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Children's Book Club

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

                      

SHANNON & DEAN HALE

Friday, October 24th

4:30 pm at The Book Stall

Who says princesses don't wear black? When trouble raises its blue monster head, Princess Magnolia ditches her flouncy dresses and becomes the Princess in Black!

From award-winning writing team of Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrator LeUyen Pham, The Princess in Black is the first in a humorous and action-packed chapter book series for young readers who like their princesses not only prim and perfect, but also dressed in black.

This event is free and open to the public.

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DEBBIE MILLER

Saturday, October 25th

2:00 pm at The Book Stall

Debbie S. Miller is the author of several picture books including A Woolly Mammoth Journey, A Caribou Journey, and A Polar Bear Journey.

Chinook, a female king salmon takes a dramatic trip of two thousand miles to safely deliver her eggs. From the Bering Sea, up the Yukon River, and on to the Nisutlin River, A King Salmon Journey takes young readers on a ride through the waters of Alaska and Canada, bringing to life the biology of this incredible fish.

Grizzly Bears of Alaska is an amazing picture book about Alaska's grizzly bears that describes bears, cubs, habitat, hibernation, diet, and how far they will roam.

This event is free and open to the public.

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MARY BARR - Two Events:

 

Saturday, October 25th

3:30 pm at the Evanston Public Library and,

 

Sunday, October 26th

2:00 at Wilmette Historical Museum, 609 Ridge Rd., Wilmette

In Friends Disappear, Mary Barr goes back to her old neighborhood and pieces together a history of Evanston with a particular emphasis on its neighborhoods, its schools, and its work life. She finds that there is a detrimental myth of integration surrounding Evanston despite bountiful evidence of actual segregation, both in the archives and from the life stories of her subjects. Curiously, the city’s own desegregation plan is partly to blame. The initiative called for the redistribution of students from an all-black elementary school to institutions situated in white neighborhoods.  That, however, required busing, and between the tensions it generated and obvious markers of class difference, the racial divide, far from being closed, was widened.  Friends Disappear highlights how racial divides limited the life chances of blacks while providing opportunities for whites, and offers an insider’s perspective on the social practices that doled out benefits and penalties based on race - despite attempts to integrate.

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SEAN BROCK

Monday, October 27th

11:30 pm at The Standard Club

Sean Brock is the chef behind the game-changing restaurants Husk and McCrady's, and Heritage, his first book, offers all of his inspired recipes. With a drive to preserve the heritage foods of the South, Brock cooks dishes that are ingredient-driven and reinterpret the flavors of his youth in Appalachia and his adopted hometown of Charleston. The recipes include all the comfort food (think food to eat at home) and high-end restaurant food (fancier dishes when there s more time to cook) for which he has become so well-known. Brock s interpretation of Southern favorites like Pickled Shrimp, Hoppin’ John, and Chocolate Alabama Stack Cake sit alongside recipes for Crispy Pig Ear Lettuce Wraps, Slow-Cooked Pork Shoulder with Tomato Gravy, and Baked Sea Island Red Peas. This is a very personal book, with head notes that explain Brock s background and give context to his food and essays in which he shares his admiration for the purveyors and ingredients he cherishes.

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880.

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A.J. BAIME

Monday, October 27th

7:00 pm at The Book Stall

A dramatic, intimate narrative of how Ford Motor Company went from making automobiles to producing the airplanes that would mean the difference between winning and losing World War II. In 1941, as Hitler's threat loomed ever larger, President Roosevelt realized he needed weaponry to fight the Nazis -most important, airplanes - and he needed them fast. So he turned to Detroit and the auto industry for help. In The Arsenal of Democracy, A. J. Baime tells the incredible story of how Detroit answered the call, centering on Henry Ford and his tortured son Edsel, who, when asked if they could deliver 50,000 airplanes, made an outrageous claim: Ford Motor Company would erect a plant that could yield a "bomber an hour." Critics scoffed: Ford didn't make planes; they made simple, affordable cars. But bucking his father's resistance, Edsel charged ahead. Ford would apply assembly-line production to the American military's largest, fastest, most destructive bomber; they would build a plant vast in size and ambition on a plot of farmland and call it Willow Run; they would bring in tens of thousands of workers from across the country, transforming Detroit, almost overnight, from Motor City to the "great arsenal of democracy." And eventually they would help the Allies win the war. Drawing on exhaustive research from the Ford Archives, the National Archives, and the FDR Library, A. J. Baime has crafted an enthralling, character-driven narrative of American innovation that has never been fully told, leaving readers with a vivid new portrait of America - and Detroit - during the war.

This event is free and open to the public.

