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UPCOMING EVENTS

                      

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 and can be purchased on line at::    www.eventbrite.com/e/nathaniel-philbrick-tickets

 or 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
Monday, 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

We're delighted to welcome gifted storyteller Allison Amend to the Book Stall for her new novel, Enchanted Islands.

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. 

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

We're thrilled to welcome back Alan Furst to discuss his new thriller, A Hero in France!

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. 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.

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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

 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

From the author of the Book Club favorite, Pictures of the Past, comes Protecting Paige, another compelling, multi-layered novel, ripe with the twists and turns of the best historical fiction.

At the novel's onset in 1962, twelve-year-old Paige Noble awakens in a hospital room in Chicago with no memory of the random act of gang violence that has left her injured and orphaned. From the very start Protecting Paige provides the reader with an engrossing plot that is sure to satisfy. This is a beautiful and moving story about a young girl's coming-of-age and a man's quest for a lost love.

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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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  PRINTER'S 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 noon luncheon. The program follows, hosted by Chicago Tribune writer Rick Kogan. Additional time will be available after lunch to continue discussions with authors and for them to sign 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. Call The Book Stall for reservations - 847446-8880.

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

"The Telling is a necessary book; hard at times, yes, often breathtakingly beautiful, and most importantly, I think, profoundly accessible. Childhood sexual abuse is a subject we hide from--it s too awful, too taboo--but here, Zolbrod gives us nuance and complexity, truth that pushes past the single story of victim and into this beautiful mess of a life. At times, I wanted to set the walls on fire. At times, I wanted to put down the book and hug my small son. At times, I was swept away in the narrative, an expertly woven structure of what a young girl lived and a grown woman understood. And always, the questions: when and how and who do you tell? Zolbrod is telling us. Let's listen."

--Megan Stielstra, author of Once I Was Cool

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

The world of student-athletes will be the focus on June 15th at the University Club. Indentured tells the dramatic story of a loose-knit group of rebels who decided to fight the hypocrisy of the NCAA, which speaks endlessly about the purity of its student-athletes while exploiting many of them. These unfortunates include those who get injured and drop out because their scholarships have been revoked, those who'll neither graduate nor go pro, and those who live in terror of accidentally violating some obscure rule in the 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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JULIE TIMMER
Untethered
Wednesday, June 15th
6:30 PM at The Book Stall

We are very excited to be hosting the exceptionally talented JULIE TIMMER (Five Days Left) who will be at the store with her new novel Untethered which sounds like another winner.

When Char Hawthorn's husband dies unexpectedly, she is left questioning much of what she once took for granted: from the cozy small town life they built together to her relationship with her stepdaughter. Untethered explores what bonds truly form a family and how, sometimes, love knows no bounds.

 

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

We are so excited to host the incredible best-selling author Adam Hochschild at the store for his latest book, Spain in our Hearts.

Hochschild has written a sweeping history of the Spanish Civil War, told through a dozen characters, including Ernest Hemingway and George Orwell: a tale of idealism, heartbreaking suffering, and a noble cause that failed For three crucial years in the 1930s, the Spanish Civil War dominated headlines in America and around the world, as volunteers flooded to Spain to help its democratic government fight off a fascist uprising led by Francisco Franco and aided by Hitler and Mussolini. Spain in Our Hearts is Adam Hochschild at his very best."
 

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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 book 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.' Listening to What Matters is an important contribution to understanding of the requirements for patient-centered care.

 

Cost for this event is $42.00   Call The Book Stall for reservations.          Please note: Dress code is business casual. Denim is not permitted. ******************************************************************

CYNTHIA D'APRIX SWEENEY
The Nest
Monday, June 20th
6:30 PM at The Book Store

 

We're so happy to host the author of one of our best-selling books!  We all love The Nest!

In this tender, entertaining, and deftly written debut, Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney brings a remarkable cast of characters to life to illuminate what money does to relationships, what happens to our ambitions over the course of time, and the fraught yet unbreakable ties we share with those we love."

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Alan Schwartz
Listening For What Matters
Friday, June 27th
12:00 PM at The University Club, 76 E. Monroe, Chicago

 

This fascinating book 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.' Listening to What Matters is an important contribution to understanding of the requirements for patient-centered care.

 

Cost for this event is $25.00   Call The Book Stall for reservations.          Please note: Dress code is business casual. Denim is not permitted.

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FRANK LUNTZ             THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
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. From restaurant booths to voting booths, Luntz has watched and assessed our private habits, our public interests, and our hopes and fears. 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.

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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