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UPCOMING EVENTS

                      

NATALIE RICHARDS

Friday, May 29th

7:00 pm at Skokie Public Library,

When high school senior Piper Woods finds a notebook with mutilated photographs and a list of student sins, she is sure the book is too gruesome to be true, but when a student from the list dies, and although everyone thinks it is a suicide, she suspects something much worse, and her fears are confirmed when she receives an anonymous text daring her to make things right. Join us to hear Natalie Richards discuss and sign her latest book, Gone Too Far.

 

This event is free and open to the public.

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SHEILA NIELSEN

Sunday, May 31st

2:00 pm at The Book Stall

In her new book, Job Quest: How to Become the Insider Who Gets Hired, local resident Sheila Nielsen, illuminates the often murky experience that is a relationship-building job search by breaking the process down into a series of concrete, easy-to-follow steps. Her advice is direct, practical, and wise, based on over 25 years of professional counseling experience. Job seekers in all stages of their careers will benefit from reading this book.

 

This event is free and open to the public.

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DANA PERINO

Monday, June 1st

11:30 am at The Union League Club

From her years as a presidential press secretary to her debates with colleagues on Fox News' The Five, Dana Perino reveals the lessons she's learned that have guided her through life, including stories from behind the scenes at the White House with President George W. Bush that the cameras never captured.

Please note: The dress code for the event is business casual. Denim is not permitted.

 

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880

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GENERAL STANLEY McCHRYSTAL

Wednesday, June 3rd

11:30 am at The Union League Club

 

General McChrystal, former commander of all US and international forces in Afghanistan and before that commander of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), speaks about his new book Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World. In it he shows how any organization can make the same transition to act like a team of teams - where small groups combine the freedom to experiment with a relentless drive to share their experience.

 

Please note: The dress code for the event is business casual. Denim is not permitted.

 

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880

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MARY MORRIS - Cosponsored by the Glencoe Public Library!

Wednesday, June 3rd

7:00 pm at The Book Stall

In the midst of boomtown Chicago, two Jewish families have suffered terrible blows. The Lehrmans, who run a small hat factory, lost their beloved son Harold in a blizzard. The Chimbrovas, who run a saloon, lost three of their boys on the SS Eastland when it sank in 1915. Each family holds out hope that one of their remaining children will rise to carry on the family business. But Benny Lehrman has no interest in making hats. His true passion is piano - especially jazz. At night he sneaks down to the South Side, slipping into predominantly black clubs to hear jazz groups play. One night he is called out and asked to sit in on a group. His playing is first-rate, and the other musicians are impressed.

This event is free and open to the public.

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PORTER ERISMAN

Thursday, June 4th

12:00 pm at the University Club

In his book Alibaba’s World: How a Remarkable Chinese Company Is Changing the Face of Global Business Porter Erisman, one of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba’s first western employees and head of the company’s international marketing from 2000 to 2008, analyzes Alibaba's role as a pioneer of the new global business landscape - with its focus on the East rather than the West, emerging markets over developed ones, and the nimble entrepreneur over the industry titan.

Please note: The dress code for the event is business casual. Denim is not permitted.

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880

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GERALD POSNER & GARY WILLS

A Chicago Council on Global Affairs Event!

Thursday, June 4th

5:30 pm at Renaissance Blackstone, 636 S. Michigan, Chicago

Gerald Posner and Gary Wills speak on the topic “Pope Francis and the Vatican: Legacy and Limits of Reform.” God’s Bankers by Gerald Posner shows how the Vatican has evolved from a foundation of faith to a corporation of extreme wealth and power. And The Future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis, the new book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Wills, describes the changes taking place in the church and asks the question: Will - and should - Pope Francis embrace change?

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

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MIMI SHERATON

Thursday, June 4th

6:30 pm at The Book Stall

 

Calling all Foodies!!!

 

Come in to meet the grand dame of food journalism Mimi Sheraton, the award-winning cookbook author and former New York Times food critic.  She'll be talking about 1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die: A Food Lover's Life List. It's an informative, conversation-provoking, and mouthwatering guide to the world's best food, selected from outstanding cuisines everywhere.

