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UPCOMING EVENTS

                      

SLEEPY STORYTIME with LINDA BOOTH SWEENEY

Friday, April 17th

6:30 pm at The Book Stall

Put on your pajamas, grab your favorite stuffed friend and come over to The Book Stall for one of our magical Sleepy Storytimes with special guest author, Linda Booth Sweeney!

When wind chimes start singing and clouds race across the sky, one little guy knows just what to do - grab his kite! But as it soars, the wind picks up even more, and soon he and his grandma are chasing the runaway kite into town. As they pass swirling leaves, bobbing boats, and flapping scarves, breezes become gusts and the sky darkens. Rain is on the way! Can they squeeze in one more adventure before the downpour?

This event is free and open to the public.

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ROBERT GOLDSBOROUGH - Meet & Greet

Saturday, April 18th

11:00 am at The Book Stall

 

Stop by The Book Stall to meet former Chicago Tribune journalist Robert Goldsborough. He will be discussing his latest Nero Wolf mystery, Archie in the Crosshairs.

When Archie Goodwin's life is threatened, Wolfe must find the gunman or lose his right-hand man Archie Goodwin is chipper as he strolls home from his weekly poker game, money in his pocket and a smile on his lips. He has just reached Nero Wolfe's stately brownstone on West Thirty-Fifth Street when a sedan whips around the corner and two gunshots ring out, nearly hitting Goodwin. It is a warning, and the message is clear: The next bullet will not miss. Rotund investigator Nero Wolfe has made more than his fair share of enemies over the years, and it seems one of them has decided to strike, targeting Wolfe's indefatigable assistant. Some might run for cover, but Archie Goodwin is not the type. With the help of Wolfe's brainpower, Goodwin will find the man who wants him dead--unless the killer gets to Goodwin first.

 

This event is free and open to the public.

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TODD HASAK-LOWY - Book Release Party!

Sunday, April 19th

3:00 pm at The Book Stall

A heartfelt, humorous story of a teen boy's impulsive road trip after the shock of his lifetime--told entirely in lists!

Darren hasn't had an easy year.
There was his parents' divorce, which just so happened to come at the same time his older brother Nate left for college and his longtime best friend moved away. And of course there's the whole not having a girlfriend thing. Then one Thursday morning Darren's dad shows up at his house at 6 a.m. with a glazed chocolate doughnut and a revelation that turns Darren's world inside out. In full freak-out mode, Darren, in a totally un-Darren move, ditches school to go visit Nate. Barely twenty-four hours at Nate's school makes everything much better or much worse - Darren has no idea. It might somehow be both. All he knows for sure is that in addition to trying to figure out why none of his family members are who they used to be, he's now obsessed with a strangely amazing girl who showed up out of nowhere but then totally disappeared. Told entirely in lists, Todd Hasak-Lowy's debut YA novel perfectly captures why having anything to do with anyone, including yourself, is:

1. painful
2. unavoidable
3. ridiculously complicated
4. possibly, hopefully the right thing after all.

This event is free and open to the public.

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HANK PAULSON

Monday, April 20th

11:30 am at The Union League Club

 

In Dealing with China, former Treasury Secretary, Hank Paulson, talks about his new book that draws on his unprecedented access to modern China's political and business elite. He takes readers behind closed doors to witness the creation, evolution, and future of China's state-controlled capitalism. Mr. Paulson will be interviewed by Tom Brokaw at this event.

 

Note: The 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://eventbrite.com/event/16036970009/

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KIMBERLY WILLIS HOLT

Monday, April 20th

4:30 pm at The Book Stall

 

Join us to welcome Kimberly Willis Holt to the store. Her third book, When Zachary Beaver Came to Town, won a National Book Award for Young People's Literature. Her new novel, Dear Hank Williams, is set in 1948, when Tate P. Ellerbee begins writing letters to her hero, the rising country star, Hank Williams.

 

This event is free and open to the public.

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LISA BARR

Monday, April 20th

7:00 pm at Max & Benny's, 461 Waukegan Road, Northbrook

 

International journalist and Chicago author Lisa Barr talks about her historical fiction thriller, Fugitive Colors, about stolen art, love, lust, and revenge on the eve of World War II.

