Gates, a middle-school comedian, homework dodger, rock-star wannabe, and master doodler.

 

This event is free and open to the public.

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CORY FRANKLIN - Book Launch!!!

Saturday, October 3rd

3:00 pm at The Book Stall

 

We are so excited to welcome one of our favorite customers/local author, Dr. Cory Franklin, back to the store for the launch of his new book, Cook County ICU: 30 Years of Unforgettable Patients and Odd Cases.

 

Dr. Franklin, who headed Cook County Hospitals intensive care unit from the 1970's through the 1990's, tells stories of strange medical cases and some of the unforgettable patients he encountered throughout his career.

 

This event is free and open to the public.

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ROBERT REICH

Tuesday, October 6th

11:30 am at The Union League Club

 

Political economist and former US Treasury Secretary Robert Reich's book, Saving Capitalism: For the Many Not the Few will talk about how power and influence have created a new American oligarchy, a shrinking middle class, and the greatest income inequality and wealth disparity in 80 years - and what it will take to fix the American economic system.

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

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880 or go to https://eventbriterobertreich.eventbrite.com.

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CINDY CRAWFORD

Wednesday, October 7th

11:30 am at The Union League Club

 

The Book Stall along with Meaningful Beauty® celebrate Cindy Crawford and her new book Becoming at a luncheon at The Union League Club in Chicago.

International supermodel Cindy Crawford will introduce her richly illustrated memoir chronicling her life and career and will share stories and the important lessons she learned throughout her career.

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

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880 or go to https://cindycrawford.eventbrite.com.

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REBECCA MAKKAI

Wednesday, October 7th

7:00 pm at The Book Stall

Music for Wartime by Rebecca Makkai was named one of the must-read books of the summer by The Chicago Tribune, O Magazine, BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and The L Magazine.

Makkai’s first two novels, The Borrower and The Hundred-Year House, have established her as one of the freshest and most imaginative voices in fiction. Now, the award-winning writer, whose stories have appeared in four consecutive editions of The Best American Short Stories, returns with a highly anticipated collection bearing her signature mix of intelligence, wit, and heart.

Music for Wartime demonstrates Makkai’s extraordinary range as a storyteller, confirm her as a master of the short story form, and shows why she is one of our favorite authors!

This event is free and open to the public.

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JULIE MURPHY and CAMMIE McGOVERN

Thursday, October 8th

7:00 pm at Arlington Heights Memorial Library

Fans of A Fault in Our Stars, Eleanor and Park and other heart-tugging works of realistic fiction will definitely want to check out the work of Cammie McGovern and Julie Murphy. Both authors burst onto the scene in 2014 with their debut YA novels, Side Effects May Vary (Julie Murphy) and Say What You Will (Cammie McGovern), and received tons of critical acclaim and industry buzz. With their sophomore efforts, Julie and Cammie are poised to breakout, defying YA tropes and bringing two refreshing voices to the YA landscape. In Dumplin’, we meet Will, a self-proclaimed fat girl who has always been at home in her own skin. It's only when Will’s feelings for the cutest boy in school are reciprocated that her confidence is shaken. In a market where the definition of beauty is terribly narrow, Dumplin’ introduces an important voice to the teen audience, breaking the mold on every level. Cammie McGovern writes about situations and characters that are not often seen in teen fiction. In A Step Toward Falling, Cammie has once again created characters with memorable voices, especially Belinda, a character with developmental disabilities, who has a voice that rings true in such a genuine way that it shines through the page to capture the imagination and hearts of readers.

This event is recommended for teens in grades 7-12 and is free and open to the public but registration is requested by calling the library: 847.392.0100 .

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WIL HAYGOOD

Thursday, October 8th

7:00 pm at The Highland park Library

Thurgood Marshall brought down the separate-but-equal doctrine, integrated schools, and not only fought for human rights and human dignity but also made them impossible to deny in the courts and in the streets. Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America, the stunning new biography by award-winning author Wil Haygood, surpasses the emotional impact of his inspiring best seller The Butler to detail the life and career of one of the most transformative legal minds of the past one hundred years. Using the framework of the dramatic, contentious five-day Senate hearing to confirm Marshall as the first African-American Supreme Court justice, Haygood creates a provocative and moving look at Marshall’s life as well as the politicians, lawyers, activists, and others who shaped or desperately tried to stop the civil rights movement of the twentieth century.

This galvanizing book makes clear that it is impossible to overestimate Thurgood Marshall’s lasting influence on the racial politics of our nation.

This event is free and open to the public.

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AARON REYNOLDS

Friday, October 9th

4:30 pm at The Book Stall

 

Kids ages 4 - 8 should join us here at The Book Stall to welcome the amazing Aaron Reynolds - of Creepy Carrots fame - as he introduces us to his new book, Nerdy Birdy.

Nerdy Birdy likes reading, video games, and reading about video games, which immediately disqualifies him for membership in the cool crowd.

One thing is clear: being a nerdy birdy is a lonely lifestyle.

When he's at his lowest point, Nerdy Birdy meets a flock just like him. He has friends and discovers that there are far more nerdy birdies than cool birdies in the sky.

This event is free and open to the public.

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SHERRY TURKLE - A FAN Presentation!

Friday, October 9th

7:00 pm at Skokie School Auditorium, 620 Glendale, Winnetka

Renowned media scholar, Sherry Turkle, investigates how a flight from conversation undermines our relationships, creativity, and productivity and why reclaiming face-to-face conversation can help us regain lost ground. We live in a technological universe in which we are always communicating. And yet we have sacrificed conversation for mere connection.

Preeminent author and researcher Sherry Turkle has been studying digital culture for over thirty years. Long an enthusiast for its possibilities, in Reclaiming Conversation, she investigates a troubling consequence: at work, at home, in politics, and in love, we find ways around conversation, tempted by the possibilities of a text or an email in which we don t have to look, listen, or reveal ourselves.

Based on five years of research and interviews in homes, schools, and the workplace, Turkle argues that we have come to a better understanding of where our technology can and cannot take us and that the time is right to reclaim conversation which is the most human and humanizing thing that we do. The virtues of person-to-person conversation are timeless, and our most basic technology, talk, responds to our modern challenges. We have everything we need to start, we have each other.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Walter Isaacson

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Brooke Shields

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Gale Gand

Bryan Stevenson

Jodi Picoult

Maziar Bahari, Jon Stewart, & Clarence Page

Clarence Page

Yotam Ottolenghi

Nick Kristof

Alan Cumming

Steven Pinker

Kevin Emerson

Ken Burns

Nicky Hilton

Tavis Smiley

Paul Ryan

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