 

This event is free and open to the public.

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PRINTERS ROW LIT FEST KICK-OFF LUNCHEON

Friday, June 5th

11:00 am - 2:00 pm at The Union League Club

Here’s an opportunity to attend the official kick-off to the Printers Row Lit Fest with some incredible writers. Authors and book lovers alike can mingle over cocktails and/or coffee to discuss their latest works and to sign books. Authors will join attendees at their tables for the luncheon service, followed by a program hosted by Chicago Tribune writer Rick Kogan. Additional time will then be available for more discussions with authors and for them to sign books.

Confirmed authors are: Elizabeth Alexander, Stacey Ballis, Elizabeth Berg, Heather Cocks, Joel Daly, Kenneth Davis, Nelson, DeMille, Jonathan Eig, Clark Elliott, Jonathan Fehribach, Jamie Freveletti, George Hodgman, T. Geronimo Johnson, Julia Keller, John Landecker, Rebecca Makkai, Marja Mills, Jessica Morgan, Mary Morris, Clarence Page, Allison Pataki. Mimi Sheraton, Christine Sneed, and Garry Wills.

Please note: The dress code for the event is business casual. Denim is not permitted.

 

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880

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ADAM BRAY

Friday, June 5th

6:30 pm at The Book Stall

 

Join Star Wars expert Adam Bray as he discusses and signs copies of Ultimate Star Wars. With prizes and giveaways, and Star Wars activities, this is an event that young fans in particular won't want to miss. Ultimate Star Wars is the ideal resource for fans seeking to brush up on their Star Wars knowledge, and offers a wealth of information and images for a new generation eager to embark on a long journey to a galaxy far, far away.

 

Recommended for ages 6 and up.

This event is free and open to the public.

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CAMP READS PARTY!

Tuesday, June 9th

4:00 pm at The Book Stall

 

Join us for our Camp Reads Party! Win prizes, have summery snacks, and discover the perfect paperback book to take with you to camp or on vacation.

 

Recommended for ages 8-12.

This event is free and open to the public.

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MATTHEW THOMAS

Tuesday, June 9th

6:30 pm at The Book Stall

We are delighted to host Matthew Thomas at the store, the author of We Are Not Ourselves, one of last year’s most acclaimed novels, just out in paperback. It’s the multigenerational story of an Irish-American family who embrace the American Dream. When an inescapable darkness enters their lives, they try desperately to hold together a semblance of the reality they have known and to preserve, against long odds, an idea they have cherished of the future.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Carla Knorowski, PhD

Wednesday, June 10th

12:00 pm at the University Club

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library (Foundation) challenged presidents, judges, historians, filmmakers, poets, actors, and others to craft 272 words of their own to celebrate Lincoln, the Gettysburg Address, or a related topic that stirs their passions ... Gettysburg Replies by Dr. Carla Knorowski features images of important Lincoln documents and artifacts, including the first copy of the address that Lincoln wrote out after delivering it, the program from the cemetery dedication, Lincoln's presidential seal, and more.

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880

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SAUL BELLOW CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION

Wednesday, June 10th

6:00 pm at The Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Ctr.

 

Chicago authors Scott Turow and Eugene Kennedy will speak about Saul Bellow's legacy and Vitalist Theater will perform selections from Joanne Koch's adaptation of Bellow's "The Silver Dish" and some of his other work.

 

This event is free and open to the public.

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JUDITH FERTIG - A Women's Exchange event!

Thursday, June 11th

6:30 pm at the Women's Exchange, 630 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka

Award-winning cookbook author Judith Fertig talks about her debut novel, the story of a pastry chef who can “taste” feelings and customize her creations to help a person celebrate love, overcome fear, and even mourn a loss. Joining her will be Peggy Wolff, author of Fried Walleye & Cherry Pie: Midwestern Writers on Food.

For reservations, please go to: http://www.womens-exchange.org

or call 847.441.3406

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ALI WENTWORTH - Two Events!