 

For reservations, please go to: http://www.maxandbennys.com/jewish-author-literary-series.html

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MELISSA ANN PINNEY & ANN PATCHETT

Wednesday, April 22nd

11:30 am at The Union League Club

 

Award-winning photographer, Melissa Pinney, has assembled a collection of thought provoking photographs that contemplate the essence of duality in our relationships and in the world surrounding us. Bestselling author and Melissa Pinney friend, Ann Patchett, has written the introduction and edited contributions from some of the country's leading authors. Join us to hear Pinney and Patchett tell the book's story.

 

Note: The 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: http://bookstallpinneypatchett.eventbrite.com

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SUSIE CALKINS - In Conversation with Renee Rosen

Thursday, April 23rd

7:00 pm at The Book Stall

 

Local author, Susie Calkins, talks about her latest novel, The Masque of a Murderer. It's a tightly plotted mystery set in 17th century England and is full of rich historical details. She will be interviewed by another local author, Renee Rosen, author of What the Lady Wants and Dollface.

 

This event is free and open to the public.

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GREGORY KRAMER - A FAN Presentation

Thursday, April 23rd

7:00 pm at New Trier West, Cornog Auditorium

 

Gregory Kramer, the founder and guiding teacher of Metta Programs, speaks on the subject of mindfulness. This program, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a day-long retreat on Friday, April 24th, and a non-residential retreat on Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26.

 

For more information please go to: http://www.familyactionnetwork.net

 

The event at New Trier is free and open to the public.

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DAVID LASKIN

Thursday, April 23rd

7:00 pm at Congregation Solel, 1301 Clavey Rd., Highland Park

 

In his latest book, The Family, David Laskin tells the story of one extraordinary Jewish Family - that of his ancestors - that originated in a yeshiva town at the western fringe of the Russian empire and eventually traveled three very different roads: one branch immigrated to America and founded the Maidenform Bra Company, another went to Paestine as pioneers, and a third remained in Europe and suffered the onslaught of Nazi occupation.

 

This event is free and open to the public.

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JOYCE ZEISS

Saturday, April 25th

2:30 pm at The Book Stall

 

This young adult novel tells the story of a young Vietnamese girl of Chinese descent who is torn from a life of privilege and forced to flee her country after the fall of South Vietnam. Its publication coincides with the 40th Anniversary of the fall of Saigon. Join us here at The Book Stall to meet the author, Joyce Zeiss, and hear more about this amazing book.

 

This event is free and open to the public.

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JANE SMILEY - One Book Everybody Reads!

Sunday, April 26th

2:00 pm at Wilmette Junior High School

 

The Wilmette Public Library hosts bestselling author, Jane Smiley, for a discussion of her novel, Some Luck, the library's 2015 "One Book Everybody Reads" choice and the first book in a trilogy. We'll also be selling copies of her next book, Early Warning, two days ahead of its national release on Tuesday, April 28th.

 

For a complete list of the many related "One Book" activities, go to: http://www.wilmette.lib.il.us

 

This event is free and open to the public.

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JENNIFER TEEGE

Monday, April 27th

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

 

In My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family's Nazi Past, author Jennifer Teege tells her story - that of a German-Nigerian woman who learns that her biological grandfather was the brutal Nazi commandant depicted in "Schindler's List."

 

This event is free and open to the public.

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JACK and SUZY WELCH

Tuesday, April 28th

11:30 am at The Union League Club

 

The bestselling authors of Winning talk about their latest book - a guide for everyone in business today - and tomorrow - that explores challenges related to creating winning strategies, leading and managing others, and building a thriving career.

 

Note: The 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: http://bookstalljackandsuzywelch.eventbrite.com

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DENNIS DOWNES

Tuesday, April 28th

12:00 pm at the University Club

 

Painter and sculptor, Dennis Downes, tells the story of his book, based on a 30-year study of the trees that were shaped into a specific form by man to be easily recognized and used to aid in land and/or water navigation and to mark significant Native American sites.

 

Note: The 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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EPIC READS PIZZA PARTY

Tuesday, April 28th

5:00 pm at The Book Stall

 

We are so excited to welcome 3 HarperCollins young adult authors Susane Colasanti (City Love), Katie Cotungo (99 Days) and Maria Dahvana Headly (Magonia) to The Book Stall for pizza and prizes.