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JODI PICOULT

Tuesday, October 28th

12:00 pm at The Union League Club

Throughout her blockbuster career, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult has seamlessly blended nuanced characters, riveting plots, and rich prose, brilliantly creating stories that "not only provoke the mind but touch the flawed souls in all of us" (The Boston Globe). Now, in Leaving Time, her highly anticipated new novel, she has delivered her most affecting work yet - a book unlike anything she's written before.

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880.

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ROBIE HARRIS

Tuesday, October 28th

4:00 pm at The Book Stall

Gus, Nellie, and baby Jake can't wait to go on a picnic! Funny, accessible illustrations and matter-of-fact text combine to show young children how food fuels their bodies and help them see how healthy eating and drinking, and being active, can make them feel their best for a day full of fun.

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FRANCIS FUKUYAMA - A Chicago Council Event

Tuesday, October 28th

5:30 pm at Venue TBD

In Political Order and Political Decay, Francis Fukuyama takes up the essential question of how societies develop strong, impersonal, and accountable political institutions and follows the story from the French Revolution to the so-called Arab Spring and the deep dysfunctions of contemporary American politics. He examines the effects of corruption on governance, and why some societies have been successful at rooting it out. He explores the different legacies of colonialism in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, and offers a clear-eyed account of why some regions have thrived and developed more quickly than others. And he boldly reckons with the future of democracy in the face of a rising global middle class and entrenched political paralysis in the West. Political Order and Political Decay is a sweeping, masterful account of the struggle to create a well-functioning modern state and is destined to be a classic.

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

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LARRY KANFER

Wednesday, October 29th

12:00 pm at the University Club of Chicago

 

Opening Chicagoscapes places the reader amid the breathtaking grandeur and warm humanity of one of the world's great cities, a metropolis both lavish with its pleasures and as hard as weathered steel, a prairie-bound Oz that demands commitment from those seeking its truths. Larry Kanfer and native Chicagoan Alaina Kanfer have captured authentic moments that invite the viewer into pocket universes achieved in collaboration between an acclaimed photographic artist and the living world. From the deep blues of Lake Michigan to imposing winter cityscapes, from awe-inspiring skyscrapers to corner hot dog joints, and from the lakefront chess obsessives to Maxwell Street's indefatigable vendors, Larry Kanfer brings the mesmerizing sensibility acclaimed in his collections Prairiescapes and On Firm Ground to illuminate the subtleties of mood and forces of nature that make Chicago a city unlike any other.
 

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880.

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EILEEN CHRISTELOW

Wednesday, October 29th

4:00 pm at The Book Stall

Celebrate 25 years of marvelous monkey business with this special edition of a children's classic and best of all... you'll get to do it with the author herself!!! Eileen Christelow is joining us to read from and sign her incredible books. Plus, you'll get to check out the other Halloween themed Five Little Monkeys books.

Join us here at The Book Stall for this incredibly special event!

 

This event is free and open to the public.

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NAOMI KLEIN - A Chicago Council on Global Affairs Event

Wednesday, October 29th

5:30 pm at The Drake Hotel

This Changes Everything is the most important book yet from Naomi Klein, the author of the international bestseller The Shock Doctrine. It’s a brilliant explanation of why the climate crisis challenges us to abandon the core "free market" ideology of our time, restructure the global economy, and remake our political systems. In short, either we embrace radical change ourselves or radical changes will be visited upon our physical world. The status quo is no longer an option.
Ms. Klein argues that climate change isn't just another issue to be neatly filed between taxes and health care. It's an alarm that calls us to fix an economic system that is already failing us in many ways.

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

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NEIL STEINBERG & RICK KOGAN

Sunday, November 2nd

3:00 pm at North Shore Congregation Israel

Lawrence J. Gutter Literary Series of North Shore Congregation Israel presents:

The Newspaper Writer’s Life - A Conversation with Chicago Newspaper Columnists Neil Steinberg and Rick Kogan
        
Neil Steinberg
began writing for the Chicago Sun-Times in 1984, and joined the staff in 1987 as a feature writer. He became a columnist in 1996, and his column runs three days a week in the news section. Steinberg has written for a wide variety of publications, including The Washington Post, The New York Daily News, Forbes, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, Details and Men’s Journal. He is the author of seven books – his most recent; You Were Never in Chicago published by the University of Chicago Press.

Born and raised and still living in Chicago, Rick Kogan has worked for the Chicago Daily News, Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune, where he is a senior writer and columnist, and is Host of “After Hours with Rick Kogan” on WGN radio. Named Chicago’s Best Reporter in 1999 and inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame in 2003, he was the creator/host of WGN radio’s Sunday Papers with Rick Kogan and has been host of The Afternoon Shift on WBEZ. Kogan is the author of a dozen books.  

This event is free and open to the community, reservations are requested.