Tuesday, June 16th

11:30 am at The Union League Club

 

and

 

A Benefit for The North Shore Women's Board of

the American Cancer Society

Tuesday, June 16th

6:30 pm at Westmoreland Country Club

Ali Wentworth made a name for herself on the comedy show In Living Color, and has appeared on such television shows as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno; Seinfeld (playing Schmoopie in the "Soup Nazi" episode); Head Case (which she created, wrote, and executive produced); and The Oprah Winfrey Show, for which she was a correspondent. Her film credits include Jerry Maguire, The Real Blonde, Office Space, and It's Complicated. Her first book is the New York Times bestseller Ali in Wonderland. A native of Washington, D.C., Wentworth lives in New York City with her husband, George Stephanopoulos, and their two girls.

Please note: The dress code for the event at The Union League Club is business casual. Denim is not permitted.

For reservations to the event at The Union League Club, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880.

To reserve your spot to the American Cancer Society benefit, please go to:

http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/CommunityFundraisingPages

/CFPFY10Illinois?pg=entry&fr_id=70495

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LEE CHILD - A Wilmette Public Library Event!

Wednesday, June 17th

7:00 pm at Wilmette Junior High, 620 Locust Road, Wilmette

Bestselling thriller writer Lee Child will discuss his creative process and his experiences as a writer in a program sponsored by the Wilmette Public Library. Books in his Jack Reacher series about a former American military policeman who wanders the U.S. have been international hits, including the latest, Personal, which was a #1 bestseller in all English language countries. His new Reacher novel, Make Me, is due in September.

This event is free and open to the public.

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MARTHA BROCKENBROUGH & LAURA RUBY

Wednesday, June 17th

7:00 pm at The Book Stall

 

Sit in on a conversation between Young Adult writers Martha Brockenbrough (The Game of Love and Death), and Laura Ruby (Bone Gap, Good Girls) as they talk about the joys, aggravations and work of being a published author.

 

Recommended for ages 12 and up and is being co-sponsored by SCBWI! This event is free and open to the public.

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LLAMA LLAMA PAJAMA PROGRAM!

Thursday, June 18th

6:30 pm at The Book Stall

 

All attendees should bring one pair of new, fresh, clean pajamas to donate to the Pajama Program, an organization that provides a warm and clean bedtime to children in need. For every pair of PJs we collect, Penguin Books will donate a book to the program. We'll listen to Llama Llama stories, participate in Llama themed activities, and enjoy a bedtime snack!

 

If you can't donate a pair of pajamas, please consider bringing $5.00 to donate to the pajama program.

 

This event is recommended for ages 3-6 and is free and open to the public.

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MADELEINE PLONSKER

Friday, June 19th

6:30 pm at The Book Stall

Art collector and philanthropist Madeleine Plonsker presents her bilingual book of images by Cuban photographers that she has collected over the years. Published by the Lake Forest Press, the book is the first North American publication with support from the Cuban Ministry of Culture and Fototeca de Cuba, Cuba’s repository of photography comparable in function to the Smithsonian Photography Department in Washington, D.C. Come and see some of the actual works featured in Madeleine’s gorgeous book.

This event is free and open to the public.

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JAMI ATTENBERG - North Shore Jewish Author Literary Series event!

Monday, June 22nd

7:00 pm at Max & Benny's, 462 Waukegan Road, Northbrook

Brooklyn author Jami Attenberg discusses her brand-new novel Saint Mazie, the story of a high-spirited New York City proprietress of a movie theater whose diary, discovered 90 years after she began it, fills in mysterious blanks in her adventurous life.

This event is free and open to the public.

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ROBERT KURSON - Two Events!

Tuesday, June 23rd

12:00 pm at the University Club and,

 

6:30 pm at Sheridan Shore Yacht Club, 20 Harbor Dr., Wilmette

Chicago writer Robert Kurson, author of the bestseller Shadow Divers, tells us about his new book, Pirate Hunters, an historical thriller and true story of two men who were willing to risk everything to find the Golden Fleece, the lost ship of the infamous pirate Jospeh Bannister. Says Lee Child (see June 17) of the book: “A great thriller full of tough guys and long odds . . . and: It’s all true.”