 

The event is recommended for ages 13 and up is free but we ask you to call and make a reservation because space is limited. Please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880.

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COKIE ROBERTS

Wednesday, April 29th

11:30 am at The Union League Club

 

Capital Dames, the companion to Cokie Roberts bestsellers Founding Mothers and Ladies of Liberty, marks the sesquicentennial of the Civil War by offering a look at Washington, D.C. and the experiences, influence, and contributions of its women during that momentous period of American history.

 

Note: The 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: http://bookstallcokieroberts.eventbrite.com

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CHRISTINE BADER - A Chicago Council Event

Wednesday, April 29th

5:30 pm at The Chicago Council, 332 S Michigan Ave, Chicago

 

What obligation do corporations have to society? According to traditional capitalist thinkers like Milton Friedman, the simple answer is none. A company’s sole responsibility is to increase profits – a view at odds with today’s focus on sustainable and socially-responsible business practices. As corporate giants like Google, Patagonia, and Target move to include social responsibility as a core value, how are the benefits to both their bottom line and public image changing the relationship between business and society?

 

For reservations, please go to: http://www.thechicagocouncil.org/events

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ANGELA STENT - A Chicago Council Event

Wednesday, April 29th

5:30 pm at The Standard Club

 

Since the onset of the Ukraine crisis, US public opinion of Russia has reached lows not seen since the Cold War, according to polling by The Chicago Council. Despite a thawing of relations after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and President Obama’s attempted “reset,” successive US administrations have struggled to forge a productive partnership with Moscow. Is President Putin’s anti-US stance a domestic political ploy, or pure realpolitik? Did US and European policy, particularly the expansion of NATO, contribute to the current tensions? Join The Chicago Council and Angela Stent for an exploration of how history, ideology, and personality have shaped the US and Russia’s post-Cold War relations.

 

For reservations, please go to: http://www.thechicagocouncil.org/events

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DR. TRACI MANN

Thursday, April 29th

7:00 pm at The Book Stall

 

Dr. Traci Mann, a professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota and one of the nation's leading researchers in self-control and the psychology of weight loss, offers proven strategies for sustainable weight loss.

 

This event is free and open to the public.

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ANDREW COHEN - Two Events!

Friday, May 1st

11:30 am at The Union League Club and

 

Saturday, May 2nd

10:00 am at The Book Stall

 

In his new book Two Days in June: John F. Kennedy and the Two Days That Make History, Andrew Cohen delves into two speeches that were made by JFK in June, 1963, when the President spoke boldly of the two greatest issues of his time: nuclear arms and civil rights

 

Note: The dress code for this event is business casual. Denim is not permitted.

 

For reservations to the luncheon, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880. Or go to: http://bookstallandrewcohen.eventbrite.com

The event at the store is free and open to the public.

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INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY!!!

Saturday, May 2nd

All Day at The Book Stall

On Saturday, May 2, independent bookstores across the Chicago area will be offering special activities and events. We at The Book Stall have decided to celebrate you, our customers, who are the key to our success. So, we are planning a party! Saturday morning at 10 am, Andrew Cohen will discuss his new book, Two Days in June about John F. Kennedy. In the afternoon, we have nationally known local authors coming to help as “guest booksellers.” Barb Mahany (Slowing Time), Rebecca Makkai (The Borrowers and The Hundred-Year House), Renee Rosen (Dollface and What the Lady Wants), and others will be on hand to chat about their own books and talk about some of their favorite titles. Mitch Rogatz, publisher of Triumph Books will be on hand to talk about some of his favorite sports books. We’ll also be raffling off new hardcovers, giving away Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs), offering extra discounts throughout the day, and promoting special merchandise to commemorate the occasion. Our kids’ department is also planning some great activities that day.

 

This event is free and open to the public.

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Photos From Recent Events

Walter Isaacson

Chris Chelios

Brooke Shields

Anjelica Huston

Fabio Viviani

Michael Pitre

Ellen Sussman

Barbara Mahany

Renee Rosen and Rebecca Makkai

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

Joan Rivers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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