Check nsci.org for more information

Contact Flo London flol@nsci.org, 847-835-0724 ext. 632 with any questions and to register.

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ANNUAL TEEN-REVIEWER PIZZA PARTY

Sunday, November 2nd

2:30 pm at The Book Stall

 

Join Robert McDonald and Kari Patch for this annual teen treat. Now is your chance to apply for our newly re-vamped Teen-Reviewer Program!

 

In addition to pizza, free books and fun, Todd Hasak-Lowy, author of 33 Minutes, will be there to talk about his upcoming book, Me Being Me is Exactly as Insane as You Being You.

 

Space is limited so please call The Book Stall to reserve your spot: 847.446.8880.

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LAURENCE STEINBERG - A FAN Presentation

Two Events:

Monday, November 3rd

7:00 pm at Evanston Township High School and

 

Tuesday, November 4th

9:30 am at New Trier West - Cornog Auditorium

 

The Evanston Township High School event is free and open to the public and the New Trier West event is for educators and clinicians.

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RENEE ROSEN - Book Launch!

Tuesday, November 4th

7:00 pm at The Book Stall

Renee Rosen will be here at The Book Stall to discuss and sign her latest book, What the Lady Wants: A Novel of Marshall Field and the Gilded Age. Rosen tells about how in late-nineteenth-century Chicago, visionary retail tycoon Marshall Field made his fortune wooing women customers with his famous motto: ""Give the lady what she wants." His legendary charm also won the heart of socialite Delia Spencer and led to an infamous love affair. The night of the Great Fire, as seventeen-year-old Delia watches the flames rise and consume what was the pioneer town of Chicago, she can't imagine how much her life, her city, and her whole world are about to change. Nor can she guess that the agent of that change will not simply be the fire, but more so the man she meets that night.... Leading the way in rebuilding after the fire, Marshall Field reopens his well-known dry goods store and transforms it into something the world has never seen before: a glamorous palace of a department store. He and his powerhouse coterie - including Potter Palmer and George Pullman - usher in the age of robber barons, the American royalty of their generation. But behind the opulence, their private lives are riddled with scandal and heartbreak. Delia and Marshall first turn to each other out of loneliness, but as their love deepens, they will stand together despite disgrace and ostracism, through an age of devastation and opportunity, when an adolescent Chicago is transformed into the gleaming White City of the Chicago's World's Fair of 1893.

This event is free and open to the public.

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GALE GAND

Wednesday, November 5th

12:00 pm at the Woman's Athletic Club

It’s time for a lunch revolution! Lunchtime doesn’t need to be about hurrying through an assortment of processed products. The midday meal is a fabulous opportunity to enjoy delicious ingredients and flavor-packed dishes and to slow down while you eat (even if just for a few moments). In Gale Gand’s Lunch!, acclaimed chef Gale Gand shows you how to make it happen - simply and easily, and for a fraction of the price of prepared salads and sandwiches. Gand offers 150 recipes - including plenty of kid-friendly fare (tested and approved by Gand’s own children) - along with tons of tips for packing foods to go or turning lunch into a celebration with friends and family. As Gand says, when it comes to entertaining, “lunch is the new dinner.” Chapters on soups, pastas, salads, grains, fruits, and more, as well as desserts, drinks, dips, and snacks, provide countless combinations for memorable meals at home or on the go.

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880.

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BARBARA MAHANY

Wednesday, November 5th

7:00 pm at The Book Stall

Barbara Mahany believes the sacred is all around, within fingers reach here to be gathered, culled, and collected, through the simple yet complex art of paying attention, of savoring the moment, of cultivating stillness. In her latest book, Slowing Time: Seeing the Sacred Outside Your Kitchen Door, she describes the need to make room for the God and illuminating the Godly specks in the everyday. Noticing the seen, revealing the unseen, and pinpointing the divine in both. The book sifts through the terrain of three particular landscapes where the author most often encounters the stirrings of the Divine: under heaven s dome; on the front lines of the home front; and in the unspooling of the seasons. The most essential prayer, often, is the life closely examined, held up to the light. By probing deeply the nooks and crannies of the home-front, the author points out that the reader need not venture far to find what matters most. And the questions stirred will linger, long after the page is turned.

This event is free and open to the public.