Please note: The dress code for the event at the University Club is business casual. Denim is not permitted.

For reservations to the University Club event, please call: 847.446.8880

The Sheridan Shore Yacht Club event is free & open to the public.

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IAN BREMMER - A Chicago Council event!

Tuesday, June 23th

5:30 pm at The Union League Club

In Superpower: Three Choices for America’s Role in the World Ian Bremmer, president and founder of Eurasia Group and Foreign Affairs Columnist at Time, discusses three choices for America’s role in tomorrow’s world - that of an “independent America” renouncing its responsibility as the global problem-solver, a “moneyball America” defending only its strategic interests, or an “indispensable” America deepening its existing international commitments.

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

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ROCKET WRITES A STORY!!!

Wednesday, June 24th

2:00 pm at The Book Stall

 

In this workshop we will write some stories based on what Rocket learns from Bird. Help create a story tree, and leave with some stories of your own.

 

This event is recommended for kids who are beginning readers. A $5.00 gift card purchase per child is required for this event.

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HANK PAULSON - A Chicago Council event!

Wednesday, June 24th

5:30 pm at The Standard Club

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson describes his unprecedented access to modern China’s political and business elite and how he has witnessed the creation, evolution, and future of China’s state-controlled capitalism.

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

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MARY ALICE MONROE

Wednesday, June 24th

6:30 pm at The Book Stall

We welcome back Mary Alice Monroe — and her family — for a talk and signing celebrating the release of her new book The Summer’s End, the powerful and heartwarming conclusion to her bestselling Low country Summer trilogy, set in the sultry beauty of Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina. Wine and appetizers will be served.

This event is free and open to the public.

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JASON MATTHEWS

Thursday, June 25th

12:00 pm at the University Club

Retired CIA agent and bestselling author Jason Matthews speaks about his new US - Russia spy novel Palace of Treason, a deeply informed tale about the high-stakes spy game being waged between the U.S. and Russia today. Matthews is the author of Red Sparrow.

Please note: The dress code for the event is business casual. Denim is not permitted.

 

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880

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ANDREW KNAPP and MOMO!!!

Thursday, June 25th

6:30 pm at The Book Stall

Here’s your one-and-only Chicago-area opportunity to meet the Instagram superstar Momo, the black-and-white, brown-eyed Border collie who plays hide-and-seek in his buddy Andrew Knapp’s books Find Momo and the brand-new Find Momo, Coast to Coast. In it, readers will look for Momo hiding in Grand Central Station, in front of the White House, in New Orleans’ French Quarter and elsewhere.

This event is free and open to the public.

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CANDACE BUSHNELL

Friday, June 26th

6:30 pm at The Book Stall

We are thrilled to welcome Candace Bushnell to The Book Stall!

The internationally bestselling author of Sex and the City, Lipstick Jungle, and The Carrie Diaries discusses her highly anticipated new novel, Killing Monica. In it, she spoofs and skewers her way through pop culture, celebrity worship, fame, and the meaning of identity. With her trademark humor and style, it’s being called Bushnell's sharpest, funniest book to date.

This event is free and open to the public.

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MAGGIE MESSITT

Saturday, June 27th

3:00 pm at The Book Stall

Immersion journalist Maggie Messitt, who focuses on complex issues through the lens of everyday life, discusses her new book, The Rainy Season. A work of engaging literary journalism, it introduces readers to the remote bushveld community of Rooiboklaagte and opens a window into the beautifully complicated reality of daily life in South Africa.

This event is free and open to the public.

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ELIZABETH BERG

Tuesday, June 30th

12:00 pm at the University Club

Bestselling author Elizabeth Berg talks about The Dream Lover, her latest book, a historical novel based on the 19th century writer George Sand, a story set in 19th century France, about the loves, passions, and fierce struggles of a woman who defied the confines of society.

Please note: The dress code for the event is business casual. Denim is not permitted.

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880

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BEST OF THE BOOK STALL STORYTIME!

Tuesday, June 30th

4:00 pm at The Book Stall

 

Join us at this special event and listen to some of our best new picture books, participate in related activities, and enjoy a healthy afternoon snack.

 

This event is recommended for kids ages 3-6. A $5.00 gift card purchase per child is required for this event.

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PAPER AIRPLANE WORKSHOP

Thursday, July 9th

4:00 pm at The Book Stall

Learn how to make stunt flyers and long distance haulers in our Paper Airplane Workshop. Participants will create several different paper airplanes, and practice launching them. A healthy afternoon snack and all materials will be provided.

This event is recommended for kids ages 7-9. A $5.00 gift card purchase per child is required for this event.

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JOY PREBLE & T.M. GOEGLEIN

Saturday, July 11th

2:00 pm at The Book Stall

 

Join YA authors Joy Preble (Finding Paris) and T.M. Goeglein (The Cold Fury trilogy) as they talk about their work: how they write, and what went into the making of their latest books.

 

 

This event is recommended for ages 12 to adult and is free and open to the public.

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TODD HASAK-LOWY - "How to Read Like a Writer" Event!

Sunday, July 12th

4:00 pm at the Evanston Public Library

Join writer Todd Hasak-Lowy (Me Being Me is Exactly As Insane As You Being You) in an interactive discussion about the relationship between active reading and creative writing. Todd will also answer questions and sign books.

This event is recommended for ages 12 and up and is free and open to the public. Space may be limited so please call the store to reserve your spot: 847.446.8880.

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PETER SLEVIN

Tuesday, July 14th

12:00 pm at the University Club

 

Meet Peter Slevin, a former Washington Post reporter and now professor at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, and hear him discuss his biography of First Lady Michelle Obama, following her to the White House her from her working-class childhood on Chicago’s South Side.

Please note: The dress code for the event is business casual. Denim is not permitted.

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880

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FANCY NANCY CUPCAKE EXTRAVAGANZA!!!

Tuesday, July 14th

3:00 pm at The Book Stall

Come to our Fancy Nancy Super-Elegant Cupcake Extravaganza! Listen to Fancy Nancy stories, work on writing your own extra-fancy tale, and then decorate a super-special cupcake as we celebrate our favorite erudite picture-book character.

This event is recommended for kids ages 6-8. Fancy dress is requested but not required. A $5.00 gift card purchase per child is required for this event. Please call the store to reserve your spot: 847.446.8880 (we need to know how many cupcakes to bake).

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DON'T TELL THE PIGEON ABOUT THIS PARTY!!!

Thursday, July 16th

4:00 pm at The Book Stall

Join us for a celebration of Mo Willem's beloved Pigeon character. We'll read Pigeon stories, participate in book related activities, and peck at some popcorn.

This event is recommended for kids ages 4-7. A $5.00 gift card purchase per child is required for this event.

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MADELEINE PLONSKER

Friday, July 21st

12:00 pm at the University Club

 

Art collector and philanthropist Madeleine Plonsker presents her bilingual book of images by Cuban photographers that she has collected over the years. Published by the Lake Forest Press, the book is the first North American publication with support from the Cuban Ministry of Culture and Fototeca de Cuba, Cuba’s repository of photography comparable in function to the Smithsonian Photography Department in Washington, D.C. Come and see some of the actual works featured in Madeleine’s gorgeous book.

Please note: The dress code for the event is business casual. Denim is not permitted.

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880

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RENEE ROSEN

Tuesday, July 28th

12:00 pm at the University Club

Ms. Rosen discusses her bestselling novel, What The Lady Wants, about visionary retail tycoon Marshall Field and a love affair that stood through an age of devastation and opportunity, when an adolescent Chicago was transformed into the gleaming White City of the Chicago’s World’s Fair of 1893.

Please note: The dress code for the event is business casual. Denim is not permitted.

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880

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KEVIN O'BRIEN

Thursday, August 6th

6:30 pm at The Book Stall

We welcome back bestselling author and longtime Book Stall friend Kevin O’Brien for a talk about his latest thriller, No One Needs to Know. It’s the story of the murder of an actress and her family in a rented Seattle mansion in 1970 and the cursed on-location shooting of a film about the slaying decades later.

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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