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ELLEN SUSSMAN

Thursday, November 6th

12:00 pm at the Woman's Athletic Club

Ellen Sussman, nationally bestselling author of French Lessons, delivers a feast for the senses in A Wedding in Provence - a moving novel of love, forgiveness, and trust, set among the beaches and vineyards of southern France. When Olivia and Brody drive up to their friend's idyllic inn - nestled in a valley in the Mediterranean town of Cassis - they know they've chosen the perfect spot for their wedding. The ceremony will be held in the lush garden, and the reception will be a small party of only their closest family and friends. But when Olivia and Brody's guests check in, their peaceful wedding weekend is quickly thrown off balance. The first to arrive is Nell, Olivia's oldest daughter from her first marriage. Impulsive and reckless, she invites a complete stranger -an enigmatic man who is both alluring and a bit dangerous - to be her guest at the wedding. The next is Carly, Olivia's youngest daughter, the responsible and pragmatic one. Away from her demanding job and a strained relationship, she feels an urgent need to cut loose--and for once do something brash and unpredictable. Then there is Jake, Brody's playboy best man, and Fanny, Brody's mother, who is coping with the fallout of her own marriage. And in the middle of it all is Olivia, navigating the dramas, joys, and pitfalls of planning a wedding and starting a new life.

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880.

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ELANA MARYLES SZTOKMAN

Friday, November 7th

11:30 pm at The Standard Club

This eye-opening look at the rising oppression of Israeli women offers a rallying cry for how women everywhere can fight back.

Across Israel - one of the world's most democratic countries - women are being threatened and abused as ultra-Orthodox Jewish factions seek to suppress them. In this stunning expose, award-winning author and leading Jewish women's activist Elana Sztokman reveals the struggles of Israeli women against this increasing oppression, from segregation on public buses-in a move Hillary Clinton called "reminiscent of Rosa Parks"- to being silenced in schools and erased from newspapers and ads. This alarming patriarchal backlash isn't limited to Israel either: its repercussions endanger the rights and freedoms of women from Afghanistan to America.

But there's hope as well: courageous feminist activists within the Orthodox world are starting to demand systemic change on these fronts, and, with some support from non-Orthodox advocates, they're creating positive reforms that could help women everywhere.

Blending interviews with original investigative research and historical context, Sztokman traces the evolution of this struggle against oppression and proposes solutions for creating a different, more egalitarian vision of religious culture and opportunity in Israeli society and around the world.

Fearless and inspiring, The War on Women in Israel brings to light a major social and international issue and offers a rousing call to action to stop the repression of women in Israel and worldwide.

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880.

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AMI POLONSKY - Release Party!

Saturday, November 8th

11:00 am at The Book Stall

 

We are so excited that Ami Polonsky is having her release party for the incredible Gracefully Grayson here at The Book Stall!!!

Grayson Sender has been holding onto a secret for what seems like forever: 'he' is a girl on the inside, stuck in the wrong gender's body. The weight of this secret is crushing, but sharing it would mean facing ridicule, scorn, rejection or worse. Despite the risks, Grayson's true self itches to break free. Will new strength from an unexpected friendship and a caring teacher's wisdom be enough to help Grayson step into the spotlight she was born to inhabit?

This event is free and open to the public.

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LINDA PETRIE-BUNCH

Saturday, November 8th

2:00 pm at The Book Stall

 

We are so excited to welcome back one of our favorite authors to read for a special story time. Linda Petrie-Bunch, author of A Snow Day for Hannah and A Beach Day for Hannah.

 

 

This event is free and open to the public.

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MICHAEL PITRE

Saturday, November 8th

4:00 pm at The Book Stall

It's the rule - always watch your fives and twenty-fives. When a convoy halts to investigate a possible roadside bomb, stay in the vehicle and scan five meters in every direction. A bomb inside five meters cuts through the armor, killing everyone in the truck. Once clear, get out and sweep twenty-five meters. A bomb inside twenty-five meters kills the dismounted scouts investigating the road ahead. Fives and twenty-fives mark the measure of a marine's life in the road repair platoon. Dispatched to fill potholes on the highways of Iraq, the platoon works to assure safe passage for citizens and military personnel. Their mission lacks the glory of the infantry, but in a war where every pothole contains a hidden bomb, road repair brings its own danger. Lieutenant Donavan leads the platoon, painfully aware of his shortcomings and isolated by his rank. Doc Pleasant, the medic, joined for opportunity, but finds his pride undone as he watches friends die. And there's Kateb, known to the Americans as Dodge, an Iraqi interpreter whose love of American culture - from hip-hop to the dog-eared copy of Huck Finn he carries - is matched only by his disdain for what Americans are doing to his country. Returning home, they exchange one set of decisions and repercussions for another, struggling to find a place in a world that no longer knows them. A debut both transcendent and rooted in the flesh, Fives and Twenty-Fives is a deeply necessary novel and Michael Pitre is an amazing new voice!

This event is free and open to the public.

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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

Laurence Gonzales

(with flight 232 survivors: Jeff Miller and Tom Eilers)

Jacqueline Winspear

Lisa See

Yoani Sanchez

Lily King

Daniel James Brown

Joseph Boyden

David Ignatius

Allison Pataki

Justin Go

Senator

Elizabeth Warren

Leah Eskin

George Will

 

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